56 Tasting Notes

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Glad this was a free sample. Ugh! I like ginger in tea, but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m picky when it comes to mint. There were really no words for this. The ginger was very apparent, but with the mint and citrus, it wasn’t all that nice at all. I made it through without pouring any down the drain, but mostly because I was hoping it would settle my stomach. I won’t be seeking this out. Ever.

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100

Now, when it comes to Vanilla in tea, I’m wary. It can go either way. But this was another one from the gift I got at Christmas, so what the heck, right? I was very careful when I added my sugar (as I can sometimes over sweeten a regular sized cuppa since I’ve started using a larger travel mug during the day). I also decided that it needed milk after one sip without, so that went in. I’m happy to report that I actually really enjoyed this tea. The Vanilla was certainly there, but it wasn’t over powering. More light and creamy than anything. Over all, I’d call it a positive experience. Possibly one of the better teas I’ve had with Vanilla, owing to the fact that I didn’t find it to be overly sweet. I may just add this to my stash one day.

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100

Another marvelous tea from the sample box this evening! I’m not usually one to pick out a cuppa decafe, but it was free, so what the heck! I do love a good Chai, and this certainly is good. My usual treatment with sugar and milk, and I still had a particularly spicy cuppa (in all honesty, I may have over sweetened, but oh well)! Definitely not mild like the other Rooibos Chai I’ve tried and enjoyed. Very nice.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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100

More tea from a sample box! Huzzah! I’d never had tea with roses in it before, but I know I like white tea, so I was pretty enthusiastic about trying this one, and rightly so! The first couple of sips had me wrinkling my nose, thinking I was about to sneeze, but that didn’t last. It did continue to taste good, however. Just a bit of sugar, and away I went! It felt like an appropriate tea to be drinking while reading about King Arthur and his cousin in “Culhwch and Olwen.”

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94

I got a handful of tea bags that said “Orange Bliss” in a raffle prize (won by my boyfriend, which he then gave to me. What a love!) at a Halloween party, and I figure this must be the same thing, since it’s the same brand. At any rate, I very much enjoyed this tea. No milk, just sugar, and it was very good. I found the orange to be very evident, but certainly not overpowering. I may just pick up a box of this at some point.

P.S. Also part of the raffle gift was a black pedestal style mug that said “Trick or Treat” on it. WIN!

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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55

So I grabbed this one out of the sampler in an attempt to settle an upset stomach. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big mint tea freak. I sweetened this one with honey, and found it tolerable, but not spectacular. It did help me to feel a little better though, so I’ll give it that. Thanks, Numi.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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55

This was a free sample that came with my Republic of Tea catalog. I’m not a big fan of mint tea on its own, but I decided to try it last night in the hope of easing a sour stomach. I sweetened it with honey instead of my usual sugar. It wasn’t too bad. In fact, it was tolerable. Most of the mint teas I’ve ever tried were always too strong when they weren’t mingled with a black tea, but this was nice and mild. When I say this, I mean it didn’t smell as though it would peel paint from the wall.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93

Another trip to the sample box. I like black teas, and this is certainly a legitimately tasty tea, but I didn’t find anything unique and remarkable about it. It was kind of like many other black teas I’ve had. I added my sugar and milk, and I did enjoy the cup. I think I just anticipated more from the blend of four different kinds of black tea. I’m not disappointed with the flavor, I’m just not overly impressed. I would drink it again, but mother keeps giant boxes of regular Lipton black in the house, so what would be the point in seeking this out?

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100

Another dip into the sample box, and we have a winner! I am a Chai nut, especially when the spices walk up to you and kick you square in the face! Very cinnamonny (if that’s even a word). I gave it my standard Chai preparation (milk and sweetener), and found it to be in very close competition with with my favorite Ultimate Spice Chai from Twinings.

Side note: I love reading the directions on the sac these Numi tea bags are wrapped in. This one said “While you dance with a loved one, steep this tea for 3-5 minutes.” Also, being very silly people, my sister and I literally danced for the 5 minutes I steeped this tea for. Heck! I should buy a box just for the calories we’ll burn while the tea is brewing!

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50

Okay! So, I pulled this one out of the sample box and read the ingredients. Hibiscus. Rats. My last experience with Hibiscus in a tea was not a positive one, but as I didn’t have to pay for the tea bag, I gave it a shot. It’s not bad, but I wasn’t all that impressed either. Being a Darjeeling helped it just enough to make it drinkable, but I HAD to add milk. Even then, the Hibiscus insisted upon being the main attraction, and made every effort to overpower the Darjeeling with its icky over-sweetness. I suppose if I was somewhere craving tea and this was all there was to choose from, I’d be a big girl and deal, but I won’t be seeking this tea out any time soon. In fact, I think the only reason I’ve rated this one so high is out of respect for the Darjeeling. Sorry Numi. No winner this time.

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