559 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Another sipdown. This is one of two teas I have called mango lassi, and honestly I prefer the DAVIDs version. This one is still good, but it doesn’t remind me of a lassi as much—blame my Indian food addiction! The rooibos in this one is mild and fruity, not at all woody like they can sometimes get. The mango blends with it perfectly, and it is a little bit creamy, like a lassi. I find myself wanting a little more oomph from it, but since it’s gone I won’t get to experiment. Oh, well!

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drank Apricot Vanilla Creme by Tazo
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Another sipdown! This and Calm are the only Tazo teas I’ve found that I would buy again, and because Calm is so close to some versions of CS’ Sleepytime, I generally just buy that one. This, however, I haven’t found a dupe for. The vanilla is surprisingly rich in this, like syrup, and the fruit is subtle but definitely present. The base isn’t overpowering like in some Tazo teas, and while it’s not the best white tea I’ve ever had it’s much better than I would expect for bagged. There’s definitely some hay and honey flavors going on in the background. I would consider buying this again, at least as a tea to travel with—I’m always on the hunt for above-average bagged tea to throw in my travel bag, and this qualifies!

Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Honey, Sweet, Vanilla

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Another sipdown from this morning. I rated this pretty badly before, but it’s not actually terrible—mostly just mediocre. The vanilla is more marshmallowy than I’d like, and not intense enough to wow me. As usual I find Adagio’s black base tea to be overpowering and not that great. Definitely not one I’d get again.

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Adagio Teas
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Another sipdown, although I apparently didn’t have this in my (virtual) cupboard to begin with. I never quite found this tea’s happy place on my own, but the Breville’s standard green settings (175F, three minutes) are just about perfect. This is a mellow, sweet green with some steamed vegetable flavors—probably closest to snap peas. I’m surprised by how much I like it, especially since I’m not a huge fan of unflavored greens. It might even be one I’d buy again!

Flavors: Green, Green Beans, Hay, Peas, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Yet another sipdown. It feels like all the tea I have at this point is either pounds or tiny little bits. Luckily the tiny little bits are easy to use up!

This one is so good. I’m picky about herbals but I’ll almost always drink this one. It’s like a liquid cinnamon roll, which is pretty much the best idea ever. I can’t help it—I love tea-as-dessert all day, every day. For whatever reason the Breville made this a little weaker than I usually do, but it’s still rich and sweet. I’ll definitely consider buying this one again, but because so many companies have a tea like this (DAVIDsTEA Forever Nuts and Benjamin Tea Roasted Almond come to mind) I may get someone else’s variation.

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Last sipdown of the day (…probably). This is one of the best jasmine teas I’ve ever had! Top three, easily. I love the way the sweet hay notes mix with the jasmine. The white tea enhances the jasmine flavor instead of competing with it, which I’ve noticed with a lot of jasmine greens. Mom loves this one, too, and I would gladly buy it again once I whittle down my collection. It’s just beautiful.

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75
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
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Another sipdown. This one just doesn’t wow me, but it’s a perfectly fine oolong. I’ve found Adagio’s oolongs to be a great introduction to this kind of tea, because they’re decent quality without being expensive. Their Dancong Aria got me into oolongs and still remains a favorite of mine.

Personally, I don’t love Ti Kuan Yin, so I’m probably the wrong person to be reviewing this. It’s light and slightly grassy with some honey notes. I’ve had creamier Ti Kuan Yins, but this is a nice afternoon cup for today. I’m too embarrassed to say how old this particular tea is (hint: very old), but it’s held up well, too.

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Yet another sipdown! These are really flying by. Of all the Republic of Tea teas I’ve tried over the years, this might be the only one I can say I would rebuy without a second thought. It’s so comforting and delicious on days when I don’t feel good—and I seem to reach for it overwhelmingly when I don’t feel good. It’s like some kind of pastry with an intense coconut flavor (maybe cake?). I described it as being like coconut-date rolls before, but honestly it depends on how you brew it. I’ve never had a bad cup of this and it’s very likely it’ll be a part of my collection again soon.

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82
drank The Tea of Kings by RiverTea
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Another sipdown! This new Breville is really helping me use some stuff up.

For whatever reason I can’t quite find the perfect setting for this, but I think it might benefit from being steeped a significantly longer amount of time. The scent of it is absolutely gorgeous—like a fruity rose—but the taste doesn’t quite live up to it on the standard black tea settings. In general this is a consistently good fruity black tea with a lovely floral lychee flavor. The lychee is unusual enough that this will be an automatic rebuy for me when I’ve cleaned out my cabinet, and luckily Mom loves it too!

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75
drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
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Another sipdown this morning. I have a migraine and needed some caffeine, so I filled up my huge mug (more like a vat) with the last two bags of this and some hot water. It’s still decent but not amazing, like most Tazo teas I’ve tried. Probably wouldn’t rebuy, but it would do in a pinch as a travel tea. I still wish it had more peach, but alas.

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Elizabeth, college student, anthropology major, bio and history minor. I love to travel and try new foods (and teas!). I also enjoy music, books, video games as often as I can get my hands on them.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it a couple of years ago. Tea sometimes helps me feel better when chronic illness is making things hard. It’s also fun to experiment with!

I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything. My favorites are earl greys, yunnans, medium-bodied oolongs, Japanese greens, fruit, vanilla, and floral flavors (especially jasmine and rose). My least favorites are teas that are overly smoked, bitter, or contain strong hibiscus or orange peel.

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