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381 Tasting Notes

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drank Jasmine Orange by Tea of Life
381 tasting notes

Sipdown! Mom had this the other day and liked it so I decided to try it today. I seem to be trying to get rid of all my spare teabags, which is easy because most of them are one or two servings.

This smells intensely of jasmine with just a little bit of orange. I wasn’t sure about the combination but it’s a very nice smell. The taste is more orange than jasmine, but there is a little bit of a floral aftertaste. I would prefer more jasmine, actually, because orange teas are hit or miss for me. This one’s a miss, but only because there’s so much orange I don’t taste much else.

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
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I expressed interest in this one after trying some other Bigelow teas and mom surprised me with it one day. I don’t exactly need more EGs, but I always appreciate them.

This one is pretty decent. The bergamot in it is actually perfect, just the right amount and intensity of fruit for my taste. The tea itself is bright, just a little astringent, and very nice for bagged. I wish it had a little more kick to it, because the aftertaste is slightly watery, but it’s still surprisingly good. I don’t think I touched this company until this year but I’m impressed by their consistency. Everything I’ve tried so far I would drink again.

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Lovely as before. This cup doesn’t have nearly as much cinnamon in it so it’s just licorice for the most part, but the licorice is really clear and well-done. I didn’t used to like this kind of flavor at all but I like it in hard candy and tea now. I think this might become a staple in my cabinet.

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I oversteeped this. Read: I completely, utterly forgot I made a cup of this. Horror of horrors, I left a green tea steeping for at least 15 minutes. And yet somehow it’s not bitter or grassy at all. This actually tastes a lot like a fruity oolong to me, and I love that. It’s much mellower than a lot of greens I’ve had, and the fruit is natural and doesn’t overpower the cup like I always worry about with red fruit. This cup ended up pretty good! And it’s a sipdown because mom gets the other bag.

Preparation
8 min or more

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92

This is a resteep with the leaves from yesterday. Since I had good results for a long steep yesterday I did it again today and got a very good cup out of it. The strawberry is still going strong but the oolong is coming out a little more this time. There are some mineral and green notes and they mix beautifully with the berry. I actually like this cup better than the last one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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Sipdown. I oversteeped this a little by accident, but instead of tasting oversteeped it tastes just as I’d like it. The honey and floral notes come out more this time and the base tea is actually present instead of being too weak. Upping the rating significantly, because I think this one just needs to brew longer.

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I let this steep a long time this time and wow. I like it even better this way. The strawberry is much stronger and the mouthfeel is creamy, almost silky. The berry flavor is more like a dried fruit than a fresh one, like before, but I love how intense it is. I think a long steep really suits this and I’ll have to keep that in mind for my remaining supply. Upping the rating!

Preparation
8 min or more

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This is actually pretty good! I did a short steep and got a lot of the fruit flavor with just a little of the spice. The green tea in this blends well with the fruit—I’m really getting to like fruit/green mixes. I don’t know that I’ll restock this one because it’s a little generic but judging from this cup I wouldn’t refuse a cup if it was offered.

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec

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drank Karigane Houjicha by Den's Tea
381 tasting notes

Sipdown! This is just as nice and complex as the last cup, and I really might have to get some more if I have the chance. It’s delicious. I’m getting a lot of the roasty and seaweed-like notes this time around and I like it a lot.

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Sipdown! Mom had a cup of this too and she loves it. The molasses is especially strong this time around but I don’t mind; I love molasses and this captures the flavor of it perfectly. I may get it again sometime when there’s room in the cupboard since mom likes it so much too.

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Elizabeth, college student, history/anthropology major. I love to read, travel, and try new foods.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it about a year ago. I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything! Currently:

-comfortable and experimenting with black teas
-enthusiastically embracing oolongs
-cautiously trying chai, greens, and whites
-adoring herbals (without hibiscus)
-neutral to rooibos
-afraid of pu-erhs (but willing to try!)

My rating system:

95-100: I would cross oceans for this tea. Drinking it is an amazing experience. If I don’t currently have it in my cabinet I’m probably very sad about that.

80-94: A very good tea. I would probably buy it again if I had the money/room in my cabinet.

65-79: Decent. I might buy it on sale or pass it by depending on my mood.

40-64: I’d accept a cup of this if it was served to me, but not buy it.

below 40: Ugh! Never again!

Keep in mind that bitterness is the worst thing that can happen to a tea for me, followed closely by hibiscus; I also have food allergies that rarely influence my tea habit, but please check with me before sending anything!

About Swaps: I am always willing to swap with anyone within continental North America! Just drop me a note. For anyone in the eastern half of the U.S. I’ll gladly swap small samples of things, but further away than that I would prefer if we dealt with larger amounts.

Location

Indiana, U.S.

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