484 Tasting Notes


Sipdown! (128) This may be my last sipdown for the day, but I’m okay with that. Again, this is a very nice sachet with lots of room for the tea to expand. I wouldn’t trust it with, say, an oolong or a white, but for most other types of tea I think this is one of the best sachet designs I’ve seen. The dry tea smells very jasmine-y but not overwhelmingly or sharply so.

I brewed this a shorter time than the package recommends, probably as a reaction to my horrific encounters with oversteeped Jasmine Jazz. Even so it’s bitter. Even when I ignore the bitterness it’s pretty lackluster; where is all the jasmine flavor I smell so clearly? It’s so slight I barely notice it, and there’s not even the usual sweet aftertaste jasmine tends to lend to tea.

1 min, 45 sec

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Resteep with last night’s leaves. Much more oolong taste this time around, but I’m definitely getting the caramel. It’s intense, with less roastiness than the last steep. Again I’m feeling like the first and the second steep are almost like different teas, but both are great. This tea is so interesting, and it seems different each time I drink it!

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Another sipdown (129). Finally back on track with all these teas! This one was given to me by my very sweet RA around finals time last semester and I forgot about it until now. Unfortunately I’ve never been very impressed with Lipton and this doesn’t change my opinion. The bag is basically full of tea dust. It smells like it might have hibiscus in it.

Very pomegranate-y, hardly any blueberry, no resemblance to any green tea I’ve ever had. Oh well.


Sorry it was so disappointing. :-(

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Sipdown! (130) I’m impressed: this sachet has very large leaves in it! It also smells very good, and light for an EG. Pure fruity bergamot with a very light tea smell underneath.

I actually ended up making this at the same time as the Lipton but drinking it after since it was hotter. This is actually a very good EG in my opinion. It’s juicier than most and not too bitter. In fact it’s barely bitter at all, which can sometimes be a problem for me. I’d definitely use these bags if I saw them in a hotel/restaurant and I might even grab some myself for use when traveling!

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
484 tasting notes

Sipdown! (131) And not even a sample, either. Brewed this well below boiling to avoid what happened last time; I think that’s the trick to this tea. Do not drink it at boiling! Unless you want a ginger punch to the face, that is.

Anyway, this cup isn’t bad. A little sweeter than when I brewed it the last time, which I think improves it.

185 °F / 85 °C

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I was packaging some of this up for Jennkay (I realize it’s also in the T&C box, but I wanted to make sure it got to you!) when I realized I really wanted a cup. I’ve been avoiding oolongs since my tastes have been off, but this is probably the boldest one I have so I think it’ll be okay.

I’m really getting roasty notes this time, and not as much sugar. It’s almost like drinking a coffee-flavored tea, with maybe a slight burnt sugar aftertaste. My tastes are probably still a little off but it’s not bad.

Also, my tea count went up again. I found more teabags I had forgotten about. Darn.


Ooh, I’m excited! :D

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I feel accomplished! I got a swap to Jennkay and the T&C box shipped, I got groceries, and I cleaned out Mom’s car. All while sick! I’m much better today, though, as evidenced by my burst of energy.

This time I heavily doctored this: low temperature, short steep, underleafed by half, and added a handful of chrysanthemum flowers. The theory is that it’d turn out at least somewhat like the tea from the Thai restaurant nearby that’s so delicious. Short answer: it worked. It’s not quite identical to the blend I love, but it’s pretty close and delicious. I’d rate this cup 85/100 but the tea itself remains as-is. I think next time I’ll tweak it with just a little extra leaf to the same amount of chrysanthemum.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Another sipdown (130). This smells really sweet and buttery, which are the kinds of greens I tend to like. I think I brewed it just a touch too hot, but it doesn’t seem to be hurt at all by that.

This is nice and buttery, but I’m not blown away. I think it’s missing an extra savory-ness or sweetness to really make it great, but this is a decent green. I think this is why I don’t often drink straight greens: a lot of them taste the same to me and they don’t often wow me on their own. Perhaps I’ll like it better in loose form?

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Sipdown! (131) This sample was really generous; the website claimed they were all single-serve but there was enough in there for four individual cups (eight if resteeped, wow!). Made the last of it in a pot and split it with mom, who declared herself in love with it. When I use up some things this might be one for the cabinet!

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Another sipdown! (132) Now that I know a little more about tea I smell mostly Ceylon in this. I like the smell of Ceylon, so it’s not a bad thing.

This one is pretty boring. I think I’ve said this about every breakfast blend I’ve tried. They’re just not for me, but unfortunately I have two more “breakfast” samples in my Golden Moon box. Black tea alone is more interesting than black tea blended with other black tea, in my opinion, and for the most part I wouldn’t choose these teas. Maybe I should just find a good Darjeeling for mornings, since that and EG are the only “breakfast” types I seem to want on a regular basis.

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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! My favorites are earl greys, yunnans, medium-bodied oolongs, Japanese greens, and fruit flavors. My least favorites are teas that are overly smoked, bitter, or contain strong hibiscus or orange peel.

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.


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