40 Tasting Notes

81
drank Youthberry by Teavana
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I am philosophically a plain tea kinda guy, but I cannot deny this one’s deliciousness. I bought it as a gift for someone, but wanted to try it myself first. It’s quite fruity and aromatic. Tasted it with their German beet sugar to make it even sweeter. Ultimately, I feel like I ought to just drink juice if I want these kinds of flavors, or to just eat fruit. The same attitude goes for novelty beers with different flavors. For a more affordable version of a similar tasting tea, try the Tazo brand Passion tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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73

A tasty vanilla rooibos with masala. Its flavor is reminiscent of apple cider: sweet and fruity. In particular, I could taste the cloves. The dry leaves are like a potpourri. Nice!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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34
drank Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow
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Smells of cinnamon. Tastes of dirt.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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67

First impressions are not great. I feel like I “don’t taste anything” and don’t really love whatever flavors are present. It’s not a bad taste, so I’ll keep experimenting with different parameters until something comes of it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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43
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
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Tastes pretty bitter to me. Tried to subdue it with some milk. It tasted best to me when the milk had settled and the tea cooled down. Although it was drinkable, I’ll probably avoid teas such as this one in the future. I’m left wondering whether this one is representative of most Assam teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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This is a full-flavored Earl Grey, whose leaves, both dry and wet, are strongly aromatic of citrus and flowers. Someone should invent an Earl Grey potpourri. The tea itself has a nice dark amber color and tastes pretty good, but not flavorful in the way the leaves would suggest. I’m finding with this one, and which probably goes for most EG teas, that letting it cool down too much causes it to feel more astringent/chalky.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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This a pretty standard everyday cup. Smells and tastes of bergamot, as one would expect. A little milk can be okay, but sugar doesn’t really fit for my tastes. Oversteeping unfortunately yields a chalky mouthfeel and residue on the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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71

A nice afternoon blend, just my style. Refreshing, smokey, and not overwhelming. It could be the placebo effect, but using an infusion basket instead of the Ikea teaball yielded a more pleasant flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
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This is my first tea from Adagio. Only my second foray into loose leaf teas. Pretty tasty. Taken plain. Doesn’t have a bitter bite like the other few black teas I’ve tried. The used leaves smell like grass, but not in a bad way. This leaf scent is nearly absent from the tea’s scent and flavor. As for the tea itself, I don’t yet have the vocabulary to describe it, but it’s mellow, smooth, and almost savory. I was worried that five minutes steep time would make the taste too strong, but it came out great.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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10
drank Joy by Tazo
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Tastes like everything and nothing at the same time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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