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33 Tasting Notes

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drank Awake- Filterbag by Tazo
33 tasting notes

A strong black tea that is not bitter if brewed for two minutes or less with boiling water and a pre-heated mug. It has a clean, classic taste, not unlike PG Tips. It seems like either a Ceylon/Assam blend, or a Kenyan tea. A tasty, good brew, with milk or without. Surpasses most bagged tea available at the grocery store.

In my eyes, Tazo’s claim that the taste of caramel and black cherries is apparent in the tea is false.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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Were this not a decaf tea, I would have given it a lower rating.

It is a serviceable but unimpressive decaffeinated black tea. It gets bitter when steeped for just two minutes. But let it steep for less time, and the flavor is not very well developed and the brew is watery.

Yet the flavor that remains is the good flavor of a dark English Breakfast Ceylon or Assam tea.

It does not have any of the sour or artificial qualities of the worst decaffeinated black teas. It is better than decaffeinated Lipton, Tetley or PG Tips.

It is very similar to “Twinings English Breakfast Tea, Decaffeinated.” http://steepster.com/teas/twinings/2961-english-breakfast-decaf

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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52
drank Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi Tea
33 tasting notes

This tea tastes artificial and very fruity; and, unfortunately, the taste of the Rooibos is overpowered by the other ingredients. The resulting brew is intense and flavorful, and slightly tangy.

The blend noticeably includes many real dried blueberries.

From the product’s label: “Ingredients: 100% Organic Fair Trade Certified rooibos, 100% Organic blueberries, 100% Organic schizandra berries, 100% Organic hibiscus, natural blueberry and strawberry flavors.”

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I love when the fruit’s organic too!

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90
drank African Rooibos by Twinings
33 tasting notes

Delicious, heady rooibos; fruity, wine-like, and almost sweet. It brews a dark liquour with a strong flavor. It is better than most rooibos.

It is especially good with milk. Adding sugar is unnecessary but does not hurt.

It contains no ingredients except rooibos, unlike most grocery store products with “Red Tea” or “Rooibos” in their name. It is one of the few very good teas that you will have a chance of finding at your local supermarket.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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52

The vanilla and almond flavors mask the natural taste of the decaffeinated tea, which remains but is barely perceptible. The tea leaves are mixed with a light powder of vanilla beans and almonds, and this clouds the cup.

The taste of almonds is very strong and might remind you of the smell of the"McCormick Almond Extract" that can be found in the “Baking” aisle of your grocery store. The vanilla flavor is clearly present, but not as strong. The tea is free of bitterness, although it has a dry aftertaste as a result of the added flavoring. Neither bad nor good; heavily flavored.

I haven’t yet been able to try this tea with milk and sugar. I suspect its true virtue lies there.

This tea is decaffeinated by a CO-2 process.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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54
drank Rooibush Tea by TeaGschwendner
33 tasting notes

I found this an unexpectedly weak offering from TeaGschwendner.

This is plain rooibos tea with nothing added — and plain rooibos can be very good. But this rooibus tea has a weak and mild flavor, even when steeped for a long time. It tastes dry and watery. Twinings’ “African Rooibos Red Tea” is much better.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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It is unconventional to blend Keemun, a black tea, with Oolong tea, because Oolong steeps better in water that is below boiling.

I prepared this tea with a pre-heated teapot and boiling water, and it turned out to be really good. It is an unusually interesting tea, earthy, sweet and slightly spicy, starting strong and finishing smooth and mellow. It makes a dark orange liquor, does not need to be brewed any longer than three minutes, and has a very appreciable flavor without milk or anything else added. It has no bitterness at all.

A very good tea. Save it for when you have time to drink it slowly and enjoy the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Assam Marangi by TeaGschwendner
33 tasting notes

One of TeaGschwendner’s most expensive offerings, this malty Assam has a complex flavor that borders on the fruity and floral. It is, however, like most Assams, bitter and astringent.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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