120 Tasting Notes

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drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
120 tasting notes

I had low expectations for this tea, but I actually like it. I’ve gotten 3 steeps out of 1.5 teaspoons of leaves. The smell of it once brewed is weaker than the dry leaves. It tastes spicy (like a chai) and not too sweet.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Invigorating Tea by Chopra
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This tea is delightfully spicy and well balanced. It isn’t too bitter and it smells great. It definitely gives me an energy boost.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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The smell of this tea is divine. It reminds me of a salted caramel sauce used to drizzle over ice cream. It smells very sweet, but the taste is not overwhelming. Definitely a dessert tea.

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This tea smells like a warm, toasty banana muffin, but I was afraid it would be too artificial tasting. The aroma mellows out a lot upon steeping and actually tastes quite nice. The aroma is not reflected in the flavor, but it helps to take an inhale of the steam before sipping to get the full experience. Tastes good, but not extra-ordinary.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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81
drank Masala Chai by Argo Tea
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This has great flavor without being too sweet or bitter. It definitely wakes me up and holds up to long brewing well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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I wasn’t expecting this tea to wake me up because it’s herbal. It’s keeping me awake but not giving me an energy boost. I am pleasantly surprised with this tea. I like the smell and the taste. Even after brewing for about 30 minutes during my morning commute, it still tastes delicious. I have to be careful how I brew it — since the tea is so fine, I have to use my finest mesh strainer otherwise I’m stuck eating a bunch of leaves.

The flavor is sweet, verging on too sweet, but it never gets too excessive. It’s smooth and almost buttery (reminds me of Toasted Walnut by DavidsTea). The nutty aroma matches the steeped taste perfectly. No false advertising here!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Anuenue by Lupicia
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I brewed this a little longer this time and it wasn’t too bitter, but it was a bit too floral. The first sip is good, but the floral-ness builds so that it is almost perfume-like. This persists when it is iced as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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I really like this tea. It has a unique flavor and every sip tastes a little different than the last. It holds up well to long brewing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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66
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is very beautiful to brew. The gold sugar dissolves and makes the tea glittery. It is a bit sweet on it’s own, but I wouldn’t want to add milk to it to ruin the glittery effect.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Palekaiko by Lupicia
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This tea is very good. It tastes more like a green or oolong tea because it is not heavily spiced or bitter. Often times with fruit teas they smell good but taste bland. You can definitely taste the passion fruit in this tea and it is naturally sweet on its own without the addition of sweetener. It would taste great as an iced tea as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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