18 Tasting Notes

64

Lowering my rating after having this a few times. I’m noticing the hibiscus more. I’ll finish this, but I don’t love it.

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83

In addition to the indian white, I also got a Chinese black, a Kukicha, and a matcha covered Genmaicha. The Chinese black, labeled only as such, is smoky, woodsy, and floral. I expect it might be a Keemun. Nevertheless, it reminds me of spring in the Olympic mountains. Wild flowers abundant, evergreens standing crisply in the chilly air, perhaps near a campfire. Lovely tea so long as I am careful not to steep it. The Kukicha tastes like a warm chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate, and it can take some steeping abuse. A wonderful tea, as well.

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80

I got some of this tea at my local health food store in bulk. I can’t say I expected much, but this is delightful. I’ve infused this semi-grandpa style. I add three ice cubes to my mug, then slightly cooled boiled water. This tastes like flowers, peaches, and grapes to me. Perhaps I am imagining the grapes because I know this tea is indian and I would assume near Darjeeling, but either way, this is delicious and refreshing.

Flavors: Flowers, Grapes, Nectar, Peach

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85

I’ve had apples that tasted less like apple than this tea. Props to celestial seasonings for creating strangely accurate fruit herbals, as their peach tea tastes uncannily like peaches, too. Anyhow, this tea epitomizes fall: crisp and fresh-picked apples, warm cinnamon, and the color of changing leaves. You owe it to yourself to try this during fall.

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64

This tea isn’t bad at all. I was expecting a hibiscus-y monstrosity, but it actually tasted more like peach with a hint of chamomile. It’s a nice reminder of the past summer because it really does taste quite like peach. A nice, non-objectionable herbal to put me to sleep. Lovely.

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80

Nothing that’s going to shatter any boundaries with mind-blowing flavor, but nice and comforting. Lovely with fall just around the corner.

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50

This tea… It’s not for me. It’s very, very sweet. It’s minty. It’s lemony. It’s got a warmth from the cinnamon in it, but it’s cooling due to the mint. I don’t know. It’s not horribly offensive, I just don’t love it.

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70

This tea isn’t going to break any boundaries of new flavors. It isn’t groundbreaking. It isn’t fancy. But it’s nice enough.

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85

I could have sworn this tea had been sweetened; it’s so sweet! Sipping this is like sipping honey. And, though I’m speaking out of order, the dry leaves smell like raisins. Actual raisins. I love this tea. I’ve gotten resteep after resteep of this tea and overstepped it a few times too, and every single cup has been enjoyable.

This said, this is my first Chinese black tea (shocking, I know) so I’m keeping my rating a little lower before I have another Yunnan to compare it to. But I really like this tea.

Flavors: Honey, Raisins, Stonefruits, Thick

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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84

So I made this chai a little too concentrated and I had some extra coconut milk that I needed to finish. So, one plus one being two, I made a latte. Well, not a proper latte, but tea mixed with milk anyhow. So, to keep things short, it was amazing.

Anlina

It’s been ages since I’ve had anything from Celestial Seasonings, but I remember this one being really good.

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