58 Tasting Notes

90

Intense, delightful green tea that tastes…really, really green. Almost explosively so. Absolutely fantastic, would nom repeatedly. In fact, I need to get some into my cupboard, stat!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Yerba Mate by Guayaki
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84
drank Kama Sutra Chai by Gala Tea
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One of the most delightful chai blends I’ve ever tried. Definite hints of orange…really, it is pure sex. I’ll, um, be in my bunk…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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80

Slightly more bite than Ikea’s blueberry Keemun counterpart, it holds up really well to the milk + sugar treatment. May be too bitey without the milk, though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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78
drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
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The blueberry flavour is there, but it’s definitely subtle. Adding milk and sugar enhances it, and it’s great for mornings.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Whoa, what? IKEA tea? You’re blowing my mind, here. Though I guess I shouldn’t be completely surprised. I have a friend who swears by the sparkling pear water soda concoction they have over there, though I have yet to try it.

Janni

It’s actually quite good…and even though I was skeptical, at $2-something for a bag, I figured I didn’t really have much to lose. :D

What I like most of Ikea’s is their lingonberry juice. Awesome. :9

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72
drank Tiramisu by The Tea Treasury
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It tastes remarkably similar to what you’d expect upon reading the description handily provided on the side of the bag of tea leaves. You can even see little pieces of the sponge cake and coffee beans when you’re measuring out the tea before steeping.

I…don’t know that I buy that it’s caffeine-free. But it’s definitely tasty, especially with a splash of milk and sugar! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
takgoti

Yes, I am hitting the I Like button on all of your reviews. WHAT OF IT?

Janni

Ha, thanks.:) Well, I’m glad I’m amusing somebody? XD

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67

Nicely toasted, more robust than their usual green tea. Only thing is, if I’m drinking houji-cha, I find myself really wanting genmai-cha. That’s probably just me, though.

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63
drank Indian Spiced Chai by Twinings
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It’ll do. I’d rather spend money on a better chai, though, if I’m going this route. More middling than any other Twinings blend I’ve tried so far…and I’ve tried a lot. Kind of disappointing in its mediocrity. At least it doesn’t suck.

P.S. Yes, Andy, it’s chai. XD

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68
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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If other black teas ease you into wakefulness, this is a firm boot in the ass. And possibly a slap in the face, all at the same time. It’s as though this tea is saying, “YOU. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT THE RIGHT TO BURY YOUR HEAD UNDER THAT PILLOW?!? OUT OF BED AND ON YOUR FEET, ON THE DOUBLE, SOLDIER!”

This tea? It is the R. Lee Ermey of the Twinings lineup. Sometimes, that’s totally what you need in the morning. Other assessments that mention it as a potentially great tea after a night of heavy drinking are also spot-on.

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Smoky and astringent. I felt my sinuses opening just smelling the stuff after I’d brewed it. I may have to try it again to give a full opinion, but this was one of the few times where I’ve almost completely hated something on first smell. Hot liniments, Vicks VapoRub, and sickness. Eeee.

takgoti

This might be the first time someone has smelled a Lapsang Souchong and gone, “Who in the hell is smoking meat in my nose?!”

Janni

I like smoked meat. I like smoking meat. I do not, however, like it to feel like it’s going on directly under my nose. You’re right. XD

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