575 Tasting Notes

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I wanted to have something a little less caffeinated for the afternoon since I’ve been having some sleeping issues lately. This nice, roasty houjicha fit the bill! It has a slightly fishy taste like dried anchovies or dried seaweed, but I like that. I prefer the dark roast (which I recently ordered a ton of) because this one does not have as strong of a roasted taste, but I’m enjoying what I have left of this!

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A juicy lychee black tea to bring some cheer into a morning class on a snowy day. I’d say that this tea did its job for today.

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drank Tencha-Kuki Houjicha by Den's Tea
575 tasting notes

First off, thanks to bluebelle for sending me this surprise in our swap! I really love houjichas and this is no exception. It has all the toasty goodness of houjichas, but it somehow seems also sweeter and mellower than others that I’ve tried. It’s really a nice, relaxing cuppa. I will rate officially later when I’m not drinking it while eating food (though, it went well nicely). It’s gonna be a while before I reorder tea from Den’s (spending ban), but when I do, I am definitely keeping this one in mind!

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drank Pure Green Tea by Twinings
575 tasting notes

I had this when going out tonight because it was either Twinings or Tazo, and I’ve had a lot of bad experience with Tazo bagged teas. Again, nothing special here, just a decent cup of green tea when I’m out and about without my beloved loose leaf collection.

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I have a sample size of this from my last order from Yunomi that I’m finally getting around to. The dry leaf is very clumpy, which I didn’t realize was supposed to be the case until I read the description again about the tea leaves being “rolled”. It smelled grassy and a bit like hay. After steeping to a vibrant yellow-green, it tastes grassy and savory at the same time, if that makes any sense. It’s a nice cuppa, but not my favorite type of Japanese green.

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I don’t even know if this should count as a tasting note, but I used these teabags to make tea eggs for lunar new year today. I was going to use loose leaf as per instruction, but I’d never made them before, so I thought I’d go with teabags in case something went wrong that I wouldn’t waste as much.. Anyway, the tea eggs turned out pretty good, but I definitely need practice.

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Today’s biostats lecture was particularly heavy on notation and derivations, so I’m glad that I brought this tea with me to simultaneously calm me down and keep me focused. It’s definitely become one of my go-to teas for comfort, convenience, or anything else. I’m glad that I have so much of it to last me a long while!

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Ever since I cold brewed this last time, I couldn’t get it out of my head. So while I was packaging some of this tea up for bluebelle, I couldn’t resist popping some more in the fridge, even though it is freezing outside. So delicious!

bluebelle

I’m so excited to try this!

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I have been drinking this tea pretty often, but this was the first time I brought it with me in a travel tumbler to school. Not sure if that is the reason why, but today it smelled like sweet potatoes on the first steep. The taste was pretty much the same chocolately goodness as usual, but had a bit of a warmer, sweeter note to it than usual. Anyway, I’ve been resteeping throughout my classes and will continue to do so to help me get through the day!

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
575 tasting notes

Sipdown! (108) Last night, I was hit with insomnia, so I took a nice, hot shower and tried to relax with this tea. Chamomile isn’t really my thing, but I know that it calms a lot of people and is included in a lot of bedtime teas, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m not sure if the insomnia gave up or if it was the tea or both, but I fell asleep pretty soon after, so yay!

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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