576 Tasting Notes

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Cold brewed this one for the first time in the fridge overnight. I mentioned in previous tasting notes how the peach flavor is more of a gummy candy peach flavor. That candy flavor really works well in the iced form of this tea. I think I may even prefer it iced over hot. Anyway, it’s a nice refreshing iced tea! (I’m clearly a little insane for drinking iced tea while there is a snow storm raging outside, oh well).

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drank Zen by Tazo
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Ordered this at Starbucks this morning to have something warm to hold onto and sip on while walking around outside doing touristy things. I didn’t realize when ordering “green tea” that this had such a prominent lemongrass flavor. I don’t really like lemons or lemongrass in general, so I will not be reordering this again, but it was a nice hand warmer at the very least!

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I had to grab a bagel while I’m in New York, so we walked to a cute little bagel place around the corner from our hotel. To my surprise, they had Mighty Leaf! This breakfast tea was so much better than the cardboardy Tazo one I had yesterday. I may pick some of this up at the grocery when I get back home.

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drank China Green Tips by Tazo
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Another tea from my hotel’s 24 hour coffee and tea station. This tea was actually quite nice and soothing. It was vegetal but not grassy or bitter. A good choice for the afternoon, though I wouldn’t buy a box to enjoy at home.

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drank English Breakfast by Tazo
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I’m on vacation in New York, hooray! Anyway, this was one of the teas offered at my hotel, so I grabbed it with breakfast. Maybe it was because it was in a paper cup, but it tasted really cardboard-y today. Ah well, I will take my caffeine where I can get it!

Courtney

New York is the best!

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drank Pure Green Tea by Twinings
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Had this one at a restaurant with my breakfast. It was a decent cuppa, but not something I’m running to buy at the grocery store.

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My 200th tasting note! I know a lot of people around here have way more, but it seems like a lot to me since I just recently got into tea. Anyway, I’m so happy that my 200th is this tea because it is pretty amazing. I will just add to my previous tasting notes for this tea that it does not resteep as well as LB, but that is to be expected because of the genmaicha aspect of it.

VariaTEA

Congrats on 200!! That is definitely an exciting milestone :)

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First thing I noticed was large chunks of what looks like dried raspberries, impressive! The tea itself tasted much the same.. like dried raspberries. There was also some other tartness that I assume comes from the pomegranate flavor. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever even had pomegranate before, so it’s hard to identify. Anyway, this tea was very fruity in a dried fruit sort of way rather than juicy-fruity.

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81

Sample sipdown. Considering I just bought a bunch of oolong samples from Teavivre, this sipdown is somewhat of a relief. While I like the sweet honey and earthy tastes from this oolong, I think there other oolongs out there that fit my tastes better. Anyway, I will definitely be resteeping this throughout the day until it runs out of flavor, but probably not reordering in the future.

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93

A sad sipdown. I’ve been loving this tea, and I’m sad to see it go. There’s a bit of astringency today, but that may just be because I’ve been drinking a lot of tea anyway. I have a bunch of other hojichas now, but when I run out, I will restock this one!

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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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