339 Tasting Notes

Here’s Hoping traveling teabox – Round 3

I’ve been really into earl grey creams lately, so I figured since this was in the box, I would give it a whirl. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t rank up there with the Argo Earl Grey Creme, which is my current favorite, though I do have some of the Zen’s version on the way to me which has been touted as the best. We’ll see. Not bad, just not memorable.

2 tsp + sweetener

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tea Sipper

Oh, I’ll have to try the Argo!

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drank Passion by Tazo
339 tasting notes

Ahhh Tazo Passion, when you want something thirst quenching after sitting in a hot car running errands. Perfection. I just finished a box but I have another on backup when they went on sale at the grocery store a few months ago. I think I just guzzled through 32oz in 20 minutes. I added a touch of sweetener but I usually enjoy this without, even with the tartness.

Obviously, I take this iced.
1 bag per 16oz of boiling water and then into a pitcher and in the fridge.

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So I’m not going crazy! I brought the empty (!) tin home with me today.

“A jubilant blend of black tea, oolong, jasmine, green tea and hints of peach”

Well that totally explains the hints of peach.

I enjoyed this, but I wish they would have removed the black tea all together because whatever they used in this wasn’t my favorite. I wouldn’t repurchase but it was nice to have convenient sachets when I was extra lazy at work and it was a gift so I really can’t complain. Also (keep in mind I like black teas weak), I managed to get 3 steepings out of these suckers! That’s not too shabby.

Sipdown!

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I’m not sure whether to add this to my cupboard or not since I only “bought” 4 – hooray Starbucks Rewards! Anyway, I put 1 in a pyrex measuring cup since I’m super fancy like that and let it steep for just over 3 minutes. It’s cool, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t as exciting as I was expecting (although, I watched a few blooms on youtube so I don’t know why I was expecting some magical event).

The taste unsweetened is pleasant enough, very faintly peach, and a nice smooth white base. With sweetener, the peach pops a bit more.

I don’t know who on earth has the funds to buy this regularly. It’s yummy, but there are quite a number of peach teas on the market which are just as good. As the sales associate at my local Teavana was preparing this for me and trying to figure out how to get to 1oz (the manager on duty said she would accept up to 1.4 depending on the size of the blooms – that was quite nice – of course I wound up with 1.1), another customer walked in and said, “that smells nice” and promptly bought $48 worth. Who does that?!

I may “rebuy” with another Starbucks Reward or if this went on super mega sale, but otherwise, it’s not really special enough for me to pay full price.

(Note: I have not yet resteeped this one, we’ll see how that fares)

EDIT
I got 4 steeps total, pretty decent.

Cheri

$48 for “That smells nice” seems crazy!!

VariaTEA

I got about 4 resteeps out of mine. Hope you are able to do the same.

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I had snagged this from the Great Canadian Tea Box (2nd round) and finished off the last of it tonight. I actually didn’t have quite enough leaf for my 16oz mug, so I added a bit of the Davidstea Pistachio Cream which worked like a charm (I hope they bring that one back)! Anyway, I sweeten this, so I don’t get any kind of green tea taste, really, which is fine with me.

I don’t think I need both the Davidstea and this version in my cupboard at the same time. When I finish the Davidstea and it isn’t available, I’d easily replace it with this (plus green tea > mulberry leaves).

Sipdown!

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
lolainred

awe, so jealous. I missed out on the PIstachio Cream from DavidsTea. I really do hope they bring it back next year. How does it compare to this one?

jeweledthumb

@lolainred: I drink them both sweetened so it’s a little hard to find the distinctions, but this one is a bit less creamy and there’s green tea in it, so unsweetened, I’d imagine you’d taste that more.

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Sipdown (easy since it was my only bag).

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I had it at work 2 days ago (work has been crazy lately hence my sporadic tasting notes). I don’t actually like Black Forest Cake as a cake, so I put off trying this tea, but it’s not that bad. Sweetened, it’s ok (slightly chocolatey and ever so slightly cherry-ish but not smack in your face cherry). I wouldn’t buy it but I probably wouldn’t turn down a cup.

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Originally from the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

A sad sip-down! I’ve really come to love this one, though I still can’t decide whether I prefer this or the lime (haven’t tried the cream tart yet, though it’s floating around somewhere in my cupboard). I’m glad I was able to get some more without putting in an order cause I have a hard time paying for shipping and I do not need $50 more of tea (ignore the fact I just ordered from Davidstea). Annnway, lemony and creamy. Delicious with a dash of sweetener and a nice way to wind down after a crazy day. Also, I managed to get two steeps out of this batch so that makes me happy!

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cheri

This one just sounds soooooo gooooooood.

jeweledthumb

@Cheri: It is lovely. =)

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I was pleasantly surprised by this little tea bag! First of all, with a bit of sweetener added, it tastes like an orange creamsicle! Mine lasted two steeps but I tend to like my blacks a little less full bodied. Also, while I prefer loose tea at home, you really can’t beat bagged for the office (where this was consumed). Would certainly pick up on sale!

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I could swear I already reviewed this tea, but I just looked through all of my tasting notes, and I can’t find it! Weird! Anyway, this is a sipdown and was originally received from 20monkies.

This is very similar to The Persimmon Tree’s Mandarin Silk/Creme. It’s a creamy, non-artificial or cupcake vanilla. It’s soft on the palate, yet very pleasant. I definitely don’t need both in the house at once but I was able to get through an ounce of this pretty easily. I would definitely keep one or the other in the house at all times, though I will say, this is something you have to be in the mood for since it lasts a few steeps.

I add sweetener to mine.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Not a long review, as I just worked my 3rd 12 hour day in a row, but I took the “leaves” from last night and added a teaspoon of Adagio Vanilla Rooibos which I really dislike on its own. Together, the blend is really nice, in fact, better than I was expecting. Really speaks to this blend’s mixing capabilities.

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.

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