12 Tasting Notes

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Smells just like apple pie. A lovely dark red-purple color tea. I’m kinda expecting the taste to be less amazing than the smell like most teas.

This is confusing. VERY confusing. It tastes sour. Sour apple pie? No. I taste just sour, not a hint of apple pie or cinnamon or chamomile anywhere. Must be the hibiscus. Gosh, I am starting to hate hibiscus. I’m going to add some sugar to this.

Sugar improved this tea by a whole lot. Totally neutralized that hibiscus. I put in about 1½ spoonfuls of sugar. Actually tastes like apple pie now! But a very apple-less pie since I can’t really taste that.

It’s alright. Would probably taste better if I sprinkled some more cinnamon in there. Better yet, why don’t I just dump some cinnamon into some hot water? Might get the same results from that

P.S
I just left the tea bag in there since it feels like it would be quite weak if I ever took it out. Second cup? Probably not possible.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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This is the only tea that I will add milk to. In fact, I add one spoon of sugar and a splash of milk into this one. This tea is so insanely wonderful, I drink it almost daily!

It’s probably all that random weird stuff that I don’t care much about in this tea, but it adds up to 70 calories if you don’t add extra milk and sugar like me. 10g out of the total 18g of this is sugar! Gosh that sounds horrible, but it does taste nice. So half of this tea is sugar; didn’t expect that. There is probably caffeine in this too. It still feels quite relaxing to drink this though.

Love this tea even with it’s unhealthy factors. Trust me, this stuff tastes good.

P.S
It’s in powder form, so one cup/ packet. So steep time? There isn’t really. Just pour in the tea and mix it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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So I tried this tea because well, I love the color grey. What an odd reason to buy tea, right? The smell was slightly repellent, but I started to be able to pick out the citrusy parts and the tea leaves part from each other and it started smelling quite pleasant. I have never tried black tea before either so this is a first.

The tea bag contained tea leaves of relatively small size. Most of the teas I’ve drank so far have similar size, so it doesn’t really concern me. The string had the perfect length for the cup (mug) I was using. The tea bag itself got stained slightly orange-brown because of the tea. So I’m going to take a sip of this right now since it has cooled for a while (I don’t like to burn my tongue really).

The flavor could be described as woodsy with a hint of citrus. The citrus taste comes at the end of the sip after the woodsy part. It tastes slightly bitter, but in a good way. I did not add any sugar or milk this time. Even though this tea does have caffeine, you can probably get similar flavor from the Decaf version that Twinings also made. I have no idea why, but I actually feel more relaxed by drinking this tea.

So the best part? The smell. It has an interesting scent compared to those extremely obvious scents from the herbal teas I’ve been drinking. The taste is pretty rich and I have no idea how smooth a tea must be to be described as smooth, but this sure is smooth.

I think one tea bag would make quite a few cups. Two minutes already gave quite a strong flavor.

Bought this for the extra caffeine to study for my exams next week. All twenty tea bags would probably be gone by the end of that week.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Wild Blueberry Acai by Bigelow
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This certain tea was too sour, so a spoonful of sugar did the trick. I do have to say that the smell is so much better than the actual taste of the tea. It tasted like blueberries, as expected, but felt a bit boring to me. I tried to make a second cup, but the tea bag had drained all of it’s flavor into my first cup. I had taken it out at exactly 4 minutes, but I guess this tea is pretty weak by the second cup. The tea leaves are pretty tiny. I personally would not buy this again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry & Ginseng by Bigelow
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This one is Cranberry & Ginseng, so I expected it to relieve my sore throat. It didn’t.

This one also required some help from sugar so that it is not too sour. Caffeine-free and gluten-free, good for any time. I expected this one to taste stronger than the Wild Blueberry Acai, but it was similar in the way that it was not very flavorful. Second cup? No thanks, not for this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Ginger by Bigelow
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This smelled so insanely good after adding water, not what I expected it to be. It smelled like cookies to me and I was wondering if this one would actually have an interesting taste. What taste? There was nothing there for me. It was the most disappointing. How could something that smells so good taste like… nothing?

Down the drain it went.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank Redbush by Tetley
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This is my first experience of red tea, and it was pretty good!

Tetley Red Tea is caffeine-free and Tetley claims that it “contains qualities that relieve allergies, ease digestion and help increase iron absorption”. I have no idea if it helped me with anything, but this was a nice tea. Tetley also says that “it also contains minerals that promote healthy skin, teeth and bones.”

I’m no scientist so I have no idea if those are true or not. I drink tea for the feeling and taste (also because I dislike drinking water). Overall, this satisfied my tastes and I am considering buying more after I finish some of the 58 tea bags I bought today.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea tastes like most other green teas, the difference is probably the quality of leaves. They are much larger than the other teas I’ve tried and the taste is strong enough for a third cup (I actually use a mug though).

Apparently, this line of tea “offers one of the smallest carbon footprints of any agricultural method.” which is good if you do care for the environment. I don’t find this fact very important, but others may so might as well throw it out there. So I steeped the tea bag for the 3-4 minutes recommended and was rewarded with a brilliant taste of green tea.

While I was waiting for the 4 minutes to pass, I noticed something odd. The string that is supposed to hang out of cup, but it was way too short to pass over the top of the cup, so it just flopped over and stuck to the tea bag (which was pyramid-shaped). The tea leaves, as I said before, were a good size and definitely made a difference. The smell of the tea was similar to a slightly sour peach, the tea however was not sour. A taste of this and I realized that the peach and kiwi were only part of the smell; there was not enough of it to make an impact on the taste.

Overall, this was a nice flavorful tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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