1505 Tasting Notes

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drank Peach Apricot by Hedley's
1505 tasting notes

Down to 111. This bag is also three years old and in a paper envelope. What are the odds this still has any flavor? Interesting, definitely deteriorated, but also better than I expected. Tastes a little more fake than I recall.

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Well, I notice my last tasting note says three years ago. Have I been here that long? Oh, and holy cow is this bag that old? sip sip, Uhmm why yes, yes, it is. I loved this when it was fresh. Not so much now. sip down 112.

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I had leftovers from Cheddars for lunch today. Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, and brocolli & cheese casserole. This is new in our area and my goodness is it good. My wife and I ate there for $21 and took some home. She had a mountain of chicken and shrimp. Maybe they raise the prices after they hook you or maybe not. Sure is good though. Their iced tea was very brisk.

I had this tea hot with it today. I could smell the fruit the whole time I was eating. It smells so good. This is my most viewed tea on my blog. If Lipton made a small variety pack I could buy or they had an email where I could contact them I would review a bunch of these – for a simple teabag tea this is very tasty.

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81
drank Rose Garden by Twinings
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First off, I thought I already used all this up. I found one bag this morning. This takes me down to 114. I am very hit or miss with rose tea. usually more miss. Too froofroo for me I guess. I really like Teaves Rose Berry as it has just enough strawberry to make an excellent sip. I also like this which surprises me. It is straight up rose in the scent – I would like to say rose always smells like a garden, but to me rose (when it is not perfumey) makes me think funeral. Maybe that is appropriate for Good Friday. Hold on – Sunday is coming. The taste remains true to rose but somehow the Twinings version works for me. It has that familiar Twinings black tea base that helps. Again I am really surprised I like this.

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67
drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
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This morning I grabbed this because I only had one left and it was easy. The scent and flavor of this hit me today as fresh from the porch rosemary with cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Of course none of those are actually in this nice bagged tea. Good morning cup.

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Today I ordered this skinny (low fat milk – sugar free syrup). The barista added extra ice because they said the low fat milk doesn’t thicken up like whole milk. I could not tell the difference in taste. It was a little thinner. My only experience with matcha and I like it.

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This was last nights cup. It is a little strange, but apparently my favorite cup from Republic of Tea so far, is not a tea but an herbal or is it a tisane? What’s the difference? I don’t drink a lot of rooibos but this one I thought was really pretty good. The tiny bag just maybe did it a favor. The vanilla is not very strong but hits at the perfect amount to take the harsh edge off the late sip and add just enough flavor to be pleasing. If they would cut their prices in half I might be tempted to keep this around.

Asking seriously – how do you describe the taste of straight rooibos? To me it seems kind of spicy but sweet. The sip can have a harshness that makes me image tasting cedar sawdust (not that I ever have). I am at a loss to put it into words. My blog covers a lot of bagged tea for those looking for a review of grocery store teas along with my loose leaf journey. Help me out and if I use your description I will credit you on my review of this one.

JacquelineM

I see herbal tea and tisane as being pretty much interchangeable. :)

gmathis

Rooibos — a little fruity without the fruit flavor? Sharp, sweet roots? You’re right. It’s hard to categorize.

JacquelineM

I always think of rooibos as “depth” or “heft” or “body” — I have been drinking it flavored these past few years and I’m having a hard time thinking of adjectives to describe it plain (sweet wood?)!

K S

Not so easy is it? I typed “what does rooibos taste like” in Google and came up pretty emptyhanded.

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drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
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Haven’t had time for tea the last couple days. Did manage to get this one in. I thought I would try something different when brewing. I heated the water to just below boiling and only steeped about one minute. Big bold black teas can attack my stomach in a hurry. This, short steeped was much more to my liking, and it didn’t hurt. I think this takes me down to only 118 teas (mostly samples) but fortunately I have maybe 7 on the way. Not bad for a guy with no job.

Rachel J

This is what I drink first thing in the morning. Drinking anything better would be a waste when I am half asleep. Also, my stomach is really funny in the mornings, so whatever I drink has to have soy milk and sugar in it to cut the astringency. I discovered, like you, that this stuff is pretty good with cooler water and a short steep. I still need the milk and sugar, though, if it’s first thing in the morning.

K S

I guess I am weird. I do some of my best tasting first thing in the morning. The rest of my senses are too asleep to interfere I think. I have never been a milk or creamer person. Sugar (Splenda actually) helps me taste. Milk just hides flavor. Of course if you brew this traditional style that is a good thing!

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73
drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
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I am not going to have a lot of time for tea today and I am feeling lazy this morning. So I grabbed a bag of this. Apparently I haven’t logged it here before. Bash the lowly bag if you must but this is actually a tasty little Ceylon. Not bitter or drying. I’m diggin’ it. Now where are my Fig Newtons?

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I am just getting started today with this tea from Nicole. Half a cup in and I can tell you I love this. A light oolong that is not, so far, heavily floral (though I don’t mind if it becomes more floral). It has a sweetness to it, there are citrus notes, and I taste cinnamon faintly. I am not getting the peach notes yet but I just started. Very good!

I cruised over to Mountain Teas website and found this in the clearance section. It is $10/5oz! I have no idea what shipping rates are as I can’t tell where this ships from and the site doesn’t allow me to check rates. Anyway for those interested this could be the deal of the week.

K S

I am three mugs into this now. On the second I could taste peach like notes late into the sip and early aftertaste. The floral notes linger long. The third mug is fresh, gentle, and green with more what I consider typical oolong qualities. Each cup is different and all of them have been really good.

Nicole

The shipping didn’t spook me so I’m thinking it was US that it ships from.

Nick

I went and investigated. For multiple types of orders that I put in, shipping was a simple 3$. If I didn’t have other obligations and places for my money (and a million teas I haven’t finished…) it’d be very easy to convince myself to buy more from here. :)

kOmpir

I got that tea on clearance too, sadly it failed to reproduce anything in the cup. The leaf smells nice, milky and fragrant, but the liquor is next to tasteless, with only hints of flat greens.

K S

kOmpir – what a shame. This was so good. Do you ever add a touch of sweetener? That might bring it to life.

kOmpir

No, I don’t add any kind sweetener to my cup… OK, maybe if I overdo my black (like 6-10 minutes), I add some milk or sugar. Regarding this tea, they refunded me after I presented the issue. I really tried everything, different water/leaf ratio, different temperature, even tried cold brewing it… it was hopeless.

K S

At least it is good to know they stand behind their product.

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