144 Tasting Notes

73
drank China Green Tips by Tazo
144 tasting notes

I was really smooth and dumped nearly a full timolino of good jasmine green tea all over my desk at work (luckily just on the desk and no important papers or electronics). I didn’t pack any other green tea today but I seriously need a boost today so I picked up a bag of this at the caf at work. This stuff is pretty decent-better than the Tim Horton’s green tea (and cheaper since I just bought tea bag and not a cup of hot water as well (although I still hate paying over $1 for one tea bag!)). This’ll be my new go-to tea if I ever forget my green tea at home.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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72
drank Cherry & Jasmine by Riston
144 tasting notes

Thanks to Debi for giving me a sample of this tea! :)

This tea really surprised me. I thought it was going to be crazy tart due to the hibiscus but it wasn’t the case. It really did have a cherry flavour (although it is in more of the smell than taste) and the slightest amount of tart aftertaste (I was careful about my steeping time). This would be great iced and I may look into it in the summer time when I’ll probably be drinking more fruit teas,

Flavors: Cherry, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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72
drank Cherry & Jasmine by Riston
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75
drank English Breakfast by Steeped Tea
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Ordered some of the tea triangles for my mom for Mother’s Day (I know it’s in 3 months but I dont know when I’m going to be ordering from steeped tea again, haha). I can have black tea occasionally so I stole one of them to make sure it’ll be the right kind for my mom as she strictly only drinks black tea. This stuff is pretty decent. I know it’s 10x better than the no name brand, bottom of the barrel black tea she’s been drinking. This stuff was expensive (20 tea triangles for $13!) so I definitely recommend just buying the loose leaf version to save some money.. The only reason why I didn’t is because my mom won’t take the time to deal with loose leaf tea but I still like to buy her tea for her birthday, Mother’s Day and Christmas (it’s one of my “standard” gifts to her).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Zingy Ginger by Steeped Tea
144 tasting notes

They weren’t kidding about “Zingy”!

I expected this to be like Super Ginger from David’s Tea or Immunity Booster from Steeped Tea. This was not the case. This was as if I went into the spice cupboard, took a bunch of pepper and ginger and put it into hot water. Even my husband was taken aback by how crazy spicy this tea was. I even tried making the tea into a latté and it didn’t help with the spice. Maybe I over leafed or over steeped the tea but I’ve never tasted anything this bold before. I’m going to try making this another time using less than 1 tsp per cup and a shorter steeping time, but otherwise I will not be buying this again.

Update: I steeped this tea with 0.75 tsp in almost 500 ml of hot water for only a few minutes and it was much better. Thus I updated The previous rating of 40 to 60. I still think this will be a cold and flu tea and that’s it.

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

My steeped tea consultant was very kind to include 50 grams of this tea in my order for free! This means that half of my collection is now steeped tea which is quite the shift from being exclusively DAVID’s tea.

I steeped this in my timolino before work and have been slowly sipping away at it. The smell of the dry leaves is a very strong lime smell (as if someone grabbed a little bottle of lime juice and squeezed a bunch onto the green tea leaves) and the smell of the brewed tea is quite strongly lime as well. Luckily, the taste isn’t like drinking lime juice or artificial. It’s actually a nice citrus taste. Unfortunately though I can’t taste the green tea which is disappointing because normally I drink green tea fairly straight up with maybe just a jasmine flavour or some lemongrass. This is a good tasting tea but its not what green tea is supposed to be like. I’ll definitely use it up (and I will try it iced in the summertime as well-I think it would be quite good like that) but it’s nothing I would order for myself.

Flavors: Citrus, Lime

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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80

Sipdown!

This tea is super light-50 grams is about 1.5 tins worth! Strangely, the leaves look they are covered in dandelion fluff which is quite unique.

Overall the taste is floral with a hint of citrus and very light. The lemongrass is really nice with the nettle leaf. Overall its pretty nice.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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72
drank Hot Yoga by Steeped Tea
144 tasting notes

Sipdown! (I think?)

This one smells spicier than it tastes. The dry leaves smell like the overpowering cinnamon rooibos chai from DAVID’s Tea, but the taste isn’t CRAZY powerful (it still is quite cinnamon-y though). This is pretty much a chai tea, and I normally reserve this kind of tea for lattes but I’m not even sure if it would be good for a latte because it might be a tad too weak. I’m not sure. I’ll leave this note up for now and if my opinion changes I’ll revise this note.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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98

I never mentioned that I got a new tea kettle! My old one (electric) started leaking so I used up some gift certificates and got a really good one-stainless steel, different heat settings for different types of tea, and it keeps the water warm for up to 30 min. I love it and have been using it all of the time and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a cheapo plastic one.

Anywho, I got some new tea to go with my new kettle! This tea is new to steeped tea and I must say I absolutely love it. The smell of the dry leaves consists of rose petals and lemon. The smell of the tea brewed is mostly lemon with a hint of rose. Finally, the taste of the tea is lemony with just the right about of spice from the ginger. It’s absolutely wonderful and it’s just what I’ve been looking for. This is my replacement for honeybush lemon ginger from David’s tea that’s been long gone.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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71

Final cup of tea at work. Much better than that Tazo Orange garbage-this one tastes like Chamomile and Mint. Not bad. I have to deduct points for the added “spearmint flavour” though; what’s that about?

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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I used to be a coffee drinker, but it started to hurt my stomach so I switched to tea. A friend of mine introduced me to DAVID’s TEA and I couldn’t stop after that!

When it comes to tea ratings, I only ever rate them once. I know a lot of people on steepster do many tasting notes for the same teas depending on their mood, but I perfer to rate once and if my opinion changes, I will delete the old note and rate again. How I rate teas goes as following:

1-49: Teas I won’t buy again. Either the taste is disgusting to me, or it’s too bland, etc. I’m most likely not even going to finish the tin/bag.

50-59: Teas I wouldn’t buy; I have to force myself to drink the whole cup to not waste it.

60-69: I’ll finish the cup and even the bag/tin, but I wouldn’t buy these teas again. Teas of this rating are “lacking something”.

70-79:Teas that are pretty good and ones I might buy again. Usually these teas are ones I have to be “in the mood for” and drink occasionally.

80-89: Great teas! Ones I will drink several times a week and often have in my stash :).

90-100: Favourite must-have teas!

My favourite types of tea are green tea and different types of “natural” herbal tea (like lemongrass, ginger, mint, chamomile etc). Flavours I don’t care for include hibiscus or anything too tart and anything that tastes artificial. Although I like black tea I can only drinking it occasionally due to my sensitive stomach. When I started drinking tea I absolutely adored tea that had candy bits or fruit bits in it but those are becoming more of a treat as I adjust to appreciating the subtle flavours of “real tea” and not just sweetness overload. It could also be that I don’t crave sweets as much anymore as I am now out of my teen years ;)

On a day to day basis I usually have 1-2 cups of green tea and several more cups of herbal tea. On occasion I will make a tea-latte with one of those teas with candy bits (or, especially, a rooibos chai tea) but I’m usually drinking tea on the go at work so it’s few and far in between.

While I always like having a variety of tea in my cupboard I always find I have more than I really need. My goal is to get down to a few basics (i.e. one green tea, one mint tea, one chamomile tea, one chai tea, etc)as I cannot afford to spend the money I used to on loose leaf tea, lol.

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