804 Tasting Notes


Just as VariaTEA said “This tea isn’t offensive in any way but it also isn’t anything special. I don’t get any pomegranate flavor, just slightly sweet vegetal oolong.” If you’re expecting something special, it’s a letdown. If you’re expecting an oolong, it’s not too bad.

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I ended up with a tin of this + the 12 bags in the holiday sampler, so I had a lot of it to drink this season. At first, I put up with it, then I had a phase where I preferred it (steeped strongly: 2 bags per mug, or a small mug for one bag), then I’ve had other tea in the meanwhile, and now have ended up not caring for it so much again. So: if you plan to drink it in a month, I recommend it, but I don’t think it holds up on its own.

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A light, holiday, green tea. I only had 12 bags of it, as part of the three holiday’s tea tin that Republic of Tea puts out, but wish I had more. A nice afternoon tea for this time of year.

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Had a cup at a local coffee/tea shop. It was okay, but the tea seemed to be hiding behind the fruit.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
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This is my favorite pumpkin tea I’ve had yet. I’ve been on the lookout, but so far hadn’t found a good match. Enough pumpkin to be pumpkin, and perfect spices. My office smells so great right now!

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Just finished off a tin of this, out of season despite my previous reviews. It’s such a nice cup of tea. My inclination is to replace it immediately, but I’m going to go with autumn teas from now until the holiday season.

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I wasn’t sure what Canadian Breakfast tea would be, so I picked this up at a local coffee shop. It’s good! Strong! Would love some (almond or soy) milk and sugar!

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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Weirdly, I picked up raisin—or something like it—in this cup. It doesn’t appear that others have had that sensation, but it was really noticeable to me. Also, much better piping hot than after sitting out for a little while.

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drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
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Solid cup of black tea. I expect a bit more than “solid” from Samovar, so I think I’ll stick to my regular sources for breakfast blends, but it’s a quality cup.

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


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