267 Tasting Notes

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drank Cold Season by Yogi Tea
267 tasting notes

Ugh, cough sneeze I hate having a cold. But this tea really does help. I’m on my second bag of the day, and it mostly tastes of ginger and pepper and a hint of basil and oregano. (Don’t worry, the latter two are muted and don’t taste unpleasant.) Though this has the ubiquitous Yogi Teas licorice in it, the flavor is actually rather dormant.

I am such a fan of Yogi Teas and Traditional Medicinals to help cure what ails me. I use this one for allergies too, as it’s for overall respiratory health, and to help keep my sinus infections at bay.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I’m not sure where the vanilla is hiding in here, because I’m getting that hot jell-o mix taste that I get from so much red fruit tea. But I’m in a hotel, and I’m exhausted, and this tea bag came with the hotel. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s certainly not delicious either. I really can’t distinguish this from most other teas in the same genre.

So instead I’ll complain that this Marriott, like most, has no free ‘net access from anywhere but the lobby, and I didn’t realize this until after changing into my pajama pants with the little skulls and stars on them. And since I am here in a professional capacity, I’d prefer for folks in the group not to see me in my nightwear. I was admiring my room’s lovely desk with copious wall jacks for my laptop, before realizing it’s just all part of Marriott’s attempt to seduce me into paying $12.95/day for internet access. Dear Marriott, I am getting reimbursed to be here, but considering what I paid your hotel for my lunch I think I’ve already used my per diem for the day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This sounds delicious. But I’ve had a fair few blueberry teas lately, and this doesn’t taste too different. Maybe even just a bit weaker than some of the others. I definitely am not getting cream cheese out of this one, which is seriously bumming me out. I was hoping for an almost blueberry-vanilla. Something with an almost blueberry tea-latte taste to it. But it’s mostly just black tea with a pale note of blueberry. Argh. So wanted to like this one! I’ve tried messing with the steep time, but just got oversteeped black tea if I left it longer than 5 minutes.

(Edited- after reading the other reviews I am seriously confused. I do not get anything even remotely resembling pastry, vanilla, danish, dough, or anything else other than faint blueberry out of my pouch. So weird!!)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I get hardcore blueberry usually, but I haven’t go the danish or cream cheese thing yet.. However, I do love love love it. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you! :(

Lisbet

Me too! I feel left out. I so want to love it.

QueenOfTarts

Same thing happened to me with the strawberry pie honeybush and the strawberry zabaglione — no creamy, custardy notes at all.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

That’s to bad. I loved this one.

52teas

I’m sorry this one didn’t hit the mark for you. It is amazing to me how different people have completely different experiences with the same tea. At least you tried it before rating it (GRRR. See my rant here: http://steepster.com/discuss/1526-rating-teas-you-have-not-tried-wth )

Lisbet

Oh my god, I can’t believe someone would do that! Not only did I try it, I have finished half the bag in my effort to figure out how my experience could differ so much from others. I mean, my reviews might not be the best written out there (by far), but I’m definitely serious about them. My other online review pet peeve is when people use product review spaces to review shipping experiences (I see that on Amazon all the time). Boo.

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Oh man do I want to try this one.

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Ugh, what is this crap? When I read ‘sweet peach’ I didn’t imagine that it meant that the tea came pre-sweetened! I thought it was perhaps just a description of the peach. This is like the tea equivalent of those General Foods International Coffee powders. Yeuch!

(Until I made this listing I was without a product description, because this k-cup was a gift.)

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

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67
drank Mango by Gloria Jean's
267 tasting notes

I typically don’t buy tea k-cups. Although I own a Keurig machine, I hate the waste k-cups generate, so I mostly buy coffee and use the reusable Keurig filters. And tea, well, I make tea without my Keurig machine. But last time I was at the car dealership, the guy who sold me my car felt badly that it already needed so much expensive maintanance. So he gave me a bunch of tea k-cups as a consolation prize. (I guess he’d seen me tossing back cups of complementary tea.)

Anyway, I am consistently surprised by how much I like Gloria Jean’s k-cup teas. I truly enjoy the chai, and this one is good too! The black tea tastes fresh and not at all overly astringent, and the mango is very bright. Huh, I’d… drink this again. I could even see buying it. Must resist!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Ricky

Yeah, it’s pretty convenient when you don’t feel like measuring out some tea and heating up some water. I agree with you, the tea isn’t bad at all. Definitely drinkable.

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67
drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
267 tasting notes

I am mostly getting green tea plus coconut with this one. I almost wish it had a touch of vanilla, or that the lemongrass was a bit stronger. It sounds like it should be so delicious, and I’m just finding it to be ‘okay’. Honestly, I had to look at the flavor description for this one, as I just wasn’t sure what I was even supposed to be tasting. My first thought was actually that this was just an odd green. Odd in what way? I don’t know. Maybe almost like a gen mai cha.

I can actually smell the lemongrass, but while the nose is supposed to be the key to taste, I just can’t find the taste of that component in my cup. At least not very strongly- it does appear a bit more as the tea cools.

I still want to give this one a bit more of a chance. I wonder how it’d taste with sweetener, vanilla, etc. Alas, I have but one teabag for now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Well, it’s lemon verbena. Not quite lemon, not quite…. er, anyway. I took a sample sachet of this from the British shop in town, and it’s just okay. I suppose I could see combining this with, um, something I like better. Maybe something with vanilla. But by itself this just isn’t very interesting.

If I’m going to drink a tisane, it either needs to taste delicious, or have some sort of medicinal function. Actually, I guess that goes for anything I’ll drink, deciduous perennial shrub or no.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
267 tasting notes

The British shop near Rice University allows you to buy Harney & Sons by the sachet, in addition to selling the usual tins of sachets and loose leaf tea. They even have a bag open for each flavor, so the customer can sniff them. I thought this blend smelled pretty good in the shop, so I nabbed a bag to try.
I don’t know what ‘lemony bergamot’ is, but this doesn’t taste like bergamot. It tastes mildly sweet actually, like a lemon-cream black tea. I don’t know if I associate this with Paris personally (that spot is forever taken by pear tea), but it’s pretty pleasant. I imagine this would appeal to those who aren’t much into flavored tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Sometimes it’s hard to tell when to go to the doctor. And it seems to me that when I get there, my symptoms mysteriously vanish, only to return once I leave. Severe body and chest aches mean I want something comforting. And I have to wait ’till tomorrow to get my prescription antibiotics.

I though this tea would make me feel better. I usually am strict about caffeine-free after 5, but I am so dead on my feet I doubt it’ll matter (and this is no black tea). Orange and ginger are great when one is ill, so I just had to make this one again.

Mmm the orange complements the earthiness of the tea so well. Chi of Tea has great orange flavoring- so bright. I feel better just sipping this… good tea is like cold medicine for adults anyway.
I must have had green oolong before, but I can’t recall it. It definitely has a bit of the grassiness of green, with the telltale oolong taste to it. That’s my probably ill-informed and inaccurate feeling lousy and lazy assessment anyway.

Do try this one… it’s really nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Grad student in sociocultural anthropology. I drink tea while reading for my courses, and it makes the books go down easier. I genuinely like most kinds of tea – although fruit tisanes kind of scare me.

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