267 Tasting Notes

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drank Rooibos Black Currant by Chado
267 tasting notes

I can’t think of much to say about this, as it is very weakly flavored, and I mostly just get ‘rooibos’ from it. I’ve added honey to try to make it more interesting, and tried oversteeping it. Fine, I suppose, if you enjoy very mild fruity notes. Very mild.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

It sounds like all the Chado flavored Rooibos teas need more flavoring?

Lisbet

Yes, pretty much- I don’t think I’m going to reorder. I don’t like that on their site when I submitted my reviews they listed them under my full name without giving me a chance to pick a nickname. Now i know why they have no reviews on their website.

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drank Rooibos Bourbon by Chado
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drank Breathe Deep by Yogi Tea
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I’m definitely not drinking this for taste, and at any rate, my head is too stuffed up to taste much anyway. This is a good thing, because I dislike the taste of licorice. What taste I can get from this is intensely herby with a licorice aftertaste. It tastes the way dried thyme smells. It’s not unpleasant, and what’s more- it does work. I stopped blowing my nose halfway through the cup, and can breathe through it. I’m tempted to just carry around a cup of this until my cold passes.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
SoccerMom

Hope you feel better soon!

Lisbet

Thanks! I hope so :)

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60

I wish I wasn’t drinking this, because when I break this box out, it means I feel pretty lousy. I have noticed that this herbal remedy does make me feel a bit more energetic when I am down, but I have never drunk enough of it to assess whether it shortens the duration of a cold. I will note that I have failed to get ill quite a few times when I thought I was going to, after treating myself with a few bags of this tea. Tastes a bit green and a bit minty, like a slightly odd mint tea. Good job hiding the taste of echinacea! Doesn’t quite make the ’I’d drink it for the flavor’ list, but it’s not bad at all.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Rooibos Campfire by Chado
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This is a decent blend, though not one of my absolute favorites. Of the additions to the rooibos, the orange stands out the most- so much so that I can’t taste rooibos (not a problem). The cinnamon comes up next, and I faintly taste almond, it’s really a backdrop. If you like orange-cinnamon tea, give it a shot- even if you don’t like rooibos!
Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

The name is so cute. But I am not sure that I am into an orange rooibos mixture.

Lisbet

Oddly, I just had it again this morning and it was more almondy with a hint of citrus. I still haven’t decided how I feel about this blend, so I didn’t give it a numerical rating yet.

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I don’t honestly know whether the hype about kombucha is true. I’ve heard astounding claims made about its efficacy, and claims made that it does nothing. Either way, this tea tastes pretty good. The green is mostly a backdrop, and what I taste is a mild papaya. This makes a great after dinner tea as it cleanses the palette and purportedly helps with digestion. Fruit teas are very hit or miss with me, so I wasn’t sure whether I was getting myself in trouble buying it. I definitely don’t taste the spearmint, and wouldn’t have identified lemongrass a component on my own either- it really tastes more like fruit to me.

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

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drank French Vanilla Decaf by Bigelow
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This was a desperation move. I couldn’t find any of the teabags I usually had with me, and this was in our departmental conference room. I didn’t want to sit through class with nothing to drink (habit), so I tried a bag. BLEGH. Bad, artificial vanilla. The scent alone reminded me of a car air freshener. I don’t mind vanilla in teas at all, but it’s definitely got to be real.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos St. Marc by Chado
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A mild, sweet tea that tastes mostly of rooibos and not the delicious sounding flavor additives. If I had to identify the strongest flavor in this tea it’d be the hint of strawberry. I’ve tried brewing this at different strengths and different durations and have just concluded that the flavoring isn’t strong enough for my liking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Classic India Spice by Yogi Tea
267 tasting notes

I bought this to go with some homemade Indian food, and because it was purely herbal and wouldn’t keep me up afterwords. I made this with hot milk and a dash of honey, and it was a great chai. It resembled the chai I’ve gotten in Indian restaurants a lot more than anything else I’ve ever bought, despite it not having masala as a component. I like that I can combine this with green, black, or rooibos tea depending on my mood.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I can’t pretend to have as sophisticated take on this tea as Jim does, but I must say that it’s one of the best oolongs I’ve ever tasted, and I have been to TeaGschwendner’s oolong tea tasting. If you’ve been trying to capture that elusive ‘Chinese restaurant taste’, get this. It’s like a 10x better version of the tea you’ve been served with dim sum. Very mild, light flavor- very uniquely oolong.

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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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