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71 Tasting Notes

71

I can’t believe I never reviewed this one. It isn’t my favorite, but it is a passable chai. It’s full-bodied, robust, and has a lot of spicy notes to it. Will definitely do in a pinch.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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73

Had this one again this morning, and I’m lowering the rating a bit. It seems I was a bit overzealous in my first review. Or maybe I had just been deprived a good breakfast tea for so long I forgot what they were supposed to taste like. In any case, in between my first cup and this one, I had New Zealand Breakfast, and this one doesn’t even compare. It is a malty, full-feeling black tea blend, but it’s just not on the same standard at the NZ Breakfast. It’s nice, though. So I won’t lower it too much.

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drank Zen Again by Clipper
71 tasting notes

Backlog: I had this tea a couple of nights ago after a particularly stressful afternoon. The smell dry is LOVELY! Steeped, there’s a bit of funky smell, but upon tasting, it is not evident in the brew. Very nice! The mellow menthol is just right, and it blends wonderfully with the other flavors. It isn’t my favorite tea, but it is pretty good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100

I finally got some more of this in a round robin, and a dear friend is sending me some loose leaf of this as well! Yay! Even though I oversteeped and accidentally added too much milk, it’s still delicious! Super smooth, malty, and some bright sweetness- love!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
gmathis

Manomanomanoman, that sounds good!

Miss Starfish

I was so impressed with this tea! Glad to see it’s getting love overseas.

gmathis

Do you know if it’s available/on sale in the U.S.?

IrishBreakfastLass

I don’t think it is. I’m getting mine from a friend who has a sister in NZ, I believe, and from a round robin in a knitting group on Ravelry. When the round robin went around the first time, I took a couple of the bags of this, as it sounded yummy and unusual. When it came around the second time, with MORE NZ tea added, I snagged a couple more and sent out a message to the group, begging the owner of the NZ tea to ‘hook me up’ with her source. lol

ashmanra

Sandy lived there. Maybe she has a connection who will send it to us. Sandy?

Miss Starfish

If sources still aren’t plentiful in a couple months, I’d be happy to help out. Apologies that I can’t stick my hand up immediately :(

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73

First sip- YUM! I added a tiny bit of sugar and a dab of milk, as I do with all my bold breakfast teas. I’m getting a nice malty, smooth, and full mouthfeel. lots of body, and a bright note. This is instantly one of my favorites for a breakfast tea. There’s no bitterness, and no real astringency, so it’s an all around good cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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96

I’m getting sick, and so this tea comes out in my search for something, anything, to help with my throat! I remember exactly why I love this tea when I open the packet, and I can barely wait as I’m putting on the kettle and then subsequently waiting for the steep. I got a little sidetracked after putting it in to steep though, and left it probably 10 minutes or so. Even with such a long steep, it’s wonderful! The strong citrus smell is almost exactly what you taste when you sip it. And all that vitamin C will surely help with fighting off whatever this is I’ve got. Also, the Chado website suggests that it will help with depression and chronic headaches. I’m hoping it will get me out this funk I’m in, regardless.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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62

Dry, this smells like Spiced Apple Rings, which I LOVE. Once it’s brewing, it smells like sweet hot apple cider. But once I tasted it, it tasted like neither. In fact, it didn’t really taste like anything. Very weak. I added a bit of sugar and that brought out the flavors a bit. I needed the chamomile for a cold I’m developing, and thought this would be a good tea for that. It’s ok once you add sweetener to it. Maybe I added too much water to the steep?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79

This one is a nice under the weather tea, as others have mentioned. I feel a cold coming on, the throat scratchiness and all, so this was definitely a good choice. Not the ‘lemon zinger’ I was expecting, though, which is a PLUS. I like lemon teas, and this one is a great choice. Very bright, with a delicate, light taste, with just a hint of good tartness. Love the pinkish color too.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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58

Being a pretty diehard fan of anything chai, I was disappointed by this offering. I found it to be weak, and the spiciness that I love so much was not all that prevalent in this one. I normally like Bigelow pretty well, though, so I’m not too put off. Maybe next time I’ll try a longer steep or less water. We’ll see!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

My little sister likes this tea.
When I have drank it, I have used two bags and left it in for a much longer steep.
This produced a much better result for me:)

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91

So this is really yummy! I’m never disappointed by Twinings. They totally hold up to my expectations, which are pretty high in some cases. This tea is like marzipan in a cup! It’s very chai-y, and you can really taste the almond in this one. It’s really nice. Not too spicy, just enough. And the almond is naturally sweet, too. It’s really good! I can’t believe I’m the first to review it, actually!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I’m at-home mother of 4, married 10 years. Tea, like knitting, is therapy for me. It’s a short reprieve from things that frustrate me. And it’s much cheaper than actual therapy. I was raised by my grandparents, both of whom enjoyed a good cup of tea, and they were already set in their ways by the time I came along. They had their tea all picked out, and we drank the same thing pretty much all the time. I just recently started branching out after discovering some new teas in a Round Robin I participated in on Ravelry(my other safe haven where my knitting progress lives), and I’ve been experimenting ever since. I recently tried my first loose leaf, Twinings Irish Breakfast, and I’ve also been getting some samples from Chado Teas. Every time I get a box or packet in the mail it’s like Christmas!

Aside from tea, my life consists of normal mommy-type stuff, of course, and I have 2 girls ages 7 and 9, and two boys ages 3 and 5. But I also enjoy photography, knitting, reading, writing, making collages, and tending to the farm. Did I mention I have 2 horses, goats, chickens, a pig, ducks, working dogs, and a couple of cats? We LOVE animals around here. I also love Dr. Who, many British comedies such as Are You Being Served?, and sarcasm. I suffer from depression and anxiety, hence the need for things to keep my hands busy and my mind on task, and I also have a sensory disorder, which includes a strong aversion to jeans and jean-like materials.

My favorite teas so far:

-Heredia Lemon Verbena
-Chai anything(except Stash, which is, for some reason, quite bland to me)
-Twinings Irish Breakfast
-Twinings Pure Mint
-Numi Aged Earl Grey
-Twinings New Zealand Breakfast
-Twinings Lady Grey

I will add more as I come across them, and some of these will probably fall off the list in favor of others I may prefer.

Location

Northeast Georgia

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