217 Tasting Notes

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Smell wise: Dry it smells a lot like Grape flavored Nerds. Wet, not so much artificial tasting alittle bit more like grape juice.

Taste: a hint of grape closely followed up by what I’m assuming is the Oolong because it tastes a lot like the other Oolongs I’ve had. This will probably make a good iced tea though I am not impressed by it. Not going to buy this one again.

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Aside from the new teas that came out, I realized that I hadn’t tried this one and added it to the list. Like others have mentioned it has a fruity/bubblegummy kind of scent and slight flavor. There is an odd after taste of soap that is really throwing me off. Other then maybe seeing if this tea will make a good iced tea…or at least passable, because I don’t see much use for this tea.

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I got a $50 Teavana gift card for my bday and today I finally got to go spend it and was remarkably good about not spending much over that (5 bucks.lol.)

I think I may have over sugared this because it tastes like syrup. Blah. I know I didn’t over steep it because I kept a close eye on it. Though maybe I should go for minute and 30 seconds next time…because underneath the hibiscus-grapefruit/cloying sweetness is a strange metallic flat taste. You know, maybe it’s time I cleaned the ol’ kettle out..that could be what’s causing the issue. And to those who might ask: I only use water in my kettle and no we don’t have hard water…but it’s been quite a while since I’ve cleaned it out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
217 tasting notes

Interesting. Not a bad or good interesting. Just….interesting. This was on my wishlist ever since it came out, but now that I’ve tried it, I’m going to take it off. When it comes to tea that I’ve bought from a website/that is the nearest store is quite a ways away, I feel that I should be WoWed by the tea, otherwise I don’t see a point in getting it. Particularly if I can get similar tasting teas for cheaper and nearby. I’ve heard this doesn’t have ginger in it, but the taste of this reminds me alot of Gingerbread Latte Rooibos that I’ve been getting from my fave tea store in Plymouth. So if this tea comes back, will not be buying a bag.

Last thing: there is a strange little sour note in the aftertaste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
217 tasting notes

Ever since I got home from my stint in volunteering this afternoon, I’ve been feeling crampy. Thought it might have something to do with female stuff, but it seemed different…ok don’t want to go into to much detail :) But anyways, I had really wanted to drink tea this evening but this tea was the only one that I could stand the thought of having, as in the past it’s been a help to my tummy feeling picked on.

Mmmm why didn’t I fix this earlier? Now, it doesn’t taste as wonderful as looseleaf tea and it isn’t a WOWzer of a tea but it’s nice, and given that I only drink this tea when I’m feeling some sort of crappy….it doesn’t need to be a wowzer. It just needs to taste nice and drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
217 tasting notes

I like this tea well enough. I am not by any means an expert on Oolongs so could not tell you what if anything that I tasted from the base. It seems all to be melded together. But that is preferable most of the time for me and flavored teas, because otherwise it kind of tastes weird to me.

I actually had this tea starting yesterday morning before going to take care of my Grandmother, then finished it when I came home from an outing with a friend.
I tasted plenty of caramel, hints of apple, and strangely enough: the taste of cheese. I have no idea what kind of cheese or why I got the impression of cheese, but it was there. Like a weird cheese like beer infused cheese. Which isn’t a bad thing, I didn’t throw me off.

So, I like this tea, and would be more then happy to receive a bag of this for a gift, but would not go out of my way to buy it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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This is the 3rd Genmaicha I’ve ever had. (Well 3rd brand that is.) the 1st was Fusion Teas, and a interesting flavor but 1 I was undecided about keeping around. The second was a unknown nasty one that still makes me shudder.

This, like the other Verdant tea that I’ve tried so far (Eight Treasures. Tried it just a few days ago.) Is excellent. Since I’ve been flirting with the idea of just keeping samples (Since I love variety but also must be reasonable about how much I spend.) I don’t think I would want a bunch of this at a time. But like with Eight Treasures I keep licking my chops. Grins

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Nice tea. Gentle. Sweet. Unassuming. Which surprises me given it has coconut. Not sure if I’d be inclined to get a bag of this, but at the very least won’t mind finishing the cup. Like the last tea who’s suggested temp, because I don’t have 170 as an option I used another, though this time I went for lower, 160 which may have been to low and why this is so mild. Argh. I really need another thermometer.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I suspect this would be much better as a iced tea. Part of the problem might be that I brewed at the wrong temp. I went for 175 because 170 wasn’t an option on my kettle and thought if I waited a little bit before pouring it would be ok. Maybe next time I’ll try 160 since that is the next lowest….or maybe by then I’ll have a new thermometer.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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LOL I have to admit that when I opened this up and smelled something like coconut, I wanted to groan. Don’t get me wrong, I like coconut in teas and otherwise, it’s just that alot of teas seem to have coconut as a flavor and I don’t want to get tired of it. But I wasn’t in the mood to go hunting for another sample.

1st sip, I did taste a coconutty flavor, and a bare hint of strawberries.

You ever taste a tea and the 1st sip is exactly what the description is, but then the rest of the tea tastes somewhat bland? Yeah, that just happened.
I might be inclined to buy this as a Iced tea pack if it is still available this summer. But if it’s reblended in general….Probably won’t be interested.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Currently 40 years old…

Been a tea lover for most of my life, though it’s only in the past? (5-8 years.) That I’ve been drinking loose leaf tea.

I like mostly blended teas in Black, White, and some Oolong. Sadly not much Green tea that I really like. And of course Herbal.

Rating Guide that I use, though I am not terribly consistent;)

100 Excellent
90-99 Very Good
70-89 Fair
50-69 The only teas that I am interested in in this rating are teas that I can buy locally, such as at a grocery store, fruit market, tea shop, etc. Or is fairly cheap/add on thru a website.
50 and Below No redeeming qualities whatsoever or is too much like a tea that I already have.

Some teas such as Constant Comment by Bigelow I still drink on occasion, it is one of my comfort teas from when I was growing up. Others are Perfect Peach, Mint Medley and Cozy Chamomile.

I am a bookworm, though I also enjoy art journaling/mixed media, making jewelry, spending waaaaaay to much time online…particularly bingeing various tv shows on Netflix and Hulu. Also various forums like this one (On and off.) Quora, Goodreads, Youtube and misc. others. If you see the nicknames Lynxiebrat/Lynxiegrl,Lynxiedove, Zaaron or Sarikcat, then drop me a message:)

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