106 Tasting Notes

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drank Spice of Life by Teavana
106 tasting notes

Not my favorite tea – very light flavor, and very easily made bitter if over steeped; however, it smells WONDERFUL: nutty and almond-y and sweet, a little like marzipan, but a bit floral and herbal as well. Worked well for me with a half teaspoon of honey.

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

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Tried this tea for the firs time this afternoon – amazing (although I will admit a certain bias and love towards anything strawberry)! Lovely rounded strawberry aroma (both loose tea leaves and once it’s brewed); slightly sweet finish, brought out well by the addition of half-and-half. I brewed mine a bit longer than the recommended 5-7 minutes, but the strawberry flavor was well-rounded, and was not diminished by having added my half-and-half; had a creamy, strawberry finish. Just lovely.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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93

It’s possible I oversteeped this tea – I generally tend not to drink white tea; I thought this chai was really lovely but very slightly bitter. (Full disclosure: Aside from oversteeping it, I also mostly drink black teas that I would add milk and sugar to, so drinking tea without is not usual for me.)

This white ayurvedic chai has spicy, peppery overtones, and a bit of that pepper stays with you, yet a taste of sweetness that I attribute to cinnamon stayed on my tongue as I sipped. I added a tablespoon of honey for one cup, and not for the other; the hone did mute some of the bitterness, and I think some of the pepper as well.

It has a very pleasing aroma: slightly grassy, peppery, but slightly sweet – a really interesting combination, nothing inherently overpowering but blended well such that every time I smelled the tea, I detected a different bouquet.

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

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Not usually a big fan of chamomile tea, but this blend had a lovely citrus aroma, spring-y and light. Tasted mostly of citrus, not terribly strong (at least in terms of chamomile flavor), but a nice light tea that I would prefer in the evenings. The aroma was especially pleasing.

I wasn’t sure at which temperature to heat the water, so I chose 200 degrees, and brewed it for 9 minutes. Next time I might try full on boiling water, but time-wise, 9 minutes seemed a good length.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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100

An absolutely excellent tea: I brewed and steeped mine for four minutes, which is a minute longer than the recommendation, but it was very well-rounded. I couldn’t taste the notes of raisin and molasses as such, as they were quite subtle, but there was a depth to the tea, no bitter aftertaste that sometimes comes with black teas; there was a definite pleasing aftertaste that reminded me of raisins.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I brewed my small pot of lemon grass for 8 minutes; it steeped to a nice medium brown cup that smelled grassy and lemony. I added a teaspoon of honey (probably unnecessary, since I think it muted some of the lemon grass flavor). Lovely light grassy aroma.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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67

Good bright fruity herbal tea. Had a nice light aroma of strawberries with overtones of lemon; not as much strawberry flavor as I would have liked, instead having a stronger lemon finish. Good with honey.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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97
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
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I’m not normally a fan of cranberries, but I enjoyed this tea much more than I thought I would, especially with the dried cranberries. The tea has a good cranberry aroma, with a hint of tartness and with the slight sweetness that comes with dried cranberries. It held up excellently with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I like this tea; it’s nice and bright, springy, with a good lemon aroma that’s also slightly creamy. I brewed mine strong, and added half-and-half and sugar, and it was quite delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

What a great tea! I bought this in tea bag form, let it steep for longer than five minutes, added milk and sugar. Wonderful raspberry aroma and flavor, even with the milk and sugar. Just fantastic.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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