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1011 Tasting Notes

66
drank Zen by Tazo
1011 tasting notes

This may not be a fancy, super high quality tea – but it is nice enough as a soothing cup with a bit of honey. I don’t think I would purchase this, however, I wouldn’t turn it down if offered.

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87
drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
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I now have this lovely tea in my cupboard thanks to threewhales.

I was a bit stingy on the steeping time because the CTC leaves concerned me a bit. However, I think 3 minutes is too little. What I have now is a very mild chai and I’m not getting the caramel or vanilla as I expected. I think this tea would really shine with a traditional stovetop preparation so perhaps I’ll try that tomorrow morning.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
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Craving a dark, rich tea so here I am drinking some Golden Snail. This tea is rich, slightly malty and has a good kick of cocoa goodness. I’m really loving this today – I wonder why I haven’t drank this tea in so many months?

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
SimplyJenW

It is because you are hoarding your last bits like me! I am always slow to use up a favorite that I cannot replace!

mpierce87

Maybe so – I only have enough for one more small pot after today.

JacquelineM

Oh you lucky thing to have some Golden Snail in your cupboard!

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85

I WAY, WAY oversteeped this tea. However, after adding a tiny bit of sugar and a small splash of cream I have the most delicious, rich cup of Cherry Cheesecake goodness sitting beside me! No bitter tastes to be found, just a tea that seriously feels like it should be a million, zillion calories (but its not!)

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71
drank Earl Grey by Bentley's
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This is a decent bagged Earl Grey. The flavor is quite strong – but not bitter – and I love it as a tea latte. Not the best Earl I’ve ever had, but definitely not the worst.

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80

Mmm…nothing beats Earl Grey while watching a Star Trek marathon! This is a nice, if not very simple, Earl Grey. The bergamot is quite strong and the base tea can become bitter if you aren’t careful. However, this is a nice tea with a familiar and comforting flavor.

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93
drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
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This tea makes a great base for homemade hot chocolate! It creates a rich, multidimensional taste that is a nice change of pace from ordinary hot chocolate.

MegWesley

This is probably a silly question, but how did you use it to make hot chocolate? Did you steep it first and then add chocolate syrup? Or did you steep it and then melt in the chocolate in a pot on the stovetop. I am probably over-thinking this, but it sounds really good.

mpierce87

I had made a homemade hot cocoa mix as a Christmas gift for coworkers and I just added a spoonful of that to the steeped tea.

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93
drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
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I love how this tea is mostly vanilla with just enough mint to make it refreshing! I have been craving this tea almost constantly for the past few days – I think this pouch is going to go quickly!

Preparation
8 min or more

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93
drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
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I was a bit afraid that this would remind me of toothpaste, but thankfully it doesn’t. This is such a richly satisfying vanilla tea with just a bit of mint in the aftertaste. The earthiness of the mate really helps this to not be overwhelmingly one note. I’m also loving the caffeine kick!

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85

I LOVE genmaicha but I haven’t had it in ages. This tea smells so much like cheesecake when dry and the cherry aroma becomes quite strong while steeping. The first infusion has a creamy feel with a burst of tangy cherry. The toasted rice element is noticeable towards the end of the sip with the green tea base present throughout. I think this will be a really great afternoon tea.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap

Location

Texas

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