35 Tasting Notes

98

we have an amish store nearby (sometimes referred to as the dented can store) which rocks. it’s like tj maxx, but food focused, and they put a lot of efforts into finding good quality, organic foods that are slightly outdated, 2 seconds past expiration, with dented packaging, and then they sell it Cheap. i love it (Thanks St. Ignatius General Store!). this tea was there. it is wonderful. like juice. feels like summer, which is nice since its freezing outside. the color is gorgeous. i am officially a zhena fan.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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96

yummers. add rum to this for sure.

Preparation
Boiling

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88

another tea bag that ended up in my purse after a meeting from the tea basket. I like this. I would buy this if it was on sale, or if I had a cold. it’s tart, but lovely.

Preparation
Boiling

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100

oooohhhh. i love this tea. one of my all-time favorites. bitter, like a stormy fall day after a break-up. i love this one.

Preparation
Boiling

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38
drank Calm by Tazo
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ehhh. blah. i think it’s interesting that they add turmeric for color, but mass market appeal is appealing, and turmeric is a pretty color, so, fine. i get it. Was at a meeting, this was the best tea choice to have with the conference room lukewarm water. eh.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
Cofftea

I think it’s the luke warm water’s fault. I don’t drink herbals, but my best friend asked me if I wanted tea from a friend’s stash and handed me a cup of this. I let it steep endlessly and it was still good. I doubt it was the boiling water I would normally use, but it definitely wasn’t luke warm.

MelissaPicoli

probably true. i’m sure I will drink it again many times since it is so readily available!

Cofftea

Or steal a bag to take home and make it w/ boiling water:)

MelissaPicoli

hee. hee. already did. _

Cofftea

Haha nice

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91

the word “milk” in there sets you up for a really smooth cup of tea. maybe it is a bit of suggestive powers, but i totally tasted milky hints, and loved it. drank it with a spicy buffalo rendang and it kinda fit just right, oddly enough.

Preparation
Boiling

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7
drank teaguys by Formosa oolong
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obviously, from my incessant tea notes about it, oolongs are my favorite. i drink tea for benefit, and i believe the most benefits are in oolongs and pu-erhs. slightly intuitive, mostly researched. i am looking for a wholesale supply of bulk oolong and tried this one. the other teas i have had from this company are lovely, so i think it is the tea i don’t like, not the company’s blend. too dirty tasting, not balanced, slightly acrid. anyone have a formosa they love?

Preparation
Boiling
Cofftea

All true tea (white, black, green, pu erh, and yellow) have virtually the same health benefits. Powdered teas like matcha where you consume the entire leaf will have more than decanted tea. If you’re looking for antioxidents, drink green bush, a caffeine free tisane that has more antioxidants than true teas.

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29

green tea rarely does it for me, and sometimes it makes my belly feel funny. i’m not into this one. i’m a little partial to loose leaf, and think the crushing involved in bagging a tea brings out edges that i don’t love. i’m also a believer that crushing tea leaves releases so much of their goodness prematurely, that it feels more like flavored water than a powerful health beverage, which is my relationship to tea. but, the size of these tea bags makes a perfect eye mask, and I used them on two facial clients yesterday. brew strong, then dip in ice water for the best eye treatment. layer over some borage oil, and you’ve got yourself a great treatment! perfect for puffy, tired eyes…_

Preparation
Boiling

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93
drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
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I bought a pound of this last yer and just finished it off. I stored it in a cellar, and it is still light and delicious. I like white teas, but generally prefer an addition, and the peachy deliciousness to this rocks. I think I like the smell of the dry tea even more than the taste. I always use boiling water, and rarely time my steeps because I just steep it until I want to drink it. This is yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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45

This is funny. Found it at TJ Maxx, funny packaging, odd ingredient list which consists of berries and nothing else (although I broke a the bag apart and am completely confused by the contents, which included greens). Has a light fruit taste, no depth. I am using it in a spritzer bottle for setting make-up and mixing it into facial masks for clients. Smells lovely.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Jaime

I know it sounds strange, but I’m going to have to try this stuff!!! Wonder if my TJ Maxx has it…

MelissaPicoli

i went on their website, UK based. I think what’s happening is that it is a start-up and they changed packaging. I am a tea start-up too, so i hope she does very well. packaging is tough. if you find the “super anti-ageing” tea with the lady on front, try it! If I see some more I will pick it up and send to you.

Jaime

I’ll definitely pick some up if I see it, and thanks!!

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