98 Tasting Notes

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The flavors in this are well balanced, but…it’s just not to my liking. I was expecting more of a cocoa taste and the fig one is what dominates…it’s done well, but not my thing.

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100
drank Peach Paradise by TeaSource
98 tasting notes

One of my absolute favorites iced. I cold-brew this overnight: 3 T of tea, 2 quarts of water, and about 3 T demerara sugar. I like to think of it as Kool-Aid’s older sibling. Peachy, fruity, sweet, and delicious. The taste of summer.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
potatowedges

Update: it’s been quite hot out the past couple of days, and I brewed up the last of this with some re-steeped Honeybush Vanilla/Lazy Susan and a tiny drizzle of agave. Yum.

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100

Got this when I was first getting into chai. It makes a good cup—I don’t use much soymilk. The spice isn’t as evident as I’d like it to be (except for one—maybe it’s clove—that sticks out oddly), but it’s not objectionable. I normally love the smell of the steeped leaves, but the smell of this bag when I take it out of my cup is kind of funky. Not sure why (I have had this box for a while, though). Pretty tasty, but I don’t think I’ll get it again—I’ll get something with a more even kick.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Comforting by Aveda
98 tasting notes

What got me started drinking tea. Before this, I thought all teas smelled pretty and tasted like hot water (but nice-scented water!). I always went for fruity teas and came away disappointed because I unconsciously expected them to taste like fruit juice. I love this tea—straight mint teas I don’t like the taste of, but the licorice root (as well as the warm spicy notes of basil and fennel) rounds out the light minty taste in an amazing way. I originally bought a jar of this for $24 (Aveda is expensive!), then, when I finished it, I found the ratios of the four ingredients online and mixed it myself with herbs from the co-op. It tasted even better and fresher and only cost $3 to refill the whole jar. Woo! This is a perennial favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
SimplyJenW

Please share the ratios!

potatowedges

here we go:
1 1/4 cup licorice root
1 cup peppermint leaves
1/8 cup basil leaves
1/8 cup fennel

That’s it! Enjoy :)

SimplyJenW

I think I have all of that….(don’t ask)!

potatowedges

I know all about it—I have a bag of cayenne pepper in my pantry.

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99

Fan-freaking-tastic. I went out on a limb a little when I bought this the first time, but man, was it worth it. The sweet, rounded note at the end has so much sustain (now I’m talking in guitar terms, oh dear) that even in the minutes between sips I still have that marvelous taste. When I first got this, I opened the bag and it smelled like frosting—no lie. I’ve since learned that the fragrance of Teavana’s teas can be super strong at first. This tastes nothing at all like frosting, and is malty, smoooooooth, and satisfying. I’ve recently been experimenting with multiple steeps for this, and it’ll go at least 3 times while still tasting yummy (and, as sophistre said, it does lose all of the very-slight astringency that I feel honeybush has after the first steeping.) I drink this all day. You should too. Also great when blended with Teasource’s Lazy Susan.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
potatowedges

Second steeping is the best, yo! And I tested, and it really can’t go any farther than three.

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100

This is one of my absolute favorite black teas. The heavenly scent of it takes me back to memories of winter…when I make this, I hold the cup under my nose and smell it until it cools down. Full-bodied, smooth, and very pleasant. It’s great plain, but a splash of soymilk takes it to the next level…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Popped Rooibos by TeaSource
98 tasting notes

A fabulous everyday tea. Just like the description says, it’s full-bodied (and I love that in a tea), and it has kind of a caramel-y toastiness. Stunning.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
potatowedges

Oh, plus it smells amazing—forgot to mention that.

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I’m a college tea drinker.
I cook feverishly.
I draw.
I make movies.
I knit.
Someday I wish to own chickens.

I love tea because of the complete sensory experience it offers me. Clock time fades away as I lean into my cup, watching the delicate cascades of steam waft up from the brew. Peace. Stillness. Feeling centered. It’s my meditation…

To give you a little background on my tea preferences (which will put my ratings into perspective)…

I love teas that are strong without bitterness and have earthy flavors to them, like rooibos or a really good black tea. (A few favorites in this category: Toffee Almond Supreme, Popped Rooibos, Oh Canada, Nutcracker Sweet.) Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutty are some of my favorite flavor notes. After about a year of warming up to greens, I absolutely love them—from the sweet, nutty, green-tea-ice-cream-like to the bold, grassy earthiness of Gunpowder Temple of Heaven. I also enjoy a nice white every once in a while. Fruity teas aren’t my favorite. I do have a few fruity teas that I love though, like TeaSource’s Green Tea with Pomegranate, Lemon Solstice, and Blueberry Fields.

I drink all of my teas unsweetened; if a tea needs sweetening, I usually don’t like it. A couple of notable exceptions: I sometimes sweeten straight green teas and matcha, and I drink my chai with soymilk (but no other sweetener). I sometimes like my black tea with a little dollop of soymilk.

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Northfield, MN

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