51 Tasting Notes

94

Another cup from the stash my boss sent me. I don’t normally put milk or sugar in my tea, but I can see where this one might benefit from a splash of milk and a wee bit of sugar. The coconut flavor is stronger than other coconut teas I’ve tried, and there’s a hint of almond and vanilla behind it, with a little bit of spice.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Cardamon, Coconut, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Youthberry by Teavana
51 tasting notes

Finally got into the stash of tea sent to me by the wonderful lady I work for, and this one is definitely a winner. The smell of the dry tea was a little off-putting because it was so strong, but once I brewed a cup, the smell was a little less intense, and the tea is delightfully delicate and has so many interesting flavors. Very tropical – for a few minutes I could pretend I was back on Kauai instead of staring down a lengthy to-do list!

Flavors: Apple, Berries, Dried Fruit, Floral, Hibiscus, Rosehips

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

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98

An excellent cup of tea to enjoy at bedtime. I settled in with a cup while I enjoyed a few episodes of an old-school Sherlock Holmes TV series last night, and found it relaxing – none of the flavors in the tea are very strong, but together they’re quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

This tea smells lovely, and tastes just as good. The dragonfruit flavor is strong but not overpowering, and the black tea provides a good base for it. Great for a pick-me-up around mid-afternoon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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97

Got a box of this tea in my stocking at Christmas, and it has served me well. It’s not quite as good as the Twinings English Breakfast I habitually drank for years, but it serves its purpose well, and is a decent cup of tea. I like it for throwing a tea bag or two in my travel mug when I’m taking a cup of tea with me somewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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94

I got a box of this tea in my stocking at Christmas, and have been happily enjoying it since. It’s brighter and almost more citrus-y than the Twinings Earl Grey I’m used to drinking. Rather lovely :-)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec

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97

Another find in the stash my sister sent me. Having had a very harrowing day (would not wish on anyone the experience of seeing one of one’s heroes crash their race car in such a serious fashion), and finding myself very cranky and in need of something chocolate this evening, I figured a cup of this tea was in order. It definitely fits the bill – the chocolate flavor is nice, and the mint is a good addition.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

I like my Irish Breakfast tea very strong – a legacy of early morning criminal justice classes, where tea was usually the only thing keeping me going, and I brewed it by hastily throwing a tea bag in my travel mug, adding water, dashing out the door to catch the train, and the tea reaching a drinkable temp just as I got into class. This tea definitely doesn’t disappoint on that front – it’s “strong enough to knock over large livestock”, as a friend puts it. It’s a fantastic tea for a bit of a boost to get going, or to finish the last few tasks of the day.

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

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