274 Tasting Notes

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First thought upon opening the bag: Oh god this SMELLS. It was overpoweringly strong to the point I wanted to gag.

Steeping it now… 2 teaspoons.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste because I didn’t want to immediately spit it out. I was expecting something truly horrifically over-flavored given the heavy scent. It’s drinkable – barely – though why I would want to is a whole other question. I can’t concentrate on the flavor too much. The flavors just do not work together for me, and the tea feels faintly oily in my mouth, which isn’t terribly surprising given how heavily scented it was.

Dear self: You don’t need to prove your Browncoat cred by buying and drinking tea. Just rewatch the entire series a few more times. You don’t have all of The Hero of Canton lyrics memorized yet.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
274 tasting notes

I picked this up in a sample size because I love blueberries. I’m not normally a fan of fruity tea but thought I’d give it a try. For $2, why not?

This tea smells divine. I could stand all day inhaling the fumes from the bag. The brewed tea also smells lovely though the blueberry scene is not as strong.

Taste: Very subtle. I can definitely taste the blueberry and the white tea, but as with most fruit teas, the two flavors seem to negate each other. Unlike other fruit teas, though, I didn’t hate it.

I think I will have to try this cold. I think I’d enjoy it better, with some sugar.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Oolong (bag) by EnjoyingTea.com
274 tasting notes

Meh. This is pretty subpar oolong, but I honestly wasn’t expecting much since it was bagged, and included in my order from EnjoyingTea.com for free (I didn’t even request it!). So thanks for the free tea, but I’m going to leave this in the office cupboard for my coworkers.

I steeped this for a long time because I got distracted. When I finally did take a sip, the color was a darkish brown. Taste: practically non-existent for the amount of time the tea steeped.

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drank Darjeeling Blend by Harney & Sons
274 tasting notes

Darjeeling isn’t my favorite tea, so that will color my review. I didn’t think this was anything special. It was pleasant to drink but I wasn’t blown away like some other reviewers were. It definitely tastes “woody” as others have mentioned, but I’m not tasting any of the caramel others are. I think I prefer oolongs.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Six Summits by Teavana
274 tasting notes

Supposedly there is berry flavor in this. I can barely taste it – it’s more of a faint aftertaste than any mingling with the oolong flavor, and I can only detect it if I’m really concentrating.

It’s not bad. I actually really like this – it’s a nice strong oolong. I’m actually okay without a strong berry flavor because I’m not sure I would have liked it that way.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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It’s 95 degrees and muggy in downtown Washington, DC. My coworker was making a Starbucks run so I handed her a fiver and asked for one of these bad boys. I’d never had it before but I was intrigued.

Grande made with soy milk and with whipped cream. YUM. Definitely a fan. The matcha is strong and comes right on through in the flavor. I love it.

(Also, I’m quite amused this drink is on Steepster. I just looked it up on a whim and there it is! Glad it is though.)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
274 tasting notes

I had received a pyramid bag of this as a sample with my order. I was pleasantly surprised with this tea. It smelled wonderful when steeping, and tasted even better. I don’t normally like flavored teas, but the flavor is very subtle and complements rather than overpowers the black tea. It’s very reminiscent of Earl Grey, because of the bergamont, but with fruity undertones. Very very nice. I’ll be buying a tin of this for sure.

Thanks for the sample, Harney & Sons. You made a sale!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by TeaCuppa
274 tasting notes

I have a little bit of the apple blossom tea leftover from last night so I mixed this with my nightly milk oolong. At first sip, it was a bit tart but quickly mellowed into deliciousness.

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drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
274 tasting notes

A very solid Earl Grey. The dry tea had a very nice, strong aroma. I steeped it for about 3 minutes and drank it plain without sugar or milk. The flavor is a bit more subtle than other Earl Grey’s, but not unpleasantly so. I actually liked this better, I think. Not bitter, not overpowering. Captain Picard would approve.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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At the time of tasting and writing this note, the tea in question has been sitting in a paper bag in my pantry for over a year so I imagine the flavor is off. It’s definitely not as strong as I remember it being when I first got it. (I didn’t know anything about tea other than it was yummy, and I wasn’t spending $7 on a tin to hold 2 oz of tea.)

Despite that, I really like this tea. It’s a nice green tea. On the first sip, the toasted rice flavor hits after the tea taste and it’s delightful. After, the two flavors mingle together.

Very nice. I have some new Genmaicha (from Harney & Sons) in my cupboard that I’ll have to try and compare.

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens, and then blacks. For the most part I do not like flavored or blended teas, and I never add sugar or cream to tea from the actual tea plant.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I drink for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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