267 Tasting Notes

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drank Milk Oolong by TeaCuppa
267 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
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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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drank Apple Flower Tea by TeaCuppa
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A very pleasant, light floral taste. Slightly sweet, slightly sour. It’s similar to chrysanthemum tea with a slight sour undertone. Very very nice. I think this would taste lovely blended with some oolong or black tea.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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For the second steep, I blended this with some TeaCuppa Chrysanthemum and it was very very nice. The chrysanthemum added a nice hint of subtle sweetness and complemented the earthiness of the Pur-erh. I highly recommend that combination!

Preparation
8 min or more

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I oversteeped this. I walked away from the tea and forgot about it until long past when I should have taken the leaves out. Still, the flavor was not bitter, or overly strong (which makes me wonder how weak it is if I had followed the steeping instructions).

I grew up on Pu-erh tea in Chinese restaurants. To my mind, this is what generic tea tastes like. I find it honestly a little bland and boring because of that. Maybe I’ll find a Pu-erh tea that rises above the class one day.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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I knew this was probably a bad idea but it smelled so yummy dry. I like my tea to taste like tea, but I needed a couple more dollars to my total bill in order to use a coupon, so I grabbed this. It smelled like a delicious almond cookie!

It does not taste like a delicious almond cookie. My issue with blended and flavored teas is that I end up not being able to taste the tea or the flavors very well. There’s supposedly cinnamon and almond in here, and I can taste them but the flavor is subtle, and it masks the tea flavor. I’d rather have my tea plain, methinks.

At least this cost less than the coupon saved me so in the end, I still came out ahead.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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drank Chrysanthemum Bud Tea by TeaCuppa
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This was a pleasant surprise after the disappointing honeysuckle from TeaCuppa – but then I guess if you mess up chrysanthemum tea, something is truly wrong with your operation. This is an extremely light and refreshing tea. I drink it straight but it would taste delicious sweetened and iced, I imagine.

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drank Pure Green by Yogi Tea
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Meh. Like all generic green bagged tea, the flavor is too light for my taste. This was a gift, so I’ll drink it, but not something I’d ever buy on my own. Steeped forever to get the maximum out of the weak flavor.

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Honeysuckle Tea by TeaCuppa
267 tasting notes

I have fond memories of drinking flower teas at Chinese restaurants when we went out to eat, so I was happy to find some honeysuckle tea. This was a disappointment, and I’m not sure if it’s because the quality of the tea is just bad, or if my parents just doctored the pot with tons of sugar when I was a kid (possibly both).

I did not love this tea. First, when I opened the tin, the dried honeysuckle smelled almost moldy, which was an instant turn off. I sucked it up and steeped a couple pinches (hard to measure this tea) of the flower buds. The flavor was extremely light. It wasn’t unpleasant, thankfully – I wouldn’t have been surprised given the smell of the dried tea. But was just much lighter then I expected.

Thinking about it, the honeysuckle buds looked immature – they weren’t even close to fully opened, and I seem to remember the tea we used to drink having mature buds.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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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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