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31 Tasting Notes

71
drank Pomegranate Green by Teaopia
31 tasting notes

Yay!! A green tea I actually really enjoy!!

Though the dry leaf smells beautifully of pomegranate, I couldn’t find any pomegranate coming through in the flavour of the liquor, which is too bad, but it didn’t really matter because the flavour was so nice and sweet and a little bit citrusy. Very lovely. I’m on my second cup, which is kind of unheard of for me and green tea. I’m actually ecstatic that I’ve found one that I like!!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Sorry Irish Breakfast, I wish I had you for St. Patty’s, but alas the English are just too tasty. Also the only Breakfast tea I had in my cupboard this morning.

Here, have some Joyce to feel better!

“When I makes tea I makes tea, as old mother Grogan said. And when I makes water I makes water … Begob, ma’am, says Mrs. Cahill, God send you don’t make them in the one pot.”

Happy St. Patrick’s everyone!

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65
drank Pure Peppermint by Twinings
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35
drank White Pear by Teaopia
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I SO wanted to like white tea. It’s light, refreshing, delicate—yes please! But why oh why must there be grassiness. Curse you grassiness!!! You are the BANE of my tea-loving existence. I do not understand how people can appreciate you. I once ATE grass, and did not enjoy it at the least (hush, I was a child, I was curious) and so why there are many who enjoy a hot steaming cup of grass I will perhaps wonder over forever. (I once entertained the idea that “green” tea was so labeled in order to warn those who know the truth about grassiness to stay away)
I would like to share the following that Erin posted while describing Adagio’s White Pear: “like latex and corn syrup stewed in a mug with some asparagus.” YES. YES YES YES. WHY.
Also, although this smells deliciously of promises of peary goodness, there is no “pear flavour,” Teaopia. I could not find it.

Jenn-cha

Perhaps that is why I like green teas. I constantly ate grass as a child (pretending I was a pony XD ) and liked it.

Skittlefox

hee hee! That must be it! XD

Erin

Oh no, was this your first experience with a white? Don’t give up! Please don’t let this turn you off of whites; there are much better ones out there. In fact, the only white I’ve ever hated was Adagio’s White Pear. It just must not be a good flavor combo. Try their White Blueberry, it is my absolute favorite flavored white. Again, don’t give up!!!

And thanks for quoting me!

Skittlefox

Haha yay I’m glad you aren’t creeped out. Thanks for the encouragement!! I won’t give up yet :)

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70
drank Masala Chai by Teaopia
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Made this into a traditional chai today! Suspicions about lack of spicyness confirmed.

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56
drank Tangerine Dream by Teaopia
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Mmm! Smelled divine. Looked divine. It’s rooibos (green!). I was so sure this was going to be perfect. But first steep (4 min) was disappointingly weak. It actually kind of reminded me of the McDonald’s “orange drink” they used to serve us at summer camp that was just orange flavour powder extremely diluted in water. 7 min was more promising, as the flavour had some time to strengthen up. I think I can see myself wanting this for breakfast as a light, citrusy refresher, but I gotta admit I prefer my rooibos earthy and rich.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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46
drank Mate Sweet Energy by Teaopia
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I am a fan of fruit but not so much grassy, and while this has both, they seem to cancel out each other, thus something I am now dubbing frassy in flavour—the two elements are there but together they somehow fail at being either. The addition of honey I hoped would give the fruity the win, but it really just tastes like honey now sigh. Pretty unremarkable. Yawn. Am curious about the sustaining “mateine” effects, so will report back later.
ETA: I didn’t get the woozy jitters like I do with strong plain caffeine, but I don’t feel tired at all, so a tentative thumbs up to the stimulating effects!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
teainwonderland

Mateine is another word for caffeine. They are the same thing.

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70
drank Masala Chai by Teaopia
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I tried a few sips of this without milk and sugar to start, and I get that it’s supposed to be a transition tea from coffee to tea. It’s quite dark, strong, and a little spicy. The smell is very sweet, predominantly cloves. A little milk and sugar later and… mmmmm. Everything I want in a chai: sweet sweet sweet with a little bit of lingering spice on the tongue. Delicious!!
ETA: points off because I find myself thinking I’d like this to have more spicyness

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Pure Peppermint by Twinings
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I’m really excited to try loose leaf peppermint teas, because I love having peppermint in the afternoon as a refresher! In the meantime, this does the job :)

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80
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Bought the loose leaf tin of this yesterday and not only is the tin super cute (I may now be hooked on cute tea tins!!) but it tastes ten times better than the bagged kind! If there wasn’t conclusive evidence that loose leaf kicks bagged’s ass, I think this is it. Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Hello! I’m pretty new to the tea world. I fell in love with loose leaf tea fairly recently and started learning everything I could about it…now I work at a tea store and have discovered I am a) totally nutters about tea and b) will never know as much as I want to about it, which is everything. I am on a quest to figure out the meaning of very good tea, from very humble beginnings.

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