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176 Tasting Notes

70

This was my very first loose leaf tea, back in the day! I RUINED A LOT OF MY FIRST BATCHES OF IT and made it super bitter because HAHA I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING but once I got the hang of it it was great! I ran out of it now but I would really love to give this tea another shot in the future because the smell is absolutely PHENOMENAL!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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drank Calm by Tazo
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I do really enjoy chamomile teas but for me personally this tea had a little too much going on. It’s not appalling or anything, I’d drink it if it were offered to me, but it’s also not something I’d willingly reach for.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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55

To be honest I think rooisbos is one of my least favorite tea types; not to say they’re all awful or anything, but I tend to dislike them more than the rest. That being said, I’m not particularly a huge fan of this tea when brewed by itself; somebody had mentioned honeybush giving a fairly soapy aftertaste, and I definitely agree with that. It does, however, serve me very well for mixing! I combine it with some dark spicy chais to sweeten em up!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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75

A fairly smooth, somewhat nutty and earthy oolong. I really don’t think it is worth the price, but it’s still a decent basic oolong tea and tastes great when blended with fruity herbal teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Definitely my favorite of the pyramid tea bag Lipton teas! The ISLAND part of the title just kinda sums it up for me; really refreshing fruity mango taste that is actually as good as it smells!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

I love this tea! We have it at work and I tend to steal a few extra to take home every once in a while, haha. The sweet spices are well balanced, nothing is too powerful. The hint of orange really completes it for me; and according to everyone’s comments it seems to be quite a constant classic (wow that was an awful pun I am sorry).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70

Pretty much just what you’d expect; standard earl grey in a tea bag!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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50

I GUESS I SHOULDN’T EVEN BOTHER WRITING THIS… because I’m sure this tea is quite delicious, it sounds really great, however my box was really quite old, over a year at least, so the tea had lost a lot of flavor. :‘| Hopefully I’ll get a chance to revisit it in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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99

YUM!! Now I don’t really don’t have anything to compare this to except the matcha powder in the Starbucks green tea latte, but dang this is good! Apparently they make matcha from these leaves, so if you like that, you will probably like this too! The colour is gorgeous, it has a bit of a grassy smell, but it’s very fresh and sweet, I’d say it’s more sweet than sencha. For me, the only downside to this green tea is the price; I wish I could afford more of you, gyokuro! q-q

I DID steep my first cup in water that was far too hot and it was a bit bitter, so if you have an electric kettle like I do and don’t really monitor the water temp, I just suggest adding an ice cube or cold water to your cup before you pour in the hot water, that helped me a bit.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

WOW it’s kinda amazing how across the board the opinions on this tea are! I’m one of the ones that thinks it’s fabulous, but I WILL say that it is not immediately what some people may expect from a green tea, maybe? It’s Chinese and nothing like the frothy sweet Japanese green teas; I’d say it almost has a sort of hay-like taste to it…? Though that makes it sound kinda bad I guess, haha. It’s grassy and roasted; great if you’re a fan of simple, earthy teas!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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SUPER CASUAL TEA AFICIONADO!
my tastes are not refined.

i tend to steep teas too long and give a lot of high ratings and get ridiculously excited over things; i apologize for my excessive use of caps but TEA IS EXCITING okay!

greens & oolongs are my favorite!
also like sweet black teas!
and occasional light fruity teas!

i’d love to do a tea trade with you!

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