24 Tasting Notes

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This tea smells and tastes like a lighter, classier Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice. Very spicy in the scent, cinnamon predominates, with a mellow citrus body. The flavor is mild and warming. I enjoyed it this morning with a scant half-teaspoon of honey. Lovely on a cool morning!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Chai by Bigelow
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For something that comes in a bag at a low, low price, this tea is surprisingly nice. Pre-brewing, it smells spicy and chai-like. Once brewed, however, I find the spices to be overtaken by a hazelnut smell and flavor. In my opinion, this blend beats the standard Twinings chai all hollow. I enjoyed it this morning with honey and lowfat milk.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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Generally not a big fan of chamomile, but I had a sore throat today, so…

The tea bag had a fantastic honey scent right out of the box. Once brewed, it still smelled more of honey than anything else. Lemon dominates the flavor, but that’s ok with me, since I’d rather not taste too much chamomile.

Overall, it’s decent but not amazing. I brewed it double strength (2 teabags for about 12oz of water) and I’d recommend doing it that way.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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drank Chai Ultra Spice by Twinings
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Chai Ultra Spice is only ultra gingery to my taste, and not ultra spicy, possibly because they didn’t put in any black pepper. They claim there is cardamom in there, but you could have fooled me, I didn’t taste it at all. Also, I looked at the ingredients list, and I’d really like to know what “natural chai flavour” is. Last I checked, “chai” means tea, and I seriously doubt it is natural tea flavor they’re talking about.

But, that said, if you’re looking for a bagged tea that tastes like liquid gingersnaps when appropriately doctored up with sweetener and milk, this is the tea for you. Even though it wasn’t the ultra spicy chai I was hoping for, it was pretty decent anyway.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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36

If Constant Comment had a baby with a chocolate tea, it would be Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut. I didn’t taste vanilla or hazelnut at all, but cocoa and clove were very prominent. I usually prefer to drink spiced teas in the winter; maybe I’ll like it better then.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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drank Kiwi Pear by The Republic of Tea
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I also love this tea brewed hot and then chilled. One of the few iced teas that I like without sweetening it! I consider this tea one of my top ten of all time.

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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Delicious! I haven’t had an Earl Grey Cream that I haven’t liked, but this one is light and fresh. The vanilla notes age well. I enjoyed this tea today with wildflower honey and low-fat milk.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
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drank Kiwi Pear by The Republic of Tea
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I don’t usually like fruit teas, but with a 2 minute steep time, this one hit the spot, hot and unsweetened. It had an almost magically perfect balance between the fruit and tea flavors.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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50

I used to love this tea hot, but something happened – maybe I just got tired of it? It’s still delicious cold, though (brewed hot and then iced) and I’d recommend that to anyone!

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I’m a stay-at-home mom in Western MA who loves cooking, baking, gardening, reading, writing poetry, and tea!

I prefer drinking loose leaf teas for flavor and a more satisfying tea experience, but end up drinking bagged tea at least half of the time for convenience’s sake.

I like iced tea in the summer, spiced tea in the winter, and a good earl grey any time. Chocolate teas are nice, since cocoa tends to upset my tummy. I also enjoy some herbal teas, and I look forward to someday growing herbs for tea in my garden. I despise rooibos. And Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime is the only way I’ll drink chamomile.

Location

Hadley, MA

Website

http://www.shineandhowl.com

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