269 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
269 tasting notes

This one has been kicking around since before I joined Steepster … wow!

I’ve had this a couple different ways. The best is steeped in hot, lactose-free milk — sweet and spicy, rich and thick. I did not have lactose-free milk, so I had this with some cinnamon bun coffee creamer. It’s spicy, it’s creamy, it’s a generic chai. Maybe a little weak from using cooler water and not steeping as long. Or maybe it’s the age, ‘cause this tea is one of the oldest I have. Not bad at all, but I’m really excited to have sipped this one down.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So good! I can taste the cantaloupe and it’s sweet and natural. The cream flavor is definitely at the forefront, though – rich and a nice compliment to the fruit. What a tasty tea!

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
269 tasting notes

Sipdown and another lazy coldbrew.

If possible, this one is worse cold brewed. Extremely bitter with no fruit flavor anywhere. I’m so glad to be rid of this one!

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drank Refresh Mint by Tazo
269 tasting notes

Sipdown and a lazy cold brew, by which I mean I stuck a bag of this into a little bottle of water and let it sit for about thirty minutes.

It’s good. Lightly minty (I could use more but I bet it’s the steep time) and sweet. A perfect bedtime treat.

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I don’t even feel bad for adding a ton of creamer to this one.

I’ve had this straight before and couldn’t taste anything past the bitterness. Just foul. I thought about dumping the tea bags, but felt bad wasting them. Enter Cinnabon creamer and another week at my in-laws!

All I taste is the creamer and it’s sweet delicious cinnamon bun, maybe a little bit of frosted cookie. Oh yes yes yes. Plus, since I remembered by travel tumblers this week, I now have caffeine at work! YES!

Rating reflects the tea on its own and not with the creamer, since I didn’t think that would be fair.

(Only 11 more days until we close and get the keys to the house…)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Nichole

I saw the Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie tea on Reddit. I was curious if they would try this flavor.

sundaysipping

I saw that one in the store along with this one and was so tempted to get it … then I remembered that I already had a mint/chocolate blend and resisted the temptation. I got this one instead which turned out to be … not great.

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
269 tasting notes

I got this in a sampler of teabags from my best friend a year ago. Dry, it smells fruity and sweet. I’m reminded of dark berries, not just generic fruit. Steeped, it tastes like the tea they serve you in Chinese restaurants, or at least the ones I went to as a kid. It’s bitter and would benefit from sugar, but I know sweetening this wouldn’t help the bitterness factor.

It’s okay as a nostalgic tea … but not something I want to drink much. Hooray for having one teabag left?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
269 tasting notes

Had this as my morning caffeine fix yesterday with a hefty splash of Cinnabon creamer. I was rushing trying to get out the door and needed to be able to chug my tea, and creamer seemed like the fastest way to cool it off. Next time, I’m bringing a travel mug. (Or three because my office is COLD and there is no coffee/tea setup in the office.)

The low steep temperature and addition of creamer destroyed any bitterness that is usually present. And bonus, the combination tasted like the icing on a cinnamon bun. Yum!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chamomile Mango by Bigelow
269 tasting notes

This past month has seen a lot of upheaval. My fiance and I – after postponing what would have been our wedding back in December – got married in June. Not once, but twice – we had the little ceremony we planned on and his parents followed it up with another wedding (more like reception actually) for their friends. We’re also in the process of buying a place and I’ve changed jobs. Today was my first day and I’m completely wiped.

Since we haven’t closed on the new place yet, we’re staying with my in-laws and I’m taking the opportunity to use up some of my bagged teas and get my cupboard numbers down.

This tea is decent – nothing overly remarkable. It’s fruity with a weird bitter tang at the end – I think the chamomile is wreaking some havoc. Then again, I also steeped this at 175F so that it would actually have a shot at cooling off quick enough to drink at my in-laws … though I would think a lower steep temperature would mean less bitter … Eh! Maybe I’ll just add sugar next time.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So good. So good.

I’ve been having this hot with raw honey (atypical for me as I don’t usually sweeten) and it’s fantastic. Light, fruity, with the occasional taste of fruit skin. I need more of this one!

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is one of the first teas I purchased from DavidsTea. I didn’t like it hot. I didn’t like it cold brewed. I think I gave a lot of it away because I just couldn’t stand it.

Over the weekend, I stopped into a DavidsTea and was offered a free tea to go for my birthday. Feeling adventurous, I asked for the salesgirl’s favorite latte and got this tea with a little agave. She swore it tasted like blueberry pancakes and she was totally right.

It’s been three days but I’m still thinking about that latte! Sweet, creamy, BLUEBERRY goodness! Ack! Now I’m going to have to pick up some of this tea and get a milk frother…

Flavors: Blueberry

Fjellrev

I’ll have to try that since I also didn’t care for it prepared those ways at home. :)

sundaysipping

It was so good! I’m trying to justify ordering some to myself now…
(Hope I’m not overstating it!)

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I became interested in tea spring 2013, when some friends of mine brought me to a local tea shop. I’ve been experimenting since, and am absolutely in love! I am especially fond of blended teas, and I’m a sucker for gimicky flavors.

My cupboard is stocked with a lot of DAVIDsTEA at the present, although I do have a few teas from some local shops. I’m looking forward to branching out and trying teas from different vendors and shops. Let the journey begin!

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