289 Tasting Notes

This tea has been keeping me company throughout the day today. The first steep was creamy but far too floral for my liking. The second steep is better – less floral, still creamy – with more smoothness coming out as it cools. Probably not one I’ll restock once my sample is gone, but it’s pretty tasty!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Bagged houji-cha. Made at work with microwave boiled water (not having a hot water dispenser kind of sucks…)

This was good. First time having a roasted green tea and I was struck by how oaty it was. Reminded me a lot of oatmeal without actually tasting like cereal. This was interesting enough to warrant revisiting … perhaps with a loose leaf version.

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drank Passion by Tazo
289 tasting notes

This does not need a five minute steep time.

It’s fruity, it’s tropical, it’s got kick from the hibiscus. And a mouthful like juice. I really liked this one but it was almost too much to handle after half a cup.

No need to double up on teabags for a 16oz mug either.

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drank Jasmine Green by Bigelow
289 tasting notes

Not bad! The jasmine, as always, reminds me of those blue tootsie roll pops.

I’m a little more interested in opening the bag I have of jasmine green now. Maybe I’ll bring it to work with me for an easy sipdown…

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My friend pawned this one off on me with the warning that it tastes like grass clippings. I’ve passed enough “take it or I’ll chuck it” tea his way that I felt obligated to hold onto this one. Though, in my defense, he liked my burner teas.

Dry, this smells like grass. Brew it too long and it tastes like someone’s lawn. Brew it with cool water, lemon, and some honey and it’s a tasty treat. Leave the lemon in and it’s like lemonade with body. Though, be warned, the wet leaf smells like wet grass lit on fire. Yeah…

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drank Tiramisu by Short and Stout
289 tasting notes

Backlogged sipdown.

Had this one last week before I got sick and added a splash of Magic Creamer. Wouldn’t you know, this is the one tea it doesn’t raise to otherworldly levels. I taste the tea and the creamer separately in each sip. Play nice, guys.


I like magical things. What kind of creamer is this?


Coffee Mate’s Natural Bliss Sweet Cream creamer.

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Made this the other day because I didn’t think I could stomach green tea/didn’t want to overload on caffeine and then be unable to sleep. It wasn’t bad, but all I tasted was mint.

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This is a catch-all note for Stash’s green tea and some Lipton green tea I had on hand. I woke up with a sore throat and feeling generally crappy so I’ve been using green tea + lemon + honey to get me through the day. I have to say, it’s doing a great job. The green tea cuts the sharpness of the lemon and the whole cup feels cozy. Plus, the five cups I’ve had thus far are keeping me alert enough to work.

Still can’t wait to go home and sleep though. Uck.

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drank China Green Tips by Tazo
289 tasting notes

Nothing special, just a smooth green tea. No bitterness either, which was a pleasant surprise considering my prep method (microwaved water and and untied steep).

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drank Peach Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
289 tasting notes

First sip: sweet, stonefruits, grassy green tea. Fantastic! The fruit flavor is really well done!
Next sips: Hmm… this is cloyingly sweet and bitter at the same time.
Half the mug later: Yuck! I feel sick. I’m not sure I can actually finish this. Maybe my friend that wants to try matcha would have better luck?
After the addition of sweet creamer: Yay! Bitterness gone … though I lost a LOT of fruit flavor.

On the bright side, I know how I’ll finish this off. I’m annoyed that something that already contains sugar needs more to cut the bitterness for me. And I used cool water on this, too!


God, I can relate so much to starting the first sip on such a positive note, only to have things go downhill from there. Strange how that works.

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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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