276 Tasting Notes

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Great for a work tea, especially if you add a little bit of sugar. I’m a little disappointed that I can’t tell what spices are in this though. My immediate reaction is “cinnamon!” but I have the sneaking suspicion it might just as well be cardamom. A pleasant tea to sip on absentmindedly.

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70

When I’ve had ginger peach teas in the past, I wasn’t favorably impressed. This one, however, is a keeper. With sugar, the peach is more at the forefront, smooth and sweet with the ginger adding a little heat. Without sugar, the ginger heat dominates with the peach taking the edge off of it. I may have to get more of this one for work…

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50
drank Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow
276 tasting notes

This is Hot Cinnamon Spice but weaker. The cinnamon still translates, but it’s thin and watery. Not impressed.

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70

Had this one this morning at work. I’ve been waking up too late to make any loose leaf, so tea bags have been a saving grace this week and last. I remember not liking this one much when I first had it about a year ago (eek!), but today it really hit the spot. The taste is predominately crisp vegetables with the pomegranate contributing extra sharpness. Not bad!

Flavors: Vegetables

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70

Sipdown!

This is a compilation of the different cups I’ve had of this. Because I got the bagged variety, this was an easy tea to take with me to work while I was staying with my in-laws. When I’ve made it with boiling water, it’s too bitter for my tastes and I don’t get a lot of mint or chocolate. On its own, in cooler water, I get minty black tea. But the best is when it’s made with cooler water and a touch of sweet creamer. Liquid. Andes. Mints.

I’m tempted to get more of this as its replacement (Adagio’s Grasshopper) doesn’t have as strong of a chocolate/mint taste to it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

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

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100

There’s been a lot of painting this weekend. Between me, my husband, and my friend and her boyfriend, the dining area, entry, and office of our new place have been painted. Just two rooms (one with scary high ceilings) to go! The old paint colors were very dark and had a ton of stains, so it’s nice to see bright, clean colors on the walls. I think the condo is happy, too, but it hasn’t totally decided how it feels about hubby and I yet. Cautiously optimistic, perhaps? (Yeah, I’m a weird person that anthropomorphizes everything.)
It’s been a hot few days and I’m seriously dehydrated so what could be better than iced tea? I brewed this double strong and poured it over ice for a quick cup of cold tea. SO GOOD. I’m not normally an iced tea person at all – I love my hot tea way too much for that – but this really hit the spot. I’m on glass number 3 and contemplating a fourth – gotta resteep, right?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

So, for anyone interested in a life update, my husband and I closed on our condo just over a week ago and we’ve been slowly moving in and getting things settled! The kitchen is about 95% done, including a tea cabinet that was the first thing to be set up. Okay, maybe my husband set up his computer first, but the tea cabinet was a close second. Priorities are priorities, right?

We had some friends over to help us paint this weekend. The previous owners were … well, they didn’t know how to house. Or clean. Or have much common sense. This week has been extremely frustrating for getting anything done because everything is filthy, nonsensical, or both. I was so happy to have people over who actually helped us make progress on settling in. We still don’t have most of our furniture here, but our office is set up and I have a desk (!!!) for the first time in years.

And now for the tea…

This is the one my friend requested when I offered to make her tea. She got the first steep and I took the second, only I massively oversteeped my cup. With a splash of flavored creamer to sweeten things up, you’d never know I oversteeped. Seriously. Whistling Kettle’s black teas tend to be very bitter to me, but this one was smooth, creamy, sweet, and absolutely lived up to its name. I’m very impressed … and very sad that I only have a sample of this … and Whistling Kettle is now several hours away from me. Booooo!

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nichole

Congrats on your new place!

sundaysipping

Thank you! :-)

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67
drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
276 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
276 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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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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