8 Tasting Notes

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The directions on the cylinder suggest one teaspoonful – maybe that’s not quite enough? I found this one disappointing; very bland. I’ll keep experimenting, but I don’t have high hopes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Sencha by Rishi Tea
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So this is what I’ve been missing with years of bagged green teas? This one was my first attempt at a self-brewed loose leaf sencha, and I’m not sure what to think. That vegetal aroma takes some getting used to – more so than the taste – and I preferred it on second steep. Think I’ll make the water cooler next time.

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22

No! Not nearly spicy enough for a chai. It’s quite sweet, and a little better when it cools off, but not enough for my tastes. I prefer the company’s Fireside Chai, which is also a rooibos, and so much more flavorful. I won’t buy this one again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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32

Disappointing. The chai spice blend is far too weak for my palate. No complexity in the flavor, either. I’ve tried steeping this for different lengths of time, which made no real difference, other than the astringency. Not a win for me.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Green Spiced Chai by Pukka
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Very nice. This organic, bagged green chai is heavily redolent of anise (love that black licorice scent and taste), with a slightly peppery undertone. The green tea is appropriately grassy – weaker than some, better than others – and works well with the cardamom and cinnamon. I haven’t tried this iced yet, but it’s quite satisfying hot with a very small amount of Stevia.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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I love rooibos tea and vanilla, but this isn’t my favorite combination of the two. Smells weird – I can’t put my finger on it. There’s a note in there that’s reminiscent of… wet wood? It’s mildly off-putting. Not as sweet as the rooibos I enjoy, with only a slight vanilla taste. I don’t completely hate it, though. I guess I’ll use this when I’m out of all of the GOOD rooibos teas in my pantry…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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83

I’ve been loving this in the mornings lately. There’s an underlying note of – coffee? chocolate? – that meshes well with the smooth, sweet vanilla bean. Smells amazing, too. I like it well enough without any additives, but a tiny bit of Stevia and just a splash of almond milk really makes this one shine. Couldn’t help but smile at the mesh bags (if I’d grown up with this stuff in the house, my mother would have deemed it “company tea”). Surprised to find it in a supermarket (at twice the price of regular supermarket teas), but, hey – it is a full-leaf tea with a ra-ja-ja bag.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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24

Surprisingly bland, given the rich scent in the can. I’ve tried different steep times, different temperatures, adding my own spice blends… nothing. I won’t be purchasing it again. Poor taste, no kick.

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