235 Tasting Notes

70

Smelled medicinal when I opened the bag, but actually, not bad at all. Granted everything’s a trifle on the weak side, but at least it doesn’t have the acidic mulch taste of most decafs. I do get the vanilla, the nut, and the creme, plus there’s some sarsaparilla in here that really makes it all more interesting.

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88

It’s always a good time to have dragonwell. I think I prefer the longwu dragonwell slightly to this, but they’re very close. This one has just a hint of bitterness, but also some fruit notes in addition to the more customary vegetal flavors.

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60

I love the mix of flavors in this — chocolate and cherry cordial — but it’s all too weak. Just dial it up a few notches, Stash.

K S

Try a smaller cup. Stash only gives you about 1.3g of leaf in each bag. That is about half what you need. I always liked a lot of the flavors. There just needs to be more tea.

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50

Eh, this one not so much. If decaf tea just tasted like weaker tea, I could live with that, but somehow it always comes with this weird mulchy flavor — a by-product of the de-caffeination process, I assume — along with a hint of acid. Anyway, this one is no exception; while I do taste the chocolate and hazelnut, the mulch flavor is stronger.

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80

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one because of the hibiscus, but hibiscus is reborn in this tea! You still get its tartness, but there’s a creamy flavor smoothing it out.

I’m sort of a hard sell on herbal tea in general (and this one has some rooibos thrown in to boot), but I actually really like it.

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80

I swore I would buy no more tea, but I didn’t count on an awesome friend sending me a holiday tea collection :)

The first flavor I notice in this tea is the cinnamon, but then the cinnamon recedes and the other flavors come through and it does somehow really taste like mocha? I guess it shows how suspicious I’ve become about tea names that I was actually shocked.

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60

Another chai sample — I figure I may as well get them over with all at once, since they keep coming in. I am haunted by chai samples (and rooibos samples too). Also if I drink enough spices, I figure this headache will have to burn off.

So I wouldn’t buy this, but I do like whatever they used as a base tea — it blends nicely with the spices, which are mild but present. Cinnamon is the strongest spice in the mix, but it’s not overwhelming.

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
235 tasting notes

Scrolling through the tasting notes and laughing because practically everyone who reviewed this tea seems to have gotten it as a free sample (so did I). I guess H&S is trying hard to build up some enthusiasm for it.

I don’t like rooibos or chai, so it’s no surprise that I’m not into this — but what did surprise me is that the tea is so bland. The rooibos flavor is stronger than the spices. Weird.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88

Some kind of front is moving in and I have a gnawing headache. I keep this tea on hand because the mint/cardamon combo often helps dispel these headaches, but sadly it doesn’t seem to be a match for it today :(

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100
drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

Geez, this is so good. And to think I was completely ambivalent when I ordered it and nearly didn’t get it at all. Shuddering at how close I came to missing it.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Happiness Is:
green tea
black tea
white tea if it’s heavily dosed with peaches
oolong? I’m starting to think oolong is the best of both worlds — I haven’t had many yet, but those I’ve tried have been divine.
fruit!
vanilla things
lots of mint!

Not Really My Style:
spices (except for ginger. ginger rocks)
chai (because, you know, the spices)
rooibos (I don’t get it. Everyone seems psyched for it. Not me).
those smoky teas, like lapsang souchong, though once in a while I’ll need something really strong and then I like them.

Bergamot.
Bergamot lives in a weird little category of its own. Sometimes it’s very good. Sometimes it’s very bad. I don’t know why my feelings toward it are always in flux, though the brand is a factor to some extent. Tea companies seem to have vastly different opinions about how to make earl grey.

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