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drank Chai by Twinings
106 tasting notes

This is the first beverage I have made with my GORGEOUS new VIOLET coloured personal Keurig. I have to say, I’m actually lowering the rating on this, which surprises me, sine I LOVE Chai. But this is the truth—bagged Chai, even a fairly good brand like Twinings, cannot compare to loose leaf Chai. And so, that being said, I am lowering the rating on this because of that. And also, because it doesn’t taste very good without milk and/or cream, of which I have none at the moment.

However, I should note that this tea isn’t BAD, it’s just not as flavorful as some Chai teas I have had in the past, and again, I don’t have everything to make it to my taste. It is still very good though—a very warm, pleasant mouth feel, and the spices are all there. It’s a good cup, in one of my favorite mugs: “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” And it’s a warm cup, which is nice in the chill. So, I’m happy! :-) I hope all of you had a lovely holiday, and I hope you are all enjoying your favorite cuppas, as well as new ones! Adventure never hurt anybody, and life is more fun with a little bit of adventure.

I’m not putting a steeping time because it was a K-cup, so…it had no steeping time!

Preparation
Boiling

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I don’t own this, but I’m putting out a begging note of PLEASE IF YOU HAVE IT AND WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY, PLEASE, PITY A BROKE COLLEGE STUDENT WHO LOVES BBC SHERLOCK AND WOULD ADORE TRYING SUCH A FUN SOUNDING TEA. I know, I’m cheating, putting this as a tasting note…but I REALLY want to try it!!

In other news, WHO HAS FINISHED SERIES 3 OF SHERLOCK? I want to talk to people about it!

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You can always tell I enjoy a tea when I review it over and over. I’ll review bad teas, but since I won’t ever drink that tea again (usually) I don’t put out many reviews on it. (Which, all that makes sense, really, but some people will drink things more than once or re-visit things even if they didn’t like it before, and I usually don’t do that.)

Anyways, this tea, as some of you may know if you read my past reviews, started out REALLY bad for me, but once I found the perfect steeping method for it, it was truly phenomenal. If it were possible to bottle Heaven, I think this tea would be one of the ways you could do it. It has a taste that just makes me feel really good, almost like a high, but just a really pleasant, soft feeling, not anything rough or over the top. It’s a really great tea, people.

I will warn though, you HAVE to get the steeping right. Only use a medium amount of leaf, if you are using a regular mug, and 3 or 4 minutes is ENOUGH. No boiling water—it can be screaming hot, but not a direct boil. I let my kettle sit for at least two minutes before I pour it, maybe even more. Lots of sugar, and it can go with or without cream, but I drank it without this time and I prefer it with, personally.

I hope that if you try this tea, it works out for you, because it’s a really great tea!

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

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96
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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Thank God for tea, because it’s one of the best things to drink for a sore throat.

Anyways, onto the tea…

This was actually one of the first teas I ever tried, so you could say this tea is the tea, aside from Earl Grey, that got me into tea. I don’t even remember where I was when I first tried it, but I know I loved it then and still love it now.

Orange teas are my favorite teas, and this tea has a wonderful, smooth taste of orange with a kick of spice—ginger, I think—and I really enjoy that mix. It’s a very warm tea, in the sense that it makes you feel warm, almost immediately, and more so from the flavor than from the actual temperature of the tea itself. It also takes sugar well, and keeps a very good balance of sweetness and flavor.

Now to finish it and hope my throat feels better…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
K S

The very first tea I ever bought back in the time of troglodytes. Still enjoy it.

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I love Earl Grey very much. I’ll try any Earl Grey, and for the most part, I enjoy whatever I try. Tazo is no exception, and I’ve always loved Tazo teas. Me personally, I think they are pretty good quality for a bagged tea, and now they do sell loose leaf, too, so you can have either.

Quality/brand aside, this tea is darn near perfect. It has the lovely flavor Earl Grey is known for, and it is not bitter at all, which is the one problem I encounter with Earl Grey sometimes. This tea, however, doesn’t have any of that. It’s just got a wonderful, smooth taste, a slightly astringent aftertaste (the good kind) and it takes vanilla soy milk well, which is a lovely surprise.

I’m so excited to have this in my stash now! I should add, by the way, that this is the loose leaf sachet kind you can get from Starbucks, not a regular bag or plain loose leaf. IT’S SO GOOD. Careful on the steep time though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
K S

I’ve been enjoying this one iced.

Violet

Iced?? I’ve never even thought to ice Earl Grey. I’ll have to try that sooner than later!

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96
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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I have been thinking about this tea for a few days now, and I wanted to drink it again.

I love White Tea! LOVE it! I love all the other kinds, too, but I think black teas can be really strong in their base, sometimes, and it’s hard to get into for me, and then other teas it all just depends. White tea, I love because it is light, very light, but still has a flavor, and THEN when you add an outside flavor (fruit, vanilla, I don’t know, whatever you want) it doesn’t overpower that said flavor, and that said flavor usually doesn’t over power the white tea. I like balance in my teas, can you tell?

This tea has a very light, delicate taste, and is very refreshing, seeing as it is summer. The blueberry is present and sweet, and I really love it. Blueberry is actually becoming one of my favorite flavors/fruits now. All in all this tea is just a very balanced, delicate, but greatly flavored tea, and I really love it.

Now just to try it iced one day!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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Backlog from yesterday! I was given a small bit of this a while ago, and steeped too much leaf in too small of a cup the first time around, and it had way too much of the Chai spice we all usually LOVE.

So, I had to wait to re-try it, since at college I don’t have a lot of my tea stuff with me, like my mugs and good strainers. Now that I’m home and able to steep it right, I did and OH MY GOSH I WANT MORE IT’S NOT FAIR THAT IT IS ALL GONE!

This tea was so, so yummy. It had the Chai spice, but it was delicate, and it had a very creamy chocolate flavor, subtle on the first sip, strong on the aftertaste. Very, very good. It had the right balance of spicy, creamy, and sweet, it smelled good pre-steep, and after steeping, and it was just great.

I really want more…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is one of my all time favorite teas. I’ve logged it once, drank it…twice, I think? But maybe only that once. I was craving it today, and decided to make some.

Last time I made it, it steeped light, nearly colorless, but still kept a great flavor. This time I steeped it, and it was a bit darker, and STILL had the great flavor. I honestly think I cannot do anything to make this tea less in any way. The jasmine flavor floods your tongue, but doesn’t overpower you, the tea is light and refreshing, perfect for summer time. I’ve never drank it cold, but I’m sure it’s just as good cold as it is hot, and again, I seriously doubt it’s possible to ruin this tea, but again, I’m a bit biased because, well, I just think this tea rocks.

Every sip makes me happy, it’s just smooth, floral filled, and wonderful. Go make yourself a cup if you have any, and if you, for whatever insane reason, do not like it, you know someone to pass it on to!

On a serious ending note, though, this tea is splendid, and it makes me love tea even more, and it has every good thing in it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Violet

I forgot to thank @Angel from Teavivre, once again! Even though I have had this sample for a long while now, I always want to thank the person who provided it, when I love the tea as much as I do.

TeaVivre

I’m very glad to hear that you love the tea. I think you can try to drink it cold. Maybe it will present a surprising taste.

Violet

I’m going to try it soon, hopefully. I will let you know how it tastes! I’m also thinking about reviewing all the teas you sent me again, since it has been a while since I’ve drank any of them. I try to make my favorite teas last a while instead of using it all right away.

TeaVivre

Sounds great.Wish you have a nice day.

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This tea is creativity and inspiration and energy all in one cup. And I really didn’t like this tea at first, because I couldn’t get it to steep right. But now that I have it down, it is the most amazing cup, ever. I seriously love it so much. It just has a wonderful berry, creamy vanilla taste and it’s just delicious!

You owe it to yourself to buy this tea, and don’t panic if it doesn’t take good at all the first few tries you make it. Keep trying. 180-190 is the best steep time, maybe even slightly lower, and at least two things of sugar. Cream isn’t needed, but helps bring out the vanilla a lot. And once you find your pattern with this tea, DON’T CHANGE IT. This is a tea that needs a strict routine. It’s worth finding it, trust me.

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

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