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drank Green Chai by Dragonwater
403 tasting notes

I probably shouldn’t admit how old this tea is because, uh, it’s more than a year. And I have no idea why, because it’s delicious! Looks like a nice full leaf sencha, with a very mild blend of chai spices. The cinnamon/clove comes through most out of them, with a bit of almond and rose present, but the tea flavor is very much there as well.
2nd steep, 4 minutes, equally good

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

It’s gratifying to hear you say that something over a year old still works well, given that with the amount of tea I have recently bought I expect to be in that boat in about 12 months. ;-)

teabird

Yeah, it’s a little embarrassing given the “drink it within 6-12 months” advice, but if it still tastes good, I still drink it ;)

Cofftea

Rose in a chai? YUM! The fact that it’s discontinued though makes me very sad.

teabird

It might come back? Dragonwater was one of my favorite companies a couple years ago when I started drinking loose leaf; it looks like they’ve stopped carrying tea, only tisanes instead, to cut costs, but I’m hoping it’s temporary!

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__Morgana__

It’s gratifying to hear you say that something over a year old still works well, given that with the amount of tea I have recently bought I expect to be in that boat in about 12 months. ;-)

teabird

Yeah, it’s a little embarrassing given the “drink it within 6-12 months” advice, but if it still tastes good, I still drink it ;)

Cofftea

Rose in a chai? YUM! The fact that it’s discontinued though makes me very sad.

teabird

It might come back? Dragonwater was one of my favorite companies a couple years ago when I started drinking loose leaf; it looks like they’ve stopped carrying tea, only tisanes instead, to cut costs, but I’m hoping it’s temporary!

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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