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243 Tasting Notes

drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
243 tasting notes

This was a nice, smooth, sweet cup of chamomile. I was nervous and anxious last night, so I made this at my boyfriend’s house with dinner. By the time I finished the mug, my nerves were considerably soothed.

I think chamomile is one of the most comforting teas out there. As far as I’m concerned, it has magical nerve tonic qualities.

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drank Caramel Vanilla by Lipton
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I should have tried this before I tried Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. I’m totally spoiled now! Hahahaha.

This really isn’t terrible, though. In fact, by Lipton’s standards, it’s downright delicious. It’s creamy (probably owing to the modified corn starch) and the caramel is there without being totally overpowering or cloyingly sweet. The vanilla takes a bit of a backseat, and the black base has just a bite of astringency to sharpen up the overall flavor.

Not too shabby. My experience with these Pyramid teabags has generally been positive. Now if only Lipton would ditch the industrialized, processed ingredients like the modified corn starch and the soy lecithin and stick to just the tea leaves and the natural flavorings, everything would be golden.

I definitely still prefer Stacy’s amazing Assam, but this stuff is good to have around when the money’s tight.

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Writing my thesis. Very stressful.

I know it isn’t breakfast time, but lavender and vanilla are very soothing to me, as is Earl Grey. So when they all meet in one amazing cup, I can’t help but reach for it during my hour(s) of need.

I know this seems crazy, but this bagged tea is better than many of the loose teas I’ve tried. It’s just so completely perfect in every way.

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drank Chai Green by Stash Tea Company
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On Monday, I was wearing shorts. This morning when I woke up, there was (I kid you not) SNOW on the ground.

This zoomed me back into Winter Mode, but only halfway. So instead of having a hearty black chai, I reached for my springy/ wintery green chai.

I still feel pretty ambiguous about it. It’s good if you like cinnamon, but I still think black chais rule.

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drank Cranberry Pomegranate by Lipton
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Tried this during my seminar today, because it was there and I needed some more caffeine.

Ummm…. So…. There is neither any cranberry nor pomegranate in this tea. Literally. I checked the ingredients list and everything.

It tastes almost exclusively like hibiscus. With a hint of chamomile and cinnamon.

Extremely bitter and cheap-tasting. Not surprising, seeing as it’s Lipton.

Blech.

Anna

Ewwww.

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This is the best tulsi-based blend I’ve tried. Tulsi is a mild enough base that it lets the strong ginger shine, and the lemon serves as a mediator between the mildness and the spiciness of the two.

Organic India’s rose blend is too sweet, the plain tulsi blend too mild, and the pomegranate green blend is just icky.

This one is perfect.

TeaBrat

I agree on your assessment of the tulsi situation ;)

Memily

Awesome to know! Since trying straight tulsi in a subscription box this month I’ve been keen to sample some more and have been eyeing off this company.

teaqueen

I recommend this company! It’s good stuff. I would just avoid blends with rose or stonefruit.

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This one is… Interesting.

I smell hibiscus, chamomile, and pomegranate, right out of the gate. It’s supposed to have matcha in it, but I thought matcha was powder that is supposed to be stirred directly into the water, so I’m not quite sure how it will work in a teabag.

Sipping… Hibiscus and grassiness are what I get while the liquor is in my mouth. I can taste the raspberry, but only after I swallow. Overall, not a very flavorful tea. It takes a while to get going.

Flavors: Grass, Metallic, Stewed Fruits

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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My glass gaiwan arrived in the mail today! I christened it with this blend.

It’s taken me only about forever to finally get this stuff right. I really enjoy the ginger and the strawberry together- perfect springtime tea.

Now if I could only figure out how to pour it from the gaiwan into my teacup without burning the hell out of my fingers…

TheTeaFairy

Congrats on your new gaiwan! I love the glass one, it’s so fun to look at.

Haha! Yes, it takes a little practice, I had my share of burned fingers also. I remember I watched some youtube video to help at the beginning.
You’ll find your own swag with it pretty quickly I’m sure, have fun and keep your fingers safe :-)

teaqueen

Thanks! It’s so beautiful and fragile. I can’t wait to keep working with it until I understand it better! It yields the perfect amount of tea.

Terri HarpLady

I have a glass gaiwan, & it is beautiful to be able to watch the leaves, but it definitely gets super hot! I’ve burnt my fingers using that one more than any other!

teaqueen

I made myself a second cup of With Open Eyes, and I tried letting the gaiwan sit without the saucer or the lid while the leaves steeped, so that they wouldn’t be so hot, then when I was ready to pour it out, I slid the saucer underneath and tilted the lid and it was perfect! No burns. :)

TheTeaFairy

Mine is so light, it helps the handling part I think, I can hold it very loosely with my thumb and middle finger, and I never fill it too much. But I agree that glass makes it a little harder not to burn yourself!

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I’m not a fan of Celestial Seasonings’ fruit zingers. Holy hibiscus, Batman.

But it’s a really hot day and I had three of these left from a sample pack that my friend gave me, and so I’m making up a nice pot of this and chilling it for later.

It brews a beautiful deep red and smells strongly of fruit punch. So I’m anticipating that this is gonna be perfect for a day like today.

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Simply put, this stuff is like a cup of liquid vanilla cake. Twinings is a genius company who has mastered the art of fine bagged teas on a budget.

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Hello! I’m an American college student, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea.

Favorites: black, oolong, and white teas (anything with chocolate, nutty, or spice notes!); pu- erh, yerba mate, chamomile, tulsi.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re blended with floral notes.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base for me to really enjoy it.

Dislikes: Plain green teas, rooibos, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.

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