559 Tasting Notes

This tea is amazing. Huge chunks of strawberry and big tea leaves. The earthy quality of the pu erh works really really well with the sweet tartness of the strawberry. I get a lot of vanilla bean too. Just yummy. Beautiful and healthy way to start the day.

Flavors: Earth, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
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I really liked this one. Mooched it off a coworker yesterday. There are real chunks of strawberry in it and it smells like candy once it’s steeped. The liquor is a gorgeous bright pink color. We used a very cool water temp (appropriate, because it’s a white tea base) and it came out very mild and sweet.

Note-wise, it’s not very complex. Basically I get vanilla, strawberry, and a bite of tartness from the hibby. About what you’d expect. Good nonetheless! Felt like dessert, without being laden with calories and regret.

Flavors: Candy, Cream, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla

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drank Minty Igloo by Nourish Tea
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Slept badly last night and woke up a bit sick this morning… Had to call into work late. Fun times. Dug this out of my cabinet to settle my stomach. I threw a CS Honey & Ginseng Green teabag in it for a little caffeine and flavor variety. The pairing was okay. Nice and mild and healthy-tasting. Both teas are very old, so the flavor wasn’t super strong, which is fine with me because plain mint tea can be overwhelmingly strong sometimes. The honey notes in the green tea came out nicely, and I felt better after I finished the cup.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Perfume, Sweet

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drank Wild Blueberry Acai by Bigelow
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Just something sweet and fruity to see me through this early October day. Still mourning the passage of summer a wee bit, and this berry flavored herbal helps.

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart

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Had this at my oldest friend’s wedding yesterday. I’ve known her since we were 4 years old. Crazy.

The temp of the hot water at the venue was too high for a bai mu dan (as I was expecting) but it still turned out okay. It steeped a light brown/ yellow color (it looked more like a color characteristic of a green tea). I suspect the leaves got “cooked” a little.

It tasted pretty good. The pomegranate flavoring was genuine and not cloying or overwhelming. It had some slightly cocoa-y notes mixed in with a pleasantly sour fruity edge. It would have been better with 60 degree F water, but it was fine this way too.

Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour

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Had this with a splash of skim. It accompanied a toasted plain bagel with veggie cream cheese, and I have to say, it was probably the best possible pairing I could have come up with yesterday morning. The toast notes in the tea worked really well with the toasted bread itself.

Chinese black teas are my favorite because they’re so smooth and non-astringent. This particular blend is half Chinese, half Indian, so it has those smooth characteristics I mentioned, plus a good firm bite of “pick-me-up” characteristic of Indian black teas. It’s been blended phenomenally and wakes me up like coffee does, but without the jitters and coffee breath.

This is easily my favorite loose breakfast tea. I love the orangey color and the rock-steadiness of it. A staple tea for sure!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Toast

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I really dig this one. Normally I avoid Yogi teas that have weird herbs that I’ve never heard of (shankhpushpi and ashwagandha… wut?) because I’m very careful with any medications, FDA approved or otherwise. But the ingredients list on this one, those two aforementioned ayurvedic remedies aside, was too diverse and interesting to pass up. Black tea, mate, green tea, lemon myrtle, tulsi, and lemongrass, all in one blend? I sort of see the rationale— black tea provides just the energy, and mate and green tea provide energy without jitters and soothe you. Lemon myrtle, tulsi, those two weird herbs, and lemongrass all promote a relaxed feeling. So I think the Yogi blenders were going for “relaxed but alert.”

You’d think this would result in a medicinal, sickly-sweet, nasty witch’s brew of herbal mush. But it doesn’t! It actually tastes like real tangerine somehow! They did a really awesome job blending it. Even the stevia is at the perfect level, and that’s saying something because stevia is usually a huge deal-breaker for me.

This tea is coming to me at the point in the year when I am just starting to feel the affects of S.A.D., so the timing is spot-on. I’ve been mediating with Headspace, taking Vitamin D supplements, and plan to start using my S.A.D. lamp again soon because the mornings are darker. But this tea is also helpful— I got cussed at by a customer yesterday and didn’t get half as upset about it as I normally do. I don’t think it was a placebo effect either because I had completely forgotten about drinking this tea until after I noticed my lack of anger and sadness.

Score 1 for the weird herbs that work, and 1 for the awesome, awesome taste!

Flavors: Citrusy, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

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Sipdown! This one was meh. Probably won’t restock because the flavor was nothing to write home about, and who has time, patience, and money to drink four cups of this stuff every day in order to gain access to its health benefits?

Good if you like herbal dandelion teas with mild toasty notes though.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dandelion, Spices, Toasty

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drank French Vanilla Chai by Twinings
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I was surprised by how much I liked this one. The vanilla offset some of the intensity of the nutmeg while highlighting the cinnamon and cloves (which are the two enjoyable aspects of chai, in my opinion). It was really tasty with a splash of skim.

Something about fall and winter makes me want chai, I guess.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutmeg, Nutty, Vanilla

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

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

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 and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, 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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