551 Tasting Notes

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drank French Vanilla Chai by Twinings
551 tasting notes

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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Very well balanced, albeit weak. Drinking for medicinal purposes— lavender is really the only herb that consistently helps me sleep. To that end, this is a perfectly serviceable blend.

Flavors: Apple, Flowers, Lavender, Sweet

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Love love love this tea. The lemon flavoring is subtle and genuine. The tea handles being oversteeped like a champ (work has been utter chaos these past two weeks, so I haven’t been able to make any high-maintenance teas at work) and it’s light and smooth and wakes me up without shorting out my nervous system like coffee does.

Besides the lemon, I’m getting flowery notes and earth.

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Green Tea With Peach by Bigelow
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Soothing and summery. Not a staple tea by any stretch, but good for an inexpensive pick me up.

Flavors: Flowers, Green, Peach

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drank Lotus by Tazo
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I love love love this tea. It’s so soothing and light. Not a huge fan of Tazo or of green tea usually, but this one is pretty awesome as a mid-morning cuppa. Lotus has a very nice, soft, floral vibe to it that makes me feel like everything is going to be okay.

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You would think this tea would be edgy, spicy, and maybe even bitter, but it’s really not. They added cinnamon, which balanced everything out. It steeps a nice orange color and tastes mostly of ginger and cinnamon. It’s very soothing and homely and just a well-made tea in general.

I bought it for my knee, which has been bothering me lately. Ginger and turmeric have anti inflammatory properties so I figured it was worth a shot. Down the hatch it goes!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Sweet

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Dealt with one very annoying customer and one very rude one yesterday. Went home and cooked the stress away— made cold soba noodle salad for the week. I had some leftover fresh ginger when I was done, so I grated it into boiling water and drank that last night. It was very strong and spicy, but warming and healthfully energizing and revitalizing. It was also a cheerful yellow color, which didn’t hurt.

Now, I also somehow managed to sprain my ankle and hurt my knee sometime around Thursday or Friday last week, so I’ve also been dealing with that pain. I swear to God, though, drinking the ginger broth helped. I woke up this morning with no pain at all!

Sometimes the best cures have to be stumbled upon by random happenstance, I guess.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

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Cold-steeped 10-12 bags of this in a gallon of water overnight. The result is a VERY potent but tasty iced tea. The cold-steeping brings forth the honey note most prevalently, although the lemon lingers in the aftertaste quite pleasantly. I like to cold-steep green teas because it eliminates the chances of bitterness— you can’t “cook” the leaves if the water is cold.

Had a glass of it with SEVERAL ice cubes and a bowl of ginger scallion soba noodle salad that I made, and I have to say, the pairing made a perfect summer meal.

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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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