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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
380 tasting notes

I let this one go stale, unfortunately… I overleafed to compensate, but I didn’t really get much flavor until it cooled considerably. It’s not a super flavorful and complex tea to begin with, so I guess it doesn’t bother me too much that it’s past its prime. It’s earthy and familiar and vegetal, light and beautiful to watch steep. Chinese teas have a mysterious, quiet, artistic presence. Tea with a purpose other than to caffeinate the drinker. They evoke and awaken certain feelings.

Drinking this particular one makes me sad, although I am 100% certain that that wasn’t the intent of the blendmaster.

I got it on my very last weekend in college, so just opening the bag and inhaling the dry leaf transported me right back to that day, the sadness, fear, and also strange exhilaration of graduating looming over my head as I made the purchase. Maybe that’s why I went so long without drinking it— I didn’t want to be reminded of the cozy little tearoom where I bought it, or of the friend I was with, whom I haven’t seen for a while.

I think my memories associated with this tea flavored my cup today more than the leaves themselves.

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Managed to get 25 minutes of cardio in this morning! I hated every minute of it, but MAN do I feel good now.

No need for coffee this morning, thanks to the happy endorphins, so I’m jumping right in with this creamy, nutty, and oddly robust blend. It’s the total package in terms of a morning wakeup tea.

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Yay congrats on the cardio!

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Cinnamon, vanilla, AND the promise of hydrating my poor winter weather-beaten skin? Too good to pass up.

It tastes like a pretty standard vanilla rooibos with a cinnamon finish. Simple and delicious and warming on this deadly cold day.

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
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I’m getting peach notes today, along with the jasmine and the grassy green base. Makes me wish it were springtime.

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
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I’ve been jonesing for a good cuppa green tea with Jasmine for a while now. Twinings doesn’t usually disappoint! Their green tea is especially amazing.
Jasmine is so fragrant and gentle, and the base of this is equal parts smooth and lively.

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I picked this up at Shaw’s, along with a Ingenui-Tea teapot from Adagio tea.

The teapot is ridiculously convenient and awesome, and this tea is great too! It’s a cheaper version of Tiesta Tea’s Fireberry blend, basically. It is sweet and berrylicious. Tastes like a cup of healthy goodness, and it is both responisible socially (being organic) and hibiscus-wise. ;)

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos

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I always seem to come back to this tea. I love it, in all its crappy corporate glory.

It does actually manage to taste good… Smooth and subtly fruity. Low maintenance. Ideal for work. I more than likely will finish the box, forget about it for a year, and then buy a new box and enjoy it again for its consistency and light, inoffensive flavor.

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Today when I made this, I get toasted coconut, sweet plum, and vanilla. Last time I made it, I could taste licorice, but today I gave it a shorter steep time.

Yummmm! This is one blend by Zhena’s that hasn’t let me down. Trying to sip down this sampler set from them.

Flavors: Coconut, Plums, Vanilla

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
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I think… I think I’m slowly changing my mind about hibiscus teas. I like this one, and it’s almost entirely hibiscus. But the sourness works with the tart apple and spice notes.

Maybe I only like it with non-berry fruit flavors.

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drank Winter Spice by Numi Organic Tea
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I really, really dig this one. The sour lime just works. Then again, I’m a huge fan of all things citrus.

It perfectly captures the essence of wintertime— spice with a bite, and of course, white tea to match the white snow. The thing I like about Numi is that their bagged teas taste like loose leaf teas. They just have a magic touch that not many other companies have in their bagged options.

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field.

Favorites: black, oolong, rooibos, and white teas, pu- erh, mate, and chamomile. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me.

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.

Dislikes: Plain 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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