338 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey by Choice Organic Teas
338 tasting notes

I love this EG…

The bergamot tastes almost fresh in this one, and the black tea base is superb. Choice’s bagged teas really are excellent. I left the bag in the water for the whole time and the flavor was perfect the whole time.

Prime!

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drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
338 tasting notes

Homework lost the battle tonight, due to stress. I’m gonna unwind with a cup of this stuff (I’m hoping it will counterbalance the near pound of cake frosting that I ate straight from the jar today… Oops) and just revisit the assignment tomorrow.

It’s sweet, it’s gentle, it’s warming… Just what I need.

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drank Chai Green by Stash Tea Company
338 tasting notes

I’ll echo everyone else on here and say that I had my doubts about this blend at first pass. A chai masala with a green tea base? How could that possibly work? And when I ripped open the packet, I was assailed by an onslaught of cinnamon so powerful that I thought I was going to sneeze.

I decided to make the cup up anyway. YOLO

It’s not bad. It’s a light chai, with an emphasis on the cinnamon and cloves perhaps, but overall, pretty inoffensive. The dragonwell base holds up okay, but I think I still prefer my classic chai masalas with an Assam base instead.

If this tea were a schoolchild, and I its teacher, it would be a B student.

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
338 tasting notes

The liquor of this tea is gorgeous- amber colored.

Sipping…. It’s very light and fragrant, and I noticed that it needed a longer steep time than most black teas. I like it! It’s very delicate.

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drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
338 tasting notes

Very smooth black tea. I was surprised- I was expecting it to have much more of a bite of astringency to it. But it played nicely. Of all the UK breakfast teas I’ve tried- English, Scottish, and Irish, I find this to be the best.

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Sipdown! (I know I’m posting this from the Sampler Pack entry, but for some wacky reason, my computer won’t let me get onto the regular, full box entry for CS’s Peppermint. Same tea, different quantity.) I’m drinking the last two bags in the box.

I’m not really sorry to see this one go. It was fine for a plain peppermint tea, and it never mistreated me, but I didn’t love it. The best part about it was that there was a free Celestial Seasonings collectible tin inside the box, which now houses my fair trade peacock feather earrings.

So long, and thanks for all the peppermint, but I’m onto smoother and higher quality peppermint pastures.

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drank Chamomile by Carrington Tea
338 tasting notes

Still the best deal going for tea. A dollar for a box of 20 bags? Sold!

Will be restocking as a staple tea. I’m down to my last four cups. It’s everything you’d expect and want in a simple bagged chamomile.

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Drank a double-strength mug of this before bed last night. I’m thinking that I might make chamomile an important part of my tea-drinking regimen, because I drank like four cups of chamomile-based tea yesterday, and I slept like a log and felt great when I woke up this morning. I did some reading up on chamomile, and although it’s pretty unexciting flavorwise, it provides a number of wonderful health benefits, such as helping with nausea, digestive problems, sleeplessness, and mild stress.

This is the classic go-to bedtime tea. I often forget about it for months at a time, forget how nice a blend it actually is, and then dig it out, think, Eh, why not?, brew up a cup of it, and remember why I always seem to have a box of it around. It’s mild and minty, extremely soothing, and puts me right to sleep, but not in a clearly-this-tea-is-going-to-knock-me-out-way. It’s more like a gentle nudge- my eyelids start drooping after I’m 2/3 of the way into the mug, and I feel more inclined to snuggle up with a book under the covers.

Sometimes, the old, tried-and-true sleep remedies like chamomile tea work the best.

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
338 tasting notes

Unearthed this teabag from the bottom of my cavernous tea chest. Have no clue where it came from. I probably nicked it from my school’s dining hall at some point.

I seem to be on a chamomile kick lately. It’s like an old friend to me- I can go for months without missing it, and then run across it while searching for something soothing, and it’s just the same as it was when I last encountered it. Reliable, sweet, comforting, uncomplicated. Just what I need this afternoon.

This is why I always keep a stash of plain chamomile around. I never know when I’ll need it next.

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drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
338 tasting notes

Ughhhhhh insomnia!

I usually stay away from Bigelow blends, unless it’s either the straight chamomile or the straight peppermint ones, because they tend to be WAY too fast and loose with the hibiscus in their herbal blends. But for some reason, I don’t seem to mind it in this one.

This is mild and sweet. Just kind of generic and meh. I’m gonna down it because I want the chamomile to do its thing and make me feel sleepy.

I happen to have a lot of this tea because someone gave me a whole box of it as part of a gift. But I daresay that when I finish these bags up, I won’t be restocking it. I’ve had much better bedtime blends from other companies.

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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.

Favorites: black, oolong, and white teas (anything with chocolate, vanilla, 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 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 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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