319 Tasting Notes

I’m obsessed with chai blends lately. I guess I’m waiting for winter to finish up around here and let spring have a chance.

As I’ve remarked before, nothing particularly special about this one. Choice is a pretty failsafe organic option if I’m ever on the go, but I’ve yet to try a blend from them that is really memorable, save for their lapsang souchong Russian Caravan. I wish the spices were just a little bit stronger in this, but it’ll do.

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drank DeTox by Yogi Tea
319 tasting notes

Funny thing about Yogi- they’ll make a tantalizingly delicious blend full of herbs that are horrendously bad for you (looking at YOU, Kava Stress Relief!) And then make a terrible-tasting blend full of herbs that are good for you.

Like this one. Which I am only drinking because of this afternoon’s kava scare.

Here’s to a happy liver and unhappy taste buds tonight. Bottoms up.

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drank Kava Stress Relief by Yogi Tea
319 tasting notes

This stuff is delicious… Chocolate and spice and everything nice.

Except that apparently kava kava root can wreak complete and utter havoc on your liver.

I sure wish I’d read the label BEFORE I bought the whole box. I got a few sips into my first cup before I read someone’s review on this tea about how risky it is for your health, and had to dump the rest out. No clue what I’m going to do with the rest of the box.

Stress relief, my foot. Stress-INDUCING, more like. I’m surprised Yogi would even use an herb that has been banned in some countries because of the health risks associated with it.

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I can just tell that this tea is full of good stuff. It tastes like Sleepytime tea with echinacea, which is what it is. Just a good tea to have on hand in case anyone starts to feel a cold coming on. I don’t think I’d drink it for pleasure, because it’s a pretty straightforward medicinal herbal blend, but for its intended purpose, I’d give it a gold star.

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I really love Stash. I don’t know how they do it, but somehow all of their teas manage to be dynamic and interesting, despite the fact that they’re bagged.

This is easily one of my favorites by them. Today, I got more vanilla and bergamot, and the lavender took a bit of a backseat. It went wonderfully with my cinnamon waffles.

Will be buying this again!

Rosehips

This sounds like an interesting blend. I may have to look into getting some.

teaqueen

You should! It’s lovely.

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drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
319 tasting notes

The idea of a licorice tea has been buzzing around in my head for a while now, and I’ve been hesitant to try it because I despise licorice. But today I finally decided to try it. I think my sore throat, coupled with the fact that I’ve been reading up about how ridiculously beneficial to your health it is, pushed me to do it.

The dry bag smells like roots and earth- very similar to Yogi’s Detox blend, which contains dandelion root. No dandelion here, but I’m starting to think that maybe there’s a “rooty” smell.

Sipping… Actually, not bad. It tastes like the dandelion root too. The cinnamon and orange peel make it very sweet. It gives off a pleasant, warm aroma.

I think I can tolerate this for the sake of my health.

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drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
319 tasting notes

Mmmmmm…. I’m glad I have a lot of this, even though it’s old. It’s light, it’s full of umami, and it’s soothing to my sore throat. Ideal for the first day of spring. :)

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
319 tasting notes

Continuing with my simplicity kick…

I think people like this tea for the memories it brings back, more than for its taste. It’s really just a very simple orange pekoe ceylon tea, no surprises. But it carries with it a certain personal history… My grandmother used to drink it. My best friend and my boyfriend each have a big collection of the little figurines, so I know someone in their lives drank it too.

The company wants to have that kind of legacy, I believe. The box invites me to “share my favorite Red Rose memory” on their website.

Funny how a low price (cheaper even than Lipton in some places) and a little clay figure have the power to touch so many lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed two cups of this tea today, not for the taste, but for the places they brought me mentally and emotionally.

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drank Decaffeinated Hot Tea by Lipton
319 tasting notes

Some days, a cup of regular-old, commercial, Rainforest Alliance Certified, nearly-ubiquitous, and dirt-cheap Lipton black tea with nothing added (not even caffeine) will suffice.

There’s something to be said for simplicity, I believe.

Angrboda

I agree. It’s not a revelation in a cup, but as an act of desperation, it’s fine. :)

teaqueen

Yes! Exactly :D

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
319 tasting notes

Only tried a sip of this one from my boyfriend’s cup, but I liked it! I mostly tasted the black tea base at first, with just a dash of the raspberry. But after I swallowed it, the other berry and floral notes came to life! It brought a smile to my face. Must steal some from him the next opportunity I get.

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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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