484 Tasting Notes

Grouchy today.

I figured that I needed a low-maintenance, vanilla flavored, non-caffeinated tea to soothe my nerves, so this was the winner. It’s not fabulous, but it’s something to drink and it has no calories, so it’s saving me from eating my feelings. It’s got a tart edge to it, rounded out by the vanilla, and it’s fruity without being overbearing.

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The first few times I made this one, it didn’t taste like much of anything. Kind of a watery, plain black tea.

I made it again today, mostly because I wanted to get rid of it. I then proceeded to let it get cold because work picked up, and I made an accidental discovery in the process!

This tea is AMAZING when it’s cold. I got notes of honey, nuts, molasses, and chocolate. The flavor just kind of came to life once the heat left. I think it’s a delicate tea, and it needs to be prepared as if it’s a particularly sensitive white tea.

I plan to cold-steep it, or maybe make it iced instead next time. Either way, it’s gonna be delicious.

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Another one that I grabbed because I need it to replace my junk food snacking. (Also, I needed to buy two boxes of CS teas to validate the coupon.)

It doesn’t taste like a punishment, so that’s a plus. It’s just a plain tea, that’s all. It depends pretty heavily on the white tea to pick up the slack as far as flavor is concerned, but last time I checked, that wasn’t a crime.

I may as well face it— dieting requires sacrifices. If this can help me to feel better about myself in the long term, then it will all be worth it.

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This tea was delicious. Usually decaf teas suck, especially decaf greens. I got it because:

1.) I had a coupon for Celestial Seasonings teas
2.) Nothing else that my grocery store had from CS (that I haven’t already tried) looked remotely appealing
3.) I’m trying desperately to stop hoovering the contents of my fridge when I get home from work, and green tea is a know appetite suppressant
4.) I can drink it any time, and as much of it as I want, without overcaffeinating myself

I didn’t have high hopes. But it was surprisingly fragrant and mellow. Lemony, buttery, lightly sweet. Not too heavy on the jasmine, but hey, for a bagged decaf, it’s not too shabby.

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Wooo-eee, this one is NOT wanting for bergamot!

Warning: Not for the faint of citrus heart. The base is nice and smooth, and provides a beautiful backdrop for… The bergamot.

Only drink it you really love bergamot. Like, really, really love it.

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Gave this one another shot. The first time I tried it, it tasted like overboiled green beans and made me gag.

Today, for some weird reason, it tastes much better. Probably because I gave it a longer steep time.

Green teas, even humble bagged ones, make me nervous. Your sense of timing has to be perfect to make them right. This one seems to be 25% actual green tea and 75% other unknown, funky herbs (Yogi is fond of adding things like that to their stuff), so I think allowing a longer steep time to let the flavors of said herbs develop can only help it.

Today, I’m getting a bready, sweet taste. No bitterness or grassiness or vegetal qualities to it, mercifully.

Will not be purchasing again; however, it does make for a nice tea to drink at work. Mostly because it helps me avoid the near occasion of sin, in the shape of vending machine snack bags of Cheetos.

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drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
484 tasting notes

I’m getting a lot of mint and not a lot of citrus in this one. That’s fine with me! It’s light and refreshing, very similar to Tazo’s Zen blend, which I think someone else already mentioned.

It’s definitely a cut tear curl blend— its looks reminds me of Butiki’s The Killer’s Vanilla guayusa. It releases a lot of flavor very quickly, so it doesn’t lend itself well to resteeping.

My friend gave me this for Christmas, along with a silicone lily pad infuser. It was a lovely gift. I’m a fan of mint as long as it’s blended with good ol’ camelia sinesis.

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drank Winter Spice by Numi Organic Tea
484 tasting notes

I picked this one up today while Christmas shopping… It’s pretty good! Like a chai with a white base and just a bite of tart citrus. I think it’s nutmeg that I don’t like— that’s why I won’t eat pumpkin pie and I like my chais to be heavy on the cinnamon.

There’s no nutmeg in this, which is why it’s my kind of chai.

That rhymes! Tee-hee. Anyway though. Seriously. This one is good. Usually flavored white teas are blended with sweet fruity blah-ness, but this one breaks the mold a little. It’s unusual and satisfying for a bitingly cold winter day, which today was.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves, Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Spices

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Woman's Moon Cycle by Yogi Tea
484 tasting notes

Tried adding vanilla almond milk to make the taste less medicine-y.

Didn’t help.

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I do enjoy this one… But it’s not worth the asking price.

It’s like a dessert. An overpriced, chocolatey dessert.

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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, and rooibos. 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. 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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