319 Tasting Notes

Had this one with dinner in a restaurant tonight. It was actually pretty decent. Better than Lipton, but not quite at the Stash or Twinings level as far as commercial bagged black teas go. It was smooth and full-bodied, with a surprisingly thick mouth feel.

Pretty okay with me!

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Oh, my goodness! Easily my new favorite bergamot blend! The lavender and vanilla round out the sharpness of the bergamot without diminishing it, and the black tea base has the perfect amount of presence! This by far and away outstrips any Earl Grey I’ve tried thus far. Seriously.

Good on you, Stash! A+

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Kombucha and ginger were a match made in heaven! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The fresh pear note in the aftertaste was extremely refreshing.

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The friend who bought this box doesn’t like tea, and only bought it because she was responsible for snack for a meeting, so she gave me the leftovers. So I’m giving it another try before I give up entirely on it.

I have discovered that it wasn’t rooibos I was tasting with the first cup- it was hibiscus. This makes it even harder to love, but I tried steeping it for longer, and that works a little better. Eventually, the metallic, bitter taste of the hibiscus fades into the background.

The pomegranate is SUPER strong. While it steeps, it gives off an extremely strong, sweet smell reminiscent of bubblegum toothpaste. With a hint of earth. Ughhhhh….

Sipping… the Tulsi is more prevalent in the actual taste than the smell suggests, but the super-sweet pomegranate is definitely the primary note.

I think the elderberry only adds to the sicky-sweetness of the pomegranate, and the green tea gives the mouthfeel a little more richness. Tulsi tends to be pretty thin on its own.

The nasty bubblegum-toothpaste flavor lingers in the aftertaste.
Nope, this is still a pass for me. Blech.

175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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This one kinda sucks…

It smells fruity, but it tastes almost exclusively like rooibos and not much else. I’m not even entirely sure if there’s rooibos in it, which is the ultra-sucky part.

My friend bought a box of this stuff. I’m glad I didn’t waste my money on it.

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I think decaffeinated green tea bags are normally among the most unpleasant-tasting teas on the market.

This one really rocks. The honey is a brilliant idea for counterbalancing the mouth-puckeringly bitter flavor that decaf green can have.

I added some extra honey tonight, because I want dessert, but I have no business eating anything with more calories, than, oh, I don’t know, a Rice Krispie treat. (Yup, I wolfed one of those down while my water heated) The honey sweetened the tea a little more, and made it really buttery-tasting and smooth.

Mmmm! Perfect paper-writing companion.

No rest for the weary… Thank God my vacation is next week!

Cheers, Steepster friends!

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Unexciting, simple green tea. That’s all. Good for when you need an extra boost of caffeine, which I do.

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Uhhh…. This tastes like flowery soap. I could smell the bergamot while it was steeping, but when I took the first sip…. Floral overload. This is just barely more tolerable than that horrid bergamot-soaked slime that Tazo is passing off as an Earl Grey.

No thanks… I’ll stick to my Twinings and Gloria Jean’s.

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I can’t get enough of this lately. I know I’ve posted about it a lot, so I don’t have anything new or groundbreaking to say about it, other than I’m really glad I decided to commit to a whole tin of the sachets.

It even travels well. I brought it into my internship this morning, and it was still wonderful. Smooth and warming. Everything you could possibly want in a chai masala, and then some, because of the coconut.

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Oldie but a goody. The perfect, quick companion for late-night binge-reading for class. The book I’m reading is The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, so I can’t complain.

Lemony, orangey, not very complicated, and caffeine-free. I must try the caffeinated version of this sometime, because I bet it tastes slightly less chemically, the way that decaffeinated tea leaves tend to.

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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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