398 Tasting Notes

drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
398 tasting notes

I will be honest: I detest kiwifruit. I will not touch it, smell it, look at it, or ever eat it. I only purchased this tin because:

• It was $2.25
• It was the last one, so I figured that it had to be good

It is. This. Is. An. Amazing. Tea.

It’s smooth, it’s fragrant, it has just the right bite of tartness from the lemon peel, and it sweetens as it cools. The kiwi is like an overarching note throughout, but it only helps the other notes come forth- it doesn’t overpower at all, which is a pleasant surprise. The apple gives it a creamy mouthfeel, too. Fantastic. A-plus. This is the BEST green tea I have had in a long, long, long time.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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I was fortunate enough to snag a 4 oz tin of this blend by Tiesta for dirt, dirt cheap yesterday at my local grocery store. I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time, but have been unwilling to make the $9 commitment, owing to the fact that there is not actually any tea in this tisane. However, for $2.25, I was much more willing to take the chance on it. Plus, it got rave reviews on here, so how bad could it be?

Dry, it smells heavenly, like baked apple pie. After I steeped it, it tasted like hot water with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. I used a Keurig to heat my water, and I think that was the problem. Keurigs do not produce boiling water; my cup was probably somewhere between 180 and 190 ° F. Too low for this blend. I think the dry tisane needs to be “cooked” in order to get the dried apple, cinnamon, and almond to release more flavor.

Lots of potential here. Just needs to be experimented with a little more to get it just right. For that reason, I am going to hold off on rating it for now.

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Green tea, all the way! It’s fuel for my creativity and a huge help when it comes to resisting the urge to snack. I don’t drink this one for the “anti-aging properties,” but rather for the taste. Tiesta is a great company when it comes to commercial loose-leaf tea. Affordable and abundant, and it’s also really great quality.

I suspect the base of this one is dragonwell, because it’s buttery and tastes really good with the tangy lemongrass. I’m only getting the merest suggestion of fruitiness today, but I think that’s because I only got one berry in my scoop of leaves. Still good!

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I really enjoy this blend. The vanilla and the mildness of the rooibos make for a very soothing and healthy bedtime tea. It’s not a complex or surprising tea by any stretch, but hey, I like to keep things simple. I also approve of this company’s business practices.

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drank Iced Green Tea by Dunkin Donuts
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This is a new addition to Dunk’s repertoire, and I wasn’t that impressed. I can tell that they have no clue how to steep green tea, because it was bitter as hell. I suspect that they’re using boiling water to brew it, and possibly oversteeping it on top of that.

I ordered a medium with lemon in it, and they added one wedge, which did nothing.
My boyfriend ordered a large iced black tea with lemon, and his tasted much, MUCH better. For some reason, the single lemon wedge in his large cup had much more of an impact on the flavor of the black tea than a single wedge in my medium cup of green. No idea what that’s all about.

Needless to say, I will be brewing my own iced green tea from now on. At $2 a cup, this was a total ripoff.

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drank Oolong by Unknown
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This is the free tea we have at work, so of course I drink it on the daily! I wish I knew which company it’s from. I should ask my boss. I do know that it comes from a giant teabag that just steeps in the tea machine all day, waiting to dispense the deliciousness. (I should clarify that I work in a restaurant.)

Anyway, I can taste burnt cocoa notes and baked bread. It’s a very good tea. Keeps me functioning throughout my shifts, and the customers seem to enjoy it, too!

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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This EG is like a friend from childhood whom you contact every few years, and it’s like no time has passed at all between the two of you. Steady, reliable, tangy, and balanced beautifully. Nothing revolutionary or particularly unique here, but it’s a safe bet when you aren’t in the mood to experiment.

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Asked for hot tea at a restaurant tonight, thinking that it would be maybe like a dollar fifty at most. I get the bill after the meal, and it turns out that the tea was $2.00! For one lousy teabag. I didn’t even get a pot of water- just one crappy mug of water.

This tea tastes exactly like Lipton, which means that they probably only cost the restaurant maybe ten cents apiece. Ridiculous. Not worth it. Lesson learned. I’m getting ice water with lemon next time.

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I saw a recipe for lemonade terere recently, which is simply brewed mate, agave, and lemons. I must try this soon!

For today, I made a quick cup of this, straight, because I had to get up brutally early and didn’t have time to make anything nice out of it. It’s smoky and exotic, and it gets the job done caffeine wise, so that’s why I always seem to have a handful of these tea bags tucked into my enormous tea collection.

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An excellent blend for bedtime. I taste cake notes alongside the honey and vanilla, which is impressive, considering that this is a bagged tea. Twinings runs a tight ship.

This is my go-to chamomile blend these days. Plain chamomile is just too boring, and I enjoy both vanilla teas and teas that have honey notes without my needing to put actual honey in them. Plus, I can let it steep for as long as I want without ruining it, and I can use any water temp that I want without ruining it, so it’s truly an ideal blend to prepare before bed, when there are a million things on my mind and exhaustion has set in.


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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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