551 Tasting Notes

86
drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
551 tasting notes

Got my medical issue sorted out and I’m feeling a lot better… Although the fire alarm testing in my work building this morning wasn’t helpful.

Green tea is so soothing and revitalizing. I really wish I had better means to make it loose at work, but alas, this bagged one will do. Twinings is a good company, at least.

I taste flowers and perfume. Broth-y mouthfeel.

Fjellrev

Glad you’re feeling better!

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90

My panic disorder has been flaring up these past few weeks… I don’t for one second believe that this bagged tea is curing anything, but it does seem to help me sleep, which is a plus. And it tastes so good. Lavender is the most perfect herb on the planet.

I appreciate this blend especially because I recognize all of the ingredients. Yogi likes to put weird stuff in their teas (what the hell is a schizandra berry?) which makes me a little apprehensive. But this one is just what you need when you’re anxious: soothing, mild, naturally sweet, no funky random herbs and berries. Reliable.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Lavender, Milk, Sweet

KiwiDelight

Ditto. I love lavender! It’s the only herb that actually helps me with sleeping. I’m adding this to my wishlist.

teaqueen

One of my favorites by this company, definitely :)

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74
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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Best. Builder’s tea. Ever. Seriously, this with a splash of skim milk and I feel ready to take on the day . Ready for anything, really. It’s hearty, earthy, strong, sturdy as a rock. It’s the regular drip coffee of the tea world. I had two cuppas this morning. (I need it— we’re short-staffed this week and I am in no mood for peoples’ whining and complaining.)

Onward!

Flavors: Earth, Grass

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75

I’m sure my coworkers think I’m insane, drinking hot tea in 90° F weather, but I’mma do me.
First day back from a vacation is usually brutal, but today is okay so far.
I do love this dandelion tea. It’s roasty and bready and cocoa-y and comforting. Wish it came in a bigger box!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Dandelion, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Toast

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45
drank White Moon by Basilur
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The cooler the water temp, the better. The yucky latex taste is diminished somewhat and it tastes more like a normal green tea. A milky-sweet scent permeates the liquor. It’s a cheap tea, no doubt about it. But it is serviceable enough in a pinch.

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85

Absolutely divine. Tasted just like those chocolate orange slices that you can get around Christmas time. Perfect with milk. It was good as a dessert tea. The chocolate was very strong and the orange was kind of like an afternote. It was very very nice.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Dark Chocolate, Milk, Orange

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78

I really liked this one! The flavoring is the most genuine fruit flavoring I’ve ever tasted. I’m not sure which fruits are Brazilian, but this tasted like stone fruits and watermelon to me. Very sweet, but not cloyingly so. Very refreshing; must try it as an iced tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Melon, Stonefruits, Sweet

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50
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
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I’m craving more of my Mighty Leaf Pride of the Port with milk… but alas, I am at work, so this inexpensive bagged EG will have to hold me over for now. I have a cup of black tea, like, every two hours while I’m at work. My mug has become a security blanket of sorts.

The base of this one is very low-quality— not surprising. I like my EGs with a smooth, non-astringent, Chinese black base, and I’m 90% sure this one is just a run- of- the- mill Ceylon orange pekoe.

Bagged EG tastes very different than loose EG. I actually usually prefer the way that bagged EGs taste because I think they use stronger concentrations of bergamot oil in the bagged stuff, and I like the bergamot to be strong. Loose EG is much more delicate and has a more subtle, woody, sour-bitey flavor, at least in my experience.

Weirdly, this cheap bagged EG tastes very close to what Twinings [loose] EG tastes like— notes of sour cherry and lemon, and less bergamot-y and perfume— but it’s much weaker than Twinings. Like a faint echo of it.

Flavors: Cherry, Lemon

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68

I just don’t think rooibos holds flavorings as well as camellia sinensis leaves. That said, I did actually enjoy this one, despite the flavorings not being super strong. The chocolate was definitely the most elusive; it kind of cameo’d as a sweet note in the aftertaste. The mint was weak, too, but it was definitely there. I wanted more “truffle.”

It was just something nice to sip on while the wind howled outside.

I kind of agree with everyone else’s assessment of it— inoffensive, but not cupboard staple status. I prefer H & S’s Chocolate Mint offering, even though that one has a black tea base (and therefore caffeine).

Flavors: Mint, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

I absolutely adore this one. It’s VERY bready, which makes it perfect as a breakfast tea. It has the smoothness of Chinese black tea with the robust flavor of Indian black tea. Steeps a gorgeous ruddy brown color and mixes famously with skim milk. Floral notes in addition to bread/ toast notes.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Floral, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Sounds delicious.

teaqueen

It’s like the most perfectly blended breakfast tea. Would probably go very well with hot buttered toast or scones!

Fjellrev

Oh, I like that image! Haha.

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

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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