502 Tasting Notes
Had a cup of this at my friend’s house with two fresh lemon wedges. Not bad. Nice and soothing after a busy day.
Could be the lemon, but I’m not getting all that much bergamot. I’m picky about my EG’s; the bergamot is best when it appears as a twist of citrus, not a perfume bath, and I like it best when it tastes fresh and not metallic. If it’s too light, I feel like I may as well be drinking English Breakfast, and if it’s too strong, it’s just unpleasant.
This blend is just kind of meh. It’s getting the job done, but not exactly setting the world on fire.
Last night, I went through my ridiculous tea collection and dug out the boxes of teas that have only five or so servings left, and I put them in a separate box. They are now Priority Teas, meaning that I’m not allowed to buy any new teas until I’ve finished them.
This is one of the Priority Teas.
I know it’s crappy Lipton, but this one really is good. it was nice and light and fruity but not overly sweet, which I definitely appreciated.
This is the tea that introduced me to longjing, which is now my very favorite type of green tea. Soooo buttery and delicious.
I’ve never really gotten much in the way of “fruityness” from this Tiesta concoction; the base is clearly the dominant part of the blend. But that is A-OK with me, because fruityness can be easily overdone, in my opinion.
I also love that one scoop of leaves can be good for up to three cups of tea.
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Homework lost the battle tonight, due to stress. I’m gonna unwind with a cup of this stuff (I’m hoping it will counterbalance the near pound of cake frosting that I ate straight from the jar today… Oops) and just revisit the assignment tomorrow.
It’s sweet, it’s gentle, it’s warming… Just what I need.
I’ll echo everyone else on here and say that I had my doubts about this blend at first pass. A chai masala with a green tea base? How could that possibly work? And when I ripped open the packet, I was assailed by an onslaught of cinnamon so powerful that I thought I was going to sneeze.
I decided to make the cup up anyway. YOLO
It’s not bad. It’s a light chai, with an emphasis on the cinnamon and cloves perhaps, but overall, pretty inoffensive. The dragonwell base holds up okay, but I think I still prefer my classic chai masalas with an Assam base instead.
If this tea were a schoolchild, and I its teacher, it would be a B student.
Sipdown! (I know I’m posting this from the Sampler Pack entry, but for some wacky reason, my computer won’t let me get onto the regular, full box entry for CS’s Peppermint. Same tea, different quantity.) I’m drinking the last two bags in the box.
I’m not really sorry to see this one go. It was fine for a plain peppermint tea, and it never mistreated me, but I didn’t love it. The best part about it was that there was a free Celestial Seasonings collectible tin inside the box, which now houses my fair trade peacock feather earrings.
So long, and thanks for all the peppermint, but I’m onto smoother and higher quality peppermint pastures.