338 Tasting Notes

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I seem to be having a lot of trouble lately getting my ass out of bed in time to make a hot cup of tea in the mornings. I think my bio-clock is setting itself into Winter Mode. So to compensate for this, I have been brewing pots of tea at night, and then allowing them to cool and refrigerating them so that I can just grab my Tervis-ful of cold tea and high-tail it to whatever I’m late for.

So I brewed the last of my supply of this tea and mixed it with honey.

It’s delicious! I made it too strong, but that only helps bring the floral, sage side of it out. And the honey makes the blackberry sweet. The black tea base is there but not dominant.

I really enjoyed this today.

I realize what a novice I am- I’m only just getting ‘round to the idea of making my own iced tea from loose leaves. But whatever. This is a huge thing for me right now, so I’m going to shut up and enjoy it.

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drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
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I steeped some of this tea in a glass jar with a bag of Celestial Seasoning’s Peppermint. It’s the only plain green tea I have, and I didn’t think peppermint would mix well with plain black tea.

I knew going into this endeavor that it was probably not going to work out too well, and I was mostly right- the Huang Shan Mao Feng is too light of a green tea, and I’ve had it for a long time, so it’s not fresh. Plus, the peppermint is a very dominating flavor. So mostly what I taste is the peppermint. Don’t get me wrong- it tastes good- Celestial Seasoning’s is my favorite peppermint blend. But this combo isn’t that great for what I originally wanted, which was a stronger green tea flavor.

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drank DeTox by Yogi Tea
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Drank a mug of this with lunch. It’s my third cup of it, and I still love it. I feel better after I drink it at any rate, so even if it’s just a placebo effect, it still makes me happy.

I am unused to thinking of dandelions as things to be ingested. I think of them more as evil weeds that choke out lawns and gardens and proliferate at an alarming rate. However, they are yummy in this tisane! They’re present without being obnoxious, and they give it a sweet, lightly floral flavor, which balances the spice out nicely. Most importantly, it doesn’t feel like I’m drinking a ground-up pest species (which in fact, I am).

Good to know that dandelions have a more productive purpose, instead of just annoying the crap out of rural and suburban homeowners.

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drank Chamomile by Carrington Tea
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The price of this tea was the most attractive thing about it to me. It was only $0.98 at Walmart! So I figured: One, it’s pretty much impossible to screw up plain chamomile; and two, it cost less than a dollar, so even if it turned out to be nasty, I wouldn’t have invested too much into it anyway, and I could always brew it with something else to cover up the ickyness.

However, this is a pretty okay tea by itself. Not particularly outstanding, but not particularly offensive either. It’s a good, cheap chamomile to have on hand whenever you or someone you live with has a stomachache or trouble calming down, or trouble going to sleep. Or if you just want some frill-free chamomile.

The box says proudly, “Microwaveable.” So clearly this company’s demographic is not people with picky tastes. However, as a broke college student, I appreciate their down-to-earth, budget-friendly attitude anyway. Also, they imitate Celestial Seasonings’ packaging style, with the stringless pouchless bags in a plastic bag inside the box, so they’re eco-friendly, too.

All in all, a pretty good find for 98 cents.

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I agree with everyone else- this tea tastes nothing like caramel. It smells and tastes a lot like apple pie to me. Is that weird? I think it’s the nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves that do it. It is very tasty, but don’t expect caramel. Normally I am not a fan of rooibos, because I think it’s bland and yucky, but this blend has enough other stuff in it that lack of flavor is not a problem at all.

That being said, the list of ingredients in this tea is downright short compared to some of Yogi’s other blends. So that didn’t bug me too much. What made me hesitate was the fact that I had no idea what L-Theanine Suntheanine was, until a quick Google search revealed that it’s an amino acid. (I also discovered shortly thereafter that the box itself tells you that it’s “a naturally occurring amino acid found in green tea” and that it “promotes relaxation by calming the mind.”)

So it TASTED good, but did it serve its intended purpose of making me sleepy and relaxed before bed? Yes! I’ve had plenty of Yogi’s Bedtime blend, which contains Valerian, and I gotta say, this blend worked better for me. This is nice stuff. I woke up a little groggy, but I think that’s because I slept more deeply than usual after drinking this tea.

Highly recommend this tea! Especially for fans of pie.

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drank DeTox by Yogi Tea
338 tasting notes

Mmmmmm! I was a little hesitant to buy this one, because generally we don’t think of detox as a pleasant experience at all, but I’m glad I did it anyway. (Plus, I had a coupon, so I figured it was easy come, easy go if it ended up sucking.) I’m usually not disappointed with Yogi.

When I first opened the teabag packet, I got a waft of cinnamon. Once it was steeped, I could taste the cinnamon, ginger, dandelion, licorice, cardamom, and cloves the most. The list of ingredients in this blend is quite extensive, but this is my second cup of this stuff, and I’m enjoying it immensely with no weird side effects. And if it’s helping keep my bloodstream free of toxins, than I will certainly keep drinking it in good faith.

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drank I Love Lemon by Bigelow
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I made a cup of this hot last night, and then realized that I had just applied my lipstick and didn’t want to mess it up.

I looked at my sad little teapot, which was 1/3 full of cold-steeped Twinings Ceylon Orange Pekoe. I had not enjoyed that tea cold-steeped, and I didn’t want to waste it, but I didn’t particularly want to drink it, either.

My solution to all three of these issues? Upending the mug of freshly steeped lemon tea into the teapot with the cold orange pekoe. Now my lipstick was saved for a few more hours, and I had transformed my lackluster cold brew into something delicious for tomorrow morning.

And, as I was fifteen minutes late to class this morning, I didn’t exactly have time to wait for water to boil, anyway. I dumped some of the mixture into my travel mug and booked it to class.

So how did this long, adventuresome tale from teaqueen’s random crazy life resolve itself? With a delicious, cold, lemon-flavored iced tea, of course. I’m gonna brew my lemon iced teas from now on. The store-bought stuff in the bottle is a joke compared to this! I got hints of an almost minty-note, and there was not a trace of sweeteners, which allowed the tartness of the lemon to mingle and balance with the unique flavor of black tea the way God intended it to.

I swear, the best ideas in life are the ones that come to you as a result of your mistakes.

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drank I Love Lemon by Bigelow
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drank Ceylon Orange Pekoe by Twinings
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Tried cold-steeping this one, using three teabags in my glass teapot overnight.

Maybe I did something wrong, but I think this one is better hot- the flavor seemed somehow less rich and full-bodied this morning. I needed two mugs of it until I felt satisfied.

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Ahhh! Why am I drinking this stuff? I dislike both fruity teas and rooibos teas. Yet, here I am… drinking a fruity rooibos.

Before I begin my discourse about its merits, let me just say this: I really, REALLY like these pyramid teabags. It’s as close to loose-leaf infusing as bagged tea is going to get. Easy to use, easy to dispose of. LOVE it!

Somehow, this blend works for me, despite the odds stacked against it. Maybe it’s the strawberry. (I do like berry-flavored teas). I think the strawberry gives the rooibos more flavor. Normally, I think rooibos is bland and weirdly flavored, but this one seems to be pretty all right. It could also be the little bit of black tea that Lipton apparently couldn’t resist adding.

Also, I don’t really taste passionfruit, which makes me like it more. I feel like it would be sicky-sweet if the passionfruit were strong.

It’s a good snacktime tea, a good take-it-or-leave it tea. Not many surprises in this cup. Plus, it only has 10 mg of caffeine, which to tiny, twitchy individuals like myself, is always a plus.

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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.

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50-69: Meh.

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