398 Tasting Notes

Cinnamon, vanilla, AND the promise of hydrating my poor winter weather-beaten skin? Too good to pass up.

It tastes like a pretty standard vanilla rooibos with a cinnamon finish. Simple and delicious and warming on this deadly cold day.

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
398 tasting notes

I’m getting peach notes today, along with the jasmine and the grassy green base. Makes me wish it were springtime.

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
398 tasting notes

I’ve been jonesing for a good cuppa green tea with Jasmine for a while now. Twinings doesn’t usually disappoint! Their green tea is especially amazing.
Jasmine is so fragrant and gentle, and the base of this is equal parts smooth and lively.

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I picked this up at Shaw’s, along with a Ingenui-Tea teapot from Adagio tea.

The teapot is ridiculously convenient and awesome, and this tea is great too! It’s a cheaper version of Tiesta Tea’s Fireberry blend, basically. It is sweet and berrylicious. Tastes like a cup of healthy goodness, and it is both responisible socially (being organic) and hibiscus-wise. ;)

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos

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I always seem to come back to this tea. I love it, in all its crappy corporate glory.

It does actually manage to taste good… Smooth and subtly fruity. Low maintenance. Ideal for work. I more than likely will finish the box, forget about it for a year, and then buy a new box and enjoy it again for its consistency and light, inoffensive flavor.

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Today when I made this, I get toasted coconut, sweet plum, and vanilla. Last time I made it, I could taste licorice, but today I gave it a shorter steep time.

Yummmm! This is one blend by Zhena’s that hasn’t let me down. Trying to sip down this sampler set from them.

Flavors: Coconut, Plums, Vanilla

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
398 tasting notes

I think… I think I’m slowly changing my mind about hibiscus teas. I like this one, and it’s almost entirely hibiscus. But the sourness works with the tart apple and spice notes.

Maybe I only like it with non-berry fruit flavors.

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drank Winter Spice by Numi Organic Tea
398 tasting notes

I really, really dig this one. The sour lime just works. Then again, I’m a huge fan of all things citrus.

It perfectly captures the essence of wintertime— spice with a bite, and of course, white tea to match the white snow. The thing I like about Numi is that their bagged teas taste like loose leaf teas. They just have a magic touch that not many other companies have in their bagged options.

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Sipdown!

This one got better after I let it sit for a month. I still don’t taste a lot of bergamot, but the raspberry is tasty enough.

Zhena’s teas look better in the canisters than they actually taste, as a rule.

Fjellrev

Haha good rule to follow.

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drank Earl Grey by Unknown
398 tasting notes

Boyfriend has several coworkers and managers from the UK at his job, and one of them gave him these Earl Grey teabags from England. I wish I knew the brand—- they’re square and unmarked white filterbags, like the Celestial Seasonings teabags.

Holy God, is it amazing tea though. The base is nice and robust, with hints of cocoa and Assam-like astringency. The bergamot tastes both citrusy and spicy.

Oh yeah, this is the genuine article. He’s had the loose version of it, too, and says that it’s even better.

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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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