502 Tasting Notes

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drank Milky Rose Tea by 3:15 PM
502 tasting notes

Thanks to BabyBlue for giving me one of these teabags! This has got to be one of the most unique teas I’ve tried. It already has powdered milk and sugar included in it. When I opened the foil pack, a puff of it rose up.

The tea itself is just a basic black tea, but the sweetness of the sugar and the rose balance it nicely, making it a very yummy sweet treat. The rose gets watered down by the powdered milk, which is wonderful because sometimes rose can be too much.

Yum!

Flavors: Milk, Rose, Sweet

keychange

Wow, what a neat concept! where on earth can one get this tea?

teaqueen

I think my friend got it at an Asian specialty store :)

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78

This one is delicious! I tasted lots of chocolate and cinnamon and creamy coconut milk. It’s way better than Zhena’s Coconut Chai.

Doesn’t even need any milk or sugar!

Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut, Ginger

beelicious

sounds delicious!

teaqueen

It’s very good. Highly recommend for coconut lovers!

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100

I still love this one… It would be even better with lavender!

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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Backlogged again…

My canister of this blend is well past its sell-by date, but it still tastes great! Tiesta wins with the packaging on this, I gotta say.

I normally dislike kiwifruit; I think it’s the texture and the look of it that puts me off, not so much the actual flavor of the fruit. Maybe that’s why I enjoy this blend so much. It’s lightly sweet, and the perfect amount of fruity without being cloying or fake-tasting. I get apple notes as well as kiwi, and the green base has a savory, umami quality to it. The leaves are whole and open beautifully while steeping. Theirs is the only commercial green tea that I can tolerate. The only other green teas I’ve had that I really liked were from Butiki (sob) and Dobra (sob even harder because I moved away from the city where my favorite teashop of theirs is located).

I like this company because they are utilitarian without compromising quality or artistry.

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100

Backlogged from several days ago—

Tried this one hot by mixing the latte concentrate with milk and heating it in a saucepan on the stove.

It’s not as good as a hot drink. All I got was sugary sweetness. None of the cocoa, espresso, and spice notes that I was getting when I drank it as a cold beverage.

Good to know moving forward!

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65

Very definitely works. The dry bag smells overwhelmingly like Valerian (which is to say, it smells like dirty socks), so I was a bit apprehensive about drinking a cup of it, but once it is submerged in hot water, the smell goes away and the other herbs take over and make it very sweet, mild, soothing, and enjoyable. And it knocked me out. It worked better than the Valerian capsules I take sometimes. I’m betting that TM uses a superior grade of herbs than the company that makes the capsules.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Sweet

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90
drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
502 tasting notes

I finally steeped this perfectly. It was magic. It has a mushy, thick mouthfeel, reminiscent of the flesh of a mango. The liquor brews a deep brown with green around the edges of the cup.

It’s very fragrant, floral and fruity. You do need to be careful about oversteeping though because the base is finicky, and it’s also tempting to overleaf because the dry leaf is rolled into little pellets. Trust me, a little goes a long way!

I must remember to try this with honey next time.

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64
drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
502 tasting notes

Double-bagged with milk for my pre-bedtime cuppa. This is good for a decaf blend. It still gets overpowered by milk though, so you do need to use two bags to get a decent cup. Doesn’t bother me any because it’s very affordable.

Bergamot is nice and bright in this blend, which makes up for the flatness of the decaf base. Bottoms up!

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55

In a word, disgusting.

In several words, it smelled like Lemon Pledge, and it tasted like water with a hint of tea that might have had bergamot passed over it at some point… The slightest dash of skim milk completely overpowered it and rendered it absolutely worthless. No wonder the store I got this at was hawking it on clearance for $1.50 a box. Normally the pyramid bag blends are far superior to anything else this company produces, but in this case, I’d rather drink the regular orange pekoe swill that they peddle than this witch’s brew of cheap nastiness.

0/10; would not recommend to my worst enemy.

Flavors: Artificial

keychange

So I’m guessing you didn’t like this tea? ;)

yyz

Ugh, makes me think of a Tea I got at a Sri Lankan shop. It was loose leaf and it wasn’t until later that I found out that it was flavoured. It too tasted like cleaner.

teaqueen

Just so uncalled for :(

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74
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
502 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while now. I have seen enough BBC television show sets and read enough modern British lit to know that this is the working Englishman’s go-to tea. Also, my boyfriend works with a Scot, an Irishman, and several English people and they have all introduced him to it. “It’s the OG tea,” he told me. “You’ll like it.”

I brewed it up this morning in my purple butterfly fine china teacup with a dash of skim milk. I like the uniqueness of the sachets— it’s a pyramid shape made of meshlike paper— ideal for allowing the water to hit the leaves completely.

The tea liquor was a reddish-brown color, which looked delicious mingled with the opaqueness of the milk. It almost looked pink!

It held its own against the milk very well, flavor-wise. It tasted… strong. Like, it tasted like it could bench 450 lbs. Smooth, not astringent, lots of room to add whatever you want to it— milk, sugar, honey, lemon, etc.

Found my new go-to for Builder’s Tea.

keychange

Oh yeah, everyone needs a non-fussy strong tea in their life, that’s for sure.

teaqueen

Plus we found it in the English Food section of the store, so I felt all worldly and stuff buying it. :D

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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, and rooibos. 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. 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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