464 Tasting Notes

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When I first tried this tea, I had quite liked it. However, I’m trying it a second time, and it’s really not doing it for me. All I can taste is a fake lemony flavoring that reminds me of chemicals, followed by a faint sweetness that is barely reminiscent of honey.

I didn’t prepare it any differently this time. Maybe my tea tastes change with my mood.

In any event, I’ll give this a third chance at another time before I lower my rating on it. For tonight, it’s a miss for me, unfortunately.

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drank Woman's Moon Cycle by Yogi Tea
464 tasting notes

I have one (and only one) thing to say about this tea:

Dong Quai works.

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drank Woman's Moon Cycle by Yogi Tea
464 tasting notes

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drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
464 tasting notes

Steeping this differently. Ooooo, I smell raisins and burnt chocolate! This is a whole new experience!

Mmmm now it’s transitioning into its usual springtime-y bready umami fullness.

Wow. What a difference your steeping method can make!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Green Beans, Metallic, Raisins

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Chai by The Boston Tea Company
464 tasting notes

I’m disappointed that Matthew McConaughey beat out my film-star boyfriend Leo DiCaprio for Best Actor last night. Leo DESERVES an Oscar, man! Oh well.

I’m equally disappointed with this chai. It’s basically weak black tea with a hint of cinnamon. I’ve only ever had chai from either a teabag or a carton of concentrate, so I’m not exactly spoiled in this department, either. I actually have much better bagged chais sitting upstairs in my giant tea collection.

Well, they can’t all be winners, right?

Happy Monday, Steepster!

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Mmmm oh man, if you steep green tea just right, it’s like drinking warm melted butter.

My first tasting notes on this tea weren’t that flattering, because I didn’t know how to steep green tea properly then. I’ve come such a long way! Yayyy!

I like this blend a lot better at 175 degrees F.

I’m also seriously craving green tea today for some reason. This is my fourth helping.

Smooth, lemony, earthy. Just what I want in a nice cup of bedtime green tea.

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I liked this kombucha much better than the other one I tried! This one is made from green tea and has lemon in it, so it’s much lighter and sweeter. It tastes like bottled iced tea with a hint of fizz, and the vinegar-y kombucha taste only surfaces in the aftertaste.

Good for a treat, but oh man, it was bloody expensive.

Definitely good for relaxing… I feel very calm now.

Glad I didn’t give up on you, kombucha!

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Ahhhhh, yes. This is more my speed this morning. I don’t know what I was thinking, messing around with a fruity green. I need something that will get my motor running.

This is perfect. A stout, hardy, nutty, full-bodied black tea. This stuff packs a wallop with flavor, and is just an all-around perfect “wake the hell up” tea.

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I think my loose green blends have spoiled me. I just can’t enjoy bagged greens anymore. They all taste the same to me- slightly bitter and floral. Even this one, which is supposed to be pomegranate flavored.

This just tastes like a cup of boiled flowers to me. I’m not getting any pomegranate at all.

I think maybe the company advises steeping it at too high a temp- they recommend 195 degrees Fahrenheit. I steeped it at about 190, even though I usually like my greens at about 175. I think I’ll try this again at 175 some other time and give this one a rating then.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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The wind was sooooo strong today! Traveling across campus was a real struggle.

This was the perfect antidote. Chai is the best tea for winter afternoons. Plus, the coconut made me think of summertime/ tropical islands/ not being here.

For once, I managed not to oversteep it, too. The coconut had an almost-oily presence, very similar to the texture of actual coconut milk, and the spices underpinned it nicely.

I didn’t add any milk or sweetener of any kind to it. It doesn’t need it! It’s perfectly delicious on its own.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut, Nutmeg

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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 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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