550 Tasting Notes

I saw a recipe for lemonade terere recently, which is simply brewed mate, agave, and lemons. I must try this soon!

For today, I made a quick cup of this, straight, because I had to get up brutally early and didn’t have time to make anything nice out of it. It’s smoky and exotic, and it gets the job done caffeine wise, so that’s why I always seem to have a handful of these tea bags tucked into my enormous tea collection.

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An excellent blend for bedtime. I taste cake notes alongside the honey and vanilla, which is impressive, considering that this is a bagged tea. Twinings runs a tight ship.

This is my go-to chamomile blend these days. Plain chamomile is just too boring, and I enjoy both vanilla teas and teas that have honey notes without my needing to put actual honey in them. Plus, I can let it steep for as long as I want without ruining it, and I can use any water temp that I want without ruining it, so it’s truly an ideal blend to prepare before bed, when there are a million things on my mind and exhaustion has set in.


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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
550 tasting notes

My new gaiwan arrived in the mail yesterday (the glass one, inevitably, shattered). This one is just plain white porcelain, is much sturdier, has a good lid for pouring, and it’s beautiful. I chose the perfect tea to try it out with, too, because this particular tea is known for its leaves that “dance” in the water. Seeing these tea leaves steeping in this gaiwan filled me with a sense of beauty and calm. This tea is very fragrant while it steeps, releasing a floral, springy scent.

It tastes like asparagus and something else that I can’t quite identify. It’s like a light perfume. Lovely, calming tea.

Flavors: Asparagus

1 tsp

More luck with this new one I hope :-)

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I haven’t had kombucha in a long time, so I decided to stop after work today to grab one. I’ve had this flavor before and enjoyed it a lot. I think the sweetness of the pear works really well with the taste of fermented tea, and it smooths out the sharpness of the ginger. It’s a bottle of fizzy, fruity, happy buzz. I think oolong tea works the best with the SCOBY process, because it’s already such a complex tea type. You can mix almost anything with it once it’s fermented and it will taste good.

I haven’t been very healthy lately with my eating habits. In between hunting for a “real” job and finally spending time with my boyfriend after I graduated from my college, which was hours away from where he lives, my diet just hasn’t been a priority. As a result, my pants are a little tight these days. I want to do something about that before my eating gets too out-of-control, and I’m thinking tea is going to figure heavily into my new regimen. I started with kombucha today because I know it’s good for the digestion and full of all kinds of other goodies.

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The first tea with pomegranate that I legitimately enjoyed! Oooo, this is a tasty tea. The green base gives it a bite of earth, and the lemongrass and fruit make it walk the line between sweet and tart without being cloying. Usually pomegranate takes over, but not in this blend! It tastes almost like cranberry. Very very good!

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Mmmmmmm! Oh my God, this may change my opinion of rooibos! It doesn’t taste like olives! The vanilla is perfect with it. It’s a sweet tea, and mild without being bland.





Yes, I’ve had several rooibos blends that tasted like olive juice to me. Blechhh. Not this one though! It was smooth and sweet and pleasantly gentle.


Olives? Interesting. I’ve never found that myself, but I think I understand what you mean with an olive note, though.

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drank Wulong Cha by Dobra Tea
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This oolong was delicious! It tasted nutty and rich. I got two or three steepings out of the serving in the gaiwan. I could also taste burnt chocolate and earth. I think it leans more toward the “black” than “green” side of oolong-dom, but that works for me! Highly recommend.

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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
550 tasting notes

Got a 3 oz bag of this tea on my last trip to Dobra as a college student…

It’s lovely. Very light and refreshing. I haven’t had much experience with yellow teas, so this was an adventure. It’s vegetal and subtle, like most white teas. I’m trying to get more into them because they’re the least processed.

I get a sweet, almost floral finish. Very nice!

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Sipdown! Oh, I love this tea so very, very much.

The drunk idiots next door woke me and my housemates up at 4:00 am with their bass-blaring. Our walls were shaking, for God’s sake. One of my housemates had to be up two hours later to get to work.

I’m all for partying it up one last time before graduation, but the people who don’t want to still have the right to peace and quiet in the wee hours of the morning! I called campus security on them, and they got them to knock it off.

Needless to say, I was unable to fall asleep after that little incident. So here I sit, with my second steaming Mason jarful of this, and sadly, it’s the last of the box. I find the combination of lavender, vanilla, and bergamot very comforting and delicate, and at the same time revitalizing. It’s the perfect tea for a morning like this.

I will most certainly be restocking this the next time I’m at the grocery store!

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
550 tasting notes

I really like this tea… It’s a nice mild black, perfect as a breakfast tea. There is no astringency to speak of, and I find that the longer I steep it, the better the flavor. I definitely got notes of grape, almost like wine. It’s good for when you’re in a rush, or when you just want a nice, agreeable tea with low demand on your attention.

Flavors: Grapes, Raisins

Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

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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