305 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
305 tasting notes

I cold-steeped this one at work, and I found it to be even more refreshing than hot. The bergamot presents itself as a sweet and crisp orangey note, and the more earthy and chocolatey notes from the base that I get when it’s been brewed hot are replaced by it. Perfect way to brew this tea for the summer.

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drank Lover's Bloom by Primula Tea
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I love all of these flowering teas from Primula. I made this one with my boyfriend, and then iced the rest of it and brought it to work the next day. Lovely green tea with jasmine. I don’t really drink it for the flavor, but for the aesthetic experience of watching it steep.

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I dug this out of my tea chest. I have to drink it sparingly because there are no places in my home area that I know of that carry it. It’s what I wanted tonight- soothing, aromatic, healthful. It’s only a little sweet, which is good because I dislike overly sweet things. Something about the earthiness of the tulsi and the floral rose just hits all the right notes some nights.

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drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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This is another tea that I found in the breakroom at work today. I’m always hesitant to try berry-flavored black teas, because they tend to be awfully bitter and astringent. This one was actually pretty nice. It didn’t taste like fresh raspberry, so I’m guessing that the flavoring is artificial, but at least it was smooth and not totally overpowering. Am I about to run out and buy a box? No. Will I drink it again during my lunch break at work? Maybe.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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I made this one again, this time with my electric kettle, so the water was boiling. It was PRIME!

The apple flavor came out very prominently, and it proves to be an outstanding base for this blend! The almond added a nutty backdrop and a richness to the flavor, while the cinnamon added a spicy edge and the beetroot pieces added color and texture. You can’t oversteep this one.

Bravo!!

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drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
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This is the perfect lunchtime tea. The lemon is sweet and tart, and the base is mellow and not astringent. I felt much more alert after I drank it, and was ready to take on the afternoon. Huzzah!

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
305 tasting notes

Training full-time for a job that will become part-time after I finish training. Haven’t had much time for fun or for tea in this past few days, nor will I until Friday night, probably. I think I’m going to love the job though. The company is really great, and there is a LOT of opportunity for many different career paths and full-time work within it. This job I’m training for right now is really just a starting point.

Anyway, I managed to drink this in the break room yesterday in between orientation sessions. It’s probably the best Bigelow blend I’ve had. Inoffensive and low-maintenance, anyway. It provided me with the caffeine boost that I needed.

TeaBrat

good luck!

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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I will be honest: I detest kiwifruit. I will not touch it, smell it, look at it, or ever eat it. I only purchased this tin because:

• It was $2.25
• It was the last one, so I figured that it had to be good

It is. This. Is. An. Amazing. Tea.

It’s smooth, it’s fragrant, it has just the right bite of tartness from the lemon peel, and it sweetens as it cools. The kiwi is like an overarching note throughout, but it only helps the other notes come forth- it doesn’t overpower at all, which is a pleasant surprise. The apple gives it a creamy mouthfeel, too. Fantastic. A-plus. This is the BEST green tea I have had in a long, long, long time.

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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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I was fortunate enough to snag a 4 oz tin of this blend by Tiesta for dirt, dirt cheap yesterday at my local grocery store. I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time, but have been unwilling to make the $9 commitment, owing to the fact that there is not actually any tea in this tisane. However, for $2.25, I was much more willing to take the chance on it. Plus, it got rave reviews on here, so how bad could it be?

Dry, it smells heavenly, like baked apple pie. After I steeped it, it tasted like hot water with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. I used a Keurig to heat my water, and I think that was the problem. Keurigs do not produce boiling water; my cup was probably somewhere between 180 and 190 ° F. Too low for this blend. I think the dry tisane needs to be “cooked” in order to get the dried apple, cinnamon, and almond to release more flavor.

Lots of potential here. Just needs to be experimented with a little more to get it just right. For that reason, I am going to hold off on rating it for now.

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Green tea, all the way! It’s fuel for my creativity and a huge help when it comes to resisting the urge to snack. I don’t drink this one for the “anti-aging properties,” but rather for the taste. Tiesta is a great company when it comes to commercial loose-leaf tea. Affordable and abundant, and it’s also really great quality.

I suspect the base of this one is dragonwell, because it’s buttery and tastes really good with the tangy lemongrass. I’m only getting the merest suggestion of fruitiness today, but I think that’s because I only got one berry in my scoop of leaves. Still good!

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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.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.

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