424 Tasting Notes

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Ordered a Paleo cookbook online and accidentally had it shipped to my old college address. I’m going to have to call the mailroom there tomorrow morning and make sure it at least gets sent back to Amazon so I can get a refund.

Stupid, stupid STUPID.

Speaking of stupid purchases I made on Amazon, I made this unpleasant and semi-stressful discovery whilst sipping on a mug of this chamomile tea, of which I bought a whole pound off of Amazon.

I may delete my Amazon account.

Not that this tea is terrible. It really isn’t. It’s your average, very soothing, sweet, apple-y chamomile. I just have too bloody much of it. I need to make better life choices.

SIGH.

Fjellrev

Haha, do you happen to have lighter hair? If so, maybe you can brew some once in a while for a hair rinse to keep it golden and/or shiny.

I accidentally had shoes I ordered off eBay sent to an old campus address and ended up going there and leaving a note under the new tenant’s door sheepishly explaining. Luckily it ended up at the nearest post office anyway. Now I obsessively triple check every time I order to make sure the right address is submitted/selected. Ugh.

teaqueen

Ohhhhh that’s a great idea for using up some of this chamomile! Lol yes now I’m going to make double sure the address is right before I hit “confirm.” Luckily the mailroom at my college was cool about it.

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drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
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I’m on a serious mint kick lately.

This is a nice, mild, pleasant blend. The best I’ve had from Teavana. It’s a good one to drink for comfort.

Christina

I remember liking this one quite a bit too. Maybe it will be my go-to mint/citrus green when I finish off the Crazy Mint from RiverTea (sob).

teaqueen

Oh, that will probably be a sad day! But yes. I think Jade Citrus Mint will make a good transition tea until you find a new citrus/mint green love. :D

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drank Minty Igloo by Nourish Tea
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The dry leaf of this tea is deceptively mild… I dumped a bunch of it into my brewer, thinking that it was gonna be a weak tea. I waited the prescribed 4 minutes, then popped the top of the brewer for a sniff…

And then got WHACKED in the face by the scent of the steeped liquor. It brought tears to my eyes! VERY strong!!

I’m getting mint, mint, more mint, and a dash of earth. Which is then swallowed up by mint.

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A coworker gave me this today.

I cold-steeped it and MAN is it sweet and refreshing! Like mint ice cream.

Love it!

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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
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I let this one go stale, unfortunately… I overleafed to compensate, but I didn’t really get much flavor until it cooled considerably. It’s not a super flavorful and complex tea to begin with, so I guess it doesn’t bother me too much that it’s past its prime. It’s earthy and familiar and vegetal, light and beautiful to watch steep. Chinese teas have a mysterious, quiet, artistic presence. Tea with a purpose other than to caffeinate the drinker. They evoke and awaken certain feelings.

Drinking this particular one makes me sad, although I am 100% certain that that wasn’t the intent of the blendmaster.

I got it on my very last weekend in college, so just opening the bag and inhaling the dry leaf transported me right back to that day, the sadness, fear, and also strange exhilaration of graduating looming over my head as I made the purchase. Maybe that’s why I went so long without drinking it— I didn’t want to be reminded of the cozy little tearoom where I bought it, or of the friend I was with, whom I haven’t seen for a while.

I think my memories associated with this tea flavored my cup today more than the leaves themselves.

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Managed to get 25 minutes of cardio in this morning! I hated every minute of it, but MAN do I feel good now.

No need for coffee this morning, thanks to the happy endorphins, so I’m jumping right in with this creamy, nutty, and oddly robust blend. It’s the total package in terms of a morning wakeup tea.

Fjellrev

Yay congrats on the cardio!

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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
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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
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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 responsible socially (being organic) and hibiscus-wise. ;)

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos

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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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