306 Tasting Notes


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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I really enjoy this blend. The vanilla and the mildness of the rooibos make for a very soothing and healthy bedtime tea. It’s not a complex or surprising tea by any stretch, but hey, I like to keep things simple. I also approve of this company’s business practices.

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drank Iced Green Tea by Dunkin Donuts
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This is a new addition to Dunk’s repertoire, and I wasn’t that impressed. I can tell that they have no clue how to steep green tea, because it was bitter as hell. I suspect that they’re using boiling water to brew it, and possibly oversteeping it on top of that.

I ordered a medium with lemon in it, and they added one wedge, which did nothing.
My boyfriend ordered a large iced black tea with lemon, and his tasted much, MUCH better. For some reason, the single lemon wedge in his large cup had much more of an impact on the flavor of the black tea than a single wedge in my medium cup of green. No idea what that’s all about.

Needless to say, I will be brewing my own iced green tea from now on. At $2 a cup, this was a total ripoff.

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drank Oolong by Unknown
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This is the free tea we have at work, so of course I drink it on the daily! I wish I knew which company it’s from. I should ask my boss. I do know that it comes from a giant teabag that just steeps in the tea machine all day, waiting to dispense the deliciousness. (I should clarify that I work in a restaurant.)

Anyway, I can taste burnt cocoa notes and baked bread. It’s a very good tea. Keeps me functioning throughout my shifts, and the customers seem to enjoy it, too!

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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This EG is like a friend from childhood whom you contact every few years, and it’s like no time has passed at all between the two of you. Steady, reliable, tangy, and balanced beautifully. Nothing revolutionary or particularly unique here, but it’s a safe bet when you aren’t in the mood to experiment.

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Asked for hot tea at a restaurant tonight, thinking that it would be maybe like a dollar fifty at most. I get the bill after the meal, and it turns out that the tea was $2.00! For one lousy teabag. I didn’t even get a pot of water- just one crappy mug of water.

This tea tastes exactly like Lipton, which means that they probably only cost the restaurant maybe ten cents apiece. Ridiculous. Not worth it. Lesson learned. I’m getting ice water with lemon next time.

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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
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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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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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