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9 Tasting Notes

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drank Rosemary Leaf by Alvita
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It has a unique and slightly bitter taste to me. I like rosemary in bread, and thought I might also like it in tea form. I tried adding honey to sweeten it, but didn’t like it any better. I may try pairing it with something later; maybe it would be better with a meal of some type.

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drank Lifeboat Tea by Williamson Tea
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It’s difficult to explain the scent and taste of this tea. Is it like a fruity or flowery coffee? Does it smell like spices? I can’t say, and I’ve snuffled at the box for a while now, trying to figure it out. I couldn’t say based on my memory, which was why I went for the box. Sticking my nose in the box and breathing in the scent was pleasant, but not particularly helpful.

The taste of “Lifeboat Tea” is similarly difficult to relate. It’s nice, mellow-tasting, but complex. It’s unique and the aftertaste reminds me of a flower-based tea. It’s a good aftertaste. In fact, I like to sip at this tea slowly, because I enjoy the aftertaste so much in the in-between points. And despite its mellow taste, it provides a good boost of caffeine.

I got it at World Market at $5 for 80 bags. For such a cheap, bagged tea, I’m surprised at the quality. In addition to that, a little bit of the cost goes to charity and there’s a stamp on it saying it’s, “Rainforest Alliance Certified.”

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80
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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A nice black tea. It was recommended to me by a half-British woman, who lives in the US, because it’s one of her favorites. And it doesn’t disappoint. The tea has a smooth flavor, and a decent pick-me-up from caffeine. It’s a nice tea for breakfast.

I prefer tea plain, and PG tips can stand on its own when plain. The box recommends trying sugar, honey, milk, or lemon. I still need to experiment on that front.

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80
drank Jasmine Green by Bigelow
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A pungent green tea, but the jasmine twist is lacking. I can still taste the jasmine, but it’s over-powered by the green tea.

However, I enjoy green tea, and when it’s strong I like it best. So, I really like this tea despite its flaws. There could be a better balance between the ingredients, but for a bagged tea it’s still surprisingly good.

As for the scent, the aroma is sharp. I can smell the green tea and the jasmine, but the jasmine doesn’t have a light, flowery scent. The aroma’s much like the taste.

I’ve had smooth, wonderful, loose jasmine green tea before. In those teas, the jasmine taste seemed distinct from the green tea. It was like a layer cake in tea form, with jasmine as the icing and green tea as the cake. This tea doesn’t reach those echelons. But for a nice cup of green tea which will satisfy, Bigelow’s Jasmine Green works.

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drank ginger root by Alvita
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I tried the organic version of Alvita’s Ginger Root tea.

The smell is faint but it’s there. Ginger has a slight, spicy, and distinctive smell to it.

The taste is lovely. It’s mild with a slight, bitter, spicy punch to it. However, I have a high spice tolerance. For others, my calling it slight may seem biased.

What’s good about this tea is its purity. Many brands will add copious amounts of sugar to exterminate the bitter, unique spice of ginger. Sugar being added to ginger tea is annoyingly common. I like Alvita’s Ginger Root tea because you can clearly taste the ginger in it. There is no added sugar, or anything else but ginger. If you do dislike it, then a sweetner might help you. There’s a note on the box even suggesting to “add sweetner if desired.” So if you don’t like spicy tea then you might want to have some honey or whatnot ready, but if you do like it, then prepare to enjoy a quality tea.

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drank Spearmint Leaf by Alvita
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A delicate tasting but minty tea. It’s caffeine free, too. The ingredients list nothing but “Spearmint leaves.”

It’s extremely pleasant on the sinuses. Breathing in the steam, especially if you’re not feeling well, is soothing. The smell is minty and strong, but it’s got a sweetness to it. It’s not as strong, mint-wise, as the smell of peppermint. However, it’s still palpable despite being softer in fragrance.

The taste is also comparable to peppermint. Again spearmint comes out as weaker and sweeter.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
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The smell is innocuous enough, but it doesn’t quite smell like pumpkin. It smells like a mixture of spices and chemicals which I couldn’t pin down.

The taste… as vulgar as it sounds, the best word I can think to use is “vomit.” That’s what it tasted like to me.

I’m a fan of pumpkin-flavored things, but to me, this didn’t taste anything like pumpkin.

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The smell and taste reminded me of extremely cheap, chocolate lollipops. The flavoring was sickeningly sweet, and not varied or rich like actual chocolate is. I also disliked the aftertaste, which followed suit.

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drank Raspberry by Dilmah
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The aroma has a sickeningly sweet, synthetic sort of smell, and the taste follows suit.

If you’ve ever had strawberry/raspberry scented children’s toys, then imagine that smell. Try to picture what it would taste like. Drinking this tea reminded me of those children’s toys, but not in a good way. It wasn’t nostalgic. It was like I was eating toys from my childhood. The raspberry flavoring smells and tastes too artificial.

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