59 Tasting Notes

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drank Joy by Tazo
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It was kind of bland for me. I had to let it cool before I could really taste the more subtle flavors of the green and oolong teas. It smells fantastic dry, anyway. I think all of the flavors would pop out with a little sugar, but I always say that. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Ginger by Ten Ren
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I had some ginger tea at the Golden Wok a few months ago, and have been trying to find something that imitates the flavor. I really like the ginger flavor. It gets spicier as it cools, which is spectacular.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Linden Leaves by Badia
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This is a nice, bland tea. It’s good for colds, and helped me reduce blockage. I recommend adding a bit of sugar, to bring out the sweeter components of the tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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64

I love love love mint tea! This is so fantastic for upset tummies. It’s definitely not subtle, so be prepared to be knocked on your ass by it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginseng Green by Adagio Teas
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Can’t say I liked it very much. I was expecting more ginger and less ginseng and I think my expectations destroyed the taste for me. It made me realize that I’ve always despised ginseng though!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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This is even better iced than it is hot. It was really hot yesterday, and I’m glad I had a few glasses of this. I find adding a little bit of sugar to iced teas brings the flavors out a bit more. It works very well with the subtle flavor of the pear here. Yum.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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I didn’t have as much of this as I would have liked for a hot infusion, primarily cos I used most of it for some iced tea. Consequently, I steeped for a little bit longer than recommended (5.5 minutes rather than 4). It is a little tart. I suspect it would be more astringent if I had more of the tea to steep. Anyway, it’s quite nice and light and I can taste some pear in the back of my mouth. Yum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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94

When I opened the package, I actually smelled strawberries and chocolate, for some reason. It took a couple seconds, but my brain could finally rearrange it into strawberry shortcake. When it’s brewed, it smells like strawberry shortcake. And when I drank it, strawberry shortcake! It’s everything but the intense sugar. Very tasty. Now I just have to try it iced.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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56

I feel like a lot of the subtlety of some teas, this one in particular, is lost on me. I didn’t really like this one. I mean, the leaves smelled wonderful, and the infusion smelled just as awesome and fresh, but when I drank it, I was overwhelmed by the taste of smoky leather. I would have liked to have liked it, but I can’t say that I did.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

This is a nice one from the local teahouse. It has nettles, which are supposedly very effective in providing antihistamines or something. I don’t know how well it worked, due to not actually being allergic at the time. It tasted minty, but not overwhelmingly so, like many of the moroccan mint teas are. I’ll have to try it again when I’m overwhelmed by histamines.

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I’m a third-year senior studying linguistics and horticulture. In my free time, I like to enjoy a cup of tea with my friends. I’ve always loved tea, but now I’m starting to appreciate the culture. My favorite teas so far are oolong, white, green and rooibos.

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