24 Tasting Notes

59

Not a fan of floral teas but I could not resist the adorable packaging. I am such an easy target for marketing. As usual, I am pleasantly surprised. The rose flavor is just a subtle note, as is the berry, and the black is decent. A nice little variation. I will probably get some more just because I am afraid they are going to discontinue these teas soon, and it makes me feel kind of desperate.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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18

My dad said he was going to send me some tea. I thought that was strange, since he’s not a big tea drinker, but he knew I was into it. So he sent me some Blue Q teas, which I keep calling “joke” teas, because he thought they had funny names and I own a bunch of their goofy magnets. The teas are much better quality than you would expect from a novelty company! However, I just don’t like chamomile at all so this one found its way to the company breakroom where someone snatched it up. Godspeed, funny tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Janie Teo

i read that you are a big tea drinker. i don’t drink a lot of tea but do collect the empty wrappers which i already have about 12000 wrappers from all over the world in my collection. i was wondering if you can keep the wrappers for me so i can use it to trade with other collectors. I am living in Belgium . my email address is [email protected]

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54

A pleasant, bold black tea with a mild astringent quality. I wouldn’t go out of the way for it, but if it’s available it’s worth a try. I like their logo, “So Nice to Come Home To!” I am a sucker for good marketing and packaging.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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19

Look at that description. Doesn’t that look inviting? Vanilla, apple, cinnamon: it sure sounds delicious. And clearly, other people think it is. Not me. I used to think I hated Rooibos until I realized that all the Rooibos I’d ever tasted came from Tazo. They add licorice root which gives it this nasty, artificially-sweetened bite which I detest. Are you getting the picture here? This tea made me weep with sorrow. I left it in the breakroom at work and hopefully it is treating its new owner better.

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45

Not a huge fan of this, although as far as green teas go, it’s pleasantly herbaceous and the orange is subtly refreshing. Green tea lovers might like it, and FWIW, I finished the cup. Also, I will probably always keep a box of it on hand so whenever green tea fans come to my house I will be able to hand them a tea packet with a kitten on it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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92

The box for this tea kept beckoning me at the store and I finally relented. It was SO worth it. Wonderful cherry fragrance, tastes natural and sweet. The green tea is subtle here and the rooibos adds a mellow character. Tempted to get this in loose form next time, but not sure since the bags are so convenient and easy to obtain.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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35

You know, when I first tried this, it was my favorite tea in the world. It smelled so intriguing and sexy. I recently got a bag of this which had too much Lapsang in it, and it put me off the blend, even after they sent me a correctly-mixed replacement bag. (Adagio really is awesome.) I will have to leave this one alone for a while.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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54

This is pleasant, but not quite as much as H&S’ Tower of London, where the honey flavor is robust and inviting. This is a little quieter. Light Assam crispness to it. Nice morning cup, and I might give this sample another go sometime, but probably won’t reorder.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

This one is good. It has a pleasant, hay-like smell in the pouch, and brews up nice and stout. It’s somewhat powdery, so unless your mesh is extra fine, it will leave some little bits of tea in your cup, if it matters to you.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I love the UK, cats, of Montreal, Sherlock, my Kindle, true adventure books, and tea.

My go-to cup is a builder’s tea: black and strong with milk. Never with sugar.

Tea Ratings (borrowed directly from Anyanka):

100-90: Delicious, must keep in stock.

89-80: Excellent, a definite reorder.

79-70: Good, an occasional reorder.

69-50: Pleasant, but it was a one night stand.

49-30: Not good, but drinkable.

29-20: Bad, but I finished the cup.

19-10: Terrible. Couldn’t finish a cup.

10 and below: Undrinkable, requires mouthwash and counseling.

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Berkeley, CA

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