120 Tasting Notes

75

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 4m

Aroma: typical black tea, maybe fruity?

Color: Coppery, Reddish

Clarity: Great

Taste: I’ve had this tea before in the past & enjoyed it. This time it was a surprise from my mother when she went grocery shopping. I steeped it according to the package instructions. When finish the aroma was difficult to pinpoint exactly. The clarity of this was perfect although its a deep rich coppery red color I could easily see the bottom of my cup. Taking a sip I noticed that this is a very smooth with no dry mouth feel. There is quite a bit of bitterness that lingers on the tongue in between sips. Overall I found this to be an okay cup. I really want to try it with milk/cream + sugar to see how it is then b/c it’s something I don’t do.

Listening to: Daniel Caesar – Get You ft. Kali Uchis

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Water: 12oz

Leaves: 2 slices

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 8m

Aroma: lemony

Color: very pale yellow

Clarity: great

Taste: I’ve always wanted to try dried lemon slices & this was my first time using them so i was excited! Taking the slices out of they bag they were perfectly cut so I added 2 pieces to my cup as recommend. Since I wanted a strong flavor I stepped for 8 minutes. As for the taste it wasn’t as sour as I thought it was going to be, actually quite nice and it didn’t need any sweetener. Overall a very mild sourness a great drink for the afternoon or anytime of day. I was going to try it with the stevia I steeped earlier but I made it to weak to add any sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Water: 12oz

Leaves: 1 leaf

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 3m

Aroma: n/a didn’t notice

Color: Light green

Clarity: Great

Taste: This was my first time working with stevia so i played it safe by only using 1 leaf to test if it would deliver any sweetness. I got a pretty light green color but it tasted nice but lacked sweetness lol. I’m going to try again with more leaves to see how I can make a nice sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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55

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 5m

Aroma: apple, citrus

Color: Ruby Red

Clarity: Great

Taste: I spotted this tea for the first time a few days ago to at trader Joe’s. Seeing it again for the 2nd time I decided to give it a try. The packaging of this tea was different as the individual envelopes that contained the tea bags were clear. The aroma from the dry bag wasn’t that fragrant. As for steeping when the water was poured over it gradually released a ruby red hue, accompanied by a apple/citrus aroma. The clarity was great as i could see the bottom of my cup. As for the taste it’s more so tart than anything, no real flavor really stood out, simply hot tart water with a rich color. I most likely won’t will be reaching for a second cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 5m

Aroma: Tropical

Color: Medium Amber

Clarity: Great

Taste: I had picked this tea up a few weeks ago at my local Sprouts b/c it was buy one get one free sale & I had a coupon! I hadn’t tried many Stash teas, so it was nice to add 2 new ones to my collection. Upon opening the packet the scent was amazing it only became even more apparent when i added hot water. The color was medium amber color with great clarity,no cloudiness. As for the taste it was light with a very slight bitterness. I didn’t really pick up on the mango or coconut but overall a very nice cup. Even without a bold flavor the aroma itself makes drinking a cup even more enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 5m

Aroma: Citrus

Color: reddish brown

Clarity: slightly cloudy

Taste:Wow, I haven’t done one of these in a while. I picked up this individual tea packet at my local British shop (I live in the US). I never tried a Taylors Of Harrogate Tea, so i thought why not at only $.50. Opening the foil packet I noticed the tea bag is quite large, bigger than your typical bag. The aroma of the steeped cup was citrus accompanied by a reddish brown hue.I let the cup go for 5 minutes as for the taste it was very bitter difficult to drink with out making a face. To see if this cup could be helped I added a packet honey pearls. It helped to greatly reduce the amount of bitterness without altering the flavor profile but not add much sweetness.Overall I didn’t enjoy this tea which also left a dry mouth feel once I finished my cup.

*update: I took the same used tea bag a steeped it in about 2 cups of water & it was much better than the first cup & very light in flavor with no bitterness.

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70
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
120 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 4m

Aroma: Peppery,Sweet/floral?

Color: Deep reddish brown

Clarity: a faint cloudiness

Taste: This was my first Earl Grey experience, pouring the water over the tea bag i notices a slight peppery aroma. After steeping the aroma had changed to a more Sweet/floral one, it’s quite interesting since i don’t think I’ve come across a tea like this scent wise. The color was a deep reddish brown with a bit of cloudiness but i could still see threw my cup. As for taste i found it to be a bit bitter as for the overall flavor profile it was tough to pinpoint exactly & leaves a dry mouth feel. Overall not the worst or best tea I’ve tried, it’s just okay.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 3m & 6m

Aroma: Gingery

Color: light golden yellow

Clarity: a faint cloudiness

Taste: I was very excited when i spotted this brand at Earth Fare over the weekend! Lately i’ve been hearing a lot about turmeric & ginger from vegan youtubers i follow. So when i saw this tea i got even more excited, it was also on sale for $3.99 instead of the reg $6.99 so i thought why not give it a try. As for steeping i tried using my new nutchello tumbler from Silk & let the bag steep for 3min. The tea was very light, no bitterness i didn’t get a hint of ginger or pepper w/ a faint cloudiness i think it came from when i dunked my tea bag back and forth. I’m thinking the tumbler i used didn’t give the bag much room. i’m going to try it again with my usual tea mug & a steep time of 6 minutes with the same tea bag. (later i will try it with a new one). With this cup the color was darker but the taste remained light. Overall and okay tea with great health benefits which is a plus.

Update:
If you all are wonder why i haven’t been blogging lately it’s because I have a lot of tea in my collection that i have reviewed already. I need to work on drinking them before i get new teas.

Update 2!
This tea is great i get more flavor from it now when i steep it for a much longer time than recommended! It’s way better compared to before & i even notice the black pepper in it now. I could see myself buying it again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Water: 16oz

Leaves: Large long flat medium green leaves

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 2m

Aroma: Vegetable

Color: light yellow

Clarity: great

Taste:The first thing i noticed with this tea was the packaging was a dull silver color as compared to the usual shiny silver packets. Upon opening the leaves were long & flat with a vegetable aroma. Since this tea is to big for a spoon measure i went to the website and decided to go with 15 leaves. The instruction were quite different as i pour a bit of the water into my french press first gently swirling it for 30s before adding the rest of the water. The steep was rather short at only 2m. Due to the wideness of the press my leaves didn’t stand up as in the photo. Overall flavor was light i will be going back and making another cup. Before making this cup i had a short Blogilates workout and did a 1m Bad Yogi meditation.

This wraps up my 2016 Spring tea reviews!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Water: 8oz

Leaves: semi-long, black twisted leaves w/ medium brown bits

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 3m

Aroma: Classic

Color: yellow-orange

Clarity: great

Taste: Finally back with another review! I hope you all had a great holiday, i spent mine with family/friends & saw fireworks from my house. Finished off the night with a delicious dinner. Now on to the tea the feel of this tea was smooth. Taste wise it was very light with no bitterness present.

Hope you all have a great week!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I really got into tea early(2013). I’m happy I stumbled upon Steepster because I’ve been able to learn soo much more! Before I drank my tea from tea bags never really venturing out to try loose tea.

I’m apart of Teavivre Free tasting activity,I joined after making my first purchase with them.
Thank you Angel & Teavivre

Tea Ratings:
90-100 = Very Good
80-89 = Good
70-79 = Okay
60-69 = Didn’t like
50-59= Avoid

*I may adjust ratings depending on when the tea was brewed again & if i liked it more or less.

Companies
Teavivre
Verdant Tea
Single Origin Teas
Little Red Cup Tea
Red Leaf Tea
Persimmon Tree Tea
Tealated
Nepali Tea Traders
Good Earth (Tea Bag)
Teasenz

Favorite:
Green Tea

Brewing Notes: (for 8oz water)

200,195,190 Cool for 1 minutes
190 Oolong Cool for 2 minutes
185 Cool for 2 minutes
176 Cool for 2m 50s (80c)
160 Cool for 3 minutes
158 Cool for 3m 20s (70c)

Location

USA

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