865 Tasting Notes

Tall 2 pump mocha 2 pump peppermint non fat no water green tea latte w/ whip and mocha drizzle. The only way I like a green tea latte… if only they wouldn’t sweeten the matcha! And it’d be a lot easier if they’d just put “Green Tea Peppermint Hot Chocolate” on the menu:) The barista I normally have is great though.

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Lazy man’s dirty turtle chai. 1/2TB each dark chocolate and caramel creamers and 1tsp chai in a cup of drip coffee. But at least I didn’t use instant coffee:)


This actually sounds pretty good. :)


It’s absolutely amazing.


Yeah, “turtle” is a weakness of mine stops self from drooling


HAHA! Mine too.

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1tsp in coffee is becoming one of my favorite ways of having this is… which is funny cuz it wasn’t what I intended it for.

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drank Chai Spiced Apple by Twinings
865 tasting notes

Steeped for 8min then added a TB of caramel coffee creamer… WHOA! The apple and chai spices both stand up to the caramel which is amazing since this creamer is insanely sweet. This definitely confirms it’s worthy of the 100 rating.

Boiling 8 min or more

I almost bought this at the store this past weekend, now after reading your reviews I wish I would have! Def will pick it up now.


this sounds wonderful!


Can you actually taste apple? Like if you didn’t know it was called Chai Spiced Apple, would you be able to easily identify apple?


Erin, as my tasting note states- yes.


The addition of caramel creamer sounds delicious! I really like this tea – I do think it’s best when steeped really long, like you did. :)

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
865 tasting notes

Twinings order 7/27

My 1st Lady Grey! I needed something to go w/ lunch (left over spaghetti) and thought this would work. I originally set the timer for 6 min, but based on how quickly the liquor darkened I decided to pull it out at 3. After 3 short min the liquor is very dark brown, but I’m surprised at how light the aroma is. It smells of a smooth black tea w/ a hint of bergamot.

I’m continually amazed by their bagged teas. The base is rather strong, but very smooth. The bergamot is a lot lighter than the Earls I’ve had, but is definitely there. Between the smoothness of the base and the bergamont I’m almost getting an Earl Dreamsicle type flavor. Very good. I’m tempted to give this a 100, but I want to compare it to others 1st.

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I’ve got the decaf version of this, and must say that it’s delicious as well!

Kathryn Ann

This tea is so delish! :)


I had this tea before. It is definitely good :)


I had a tin of this (loose) that I recently finished. I’ll def buy it again. I prefer the smoothness of this Lady Grey to most Earl Greys I’ve tried.


“Earl Dreamsicle type flavor.” Perfectly accurate description!

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drank Chai Spiced Apple by Twinings
865 tasting notes

Twinings order 6/27

I LOVE making apple cider w/ chai, but hot apple juice is sticky and messy so I’m on my search for a good apple chai. The only other one I’ve tried is Adagio’s but I couldn’t get any apple from it.

As soon as I open the box I can tell this will be different… inspite of the bags being individually wrapped, I smell apple. I can smell chai spices as well, but my brain just screams “APPLE”. When I open the wrapper, it only gets better… the chai spice aroma is stronger, but so is the apple.

As it steeps, the aroma fills my kitchen- that doesn’t happen w/ every tea. WHOA… This tastes exactly like you’d sprinkled finely ground chai spices over a sliced apple. And I’m getting an apple trifecta… there’s the sweetness of the apple, a tartness that you’d get from a granny smith (my fave), and even a hint of green apple hard candy. This is amazing. One of the suggestions is to sweeten, but if you do- I’d only go w/ brown or raw sugar. I’m not seeing white sugar, stevia, or agave being a good match for this. Honey possibly. The only thing I can’t figure out is why they don’t suggest milk or creamer… I have vanilla caramel creamer so I’ll try that next.

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I had a box of this tea last fall! I miss it after reading your review! It was on of those teas I thought I didn’t really like until I started craving it all the time – lol

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
865 tasting notes

Steeped 1TB of leaves (this is a 2nd infusion) in 2oz water and added it to 6oz of coffee for extra warmth. Yum!

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drank Slow Brew Original Chai by Tipu's
865 tasting notes

My neighbor swears by this stuff so she made me a big jug of it. As directed, except she didn’t sweeten it. I admit I’m a bit nervous, only because this isn’t my prefered water:milk ratio- but here it goes. My fears of it tasting like massively watery spiced milk are instantly gone as soon as it hits my tounge. It’s thick, spicy, and oh so good. It still won’t damage my relationship w/ Mayan Chocolate Chai though.

Meghann M

Wow….100. Good to see another chai has left it’s marks on you. I will definitely have to get some of this soon…seeing it got such great ratings!

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Another Jamie tea! I admit, rose teas are growing on me. And this is my very 1st Tulsi tisane so I had to try it.

I bumped up the suggested steeping time a min since I like my teas in a 6oz cuppa but I decided to make an 8oz cup today.

This reminds me a lot of RoT’s Get Relaxed! Except there’s no rooibos- a personal yay for me. The rose is strong, w/o tasting like grandma’s perfume and it is slightly sweet- although not anything close to being dessert like,. juice like, or artificially sweet. I’d definitely drink this again- maybe blended w/ Adagio’s vanilla or cocomint green.

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So, so glad you like!

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Pouch 2/2

W/ milk. Still quite chocolatey w/ a smooth, light spicyness. Less sweet than w/ coffee (yay!), but there’s also the hint of an odd taste I’m picking up on… although I can’t identify it. It might be the dumb anise… or one of the countless ingredients I can’t pronounce.

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Tea tastes:
I will ALWAYS pick loose leaf over tea bags. I only drink bagged tea if that’s my only choice or I find a flavor that I can’t find a loose leaf version for. When I do drink bagged; however, I always weigh my bag and am constantly curious as to the weight/flavor ratio- sometimes I am quite surprised by the flavor punch of light bags.

I have a preference for organic and fair trade teas (preferably both), but would never pass up an amzing tea just because it isn’t organic and/or fair trade.

I love savory teas.

I’m currently searching for a chai flavored soy powder or a soy based chai mix (either already mixed or a recipe).

I hardly EVER sweeten my teas. I feel that sweeteners (unless flavored like tea honeys, brown sugar, ice cream topping syrups, flavored coffee syrups, etc) do not add anything to the flavor profile of tea- in fact, I’ve found that they dumb down the flavors.

I NEVER serve my tea over regular iced cubes- I always make tea cubes.

I LOVE cooking w/ tea and making smoothTEAS.

I LOVE tea blending.

I rarely drink herbal teas unless they are mixed with true teas. My favorite herbals to mix with true teas are: spearmint, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips, and gingeroot.

I can’t stand anything w/ fennel or anise. Hot black teas (except orange pekoe bagged tea that you get when you go out to eat and chai teas) tend to upset my stomach.

I drink matcha daily and love flavoring it. I’m also in a constant search of preflavored matchas.

I’m constantly searching for information on how to prepare tea authentically according to its country of origin.

My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

7-10: Does not taste anything like the ingredients or name suggests (i.e. Adagio’s Sour apple)

11-25: I can taste some of the ingredients, but the flavor is severely lacking

25-49: Teas that I would not consider bad in their flavor profile, but certainly below average

50: Average.

51-69: Teas above averge, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them “good”.

70-75: Very good, but still room for improvement

76-85: Above average flavor profile

86-90: REALLY good flavors

91-99: Almost PERFECTLY achieves the goal of the ingredients and name of the tea.

100: Abosolutely perfect teas!

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Favorite Music: ANYTHING Christian. I don’t normally listen to secular music, but I do love jazz and swing.

Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies mostly. My Sister’s Keeper, P.S. I Love You, Fireproof, National Treasure Trilogy (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 3rd ONE TO COME OUT!), Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Sister Act 1 & 2, Yes Man, Bruce & Evan Almighty, rarely watch animated movies but LOVE anything 3D.

Favorite Books: THE BIBLE!!! & My Sister’s Keeper

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“You should always carry burdens, but they should never be your own”- me

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“Mom was right, ‘because I say so’ is enough- at least when it comes to God.”- me

Favorite Foods: fried calamari, lemon chicken, anything w/ buffalo sauce.

Favorite Places: WA state, Switzerland, Orlando

Places I Want to Visit: Hawaii, Africa

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