157 Tasting Notes

80
drank Snooze by Teapigs
157 tasting notes

Mmmmm… flower juice. I have no idea why this is so good. I think I was right about staying away from pure chamomile and sticking to blends; it plays a supporting role here and is really pleasant. Some folks have reported not tasting lavender at all, while some have reported applesauce, chamomile, and lavender. I’m led to believe that either they’re still sorting out their formula or the batches are unbalanced because this? This is (lavender) flower juice. I admit to sweetening it slightly, and it’s lurvely.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Strong in caffeine but less so in flavour. Definitely bolder than most of their blends, but not particularly smooth, and the bitterness sneaks in quite quickly. S’not bad, but s’not PG Tips.

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

As a lover of all things PGT, I heartily appreciate that description!

Nik

Yay! I think someone said they’d choose this over PG Tips and I was like, wait, whaaat? Different strokes!
¯\(ツ)

gmathis

We may need to start our own little “Steepster Unleaded” subculture :)
Today, I’m gripping my mug of slightly stewed Murphy’s Irish Breakfast like it was a life preserver.

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60
drank Rooibos & Honeybush by Teapigs
157 tasting notes

What it says on the tin. It’s perfectly pleasant, but honestly nothing special.

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Darjeeling Earl Grey by Teapigs
157 tasting notes

A very light blend, as these things go. I prefer bolder ones. Needs more bergamot. That said, it’s nice and smooth, and strong enough to withstand the addition of a few drops of creamer and sweetener without losing its flavour.

Flavors: Earl Grey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
157 tasting notes

sob Friends, if you think that berries and hibiscus will be anything like the perfection that is strawberry and rhubarb, you would be mistaken. So… very… mistaken. teapigs say that this tea tastes as good as it smells. This is truth in advertising: it smells awful. My rating for this blend is lemony puckerface. You know the one.

Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

“Teapigs says this tastes as good as it smells. This is truth in advertising: it smells awful.” I am ROLLING! Ha ha ha! Wonderful review! Thanks for the laugh!

Nik

[grin] Thank you, ashmanra. =)

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70

Like the other teapigs cold brews I’ve tried (rose and lychee, peach and mango), this is a light and refreshing blend. Unlike the others, though, this one is a bit too light. The cucumber is lovely but has to be coaxed out by steeping longer than advised. The apple’s hiding a bit, but pops in to say hullo now and again. This is more of an included-in-a-variety-pack than a solo purchase for me.

Flavors: Apple, Cucumber

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
gmathis

That does sound like a nice summer combo!

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40
drank Popcorn by Teapigs
157 tasting notes

Oh, green tea. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve tried so hard, can’t you see? I think now it’s time I just let you be. Unless you’re hanging out with my buddy jasmine, in which case I’m here for it.

This tastes like smoky rice water.

Flavors: Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40
drank Popcorn by Teapigs
157 tasting notes

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This is the first tea in a long time that I wasn’t able to finish. Shan’t rate it, because probably if you like green tea and mint tea, you will like this.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Up Beet by Teapigs
157 tasting notes

Y’all, they turned V8 into a tea and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Also V8 has a tomato base and there’s no tomato in this tea so basically this blend is sorcery. There’s a bit of tartness from the hibiscus (whyyyy), but it’s not overwhelming. I dunno, it’s just all a bit confusing.

Flavors: Tart, Vegetables

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.

Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.

This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

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