1283 Tasting Notes

75
drank Tazo Thrive by Tazo
1283 tasting notes

Works to relax and rejuvenate me. To me, this is another good cheaper tea with decent ingredients. Really pleasant. Not something to hunt for, though.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Focus by Tazo
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This one is one of my favorite Tazo’s. It saved me when writing papers, and especially my roommate for all nighters. I love chocolate and rose teas, and the roasted mate give the extra smoky cocoa tasted I like. By no means something to die for, but if it’s available, this is a staple and it makes my world run….I also admit that I am biased to the ingredients.

Flavors: Chocolate, Lemongrass, Malt, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Rose

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

A staple that my family has way too much of. This is my grandmother’s absolute favorite, and she almost always uses cream and sugar for hers. I like the tea, but I do not like drinking it all the time. It’s best for mixing it with something, like milk, sugar, or mulled whine like Glogg.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

I like the black version version better which is surprising because I drink green tea more often than black. I think its the spices clashing with the green. My brother and mother loves it, but it’s only okay for me.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
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This is the Bigelow that I prefer, and the Earl Grey is solid. There are better ones, but if you are on a budget and like Earl Grey it won’t matter because you have your Earl Grey.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58
drank Spiced Chai by Bigelow
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Better than the Vanilla in my opinion, but I prefer a purer chai. This is where I start to get to be a tea snob.

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

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50
drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
1283 tasting notes

Vanilla is a flavor that I have to be in the mood for, and really a hit or miss when it comes to teas for me. It either accents a black, green, or white equally or overpowers more subtle flavors. Here, the flavors never balance out for me and I personally like the Spiced Chai better.

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

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85

Thank heavens I get this with my lunch combos at Michigan State. This is a staple for me since it’s the easiest for me to buy and access. I personally buy this one on discount at my Kroger, and would not buy it full price since I’ve had better jasmine greens, I.E. Jasmine Dragon Pearls. The taste does come fairly close though.

As for the taste and aroma, I’ve had either really great bags with a great smell and buttery body, or I’ve had grass, flower dust from this same brand. I think it really depends on how new the bags are; the younger, the better.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Green, Jasmine

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

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90

I thoroughly enjoyed this tea and was delighted with how sweet it was. My mom and used to get dragon pearls in Hawaii pretty often, and this one comes really close to matching the memory. This tea was really refreshing, clean, and sweeter than I expected. Numi’s jasmine does have a little bit more body because of the buds, but honestly, it would depend on my mood and the price to choose between the two. I slightly prefer this one because of how clean and fresh it is, which is to be expected given the loose leaf quality. I just wish that this type of tea was more available in the areas that I live in, and that shipping wasn’t a burden. Moving on from that note, I would like to try the superfine version to see if its any better, though it might be a few steps higher. I definitely recommend this tea though to Jasmine lovers, experienced or not.

Flavors: Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Sugarcane

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Very floral, green oolong. The milky aspect was there, but a little to subtle for my tastes. Has lasting power, but not one that I would drink over and over. I am not entirely sure that I would recommend this one. I was kinda bored. I love oolongs anyway, and did enjoy the little bit I had.

Flavors: Grass, Milk

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Tillerman Tea Traditional Oxidation Oolong
Tillerman Tea Phoenix Village Dong Dings
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

Me:

I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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Michigan, USA

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