828 Tasting Notes


I had a sample of this from the holidays so I gave it a try today. It seemed interesting, but had stevia leaf, so it’s not really my thing. Luckily, my 4 year old loved it (“Sorry, Mom, I’m going to want to drink the whole cup.”) so it will be consumed.

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I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. For some reason I’m always tempted to buy chocolate mint teas, but I find I rarely like them. This, with just under a teaspoon of sugar, really hit the spot.

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I am working my way through my older teas, trying to clean out the stash to make room for new ones. This is a standard oolong. I was hopeful for something more with “fancy” in the title, but it’s just a solid cuppa. It stands up well to multiple steepings, but doesn’t change in significant ways (the way that many of the best oolongs do).

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I liked this tea more than I thought I would. I received it as part of a sampler, and it’s grapefruit is enough to know it’s there, but not enough to be overpowering. More, please!

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Just as VariaTEA said “This tea isn’t offensive in any way but it also isn’t anything special. I don’t get any pomegranate flavor, just slightly sweet vegetal oolong.” If you’re expecting something special, it’s a letdown. If you’re expecting an oolong, it’s not too bad.

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I ended up with a tin of this + the 12 bags in the holiday sampler, so I had a lot of it to drink this season. At first, I put up with it, then I had a phase where I preferred it (steeped strongly: 2 bags per mug, or a small mug for one bag), then I’ve had other tea in the meanwhile, and now have ended up not caring for it so much again. So: if you plan to drink it in a month, I recommend it, but I don’t think it holds up on its own.

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A light, holiday, green tea. I only had 12 bags of it, as part of the three holiday’s tea tin that Republic of Tea puts out, but wish I had more. A nice afternoon tea for this time of year.

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Had a cup at a local coffee/tea shop. It was okay, but the tea seemed to be hiding behind the fruit.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
828 tasting notes

This is my favorite pumpkin tea I’ve had yet. I’ve been on the lookout, but so far hadn’t found a good match. Enough pumpkin to be pumpkin, and perfect spices. My office smells so great right now!

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Just finished off a tin of this, out of season despite my previous reviews. It’s such a nice cup of tea. My inclination is to replace it immediately, but I’m going to go with autumn teas from now until the holiday season.

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


Seattle, WA



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