828 Tasting Notes


lots and lots of this over the past few days

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I want to like hibiscus. I want to like it a whole lot. I love steeping it in a clear glass when the water separates into layers of deep pink and clear and it doesn’t mix up until you stir it. I like the idea of tangy. I just don’t love it in my drink. This worked for me, though, because of the cold. I just don’t know if it’d be a go to move for me.

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Another tea from a family member’s stash: This was quite a surprise! I don’t particularly love chamomile or vanilla, but this combination sounded interesting. It was sweet (as you might expect), and I liked it more than I like chamomile tea or blacks flavored with vanilla. It makes me want to try their sleepytime tea with vanilla. Good tea!


I’ve had it straight before, but I wonder if it’d take a little milk. I’m thinking that would give it a very children’s-tea-party taste.


Oooh! I now that you mention that, I wonder about it, too!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Their vanilla sleepytime is my favorite sleepytime blend, CS or non-CS. I’m neutral on sleepytime blends usually, but that one I like.

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I’ve been under the weather for the past several days, so I’ve not been having my favorite teas (unless I had a lot of them to spare). I’ve also been having a lot of teas at family’s houses, but my tasting notes might be off due to congestion…

On that note, this was a fun take on the Constant Comment I’m more familiar with. The tartness seemed ratcheted up, which I’m guessing is due to the green tea. I didn’t sweeten it, but if I try this one again I’m going to give that a go.

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drank Holiday Dream by Argo Tea
828 tasting notes

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A coworker gave me a few bags of this. It’s pretty good Oolong. She said it was from Taiwan, but I’ve not been able to find it online.

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I can’t give this a number rating because I totally steeped it incorrectly! I got it at a party, poured water over it, and realized it was ice cold! However, I let it sit there for a while and still it came out a good cup! Nice and jasminey but not too purfumey!

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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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