42 Tasting Notes

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First off Extraordinary Desserts definitely knows how to make wonderful teas!

According to their website, Ginza Girl is “A Japanese inspired blend of fresh-picked cherries, pink peppercorns, and a touch of rosemary. Stimulating and sassy!”

It’s a black tea base and you can definitely taste each of the elements described above. I find the tea to be very refreshing and bright.

I also like that it tastes great steeped for both shorter and longer periods of time. My preference for this tea is to steep lightly and drink plain.

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Received a sampler box of Chaidim’s lemongrass teas with my subscription to Try the World box.

An herbal lemongrass tea is not something that sounds appealing to me, but I’m so glad that I gave it a shot! After steeping in hot water for 5 minutes (per box instructions), I was left with a light, refreshing yet calming brew.

Flavors: Lemongrass

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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I am so happy to have tried this tea! The smokey flavor is well balanced and astringency is minimal. I expected this to be a lot drier. This is the first smokey tea I’ve tried, but I am excited to try a larger variety!

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
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A nice black tea. Steeped it in fresh boiling water for 3 minutes. A little malty, and strong but didn’t get dry mouth like I do with lower quality teas. It’s nothing note-worthy, but I’ll gladly finish the bags I have left.

I also steeped this 3 times before I chucked the tea bag..

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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According to the Mariage Freres description, this tea was ‘inspired by the legendary aroma of Earl Grey.’ I love green tea, and Earl Grey is my favorite black tea, so this tea is right up my alley.

I find that this tea tastes the best when steeped for a very short period of time.. I literally just pour the hot water through my tea strainer and call it a day, otherwise I find that the tea is a little bitter.

This tea is nice, but I think I’ll stick to Lupicia Grapefruit Green for my citrus-y greens.

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drank Rose Hip Tea by Lupicia
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I will refrain from giving this a score because I generally dislike Hibiscus. I gave this a shot because Lupicia has made me into a believer for a few teas that I thought there was no chance I’d like…

With that, just no.. nonononononononono

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drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
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A basic, straight forward tea. A nice black tea with a cinnamon finish. I would not buy for myself, but would drink it if offered to me.

I think I would prefer this brewed strong with a little milk and sugar.

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I received a pack of Teatonics’ Mind-Awakening Yerba Mate with my Taste the World subscription box. I never had Yerba Mate before, so I was excited to try it. I generally do not gravitate to tea’s that market any type of energy or detox benefits on their packaging but as I stared groggily into my tea stash on the first work day of 2016, buzz phrases like “mind-awakening”, “holiday energy”, and “morning vitality and focus” stood out.

Brew: Yellowish green and the aroma clearly reflects the ingredients listed on the packaging. Herbal and Minty with nice amount of citrus.

Taste: Pleasant if you like herbal drinks. Tasted well-balanced. I didn’t have to search for any of the citrus flavors. I was also pleasantly surprised that I got a good amount of grapefruit flavor even though it’s the last ingredient listed on the package.

I also like the slight energy buzz I got off of it. Coffee sometimes sends me over the edge, and a lot of teas don’t do enough.

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drank Grenada by Lupicia
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Received this as part of a sampler set I bought earlier this year. I found the description intriguing with the inclusion of papaya and guava, but I was underwhelmed. I’m positive this would have tasted amazing cold, but the hot steeping resulted in a generic tropical taste. If going the tropical route, I much prefer Jardin Sauvage.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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Groggily reached for this sampler tea bag this morning, not having any idea of what it was. This is definitely a new favorite for me. The tropical fruit flavor is just right. It’s not too much and not too little.

I’ll definitely have to purchase this when the weather gets warmer, as it will certainly taste lovely iced.

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