584 Tasting Notes

90

My very favorite black tea ever. I’ve been mainlining it because I have caught my first cold of the season. It’s amazing straight up. It’s amazing with milk and honey. It’s just toasty and warming and perfectly balanced.

I hope they never stop selling it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Toasty

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So sorry that I’ve been so absent from Steepster.

Today was my first day back from a week long vacation, so I had a lot of catching up to do. Needed a soothing, caffeine free tea to keep my stress levels in check. This blend is really nothing special. I wish it had more lavender.

I sipped this down, and I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.

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58
drank Japanese Pure Matcha by HYLEYS
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Not very good quality and weak flavor. Double-bagging it helps. Good in a pinch and I’m sure it’s not hurting me in the health department, but I doubt it delivers as many health benefits as the box promises. Otherwise Burlington Coat Factory wouldn’t be hawking it for $3 a box.

I’ve never tried real matcha, but I have had good quality sencha before. I definitely taste the sencha in this blend. It’s accompanied by a grassy, slightly burnt/ bitter note that I suspect is the matcha.

I do enjoy Japanese green teas usually. I should try real matcha soon.

Flavors: Bitter, Burnt, Grass, Green

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62
drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
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Steeped a deep pink color. Very thick, syrupy mouthfeel. The lemongrass and strawberry are the strongest notes. It’s VERY sweet— probably from all the candied fruit. (I also probably scooped too much leaf into my Ingenui-Tea infuser.) I got the echo of dragonfruit in the aftertaste, followed by an overpowering perfume note that lingered on my tongue for like an hour after I finished the cup.

This was not pleasant as a hot cuppa, but I sense that it has the potential to be fairly refreshing iced. Will need to experiment with cold-steeping.

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Lemongrass, Perfume, Pineapple, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Gunpowder Green Tea by Pure Leaf
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The other reviewers on here didn’t seem to like this tea… I guess I’ll be the weirdo who actually enjoyed it.

The jar is generously full and the leaves smell earthy and fresh. So far, so good…

I did NOT use boiling water, like the package says to. I’m thinking that may have made the difference. The flavor isn’t super strong, but then, I was conservative with the steep time because green teas make me nervous. It steeps up a golden brown color. I get toasty, vegetal notes, particularly green beans/ asparagus. It has a pretty brothy mouthfeel.

Overall, it’s a pretty inoffensive green tea. For $7 for the whole jar, I’ll definitely take it. It’s owned by Lipton, so set your expectations accordingly.

Flavors: Asparagus, Green, Green Beans, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

Much better than Bigelow’s bagged decaf EG. The nasty glue-like flavor of decaf black tea is much diminished and the bergamot oil tastes fresh and strong. I drank it without milk today and liked it fine. Good at work, when I’m craving a second cuppa but don’t need the caffeine boost.

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100

Has an earthy/ pleasantly salty pu-erh taste, which the toffee mingles with nicely. The almond pieces give it a vanilla cake note as well. Extremely well-balanced, high quality ingredients. This is one of those teas that you can just tell was blended with love and attention.

Flavors: Cake, Earth, Salty, Sweet, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94

Oh yummmmmm. So light and flowery! Low-maintenance brew, too. Drank it black, although some rock sugar and a splash of milk would have made this just about heaven in a cup.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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95
drank Earl Grey Lavender by Twinings
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Quite liked this one! Drank it black. The lavender and bergamot play well together and give it a flowery/ perfumey flavor, although not cloyingly so. A little bit of vanilla would have made this just about perfect. The base is a typical Twinings smooth, non-astringent, non-aggressive Chinese black tea. They make such good stuff.

I miss being able to find Stash’s Breakfast in Paris at the grocery store, but this is a perfectly acceptable substitute. Simultaneously relaxing and bracing.

Flavors: Citrus, Flowers, Fruity, Lavender, Perfume

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Shae

You sold me on this one!

teaqueen

Oh good! It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite bagged EGs :)

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87
drank Decaf Sencha by Harney & Sons
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This company makes the best decaf options… Using decaf green tea as an appetite suppressant to help lose some weight for bathing suit season. This one is my favorite so far. It’s light and nutty and easy to deal with at work.

Flavors: Green, Nutty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.

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