6 Tasting Notes

54

First tasting: This might be too subtle for me, but I’m not willing to write it off just yet. I can smell the chai from the teabag and the cup, yet can’t taste it except for a vague “spice.” Can’t recommend this until I know whether it’s just me or whether it’s the way I brewed it.

Notably used the 185 degrees recommended for white teas on my teapot, rather than the “boiling” temperature recommendation on the tea box so that could be it.

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

First tasting: My first instinct is to describe this as I would a wine – a strong, dry raspberry where the tartness almost hits more on the way down than on the tongue. The berry part of the flavor is good, but there’s something about it overall that definitely showcases as being a fairly simple grocery store tea as if there was an option for flavor complexity that was left out.
Due to the dryness, this tea made me somewhat thirstier than before I started drinking it although it works well as a non-caffeinated breakfast tea with something like oatmeal.

Flavors: Berry, Drying, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

Multiple previous tastings: This is my favorite tea of all time so far. First tried this a few years ago, and have since bought at least 30 boxes. Always 2 tea bags in 16 ounces, brewed for 8 to 10 minutes. It’s very smooth and the licorice taste is nice and strong.

(Edit) Side note: try a good mozzarella with some sort of licorice tea if you can. The flavors in the cheese get wild.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

First tasting: Prefer stronger tasting teas, so either 5 min 45 seconds isn’t enough brewing time or I didn’t add enough tea leaves. Still, I can tell this has a nice flavor, especially with the smooth coconut in there and I guess that “spice” is the ginger. I’ll definitely be trying this again, though perhaps with another minute or two of brewing time.

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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32

First tasting: Brewed as recommended on the box, but didn’t taste like anything particularly until it cooled off completely. Seems it’d make a better iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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