1185 Tasting Notes

50

Best with cream and sugar, or cream and honey.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

I’ve had either really great experiences with this tea, or really bland ones; flavorful, or chalky. Needs cream and sugar… a bit harder to drink black.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Tazo Thrive by Tazo
1185 tasting notes

Works to relax and rejuvenate me. To me, this is another good cheaper tea with decent ingredients. Really pleasant. Not something to hunt for, though.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Focus by Tazo
1185 tasting notes

This one is one of my favorite Tazo’s. It saved me when writing papers, and especially my roommate for all nighters. I love chocolate and rose teas, and the roasted mate give the extra smoky cocoa tasted I like. By no means something to die for, but if it’s available, this is a staple and it makes my world run….I also admit that I am biased to the ingredients.

Flavors: Chocolate, Lemongrass, Malt, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Rose

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

A staple that my family has way too much of. This is my grandmother’s absolute favorite, and she almost always uses cream and sugar for hers. I like the tea, but I do not like drinking it all the time. It’s best for mixing it with something, like milk, sugar, or mulled whine like Glogg.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

I like the black version version better which is surprising because I drink green tea more often than black. I think its the spices clashing with the green. My brother and mother loves it, but it’s only okay for me.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
1185 tasting notes

This is the Bigelow that I prefer, and the Earl Grey is solid. There are better ones, but if you are on a budget and like Earl Grey it won’t matter because you have your Earl Grey.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58
drank Spiced Chai by Bigelow
1185 tasting notes

Better than the Vanilla in my opinion, but I prefer a purer chai. This is where I start to get to be a tea snob.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50
drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
1185 tasting notes

Vanilla is a flavor that I have to be in the mood for, and really a hit or miss when it comes to teas for me. It either accents a black, green, or white equally or overpowers more subtle flavors. Here, the flavors never balance out for me and I personally like the Spiced Chai better.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Thank heavens I get this with my lunch combos at Michigan State. This is a staple for me since it’s the easiest for me to buy and access. I personally buy this one on discount at my Kroger, and would not buy it full price since I’ve had better jasmine greens, I.E. Jasmine Dragon Pearls. The taste does come fairly close though.

As for the taste and aroma, I’ve had either really great bags with a great smell and buttery body, or I’ve had grass, flower dust from this same brand. I think it really depends on how new the bags are; the younger, the better.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Green, Jasmine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Jasmine Black Tea
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

Me:

I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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Michigan, USA

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