20 Tasting Notes

28
drank Organic Chai by Tazo
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I can’t find anything good about this tea. There’s absolutely nothing that ‘wows’ me about it. I’ve tried to spruce it up with everything… milk… honey… agave nectar… sugar… brown sugar… extra cinnamon… etc, but I am left unimpressed. I think a certain crowd will like this though, and do encourage you to try it if you haven’t… you can have the rest of mine ;).

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30

This damn tea. Let me tell you about this tea. It’s… it’s… ….. :-\ I can’t do this. This is potpourri in sacks. I came into this with optimism and high hopes, but ended up with a fairly large let-down. Okay, so the tea itself may be great, but who would ever know through that tart, sweet, bitterly-rich flavor? It’s so sweet that they should use this tea to sweeten teas- paradoxtastic! I still have a TON of these satchels left, so I may experiment with them, but it’s not looking good. v_v

Michele

Haha. I love your honesty in talking about tea.

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96
drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
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Made with milk and sugar, this is by far my favorite chai to date. I am asked to make this regularly for people I know- I’m not sure if it’s a prepper thing, or a tea thing though. It’s karha isn’t to normal standards… it’s very vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and clove heavy imo (I like this). As far as the tea itself, I think it’s really great for a grocery aisle tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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75
drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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I am surprised by this. liberTEAS said it best- it’s very ‘malty’, bold… and it just gives you a wonderfully smooth taste. I wouldn’t drink this without a bit of sugar personally, and I’m not one to normally add sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Bavarian Wild Berry by Lipton
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Simple- this tea is pretty yum. It’s a very bold flavor from a bunch of stuff… so it makes you feel like you’re the only 150lb guy at a sumo wrestling party. If you’re in the mood for a fruit party in your mouth.. you’ll like this. One thing I noticed is it’s very forgiving of the brew.

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60

The actual tea leaves taste great to me. Did I say great? I meant good. For Lipton. The blueberries are wonderful though. I would like a blueberry Lipton bagel in the near future. I’m not a huge fan of pomegranate, so I’m not going to comment too much on that. There is TONS of licorice in this blend… and if you brew it wrong so help you god you’ll be sipping on black jellybellies. This tea is okay, but I probably won’t buy this specific one very much if ever… though I’ve had worse.

Protip: Brew it a bit hot and it’ll mute those licorice notes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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90

So when I bought this tea, I wasn’t expecting much because I wasn’t paying much. First few sips… I definitely wasn’t impressed. I compared it to Raman noodles… you never say “man I want raman”, but when you’re eating raman you eat every noodle. However, I now use two bags and just steep for less time. The fuller body really does add that extra ‘oomf’ that I thought was missing from my brews. It is worth noting that even though this is really whole leaf, there’s also a lot of dust too (incase you’re like me and open up the bags normally).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

Uncle Lee’s Pu’erh is also tasty. :)

Wonks

I have a humble confession- I’ve never actually had Pu-erh…. so I just ordered some. Thanks for the heads up Amy!

TeaBrat

It’s a good one to start with, I think!

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60
drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
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Meh, it’s tea. Does a 1/2lb box @ $5.00 compare to David’s Tea for $6.00/50g? Hell no. Is Lipton prepared wrong by 98% of the pseudo tea-drinking population? Yes. Everyone can point out goods and bads about most teas, but on thing is for sure… this tea is a generic taste that cost very little and can be bought at 24/7 stores and gas stations. I think that in the tea world where everyone has become used to cornflowers, oranges, berries, and blooms within their pots… this minimal tea is left out in the cold. It gets a bad wrap, but I’m sure it was a “gateway tea” for many people here.

K S

excellent commentary and review of this much maligned tea.

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90

I actually expected very little from this tea, but it exceeded my expectations. You can read other notes to get the details of the taste, but one thing that I noticed that really seemed abnormal was it’s peppery taste- but a little dairy calms this down. All in all, it’s like there’s a party in your mouth and everyone is drinking BTC Earl Greay Citrus.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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This is probably my favorite mass-produced black tea. I love how it can become so bold without the expected bitterness. Also it’s great at unexpectedly keeping you awake all night!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am a supertaster (genetically), so this is why a lot of my reviews may seem weird.

I’m a musician, nerd, gamer, audiophile, and a collector of wonderfully exotic flashlight :].

Ratings are as followed…

NO RATING: I try some teas outside of my ‘norm’, and I try to stay neutral… some teas I simply don’t like, and I try to rate based on quality, not preferences (this is very hard). If I can’t come to a conclusion it’s because I feel it’s outside of my realm of experience with that type of tea, and I don’t feel like I can adequately rate the tea. I’ll give my thoughts on it, but I wouldn’t want to taint the rating system in place for the tea.

1-30: I bought these teas because the packages looked awesome, but fool me once, shame on you tea company.

31-50: Meh, usually cheap product that yields poor tea. Anything in this rating is like comparing ramen to high-end cuisine. I expect teas at the super market to fall within this range by default (though that’s not always the case).

51-70: These teas are usually teas that don’t meet my expectations based on that type of tea. Think Lipton… not the worst by far, but far from the best. Sometimes I’ll give teas within this rating a second chance. I’ll also finish off any tea within this rating (usually).

71-90: These are great. If you were to offer me a cup of tea within this rating, I’d never turn it down. Sure, the lower 70’s aren’t the best, but neither is 90. C’mon, it’s fun, could be worse, and it’s there… so why not!? Some of these teas I actually keep in stock because they can be a great price:quality ratio! (I’m poor… v_v)

91-99: This is good stuff. This is like eating at a fancy restaurant that gives you parsley as a side because it’s the second half of your meal. These teas are generally out of my normal price-range, but not always. A tea within this score MUST meet and exceed all expectations within that tea’s norm. All ingredients must be fresh (or aged properly), potent, and a perfect text-book example of the sub-type.

100: This number is the golden number. 100 is reserved for prime examples, and it’s rare. I expect teas that hit this number to set a new standard… “raise the bar” if you will. If I have rated a type of tea 100, and a new tea comes along that I think is better… the old tea will be bumped down and the new tea will take it’s place as 100 (only within it’s type). 100 is a wonderful number if you’re a tea.

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