159 Tasting Notes

85
drank Organic Rooibos by Carmién
159 tasting notes

It’s just plain rooibos. It has a very rooibos-y flavour. Definitely one of the best rooiboses I’ve ever rooibosed.

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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60
drank Earl Grey by Solimo (Amazon)
159 tasting notes

I honestly have no idea how I ended up with this tea. I mean, with shelves packed with tea, there’s no reason for me to have bought this. Bagged black tea? From Amazon?

¯\(ツ)

Anyway. I’m not sure what to think about this. Each (standard shaped) teabag is wrapped individually in plastic, which made me a bit unhappy. On the other hand, there is no dissipation of the fragrance, likely due precisely to this wasteful and blatant absence of environmental awareness. It smells sooooo good.

But the quality of the blend is uneven. I’ve now had several cups and some have just the right amount of bergamot while others basically taste like a middling black tea. It’s a surprisingly nice tea, but it could use some quality control. When it’s there, the Earl Grey flavour is pleasant, but not very bold. It stood up well to a bit of sweetening, but I left the mylk out because I was afraid the flavour would disappear completely.

I feel a bit bad not recommending it, but there are much quality-er blends out there.

Flavors: Bergamot, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Snooze by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

Mmmmm… flower juice. I have no idea why this is so good. I think I was right about staying away from pure chamomile and sticking to blends; it plays a supporting role here and is really pleasant. Some folks have reported not tasting lavender at all, while some have reported applesauce, chamomile, and lavender. I’m led to believe that either they’re still sorting out their formula or the batches are unbalanced because this? This is (lavender) flower juice. I admit to sweetening it slightly, and it’s lurvely.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Strong in caffeine but less so in flavour. Definitely bolder than most of their blends, but not particularly smooth, and the bitterness sneaks in quite quickly. S’not bad, but s’not PG Tips.

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

As a lover of all things PGT, I heartily appreciate that description!

Nik

Yay! I think someone said they’d choose this over PG Tips and I was like, wait, whaaat? Different strokes!
¯\(ツ)

gmathis

We may need to start our own little “Steepster Unleaded” subculture :)
Today, I’m gripping my mug of slightly stewed Murphy’s Irish Breakfast like it was a life preserver.

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60
drank Rooibos & Honeybush by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

What it says on the tin. It’s perfectly pleasant, but honestly nothing special.

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Darjeeling Earl Grey by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

A very light blend, as these things go. I prefer bolder ones. Needs more bergamot. That said, it’s nice and smooth, and strong enough to withstand the addition of a few drops of creamer and sweetener without losing its flavour.

Flavors: Earl Grey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

sob Friends, if you think that berries and hibiscus will be anything like the perfection that is strawberry and rhubarb, you would be mistaken. So… very… mistaken. teapigs say that this tea tastes as good as it smells. This is truth in advertising: it smells awful. My rating for this blend is lemony puckerface. You know the one.

Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

“Teapigs says this tastes as good as it smells. This is truth in advertising: it smells awful.” I am ROLLING! Ha ha ha! Wonderful review! Thanks for the laugh!

Nik

[grin] Thank you, ashmanra. =)

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70

Like the other teapigs cold brews I’ve tried (rose and lychee, peach and mango), this is a light and refreshing blend. Unlike the others, though, this one is a bit too light. The cucumber is lovely but has to be coaxed out by steeping longer than advised. The apple’s hiding a bit, but pops in to say hullo now and again. This is more of an included-in-a-variety-pack than a solo purchase for me.

Flavors: Apple, Cucumber

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
gmathis

That does sound like a nice summer combo!

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40
drank Popcorn by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

Oh, green tea. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve tried so hard, can’t you see? I think now it’s time I just let you be. Unless you’re hanging out with my buddy jasmine, in which case I’m here for it.

This tastes like smoky rice water.

Flavors: Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40
drank Popcorn by Teapigs
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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.

Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.

This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

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