159 Tasting Notes

This is the first tea in a long time that I wasn’t able to finish. Shan’t rate it, because probably if you like green tea and mint tea, you will like this.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Up Beet by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

Y’all, they turned V8 into a tea and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Also V8 has a tomato base and there’s no tomato in this tea so basically this blend is sorcery. There’s a bit of tartness from the hibiscus (whyyyy), but it’s not overwhelming. I dunno, it’s just all a bit confusing.

Flavors: Tart, Vegetables

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30
drank Liquorice and Peppermint by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

Oh, gosh. The sachet doesn’t smell like anything much. While steeping, all I could smell was peppermint. While drinking, all I could taste was liquorice. This amused me greatly but my tastebuds were in vehement disagreement.

I don’t know if it does this to you, but liquorice has a tendency to coat my tongue and throat. This is a quality I appreciate in a cough syrup, but not in a tea. And then there’s the odd, fleeting, zap of sweetness. Which feels kind of sweet, but kind of completely different from sweet.

It is true to what it is, but what it is is not for me.

Flavors: Licorice

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

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85
drank Lemon and Ginger by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

This is really the best kind of tea. It has only four, natural ingredients. It’s naturally caffeine-free. Since it’s herbal, it’s very forgiving in terms of steep time. The flavours are fantastically well balanced and needn’t be improved with additives. As it cools, the ginger actually intensifies a bit, which is wonderful.

I really don’t know where the flavour is coming from, given that it’s just ginger, lemon, lemongrass, and liquorice, but somehow the sum of its parts tastes like a fruit cereal—Trix or Fruity Pebbles, I don’t remember which—sprinkled with ginger. It’s super weird, makes me laugh, and totally works.

I should mention also that you might be thinking, it’s lemon and ginger, how special can it be? But I’ve never tasted a lemon and ginger blend that tastes like this. It’s worth a try.

Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Happy by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

This blend is almost perfect. Honestly, it’s more like proper chai than their chai blend—and it’s herbal! The fragrance is wonderful. I may have singed my nostrils a bit by inhaling too much steam. I definitely have a thing for warm, spicy teas. I’m not a fan of the lemon and think it’d be better without it, but it’s still really lovely. I can’t pinpoint what it is, but there is a note in the fragrance that actually reminds me of my home in Bombay.

I prepared this very lightly sweetened. I wanted to add mylk but at this point I don’t trust teapigs blends to retain their flavour when I do, so I didn’t risk it. It was fine without. It’s so good. You know when something is really yummy, you savour its aftertaste by making sort of nyum-nyum motions with your mouth? I was doing that for like 15 minutes after drinking the last drop. I could easily drink it by the litre.

Flavors: Lemon, Spices

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

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85
drank Lychee and Rose Cold Brew by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

Oh, friends, we were SO close! I love rose and I love lychee, but tart hibiscus and I are very rarely on the same wavelength. This blend is light, refreshing, suuuuuper lovely, and would have been even lovelier without the hibiscus. Prepared plain: it’s unsweetened, but it doesn’t need sweetener. I had no idea rose and lychee made such a great combination. If I ever get more of this, I shall try sweetening it with a drop or two of Rooh Afza, which is a rose-flavoured syrup.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Lychee, Rose

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 0 sec 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
White Antlers

I bet that would make a delicious iced cooler for the hot, muggy East coast summers.

Nik

Definitely! So far (knocks head) I’ve had great luck with their cold brews.

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75
drank Mao Feng Green Tea by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

Huzzah! I’ve been trying to hard to like the teas included in teapigs’ 2020 advent calendar and I haven’t been having much luck. But this is a nice one! It’s very light, very mild. I get the kind of grassy, green notes, maybe a touch of rice, but not the super vegetal flavour that gives a lot of green tea its depth. I’m happy with this “shallow” one. =] Drink it quickly, though—I could feel bitterness creeping in as soon as it started to cool.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Earl Grey Strong by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

Ach, this should have been amazing. Earl Grey is one of my favourite blends. And don’t get me wrong—it is nice, it’s just weak, like every one of their bagged blends I’ve tried so far. I have my Earl Grey with (non-dairy) milk and (non-sugar) sweetener; by the time I added just a bit of each, the flavour was gone. I’m not a fan of the added lime (and miscellaneous “natural flavourings”), either. I’ll stick to the bergamot-heavy Earl Grey blends that can withstand a little milk ‘n’ sugar.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

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

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The hibiscus is strong in this one. And there’s another flavour I can’t identify. Smells and tastes bad. Blech.

Flavors: Hibiscus

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

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18
drank Chamomile Flowers by Teapigs
159 tasting notes

Oh, goodness. I’ve had chamomile tea before, but always a blend, never pure chamomile. This smells and tastes just awful. Not flowery, not with a hint of natural sweetness (as implied), just kind of flat. If this is how pure chamomile smells and tastes, I need to stay away and stick to blends.

Flavors: Cardboard, Herbaceous

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

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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.

So ya. Hi!

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