1485 Tasting Notes

55
drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
1485 tasting notes

I’ve grown tired of drinking this one as it’s not my favorite so I decided today to use the rest of my box in a batch of chai ice cream. Dirty chai, actually, which I just learned is chai with a shot of espresso mixed in. I followed this recipe:

http://belinder.co/2015/03/31/dirty-chai-ice-cream-recipe/

I tweaked it a little based on what I had in the kitchen (no ginger, cloves, or orange zest) and it turned out amazing! It’s spicy and creamy with a bold punch from the coffee. I don’t plan on purchasing another box of this tea, but I will be trying this recipe again in the future. It’s wonderful!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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55
drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
1485 tasting notes

This one is spicy today but definitely in a good way. I left this to steep on my desk this morning and completely forgot about it. It must have been on my desk for at least 4 hours (!) so I warmed it, added cream & honey, and it tasted just fine. I love the creamy spiciness – it’s just right.

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1485 tasting notes

No cream in this one today – just honey.

Scratch that.

This is much better with cream. It was bitter and tasted too much of citrus.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1485 tasting notes

Today’s cup is bitter for some reason. Perhaps I should drop the temperature back to my regular 200 degrees next time. I’m not sure that it’s the tea, but I’m also getting a headache since I started drinking this. Maybe it’s the caffeine?

Today is my first day back to work after a long weekend full of wedding festivities. I was in the bridal party so I decided I needed an extra day to relax yesterday. It was a beautiful day and definitely one of the most fun weddings I’ve been to. I’ve realized only recently that I don’t really enjoy most weddings for some reason so I’m glad this was an exception to that rule. Now the lovebirds are off honeymooning and the rest of us are back to the daily grind. I only wish I could be somewhere tropical too. Maybe soon!

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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55
drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
1485 tasting notes

Loads of honey and cream make for a good cup of this otherwise mediocre chai.

Preparation
Boiling 6 OZ / 177 ML

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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1485 tasting notes

I breezed right through this one without a second thought. Only after I finished my cup did I realize that I hadn’t written my note yet.

This was a little bitter today, but nothing that some extra honey couldn’t fix. Actually, I’m not sure bitter is the best word to describe it. It just seemed a bit off. Maybe not even off, but sharp. Yes, it tasted sharp. But the honey did help to round it out.

I guess because of the warmer temperatures and transition to spring I’m wanting something a little lighter these days. Not cold, not yet. But not the deep, dark, creamy teas I usually crave. Green teas, I’m thinking. And maybe this is the year I learn to love white teas as well. I know there must be some good ones out there. I just have to find them.

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

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I’ve had a ton of black teas lately and am really in the mood for something lighter today so here we are. I’m really enjoying this – it’s light and fragrant with sweet coconut. I added a little honey and can really taste the coconut now. I think it may also be taming the usual tartness of the hibiscus.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
1485 tasting notes

I started this one right before leaving work, probably too late in the afternoon, so by the time it was ready to drink I had just five minutes before I had to leave for my chiropractor appointment. I was steeping this while talking to a coworker and actually forgot it was chai until I caught the scent of the spices coming from my cup. I couldn’t say with certainty the exact spice, but I’m thinking ginger. It’s definitely not a sweeter spice like cinnamon.

It’s not the best this tea has been, certainly. By the end of the cup, even before, I was pretty much done. It was a good thing since I had to pour it in a cup to go in order to make the short drive to the chiropractor. I’ve been toying around with the idea of making a chai ice cream. I would like to try it so maybe that would be the best use of this tea since it’s so hit or miss to drink.

Flavors: Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1485 tasting notes

I got caught up in a conversation with a coworker this morning so I’m not really sure how long this cup actually steeped. Maybe 7-8 minutes? It’s the best part of my breakfast since the other half is a burnt banana muffin.

It’s the slightest bit bitter today but otherwise just fine.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
Boiling 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated July 2021.

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