646 Tasting Notes

75

Due to having an MRI today I wasn’t allowed coffee this morning. They said nothing about tea, so I grabbed this one (Those philistines have probably never considered drinking anything but coffee in the morning)

Anyway, I see that last year I gave this a rating of 60. What was I thinking??!! I quite enjoyed this one today. It was a little sweeet on its own, and had a distinct coconut flavor. It was faint, but definitely there. I got no bitterness or astringency in the sip. Possibly, if I drink enough of my stash, I will order this one next winter.

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80
drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
646 tasting notes

Ah, this is such a nice tea. It is exactly like the name: sweet and spicy. I had this one before bed last night and enjoyed it greatly. Re-steeped for a second cup but a lot of the flavor had gone. This is a pretty inexpensive grocery store tea. I think I paid $3.49 for 20 bags. What a great deal for a tea I really enjoy. I decided to bump my rating because reaaly, this tea is great.

The weather is really turning around here. It was 17 yesterday -ABOVE zero!- and I heard we could hit 40 next Tuesday. Weird, just weird. Not complaining though!

Martin Bednář

I see this tea have its duplicate counterpart too. Ah well, it seems it is hard to track down all…

I am glad that you liked the tea & indeed it looks affordable. I have seen the tea bags, and maybe I even have one in my collection :) The weather sounds quite comforting and it is quite similar here.

gmathis

I like this one, too. Performs exactly as advertised. Woo hoo on the weather! We’re gunning for 41 today!

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60

I decided to try another herbal tea from Plum Deluxe. I got back from my Sunday drive to charge the battery in this cold weather and picked this one out. I liked the last one from Plum Deluxe and Candy Cane sounded good. I did not enjoy nearly as much as last night’s tea. This one was a green rooibos base. In don’t always love rooibos, but green rooibos is usually less woody.

/i guess it was less woody, but it also tasted a bit grassy. I do not like grassy either. The mint was pleasant, but it did not make up for the rooibos. Sadly, this one was a miss for me.

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75

Ugh! Last night aaround 10:00 the fire alarm in my building went off. In my PJs, I went to the door to see what wqs happening. The hallway was a little hazy. FIRE!!!

I hustled around trying to catch the cats, but I could not find them. I rushed to get dressed, bundled up, and hurried outside. AS I went I passed police and firemen pounding on doors telling people to evacuate.

Scary. Very scary. I huddled outside with other resdents, including a family with four children recently arrived from Syria. They did not have hats or heavy coats. The temperature was -21F with a windchill of -44. WE all stood out there for a little over 20 minutes before we were allowed back in. The fire was small, isolated to one apartment, started by a space heater too close to the carpet. Nobody hurt.

It took me over an hour to warm up again. I brewed my sample of this tea. It helped. I liked it. Not enough to order 4 ounces, but enough to re-steep. Sometimes rooibos can be very woody tasting. I didn’t get that here. Maybe the honeybush covered it. It was mildly sweet on its own so I did not add any sweetener. I have enough left for another small cup, and I will be glad to have that.

Martin Bednář

Oh well, that is terrible situation. I am glad it wasn’t anything serious!

ashmanra

I know you must have been frantic for the cats! I an so glad everyone was safe. I hope today is extra cozy for you.

tea-sipper

Oh my gosh! Worst timing for that fire for everyone!

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100
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
646 tasting notes

Here in North Dakota it is cold, Cold, COLD! 10:30 on Saturday morning and it is -19F with a windchild of -42F. This cold snap started 8 days ago. We haven’t been above zero since last Tuesday, when the temperature topped out at 2. ABOVE!!! And we won’t get above zero again until next Tuesday when the high is expected to be 6.

All that is to explain why I love to drink hot tea. It is so soothing and wrming when you live in a place where the air hurts your face .

Cranberry Pear is an old favorite. Last night i decided I deserved to splurge a little so instead of my usual Twinings Pure Peppermint for my evening cup I went with this one. The 100 gram tin is almost empty! I can see the bottom of the tin! I do not plan to buy more tea, but if this were still available i would buy another 50 grams. I suppose it does me no good to hoard this tea. There is probably enough to two or three mroe cups. Maybe ill finish it off during this cold snap.

gmathis

We’re not quite there, but if the temp makes double digits today, I’m treating myself to stepping outdoors for a minute :)

Martin Bednář

Oh well, that’s terrible. And I am complaining here with temperatures about -10 C

Courtney

Maddy we are similar here! It was -42° C this week for most of the week and today we’ve finally warmed up to -24° C with the wind chill!

tea-sipper

That is COLD. I checked the site, i thought they would have cranberry pear. (They don’t.) I think anyone should keep teas they rated 100 around. :D

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100
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
646 tasting notes

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70

Had this in the afternoon today. It is quite old, like maybe two years old. I miss A Quarter to Tea.

This one sounded wonderful. Maybe it was the age, but Ididn’t get a lot of flavor out of it. Some gonger and cinnamon, but no bready pancake goodness. That aid, it was a pleasant cup. Not one I would rush out and buy more of (fortunate, then, that Q2T is not selling right now) but I’ll enjoy the remaining 20 ounces of this.

tea-sipper

I hope you mean 2 ounces and not 20 ounces!

Maddy Barone

Ooops! I think I meant 20 grams! But probably 2 ounces is close too.

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60

This was my evening cup last night. It sounded like a good evening blend for someone with stuffy nose. It didnt work for me at all. I don’t know why. All the ingredients are ones I enjoy. It got good reviews. I guess it just wasn’t my cuppa.

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72

This was my afternoon cup today. It’s not super cold hehre right now, around 27, but a littel foggy and dreary. So I decided t go though the teas I did drink from my advent calendars in December, and came up with this one.

I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. Darned nose can’t smell anything so I really have no idea about the taste. A bit bitter at the end of the sip. I drank half the cup, then poured it out and re-steeped. It wasn’t bitter, but now a little astringent. It’s a shame. In the past I’ve enjoyed caramel teas like Mrs Patmore’s pudding tea and Marco Polo. Maybe it’s time to start adding honey to my tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Oh, Marco Polo! I haven’t had that in ages…so, so, so very good!

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50

Not my favorite at all. I don;’t know what made it so unpalatable for me. maybe the floral? At any reate, I did not even finish the cup. I had enough leaf for another cup but I tossed it. Too bad. It sure sounded good!

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.

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