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9 Tasting Notes

99

Delicious! Very fruity, mellow tea. The liquor is very light, and the leaves are beautiful once they unfold to their full size. Definitely a new favorite oolong for me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Just what the doctor ordered! Refreshing mint with a nice, aromatic green tea. Crisp, but still calming. Definitely great in the evening with honey. Will be purchasing this tea again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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35

I wanted a lemony tisane because my allergies have been terrible lately. I was hoping for a nice, subtle lemon flavor with a little bit of local honey added, and viola: a drink to soothe my sinuses. Instead, the flavor is so subtle that my plugged-up-nose just interprets it as cooked grass, honey added.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
9 tasting notes

Normally, this is my favorite morning tea, but something is off with my taste buds today, because it’s just not hitting the spot. I hope I’m not getting sick.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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35

Not crazy about this. The vanilla was much too strong for the subtle flavor of an oolong. I don’t think it is a good match. The vanilla also had a very artificial smell to it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Very smoky, but the scent mellowed as the tea cooled slightly. I enjoyed the sensory freak-out, but after this cup I developed a killer headache. Not sure what happened there. I’d like to use this in more unorthodox ways, such as marinades.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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Really wasn’t crazy about this one until I made iced tea with it. I think that is the best application for me, personally. Made this with the cold brew technique. I don’t even have to sweeten it.

Preparation
Boiling

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67

Very aromatic tea—-sort of a soapy, pleasant jasmine scent in the cup—-with a light amber liquor. It is nice for an evening cup. It’s also quite fun to watch the leaves unfurl as they steep, so I recommend a clear vessel.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
9 tasting notes

While it isn’t something I would drink in place of my usual earl grey, I certainly appreciate the unique take on an old favorite. Loving the citrus, especially, which is a taste I sometimes crave in teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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It’s like Ol’ Jack always says: what the hell?

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