111 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel Macchiato by Lupicia
111 tasting notes

Okay another one I am getting to try courtesy of Ricky (Thanks Ricky!) This one is so reminiscent of coffee it is undeniable. I set the Breville and walked in to pour me a cup and the smell in my kitchen took me back to 1992 when I still lived at home and my mom had just discovered flavored/gourmet coffee’s. I felt my hair to make sure I didn’t have that wave that I use to create with my bangs like I did in the early 90’s nope no wave (thank god).

On to the coffee uh I mean tea yeah tea! It is a nice chocolaty tasting tea with strong hints of yep you guessed it coffee I feel the need to add milk and sugar but that’s not my style so I’m drinking it straight it’s not bad it’s quite good but I don’t appreciate the fact that it makes me want to add milk/sugar that’s exactly why I don’t do coffee!

I would drink this tea again but not order it by the pound or anything. It would be great tea for guests (or my mom) who usually drink coffee which happens quite often around my house. Oh and it must have good amounts of caffeine because I am typing like 3 times faster than usual. Thanks again Ricky!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

I could so see some of you making latte’s and such using this tea.

Ricky

You’re welcome! I think the instructions tell you to use milk :)

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drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
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Much like Morgana in her tasting note from this tea I also work from home and needed something to get me up and going. I took a Zyrtec allergy pill last night and then went to bed and did not wake up till 10:00am OMG! I am so glad I made my husband a good meal last night because it put him in a good mood and I was going to owe him one for pushing my 14 year old out of bed and to his summer events this am and they did it all without waking me. Well I will secretly admit I did hear them but I was too tired to move!!

Anyway on to the tea I have had this one before from Lena and I loved it so Ricky sent me some more along with lots of other goodies! Thanks Ricky I really appreciate all the tea and the thought you put into it by researching what I liked and sending out a custom sampler to me it was very thoughtful and I love it!! The tea is just the right kick I need to get me going it’s strong but not so strong that it requires milk and sugar which is a good thing as I don’t like to ever add milk or sugar to tea. It is a slightly brisk tea and I believe it was Auggy who said that this tea states “I AM TEA” and I would have to agree it does.

A great morning or brunch time tea!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I got this one as a free sample from Chicago tea garden. I have been hanging on to it for awhile and boy am I glad I decided to try it this morning. First off the dry leaf look like little snails and I marvel and adore them every time I look at the bag. The are so cute!!

I didn’t get much off the dry leaf but I am a little stuffy from allergies so this may be why. I am also glad (whew) I read the steeping parameters as I usually go five minutes on black tea and the note said 212 for 1 minute!! Brewed up it is a dark amber, brownish color and the flavor is light and malty a little earthy with no hints of astringency. I really like it and would definitely order this. I appreciate the free sample as it will lead to me purchasing more Bi Lo Chun and others from Chicago Tea Garden.

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Ricky

I thought bi luo was a green tea o.O. I mean I know they classify it as a black tea, but the leaves look as if they are a green tea.

Ricky

Ahhh made in the style of their counterpart green tea. I see it now (in the description).

mpierce87

I loved this one! I really wish I hadn’t run out.

SoccerMom

@Ricky yeah it’s a black tea and it looks like it should be a green tea kinda like Golden Monkey.

@mrawlins2 I know I don’t look forward to running out. I have the leaves from the first steep in the Breville and I intend to resteep another pot for in the morning. Thanks for reminding me so I can go put the basket in the fridge!!

Ricky

You guys have me sold. I’ll have to get a sampler of this when I make my Chicago Tea Garden order. I was going to avoid it at first, but all these praises!

SoccerMom

@Ricky I should clarify in that Golden Monkey is a black tea that is on the lighter side as well as the Bi Lo Chun.

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AmazonV was kind enough to send me a sample of this one (Thanks AmazonV). While I don’t normally care for Earl Grey’s, this one is light on the Bergamot compared to the others I have tried and nice very easy to sip and enjoy without having to add cream and sugar.

It is a beautiful orangy brown in color and tastes of black tea a very smooth and enjoyable cup. I am not sure if my palate is refined enough to give a good description of it’s flavor but it’s good (lol).

I had a very bad experience with Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme and decided to give up on Earl Grey’s and along came this one and I quite enjoy it. Hmmm this may need to go on my to order list for when I am off my tea freeze! Thanks AmazonV!!!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

yea! yes this is the nicest / mellowest bergamot i’ve had, very nommy

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I just got in some tea samples from MeghannM (Thanks Meghann!) and so I thought I would start my day off with some black tea. I selected this one and boy am I glad that I did it is buttery and nutty a very nice blend from 52Teas.

I was a little worried about what the black tea in the background would taste like but I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it to find that it is a very smooth cup and I don’t have to add sugar or milk. It is nice all on it’s own! Thanks again Meghann!!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I am finally getting to try this tea courtesy of JacquelineM (Thanks Jackie!). It is such a deep dark tea with a true coconut smell and flavor! The dry leaf smelled phenomenal (if you like coconut that is) and so I was just praying that once steeped it tasted in accordance with the smell and my prayers were answered it does taste like coconut black tea!!

It’s a great tasting tea the first steep was a little strong and I thought maybe it could have used some milk but that’s not how I roll so I just went with it. The second steep has no astringency and is perfect without milk. I like it and will definitely order some that is when I run out of some black teas that I already have.

Thanks again Jackie! It is the black tea version of my coconut custard rooibos that I also love!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Lena for sending me this yummy breakfast tea! I would add my own tasting note but as I read through the notes Carolyn’s note was pretty much to the TEA (lol at my own corny joke). So on this I have to say DITTO CAROLYN!!!!!!

HInts of chocolate puerh and a great black tea I really like it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

I must really like it I’ve been drinking it quite often. Will have to put this on my “To Order List”.

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drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
111 tasting notes

Finally getting around to trying this one Thanks to Lena, Thanks Lena! I have been drinking my morning black teas but mostly drinking iced teas during the day as it has been so hot here. Anyway I needed something to get me up and rolling this morning so that I could start my tomato sauce early and make the rest of dinner later this way I could work while tomato sauce was simmering.

Anyway did I tell you I love the Breville One Touch it is awesome and I do love it. While I was food processing tomatoes Breville made me tea Yay! On first sip I thought woah this is strong and bitter I think I over steeped it and maybe went too hot with the water temp I did 212 for 5 min. Next time I’ll try lower on both temp and steep times. Anyway after the initial shock to the tastebuds which made me think I might have really screwed up and have to through this pot of tea out I bravely took another sip and it wasn’t bad at all!

I don’t know what was up with my first sip but glad I continued on as it wasn’t bad I get a very faint cinnamony taste and faint hints of floral. I cannot wait to try this tea when prepared properly it is on my list for tomorrow morning. Thanks to Lena for the generous sample I get a second (third and fourth) chance with fresh leaves. Thanks again Lena!

Update: Much smoother at 3 minutes! I like it. It also gives me that caffeine kick which I need.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LENA

lol…I hope your next pot is better. Add some milk and sugar…Mmmm!

SoccerMom

Lena, It actually was not bad I just used too hot of water I think! Thanks ;)

__Morgana__

Do three minutes instead of 5 and see what you think.

SoccerMom

Morgana will do tomorrow am. :)

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I got in a beautiful package of teas from Lena today. She even typed me notes on her thoughts of each tea it was a really nice surprise (Thanks Lena you ROCK). In the samples was this one and I’ve been dying to try it and she mentioned she was curious of what my thoughts would be on this one.

First off I have to say I am majorly over steeping it as per all of yall’s reviews I decided to follow suit. The first taste that hits me is angel food while I don’t really taste any strawberry at all! Hmmm I wonder what’s up with that? I like it and it leaves me with a sweet cakey taste I miss the strawberries though I want my strawberries with my angel food cake you know what I mean?? It still tastes good though! Thanks again Lena!! :)

LENA

You are most welcome. I love the smell of this tea,but I never got much strawberry flavor either. Too bad…I wish it matched the wonderful smell.

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So I finally got the Breville One Touch Tea Maker for Mother’s Day! All I can say is Thanks guys (to my hubby and son) you finally listened to all my hints and did the right thing. The reason I say this is because usually I am given a card (which I love and cherish) and told to go buy myself something. While this sounds like a good deal (and I admit it’s not SO bad) it’s just kinda become boring I wanted a gift and I knew what I wanted and to their credit I sometimes do not know what I want.

So on to the tasting note I am in a constant search of black teas that will taste good to me and kick my butt into gear in the mornings. So in come’s this one Imperial Red by Silk Road Teas I have to start out by saying that it doesn’t have much smell to the dry leaf. In my search of the perfect black wake up tea I need little to NO astringency I don’t like astringency and certainly do not want to taste astringency upon waking up.

I preset the Breville and when I walked in from dropping my son off from school there sat my tea ready and waiting gosh was that nice. So I pour my tea into a teapot (note to self need to buy a two cup teapot) and here I sit looking over email and posting tasting notes. This tea is very good while I hate to compare it to the Simple Leaf’s Dawn it’s the only thing I can think of that may somewhat compare so here’s what I taste I taste black tea with NO astringency YES! I get a very light whisper of smoke and cocoa but I can see where one may not it does not have the natural flavors of a tea like Dawn but it is an excellent morning to mid afternoon tea in that it is a great black tea you can just tell it is a high quality tea from the taste and from the lack of bitter black tea taste. It is a good tea I will happily finish my 1 ounce bag not sure if I will order more but if I don’t find anything I like more I could see me reordering.

I’m not sure if I have done this tea justice in this tasting note but I do want to make it clear that black tea lovers would probably really enjoy this tea. I could see someone like tea=bliss loving this hmmm maybe I should send her some so she could give it a review.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Awesome! Happy belated Mother’s Day to you, and I’m so happy for your gift. I am going to be getting the same thing (a Breville!) in a couple of weeks as a combined gift, and I so look forward to it! I look forward to reading about your adventures with it in the meantime.

JacquelineM

What a lovely gift!!!!

SoccerMom

LiberTEAS, I cannot wait to read your tasting notes with your new Breville too!

JacquelineM, They knew they better not show up without one or they’d be eating healthy foods for the next several weeks LOL when I threaten my Hubby and Son with healthy meals they miraculously are able to hear and remember what I say.

TeaEqualsBliss

You’ve stumped me with this one!

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