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106 Tasting Notes

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I love how the subtle pine blends in beautifully with the buttery green tea base and scent of jasmine. I think I’ve mentioned before that I generally dislike jasmine because I often find it overwhelming for me, but I’m really glad I gave this a try because everything is wonderfully blended.

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reviewed Smart Soak by Mandala Tea
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This stuff is unbelievable. I got a sample of it from a Mandala order I placed a while back. Finally thought I’d try it out yesterday evening.

I have one fine mesh tea strainer that I’ve been using on an almost daily basis for the past three or four years. While I wash it regularly, over time it still accumulated a brownish tea-stain patina and while baking powder soaks helped get rid of some of it, it never completely went away.

Then I stuck the strainer in the Smart Soak for about thirty minutes.

The strainer looks brand-new. All those years of tea stains, gone. I’d forgotten how silvery the strainer looked originally.

I’m floored by how effective this stuff is.

Anna

Awesomeness! I don’t have a dishwasher here (that usually solves the problem for me) and I miss my shiny strainers.

Sil

i love this stuff!

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I normally don’t like jasmine in my tea, but the mint really helps balance out the floral aspect. Very calming.

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I was hoping I’d like this as much as I do the Sherlock blend, since this is currant and lapsang while Sherlock is oriental spice and lapsang, but for some reason, I couldn’t really taste the currant. So it pretty much tasted like an okay lapsang souchong. Hm.

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A sad sipdown. This was a wonderful morning tea, and I will certainly miss it. A smooth, gentle wake up in the mornings. I have yet to try out the tea that replaced it (I think it’s called Full Steam?) but I do plan on getting a tin once my tea stash has gotten a little more under control.

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Definitely reminiscent of sitting around a campfire in the middle of the woods. This tea doesn’t just capture the smokiness of the fire, but also the smell of the outdoors. I usually associate red rooibos as tasting ‘woodlike’, but that works really well in this tea!

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
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Incredibly coconutty. Pretty much like coconut milk with a floral hint from the pouchong.
I’ll miss this one.

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drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
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Yum! I really like this tea. Rhubarb-y tartness with smooth vanilla and some flavour I don’t know how to describe that seems to be from the hops. The malty keemun base pairs really well with the flavourings; I can taste it but neither the base nor the flavourings cancel each other out and complement each other nicely.

I think I prefer it cooled down as opposed to piping hot, which makes this a nice tea to drink while concentrating on homework, when I sometimes forget that I have tea in my mug until an hour later.

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I’m going to miss this one. Toasty chocolate deliciousness. May have to add to my ‘restock after more sipdowns’ list.

Flavors: Chocolate

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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
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This is a really lovely lychee tea. Tastes and smells very much like the real thing. It’s fruity and juicy with a lightly floral undertone. Resteeps well, too.

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College student. Anthropology and evolutionary biology major with various interests ranging from theatre to medicine to programming.

I enjoy black teas, green teas, pu’er, and oolongs (uaually aged or roasted/dark), depending on my mood. I’ve had limited experiences with white, mate, honeybush, matcha, and rooibos teas/tisanes. I’m not much of a fan of jasmine teas.

I’m still trying to figure out a rating system to go along with my developing tea tasting skills, so pardon any inconsistencies in my numerical ratings. At the moment, my rating system is as follows:

96-100: This tea is a must-have (or at least, a must-try).
90-95: This tea is amazing. I love it!
80-89: I really like this tea, and I may be inclined to get more of it once I run out.
60-79: While I like this tea, I don’t plan on having it in constant supply in my tea stash.
50-59: I dislike this tea. It’s tolerable enough for me to finish the cup, but I don’t think I’ll be trying it again any time soon.
Below 50: I don’t like it at all. (Ranging from “I avoid it” to “You couldn’t get me to drink it if you paid me”)

Current favourites:
Irish Breakfast (Butiki, Adagio, or Golden Moon)
Grandpa’s Anytime Tea (Butiki)
Premium Taiwanese Assam (Butiki)
Special Dark (Mandala)
Xingyang 1998 Golden Leaf (Verdant)
Golden Fleece (Verdant)
Silver Buds Yabao (Verdant)
Milk Oolong (Mandala)
Hu-Kwa (Mark T. Wendell)
Paris (Harney & Sons)
Manistee Moonrise (Whispering Pines)
Coconut Pouchong/Oolong (Golden Moon or Zen Tea Life)

Location

Ohio

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