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21 Tasting Notes

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drank Markesh Mint by TeaFrog
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I like this better treating it like a Morrocan Mint tea by adding a bit of sugar to it. This is also my go to remedy for mild headaches with its mint and caffeine both working to cure the headache! I like to steep it just a little bit hotter and longer than I normally would for gunpowder because of the mint.

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

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77
drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
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This is a very light oolong/green tea. I was expecting a bit more punch in color and taste of this tea, but it is not bad. Almost refreshing, it is a tea I could drink on warmer days. Expect a pale brew that is not heavy at all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

Wow! This is the first time I have tried a white tea. I must say I am plesantly surprised! When I poured it out, at first I was scared I hadn’t steeped it long enough! But then I smelled it, and it smelled wonderful. The first taste is very floral and the lingering taste is very mildly green. I was disapointed in Canton’s Vietnamese Pu erh tea, but this more than makes up for it!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I can say I’m not suprised about the Pu Erh. Pu Erh is supposed to be Chinese. That’d be kinda like making a matcha from a Chinese green tea.

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This is my first taste of a pu erh tea, so I have nothing to compare this tea to. To me, this tea tastes old and musty. I know that pu erh is supposed to be aged, but this actually tastes and smells dusty, like it has been sitting on a shelf open, exposed to dust collecting. I have tried two infusions, but I can’t really like this tea. Are all pu erh teas like this? I am still open to trying other pu erh teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Ricky

Nope, not all pu-erhs are the same, but the general taste is the same. I felt this one was a bit stronger than the usual pu-erhs. For starters I would say start with a pu-erh blend.

Sarah Benalene

@Ricky: Thanks for the suggestion! I have always wanted to try a pu erh cake or brick. I just got this one in a sampler pack. I think next time I will try your idea of a blend, or go for a cake.

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76

This tea is very similar to gunpowder, and it does have notes similar to sencha without being too “green.” It also has a nice natural sweetness, so drink it plain!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92

Ok, so there might be a little too much cinnamon oil in this than is appropriate, but i don’t care! I love cinnamon! I prepare it like a masala chai, bring to a boil in a sauce pan with water, milk, and sugar. If you want to tone it down a bit, just add some plain black tea, though I don’t know why you would want to do that!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Fireside by TeaFrog
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Wow, this tisane is good! It reminds me of a spiced chai, but without the caffeine! The name is appropriate, too. I want to sit by a fireside when I drink it. I will admit, I pulled out a couple of cloves before I steeped it, I am not a big fan of cloves. It is good with just a touch of sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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92

This is an excellent tea, though I will admit it took me a couple of tries before I really started to appreciate it. It has a nice earthy toasted flavor, which I find very refreshing. This tea is complex without being complicated.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

“complex without being complicated”- you talk like me! hehe;)

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75

The flavor of this tea sits well on all parts of the tongue. One of the few black teas that is good plain or with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Markesh Mint by TeaFrog
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The mint is perhaps a bit overpowering. I wish I could taste more of the tea. It is good if you are in a minty mood.

Cofftea

Oh TeaEqualsBliss… hehe;)

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I got started on tea when I got some loose leaf tea from my husband’s grandmother when she passed away. Before that, I would drink some Celestial Seasonings tisane rarely, and of course, Lipton’s Iced Tea (don’t shoot me!). Let me tell you, there is a huge difference between bagged tea and loose leaf tea. Now, given the choice, I will almost always choose a loose leaf tea over any other hot drink. If it is bagged tea, meh, give me coffee. But a nice loose leaf tea, allowed to unfold in the teapot….there is no comparison.

Real teas are my favorite, though I will try the occasional tisane (herbal tea) every now and then.

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Huntsville, AL

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