147 Tasting Notes

76

I don’t do these types of teas and so I have been brewing this for all the guests along the way this holiday season who were anti caffeine. It is crowd pleasing for sure with the hibiscus and minty freshness and the citrusy anise tones hitting the bittersweet buttons to give a most refreshing herbal tea. My only drawback is that it’s too strong if over-brewed, to the point of discarding and starting over so faites attention.

Flavors: Anise, Citrusy, Hibiscus, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Last of my Nilgiri samples from Teabox and its been a nice flight. This one brews up a nice dark orange with malty goodness followed by some astringency which provides structure for the flavors to amplify themselves. Some floral and citrus but hardly noticeable. Next journey Assam and Darjeeling. Can’t wait

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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80

I liked the spring version of this tea that claims its a black tea but had oolong written in the soup. This winter version is almost exactly the same but not as floral or in depth of flavor. I prefer the spring version of this but must admit I have no clue as to which Nilgiri’s pickings I prefer since they are so outside the box.

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88

Been buying/drinking this for years now, along with the Imperial Mojiang Golden Bud, and I have to tell you its been bliss. When ever I need to take a break from sampling all the other teas, its so refreshing to go back to old friends, meet up and draw in a deep nose full of malt and savor the honey nectar. Best teas ever….no, but damn good and always consistent throughout the years.

Doug F

Yes! Yes! Yes! Though I might have to disagree a bit. The Imperial Mojiang is one of the best teas ever IMHO.

Rasseru

im nearly out of my gold, I need a go-to tea blanket for cold nights, I will check these two out

BigDaddy

And the price!!! Who could resist

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90

Amazing white Nilgiri, who knew. The flavor profile from Teabox is spot on with an addition that this soup is so sweet as to be nectar from mother nature herself. It may be the sweets leftover hangover from Halloween but I swear I taste candy corn.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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86

Been liking all the Glendale teas from Teabox I’ve tried so far and this is no different. Smooth thickish brew, pale yellow with the requisite vegetal buttery goodness, but then throw in some spice, peppercorn and floral hints and you have a nice sipping experience

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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86

This looks like a Mao Feng and tastes like one too. Bright yellow gold liquor with butter and seaweed note,s nothing overpowering just a subtle well made tea. The low caffeine is good for me in the afternoon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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86

This is a Chinese famous green tea by way of Nilgiri, yep Nilgiri. It pays to go into these tasting with preconceived notions of how could this possibly be good. That way there are no disappointments when you sample and aren’t impressed or it just tastes awful. Well it also pays off in the opposite. Low expectations in this case yielded a very pleasant surprise. Steeped according to direction this is a very impressive Long Ding, not the best but very representative of high quality. Flavors of hay, barley and almost corn with a gentle sweetness and a touch of astringency. I had two different steeping the second was a little more tea (double) and lower temp 160 but there was a bit more astringency that was taking over the profile so stick with the suggested brewing guidelines.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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94

Definitely a great example of yancha sourced by this shop. Very expensive but it makes up for it in quality. Hand made of medium-high roast this tea from the foil package smelled so inviting, I literally drooled on myself. Brewed up a nice coppery tan with traditional gongfu in a thick walled gaiwan. Fruity floral aromas as soon as the first bit of water hit the leaves. The flavors are so perfectly blended that none stands alone, raspberry, chocolaty smokiness. Full bodied even after 7 steeps and a essence of the rock creeps in around that time. First class Tie Luo Han for those who want to pamper themselves.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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