148 Tasting Notes

82

Brewed up a nice bronze color so I expected a bold flavor but instead there was a great balance of sweet/dry, stonefruit and subtle tannins. Not the morning black tea for oomph but a very suitable afternoon tea to keep the day going.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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84

Didn’t know what to expect with this one. the dry broken leaf looked anything like a green tea. The aroma was not of a green either, but when steeped it did provide a unique tasting experience for this Gua Pian/Bi Luo Chun lover. The Teabox descriptive notes are pretty much right on, menthol, vegetal and I would add smokiness. I missed the citrus yet it is definitely a complex flavor profile with some fun palate and back of the throat sensations.
I did wonder, if this tea was given the same treatment as the Yunnan raw Pu Erh’s we all love, it could be a fun experiment.

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

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74

For those who like a smooth light black tea with not much oomph this is for you. Its not a bad tea, just a bit shy and uninteresting.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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80

Really was chilly this morning and needed some black tea to warm me up. This tea was not what I was expecting. It is a light black tea with nuanced flavors of berry and vegetal tones, no malt to be found. Very light yet not wispy. Slightly sweet and a hint of astringency. In other words not the kind of black tea to get my engines roaring in the morning, willuse the rest fro an afternoon cuppa.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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84

Very nice first flush. Loads of florals mostly marigold and faint touches of lemon lime. I brewed first by sites recommendations and the flavor profile is as stated on website, then I increase to 5 gm in 200 pot for 3 1/2 minutes and got a bolder versus with just a twang od astringency. I like the bold better but the first flushes I’m trying so far from Teabox have all shown this delicate yet superb softness. It is way expensive but simply a well made tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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84

This would be a nice introductory tea for beginners, smooth nothing overpowering. Light florals, citrus, muscatel, and malt. It really reminded me of Bai Mu Dan. Also light in caffeine so can be enjoyed in afternoon or after dinner. I started out with the instructions and it was a perfect brew but I needed a bit more oomph so I doubled the grams and cut the steep by a minute. More really good tea from Teabox.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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88

Really nice black tea, not a super black, I would even say more like a oolong. Notes of muscatel and lemon with faint florals remind me of Darjeeling. Although this tea seems out of place, it is very pleasant on the palate with a modicum of astringency.

Flavors: Lemon, Muscatel

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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76

Not as complex for me as the Teabox website suggests, although it is definitely mellow. It brews up a nice bronze so you’d thing big bold flavors but it just isn’t there. Next time I’ll increase the amount of tea and reduce the volume a bit, see if I can’t coax out something.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

Looks like a black tea, smells like a black tea, brews like a black tea, tastes like an oolong. Florals, dried herbaceous notes and some stone fruit more on the plummy side. The grapey muscatel flavors remind me a bit of a light roasted cliff tea with a slate twang in the back of the mouth. Deemed an afternoon tea on the website and it is rather happy to boost the lunchtime postprandial blahs.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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