10 Tasting Notes

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70

Very nice. Sort of like an Earl Grey but not as strong on the bergamot and with an extra bit of creaminess. It’s lovely with cream, of course!

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

This tea pleasantly surprised me. I’ve never had a white chai before, and that’s essentially what this is. The spiciness often associated with chai is offset by the white tea, making it mild yet flavorful. I’ve been drinking it in the evenings as a digestive aid (plus, it smells heavenly in the cup).

Flavors: Black Pepper, Ginger

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

This is comfort in a cup — and it smells AMAZING! Kind of like my English Breakfast and sleepytime herbal blend got together and had a love child. The black tea gives me the wake-up I need, while the herbal ingredients add flavor dimension and keep me from going into caffeine overdrive. I enjoy it best with a bit of honey and cream.

Flavors: Creamy, Lavender

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50
drank Guilded Lotus by Primula Tea
10 tasting notes

I love the way blooming teas look and taste, however I do find them difficult to drink because I hate the way the leaves and flowers tickle my lips. Or maybe I’m supposed to remove the bloom first? Am I doing it wrong?

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Laura Amundson

I think you’re supposed to filter out the flower, like loose-leaf tea…

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68

I blend this with lavender for a late evening tea. Best with honey and milk.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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82

This is my go-to cold weather tea. Actually, just about any Earl Grey is regardless of brand (just don’t insult me with a tea bag, please). I drink mine by the pot with honey and almond milk.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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34

Certainly not a favorite. I love raspberry, but this is just a little too strong for me. I might try blending it with another black tea to tone it down. Also, it might be good iced, but I didn’t like it enough to try. Perhaps I’ll give it a go, otherwise it will languish in the cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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77

Delicious with honey in the colder months and wonderful iced in the summer. One of the only black teas I can drink without milk or cream. Don’t steep it too long or it will become bitter.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
10 tasting notes

Delicious. I love the subtle floral notes and the pleasant aftertaste. The second resteep is still good, and even the third is better than your garden variety oolong (though noticeably more tannic than the first and second steepings). Not quite worth the price tag, in reality, but it had been so long since I’d indulged in a high quality tea that I caved (and the salesman gave me 10% off). No regrets. I’ve greatly enjoyed this tea every morning since.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am an artist, designer, crocheter, philosopher, musician, tea lover, coffee snob, nerd, fiber junkie, and fashionista. I have quite a bit of tea in my real-life tea cupboard, including pu-erh and lotus flower, but most of it came without a label or is in a language I cannot read. I am trying to research it all! I also blend my own herbal tisanes.

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