30 Tasting Notes

75
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
30 tasting notes

This was a sample from Harney & Sons and I brewed it with high hopes based on Steepster ratings. I noticed some chocolate malty type flavors, and a nice after taste. But not extraordinary.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
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This is a nice green oolong and I am enjoying it. It tastes more vegetal than floral. I think that I would rather floral. It is an expensive tea, and very highly rated. I am a little embarrassed to say that to me, it tastes pretty ordinary. I feel I’ve tasted it before in a less expensive form. I am going to resteep at a lower temperature with less water and hope for more magic.

OK, have resteeped. Still not impressed.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I got a sample of this tea - LOVED IT! Many steeps, subtle and floral.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Not a fan.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank BB Detox by Kusmi Tea
30 tasting notes

I quite like this tea. I am a grapefruit fan and drinking this tea is like sitting back and having some fresh grapefruit without it squirting you in the eye, and no worries about getting some of that bitter pith on your tongue. I don’t know about its BB and detox effects, but I do know that it is nice and refreshing to drink.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Quite a yummy Da Hong Pao. I have been purchasing lots of this type of tea from many different vendors and it is surprising how different they all are. This is a keeper.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Nice cup of tea. I like it better than the Honey Black tea made by the same company. A little bit more complex.

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55

This is a pretty mild tea for a black tea. I thought I would like it more based on all the favorable reviews, but it didn’t make a strong impression on me. Not sure I am crazy about tea that tastes of sweet potato.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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20

I am very sorry to say that my once absolutely favorite tea is now undrinkable (to me). The last time that I bought this, there were no flavorings. Now, they have added “natural flavorings” that smell and taste awful. Fortunately, DavidsTea’s customer service is amazing and I was able to bring this back to the store and trade for something without flavorings. The Pouchong Ooolong is pretty good.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
30 tasting notes

The smell is nice, and there are some nice flavors, citrus specifically. That said, it is basically a fancy pants Earl Grey tea. If you like Earl Grey, you will like this. I will pass.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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