23 Tasting Notes

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I’ve tried this tea three times so far. I really enjoy its fruity, sweet flavor but I have to admit its flavor reminds me more of Twizzlers or Red Vines than of any vineyards. Then again I’ve never been to a vineyard so perhaps that’s why my associations are to candies.

I’ve had it hot each time I’ve drunk this tea (with a touch of sweetener and milk) but I’m sure it would be wonderful iced too.

Flavors: Peach, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Shalimar Oolong by ESP Emporium
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This is the third time I’ve enjoyed a glass of this flavorful tea. Twice I had it hot and once iced. I enjoy the fruity, tropical flavors of a hot cup of this tea. I’ll be honest, the fruit flavors do seem to overpower the oolong a bit but I don’t mind.

I made this tea pretty much the same way I’d make black tea. I put two teaspoons of the tea in a strainer and pour almost boiling water over the leaves. I tend to make 2 cups per each strainer of tea, steeping it longer the second time. I add a little sweetener and I’m good to go. (Someday I’ll probably get a gaiwan but for now this will do).

I think the juicy, fruity flavors are perfect for a hot summer day and this tea is wonderful iced.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Passion Fruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Irish Morning by ESP Emporium
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When I first opened this tea the aroma of Starburst-like strawberry wafted to my nose. It was very sweet and juicy. When I took the first sip the strawberry flavor was still there but more subtle and not as artificially sweet as I feared. It remained juicy and sweetly strawberry. I didn’t taste the coconut, at least not as strongly but the tea flavor was good. I enjoyed this tea. It would be perfect for a spring or summer afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
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Okay, I’ve had this tea for a few weeks now and I have to say the taste has improved. I don’t know if the ingredients needed to age a bit in order to meld together into a flavorful whole but it has finally arrived.

The bergamot has softened and the vanilla/creamy flavor is now more apparent. No one flavor is too overwhelming and it produces a flavorful cup of tea. I’m glad I didn’t give up on this tea. My only disappointment is that the bag is almost gone now.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
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I want to be sure I give this tea a fair try before giving up on it. This time I added 2 generous teaspoons of tea to a large mug, added boiling water and steeped for 3 1/2 minutes. I even used spring water rather than my usual tap water.

I added a splash of half & half and sweetener and gave it a taste. Once again I was let down by the flavor of this tea. I thought the first time I made it I had over-steeped the tea, almost cooking the leaves, but even with a shorter steep time this tea tastes weak and dominated by bergamot. I can smell the aroma of the creamy vanilla but can’t taste it.

This tea is not so awful that I won’t finish up the rest but I regret ordering the 100g size. I’ll keep toying with the steep times and water temperature and hope I’ll finish the sweet spot to produce a better cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
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When I open up the bag in which the tea shipped I can smell the bergamot and a touch of cream/vanilla. It smells promisingly yummy.

I made a cup of tea following the instructions provided by the vendor – 1 tsp of tea per 6oz water, a steep time of 4-5 minutes and water temperature of 205-212F. When I sniffed the steeped tea the bergamot was the primary aroma that tickled my nose. I did smell a hit of vanilla or cream as well.

Upon tasting I was disappointed. The bergamot flavor came through but not much else. It overwhelmed the flavor of the black tea and the cream/vanilla. In fact the flavor seemed almost faded, as though this tea had been sitting in the back of the cabinet for some time.

I really wanted to like this tea but I find myself disappointed by its lack of flavor and complexity. All I get from each sip is bergamot and not much else.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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Coconut and chocolate – what’s not to love about a Mounds bar in a cup? This tea looks lovely and smell divine. The first time I drank some I remember enjoying it a lot. It became one of my favorites.

This time the flavors were a bit muted but I think that’s due to the age of the tea (it’s been sitting in my cabinet for several months while I distracted myself with other teas).

I’m almost done with this batch and I’ll definitely be reordering more of this delightful blend.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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I just received my order from ESP Emporium (woo hoo!) and this was the first tea I decided to try.

The description is yummy and the tea looks wonderful. When I opened the package, the aromas of cinnamon and star anise wafted up to my nose. As it steeped those flavors intensified a bit.

When I sipped it (after adding some half & half and a touch of sweetener) the licorice flavor of the star anise seemed to overpower the other flavors. I think I detected a bit of the cinnamon but it was very mild, unlike its tantalizing aroma.

I want to give this another try. It’s not bad at all – the licorice flavor is good, but it’s not what I expected based on the description.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Formosa Oolong by Harney & Sons
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This is the second time I’ve tried this tea. I used two teaspoons of tea in a large (3") tea ball and made it in a large (12oz+) mug. I really enjoyed this cup. The flavor was smooth and reminded me very much of the tea I used to get at the Chinese restaurants I visited as a child (before quickie joints became the norm). I was pleasantly surprised by this tea.

I re-steeped the leaves for 7 minutes and the second cup was a bit lighter than the first but no less flavorful. I’m not sure if I’m using the “correct” method for making oolong teas but at least I’m enjoying them.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m still an oolong newbie but I’m finding myself drawn to these lovely teas. This one was an unexpected purchase after a friendly clerk at a DAVIDs Tea shop recommended it.

The first thing that struck me was the fragrance of dried pineapple. I love pineapple! Even dried it has a juicy quality that makes me feel it’s dripping down my chin. After steeping, the pineapple fragrance was still pronounced but when I sipped the tea its flavor was more subtle than I expected.

I re-steeped the leaves for a second cup of tea and the pineapple flavor was more toned down but still tasty. I enjoy this tea and agree with some other posters’ comments that it seems to be more of a Spring/Summer tea than an Autumn/Winter one. I have to admit I probably would only buy this tea again if I had a coupon or discount, but that says more about my budget than the quality and flavor of this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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