81 Tasting Notes

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drank Kenyan Chai by 52teas
81 tasting notes

This is a really yummy chai. The licorice flavors from the fennel and anise are really shining. The taste is savory and spicy, but not bitter or hot spicy. I don’t really notice much in the way of pepper. I like this plain without milk or sugar, but also look forward to trying it with milk and sugar.

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is a very unique flavor that kind of grows on me. When I first read the label, I read citrus. When I first opened the package, the smell was strong, and really it smells quite a bit like cola (think coca-cola) . When brewed, the cola aroma morphs into something more flowery/perfumy. The taste when brewed is definitely flowery (honeyed rose) with citrus elements (though it isn’t really a strongly citrus tea by any means) so it didn’t occur to me that I had misread the label. But, when I read through the description provided by Verdant, I noticed my mistake. So, I looked up cistus and found that it is a type of flower. Very interesting and I’m glad to have tried something so different. I’m definitely enjoying this tea.

Flavors: Citrusy, Perfume, Rose

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

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This tea is quite pleasant. It is a smooth back tea with a nice berry flavor. The tea is slightly sweet without adding any sweetener. I don’t think I would have ordered it, but I received it as a sample in the catalog and now that I’ve tried it, I might pick it up if I saw it in the store.

I brewed the single tea bag in a cup of water at 195°F for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Berry

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This tea is such an interesting concept that I’ve really enjoyed trying. It’s good, but I’m not so sure it tastes like cola. I smell and taste spice. There is also a baked good quality to it. So, it’s almost like liquid moist spice bread. The bread like flavor is really prominent in the aftertaste.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Clove, Spices

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

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83
drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
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This makes an excellent breakfast tea and I find it quite enticing. The aroma and taste make my mouth water. It has a delicious rich malty quality and a lovely taste of praline. There is a slight impression of sweetness and a slight pleasing astringency in the aftertaste. I actually steep it a bit longer than the recommended 1 minute and use cooler water and less leaf instead. I have found that the second steep isn’t nearly as good as the first. Maybe this is a result of my different steeping parameters; I’m not sure.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Nutty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
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85
drank Strawberry Banana Black by 52teas
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This is a tasty tea that reminds me of strawberry banana yogurt with fruit at the bottom, which was always my favorite yogurt flavor. The flavors evoke a sense of sweetness about the tea without actually being sweet. The strawberry is a little candy-like and is equally balanced by the banana and tea. I am enjoying this chilled.

Flavors: banana, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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89

Well, I’m finally finishing this packet. I tried to stretch it out as long as possible because I really liked this one. Some of the blends from Verdant have been a little odd (but, I’m happy to try them). This one, I just loved. I love authentic tasting floral teas, citrus, and vanilla, all flavors present in this tea. It is also really flavorful. Juicy is a great way to describe this. The dominant floral is definitely jasmine, followed by citrus, and then vanilla. The texture is almost syrupy. The aftertaste is floral and sweet.

Flavors: Citrus, Jasmine, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Eggnog Yunan by 52teas
81 tasting notes

Wow does this one smell good. It smells like the holidays with a rich creamy eggnog/light spice aroma.

I have brewed this one a few times and each time I’ve brewed it hot. My first sip is a let down because it just doesn’t live up to the aroma. The black tea is just more dominant than I’d like. But, by the middle of the mug my opinion has completely changed. This really starts to taste delicious as it cools. The eggnoggy creaminess just dominates with the light spiciness and black tea flavors more balanced. The aftertaste is also creamy good. I suspect this would be really delicious if cold brewed, but then I’d miss the aroma – and the aroma is so good.

Flavors: Creamy, Eggnog, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tea-sipper

Is this more of a golden leaf or a dark leaf?

Exidy

I’m looking at the tea now and I’d have to say it’s definitely tippy. The majority is dark, but there are golden leaves throughout and the dark isn’t as dark as say an assam. I guess you could call it bicolor. The leaves are nicely twisted and fairly small. With the marigold petals mixed in, it’s quite attractive.

tea-sipper

Thank you for your detailed answer. :D

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I am enjoying this tea chilled. I mainly taste warm (not spicy) ginger and light citrus. Now that I look at the ingredients, the citrus taste might be the orange peel. These flavors go really well with the slightly sweet white tea base. The aftertaste is softly gingerbready. An enjoyable cup.

I cold brewed this in a quart mason jar with 4 teaspoons of tea. I like how the longer “brew” time really brings out more flavor without getting bitter or astringent.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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