508 Tasting Notes

65

I was really impressed by the authentic root beer flavor in this tea. It is not a tea that I’d drink often, but a fun novelty drink nonetheless. It was another win for my husband, so I may have this one on hand more often than not.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Of the few Ceylons I have tried, this is the better of them. Unlike the others, this one has a flavor! (I was starting to doubt Ceylon teas). This one would be a good daily black tea. Not too bold and not too delicate. Notes of warm honey (which I usually don’t like) make this a very comforting drink to have around in the Fall.

ETA: There is another flavor I detect that makes the honey notes more appealing to me, sort of a woodiness I suppose, as one of the other tasting notes described it. It all comes together quite nicely :) And now, I really must return to my reading (Florentin for a German class. . .tea and reading =

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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100

I, like almost everyone else who logged this tea, got this as a sample with my order. First of all, I adore mint, so I already knew I would like this one.

If I may digress for a moment: I bought a shampoo once that was lemon verbena scented. I had this idea that it would smell like lemons, having no idea what lemon verbena really was. I was terribly disappointed when I had my head covered in a weedy floral scent. I had purchased it in bulk and had three bottles to go through. I pawned one off on my mother and continued using the others myself. Believe it or not, the scent grew on me and now its one of my favorite shampoos. Strange how things turn out sometimes.

So, back to the tea, the verbena gives a traditional herbal-tea aroma about it. I don’t know quite how to explain what I mean, but it is reminiscent of the herbal tea bags that my father drank all the time when I was growing up. The smell almost makes me think there should be chamomile in it too and I imagine this would blend excellently with chamomile for those who I like it (I don’t, so better for me that its chamomile-free).

In summary, the tea has mint and nostalgic value. It’s a win win. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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65

This is my very fist experience with Darjeeling, so I have nothing to go by but personal preference. Actually, I’ve tried Ooooh Darjeeling from Adagio, but that was supposed to be an oolong with darjeeling characteristics. From what I remember, this is similar, but with more depth to the flavors. It has an oolong quality to it with honey and floral notes. There is also a hint of citrus. While it was brewing, the aroma reminded me much of guayusa in that it smelled like fruity grass and vegetation. It doesn’t taste so much like that though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

I received my first order from Harney & Sons today and this is the tea that I brewed first. It is a good strong breakfast tea. Nothing else particular to say.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

This tea smells so cozy, like the earliest hints of holidays on the way. I wasn’t as impressed by the flavor. It’s good at first, but a quarter way through the cup I began to lose interest as the flavored-tea characteristics started to gang up on me. I am finicky about flavored teas and a lot of them are only good to me while still very hot (luke-warm dessert teas are the worst) and usually only for half a cup before they become too much of a good thing.

My husband, on the other hand, likes this one a lot (he rates it around 95). I was worried about brewing it for him because he hasn’t liked many black teas yet (flavored or not), but this was an exception.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85

Last time I logged this, I said it didn’t compare to Laoshan green. I take it back. This is currently my favorite green. I think I had this whole psychosomatic response to the Laoshan, being the first fresh-from-the farm tea that I purchased. I made up my mind that is has to be superb, therefor it was. Well of course, it still is a good green, but most of my enthusiasm was the novelty of it.

Anyhow, back to normal daily tea life, this five peaks is the star of my cupboard. It’s such an easy tea to work with. Doesn’t go bitter if I look at it funny, doesn’t have that textured/granular flavor (yes, Im referring to a texture as a flavor, because to me it does have a flavor :p ) that some of the heavy vegetal greens get. Its pleasant, sweet and juicy without overdoing it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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85

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This has been such a lovely breakfast tea. I like the new version too, but not as a breakfast tea. The new one is more mellow, more like an afternoon tea. I am shopping around again to find good breakfast teas. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

This has been my go-to black tea recently, whenever I can’t decide what to brew. But, alas, I’ve finally used it all up. I have several new black teas on their way to me, so I won’t be re-ordering this one for a while, but that will make it all the more special when it makes it back to my cupboard again in the future :)

Farewell for now, yummy tea, until we meet again (^.^)

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75

I’ve had this tea several times since I last logged it. I don’t know why, but it tastes so much more bitter than the first few cups I had. I don’t know if its just the current batch that I have or if I’m preparing it differently or if my tastebuds simply changed gears (happens surprisingly frequently)

I still like it and I reach for it when I want a dunking tea for my biscuits, but I am not as in love with it as I was in the beginning.

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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