1573 Tasting Notes

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Drank it again this morning with a longer steeping time and some milk. Yeah….still not “Amazing”.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’ve never really tried any teas from Indonesia and I’ve never really had any oolongs that weren’t from either China or Taiwan. As I’m a big fan of trying new things, this tea intrigued me too much to pass it up.

The dry tea has a sweet, fruit-like odor but as the leaves steeped the tea takes on more of a floral character. The flavour leans towards floral but with an odd green bitterness tacked on at the end. It might be that I oversteeped it so I’ll try for a reduced steeping time on the next round.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50

There’s not really much to this tea I’m afraid – just a sort of vague fruity flavour. Other than that it just tastes like your standard Ceylon black tea. As much as I like supporting small companies I haven’t been thrilled with any of the teas this company blends so far.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cactus Fig by Teaopia
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I like this one – it’s fruity and fresh with a slight bit of tangyness to the flavour. I can distinctly taste the fig too which is great though I’m not sure where the cactus part is supposed to come in. I’m just glad it doesn’t have spines. ;)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I guess it’s just supposed to taste pointy? ;)

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drank Beauty Renewal by Teaopia
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The only other person on the site to try this tea gave it a pretty dire review so I was understandably a bit trepidatious about drinking it. However I didn’t find it to be that bad at all – it might have helped that I steeped this tea like a white tea rather than a herbal tea, even though the actual proportion of tea leaves in the mix is pretty small. The flavour is distinctly herbal but it’s accompanied by a slight sweetness that makes me think of freshly mowed hay.

It hasn’t made me gorgeous yet unfortunately, but maybe it’s a cumulative thing. ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

I thought I’d already logged this tea when I was reviewing the other three tea in the Sloane sampler set, but apparently this one fell by the wayside. It’s a fairly mild incarnation of earl grey – nice and smooth with the bergamot notes going for subtle rather than ostentatious. It’s fairly average for me as I tend to like the bergamot a bit stronger, but personal bias aside it’s still a well-crafted tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mountain Tea by Teaopia
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The first time I came across this tea it was in my aunt’s tea cupboard – she had the whole dried stalks of the plant rather than the coarsely ground pieces that are in this tin. I seem to remember that the flavour of her tea was more lemony as well. This is more herbal than anything else with a distinctly woodsy aroma and flavour and a slightly bitter aftertaste. It needs a little honey I think, otherwise it’s too medicinal to drink for enjoyment.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Orange Blossoms by Tea Desire
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I agree with other people’s reviews in that the orange flavour tastes artificial, like those chewable vitamin C tablets. The oolong itself is also rather grassy tasting and lacks the sweetness I’m used to in a green oolong like this. Not thrilled with this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
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Another from my DavidsTea winter sampler. This tea is very minty with a hint of sweetness from the stevia. I’m not getting chocolate per se so much as I’m tasting smooth, vanilla-ish notes which give the tea a creamy undertone. I’m not getting any pepper at all, so I think the peppercorns are mostly just in there for show. shrugs

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Maureen

I never got pepper corns out of this either. No spice at all, but I was glad because they seemed out of place. This one actually is pretty amazing when you blend it with the David’s Coffee Pu’erh.

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
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I got this tea along with Scandale when Urban Tea Merchant was selling out of them. I’m a sucker for all things chocolate so this one was a no-brainer. I’d normally take a tea like this with milk, but I wanted to try it plain first. The scent was more hazelnut that chocolate but it made a solid appearance in the flavour profile as a lovely smooth, rich cocoa. Mixed with the nutty hazelnut flavour it reminds me a bit of chocolate hedgehogs – which I adore. It’s quite a decadent blend that feels very ‘Parisian’ if that makes any sense – I could see classy french ladies delicately sipping this tea in a stylish outdoor café. Terribly cliché, I know. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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