224 Tasting Notes

95
drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
224 tasting notes

As one that finds pure peppermint herbal tea a bit overwhelming it is amazing how much of a difference adding spearmint into the mix can balance things out. While the tea also contains other things they blend in nicely into the background so the focus is upon the mint which is cool but not overwhelmingly cold.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Picked up a few of these to try from a box at a friend’s house. Personally I have never been that fond of Earl Grey tea but the idea of a lighter Lady Grey where the bergamot is softened with lemon and orange sounded like it was worth trying. Unforgettably this is only the teabag version and not the loose leaf version although it seems to be a pretty decent tea with a nice fruity taste. I do not plan on picking up any more teabags of it but I’d have to think about if I want to buy a tin of the loose version if I can find it as it is good but there are a lot of other teas that are better.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76

Wow I find it amazing that I was sent a free sample of a tea that costs $95 a cake. So the question that I am sure everybody is wondering is if it turns out to be good enough to actually spend your own money on a tea this good. Quite honestly while it does appear to be a good tea, I highly doubt that it would be worth half its price. The taste is not really unique or different just a good drink now friendly young green puerh that does not have much harshness.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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92

Yet another sample and a bit too small for me to be able to give a true review of it as I normally use a bit more ripe puerh at a time. Despite brewing light it has a smooth edge to it. Even though this ripe puerh was said to be made with really premium leaves I can not really tell that much of a difference. Sure it is a good puerh on its own merits but if you expect this one to be special or above the rest then you will be in for a disappointing cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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80

Another sample so once again this review is based upon a single session. Nothing really stood out to me as that remarkable of this tea as it is more of a standard young sheng that one can drink young without being overwhelmed with harshness. The only thing that stood out was when I forgot about in infusion that the result was stronger but still very drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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97

Another free sample from PuerhShop so this is based on a single shot brew. I flash brewed it in a gaiwan with pretty good results. Overall the tea comes off as a light and sweet brew that comes off as being closer to a green tea than sheng puerh. Also for people that have a sensitive stomach when it comes to sheng this seems to be a very stomach friendly sheng.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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70

Personally every time I tried to brew this one hot I got less than ideal results, so I only make this one in a Mr. Coffee Ice Tea maker. Personally I like darker oolongs to blacks when it comes to ice tea but I keep this on hand for the people that like their tea to be lighter. It is one that I do not mind drinking as ice tea but there are ones that I like a lot better. The bulk of this tea goes to making batches of ice tea for my girlfriend and my grandmother so if both of them love it a lot it can’t be that bad even if it is not my personal favorite.

Preparation
Iced

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100

A nice thicker and smooth ripe puerh. Early infusions had a slight malty edge mixed in with the smoothness that gave way to pure smoothness in later infusions. Not sure if it is because it is a nugget puerh or simply the longer age but this one while it is a good tea unlike the other Mengku ones seems to be lacking the unique Mengku taste to it.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
lukep

Did you find that the quality of the brick was fairly consistent throughout?

John Grebe

@lukep Yes the entire brick was made of pressed nuggets. Unlike other cakes I’ve never encountered a nugget brick that was anything less than 100% nugget puerh of the same consistent quality.

lukep

awesome

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92

A nice light and smooth green puerh that comes off as sweet and not harsh. Enjoyable to drink as a free sample but not something that I would want to buy to have around as a regular tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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100
drank Black Pearl Tea by Lipton
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Lipton Black Pearl is a very pleasant surprise in good quality, especially since it is coming from the tea company whose name is often used as an adjective to describe poor quality tea. Black Pearl is a surprisingly smooth black tea that does not have any traces of bitterness and one that I would view as being worth buying again. Sure it would be easy to find a better quality black tea but the fact remains for its price range and being a grocery store black tea I think it would be hard to beat.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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