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42 Tasting Notes

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From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

I love hibiscus plain, but it’s difficult to blend with other teas without it coming off to strong. So when I read that hibiscus was in included this blend, I got a little worried. And when I saw that the liquor was purplish, I got a little more worried. But the taste varies, surprisingly. The hibiscus takes over (but it’s not strong and overly tart), but only at first. When I let the tea rest in my mouth, it goes away and the herbs – lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, etc. – come through. And after I swallow, the peppermint stays. Yummmm.

An excellent herbal blend. I have to keep the entire packet.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

I was excited to try this one because Republic of Tea’s more favorable blends, and blackberry and sage combination intrigued me. A delicious fruity tea – the blackberry does so well in both the aroma and the taste of the liquor. (It does come off as artificial, but I was fine with this). The malty black tea base is subtle but comes through enough. It’s paired well with the blackberry. I don’t I think that I could taste any sage, though.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
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Mmmmm smells so much like a hot chocolate milkshake. It does taste like it too, but only if it’s freshly hot. I think it’s difficult for teas to combine with chocolate, but with this one it’s alright.

I was tempted to pick out and eat the caocao nibs.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

From the Caffeine-free/Decaf Traveling Box.

A nice dessert tea. The dry leaf smells like a pastry and looks pretty with the coconut bits. The coconut flavor stands out more when the tea is steeped, but I can’t taste any cheesecake. The texture is a little creamy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

I was excited to try this one. I’ve never had buckwheat tea before! There isn’t much to say other than it tasted like buckwheat… It’s also slightly sweet. And the liquor is a lovely gold. Overall, this a cozy tea.

I drank it while watching the first Hobbit film, and now, I think, each time I’ll watch it in the future, I’ll get the taste of buckwheat in my mouth.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

This has a nice aroma – the scent of vanilla is always pleasurable. As for the flavor, the vanilla wasn’t as strong as I expected, but it is well-balanced with the rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

A nice lemon-y rooibos. The dry leaf is wonderfully colorful and pretty. I put a little more water than I intended, but that shouldn’t have prevented the tea from not tasting peppery or spicy. That was a bit disappointing.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

An OK rooibos blend. Its flavor is too tart – the hibiscus overshadows the cranberry and orange. I can taste the rooibos in the background. This would probably be better off cold-brewed.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Tiger Monk by Temple Road
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Inexperienced oolong drinker – especially Taiwanese roasted oolong – here. This one is startlingly complex in that the flavor and scent varies more than I assumed, but if I were a more experienced tea drinker, I’m sure I’d be able to sense more than I did. This review is based on the first cup I brewed.

The aroma of the dry leaf is seaweed and ocean, like gyokuro, one of my favorite kinds of teas, so I took pleasure in sniffing the leaves. Meanwhile, the aroma of the wet leaf smells of grilled brussel sprouts (wish I could put that in “flavors”), or some other bitter vegetable. The liquor is light gold; creamy; and light-bodied, yet flavorful; and has an intensely floral and woody aftertaste.

Thank you, Geoff and Max, for this wonderful sample!

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Ocean Breeze, Seaweed, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
Temple Road Tea

Hi KiwiDelight, Max here. Thanks for the review, we’re so glad you enjoyed this roasted oolong. We’d like to give you another opportunity to get more familiar with oolong tea, just a little treat to show our appreciation. Look for an email from us in the next 24 to 48 hours. Cheers!

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A New Tea Is Out! You’ll receive a free 10g sample of the Crane Monk Light Oolong Premium Tea for previously reviewing the Tiger Monk. Simply send an email to [email protected] to help us link your Steepster user name to your Temple Road subscribing member email address. Also, feel free to take advantage of our 50% discount offer, go to www.templeroadtea.com. Thank you!

KiwiDelight

Wow, that’s very nice of you! I’m sending an email.

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The aroma of the dry leaf is pleasantly floral and also smells creamier after being steeped. The liquor, a pale yellow, is full-bodied and rich with a peachy flavor that reminds me of eating freshly peaches in the summer. In this regard, it is evocative of sunshine with a “just right” intensity. The liquor’s texture is clear but becomes just a little creamy after sitting in the mouth for a few seconds. This tea has a tart aftertaste; the peach lingers for in a minute in the mouth.

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I began drinking tea because its complexity fascinated me. I love learning about the history, the manufacturing processes, and its place in various cultures.

My favorite teas are Japanese greens and dark oolongs (Wuyi oolongs helped me discover that). My favorite herbal tisane is peppermint. I also love stove top brewed masala chai, hot or cold. The only teas I dislike are fruity tisanes and the ones that have too much fruit.

I’m a grad school student studying Nonfiction writing. I want to be a science writer because writing is awesome and science is awesome. I like animals, colors, astronomy, exercising, and writing and reading nonfiction.

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