419 Tasting Notes

85

I am on a quest to try as many Chinese black teas as possible. This smells really, I like the honey scent. There is a sweet, malty flavour. (It went well with my doriyaki.)

Glad I finally got to try a Golden Needle tea. Thanks, Tao Tea Leaf.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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87

I had so much green tea yesterday, it was time to try something different. This one smells really nice, like toasted coconut. It has a light, sweet flavour. The coconut is less prominent on the second steep, but it’s still nice and creamy.

Thanks for the bonus sample, Tao Tea Leaf.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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63

I wanted to try this for uh, tasting reasons. It smells like toffee and licorice. And I’m sure why paprika goes in a tisane, but that is a scent I get too. There is some chocolate in the flavour, but I mostly get salt, spice, and licorice root.

This is certainly an interesting assortment of flavours.

Flavors: Licorice, Salt, Spicy

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71

Is this tea trying to be a burnt French dessert? If so, I’m sure why it has so much tropical fruit. It smells nice though, like cinnamon and almonds. I taste more rooibos than oolong.
This really more of a mildly spiced nut herbal blend. Which is fine, just not what I was expecting. Could use more nut, and a little less fruit.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Nuts, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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86

My inner pirate wanted this tea. I don’t have any real rum. It still smells nicely like coconut. The flavour is nice and creamy… coconut rum cakes perhaps.

Will have to try this cold over the summer.

- Captain Lariel

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Rum

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Capri by Harney & Sons
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I really like the scent of this. The lemon and fig makes me think of scones. Not sure if I’ve ever had a scone like that, but there should be one (even if I make it myself). Lemon comes out more in the flavour, but it is a cup of fruity goodness.

Thanks for the sample, boychik

Flavors: Fig, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
boychik

Glad you like it:)

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83

I haven’t had this a while. At first, there is a stronger scent of mint. The chocolate comes out nicely in the flavour, but the mint tends to linger a little. It is smooth, and tastes almost like a chocolate bar. Maybe I should try this cold soon.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint, Rooibos

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I’m having this totally out of season, but I didn’t write a review in winter. It smells like wassail, like a lot. Must be the blend of spices. There is hibiscus in this, so it turns a nice red colour. The flavour is a mix of cranberry, orange, and spices. Pretty much, it tastes just like it smells, only hibiscus… which is mild, but unneeded.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Cranberry, Malt, Orange, Spices

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78

I have now reached 300 tasting notes. Exciting, isn’t it? Anyway, this tea has a stronger rose scent brewed. The flavour is bit milder compared to other rose teas I’ve had. It still has that nice floral flavour to it.

Since it’s a ‘Summer’ tea, maybe I should have a cold brew.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
boychik

Congrats!!!

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One the first things I thought of this tea when I opened it was that it smelled like mushrooms. That scent comes across more in the brew. The flavour reminds me a bit of mushroom soup. Certainly very earthy.

Flavors: Mushrooms

boychik

i love mushroom soup. i dont think you liked the tea. Right? Did you rinse it first?

Lariel of Lórien

I did rinse first, but I wasn’t that flavour to be so prominent. Not that I mind mushrooms. It’s not that I didn’t like it, more it wasn’t what I wanted at the moment. Might end up using it as a rice flavouring.

boychik

that never occur to me. Good idea!

Lariel of Lórien

It’s one of the most savory pu-erhs I’ve had. Nothing wrong with that really, but I’d like it more if it were soup.

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Rooibos/ Honeybush, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple

Ratings-
95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure

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