90 Tasting Notes

83
drank Red Vineyard by Fusion Teas
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A very pleasant tea – I got my samples tonight and loved the sample bags. I’m a dork but all that matters. The smell of this one delicious – had to take about 10 sniffs before brewing.

Brewed a large tsp in my cup for about 4 minutes. The taste is pure and smooth and very clean. The black tea base is not overpowering at all but does a good base. I don’t taste wine much and only a tiny bit of strawberries – mainly I taste peach flavor. It’s kind of like a strawberry flavored peach. It’s refreshing and fun and light

Flavors: Peach, Strawberry

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54

Unfortunately I’m not impressed with this one. While I still love their green ginger offering, this one comes across plain with the mildest peach touch when piping hot, but nothing memorable. As it cools down, the peach becomes more present but not necessarily as a juicy treat. It’s not fake tasting, but it doesn’t do much, and with the coolness comes mild bitterness.

Overall it’s pretty boring, but at least the packaging is cute.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
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I’ll try this as an iced tea to use the rest of it up.

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85

I really liked this one, but seem to be in the minority. My friend sent me the small box of tea bags, not the loose tea. I loved the maple smell and think it was a pleasant black base with a nice maple undertaste. Already went through the box and finished all the tea.

Flavors: Maple Syrup

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80

Nothing that stands out but makes a pleasant cup.

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85
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Another cup of this, glad I ordered plenty.

Not the tea I’d want all the time without variety, but supplies the mile taste of chocolate without me needing to eat any :)

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78
drank Tropical Mango by Den's Tea
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I’m not a fan of mango tea in general, but this was a free sample in an order. I found it pretty good considering what it was and that it’s not a personal preference. A tiny touch of waxy flavor that’s always present, but it’s overall pleasing and uplifting. The tea bag delivered a strong taste.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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85

I’m not a Darjeeling fan, but I was surprised how pleasant this one was. Calming and in the background but it easily stands to be noticed with each sip as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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84

I’m glad I ordered a full tin of this. I’m a black tea fan but I’m picky on breakfast and afternoon blends. This one isn’t labeled as such really, but it works perfectly as either of those. It’s a pleasant, appealing, aromatic black tea that will work well as a staple in my tea cupboard. I haven’t tried adding any cream or milk to it, but a small drop of sugar adds a nice enhancement.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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72

This tea is a black basic tea. Nothing special about it but nothing awful. I can tell it will tend to get too strong or bitter if you oversteep or overfill. I managed not to do that. Not a bad tea at all for those who want a strong, basic black, but there are no special frills. I will drink the rest of the sample I ordered, but I don’t see myself ordering a full bag.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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Okay, I’m much more of a tea noob than many here – and apparently a little bit of a cheapskate as well.

I can’t help it, I love the old fashioned porceline cups with dainty handles and cherry blossom tree designs. Novelty teapots will make me giggle like a child in a candyshop. I could browse online stores and stare at teaware for hours. I get all into high teas foods and treats.

I dislike mint and most florals, especially Jasmine (yech). Don’t care for Earl Grey (Bergamot flavours) but love English Breakfast. Not into bitter and highly astringent.

I’m a black tea nut. Love almost all forms of the stuff – especially digging Phoenix Pearl from Zen tea right now, divine. Strangely, I’m not a darjeeling fan. I do dig Oolongs and recently found and fell in love with Lapsang. Like golden teas.

Most of the Green tea I’ve tried isn’t for me, although I have a love for Coffee Shop of Horror’s Bog Goblin Green Ginger tea. Funny since I’m not crazy about lemongrass, dislike strong ginger in BLACK tea, and am not a green tea fan – but I love this tea. Go figure.

I’ve cut back a lot on sweet, iced tea because of weight/diet, but when I do drink that stuff, I’ve taken to iced tea cubes and fruit cubes over regular ice cubes. A lot of fun experimenting with and works so much better. No watering down.

KEEPER SHELF
Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
Golden Monkey (Harney & Sons or other source)
Paris by Harney & Sons
Bog Goblin Lemon Ginger Tea by Coffee Shop of Horrors
Christmas Tea (Bags) by Twinings
Lapsang Souchong by Zen Tea
Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki Teas (Sadly gone)
North Winds by Whispering Pines

On the lookout for my perfect loose leaf Breakfast Tea and my ultimate Chai blend…

Besides tea, I love BOOKS and reading all sorts of things – run the website, The Paperback Stash, and active on Goodreads for several years. Also a huge music lover – books and music are my mains. Have an last.fm account and over 100 created playlists on 8tracks under JCFantasy23. Christian for life. Have a mean cat I love. People wise, blessed with the greatest son in the world, amazing parents and brother, perfect friends. Life is good.

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