69 Tasting Notes

85

This is a very good fruit tea. I ordered a full tin of it. I do prefer PARIS as a fruit tea but they are out of stock. This one is strong on the banana flavor, it’s definitely the predominant taste. I am not as crazy about banana flavors. This is smooth and clear, a nice black tea when one is in the mood for fruit blends. Strong and not subtle. Not unnatural. I guess if I ever want to make a smoothie type tea, this would be the perfect tea.

Flavors: banana, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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75

This tea wasn’t horrible, but it was pretty average and had a bitter touch. I love golden teas but this didn’t seem golden to me. Won’t be something I’d order a full size of. I will try one more brew with less of a steeping time.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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85

The sight of this was happy – it’s a colorful, full looking tea. The smell hits you right out of the freshly opened bag – whoah, nice aroma, cinnamon and spice and everything nice.

The brewed cup color is a nice red that reminds me of autumn, cranberries, and fall happiness. Now on to the tasting…

The taste is interesting and nice – a hottish cinnamon touch with the background of cloves, followed by a brief impression of bitterness from a fruit rind. I don’t get much of the orange effect, but I’m guessing the bitter rind is the part of that; I’d say a citrus zest.

I’m not a bitter fan but this is only a mild bitterness – very good stuff.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Clove

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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90

Wow, I’m surprised how much I enjoyed this sample of this black tea blend. There is nothing unique that stands out that should be so outstanding – but there is a certain something that’s indefinable. I’m put in the french phrase for it but I never know how to spell or pronounce it, silly me.

It’s such a great blend- I’m hoping with my next sample test I’ll enjoy it just as much. If so, this will definitely be a full container order for me soon. It would make a nice breakfast blend with no milk, it’s not brisk/bold, but it’s good for morning. It’s a great afternoon and casual blend as well for these reasons.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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64

This mild, pleasant tea has a strong smell out of the bag but a mild one in the cup.

I like eating cranberries for food, but wasn’t sure about as a focus note in tea. It’s in the background and almost makes me want to say it’s an astringent feel, but it’s not. It’s natural and not artificial, not strong, blending in.

Unfortunately the issue is the black tea base is bland to me and this is a boring cup. It’s mild but hardly there and I even ended up making this with more than the recommended amount and steeped a good amount of time. Not bad but nothing special.

Flavors: Cranberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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87

Very good! The smell out of the bag is like a sweet candy, but the smell when brewing is earthy mushroom. The taste is great – I can taste an almost cocoa note but very natural. The cocoa/chocolate does NOT stand out like teas such as Florence from Harney & Sons. Not a fruity taste for me this first time around, although I smelled that in the bag.

Very comforting, smoothing, no astringency, no bitterness, such a pleasant, HAPPY tea :)

I’m also in love with the name. Will definitely order more of this and try out again. I think I’ll experiment with brewing longer than the directions

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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83

A very good tea from Harney & Sons. I’m a recent convert to Lapsang, so was excited to see the description of this one blended with that tea for a smoother version.

It is smoky but slightly, and all the teas blend together to make a smooth, smooth tea that has no bitterness, no astringency, and a subtle but very there flavor that’s not artificial at all.

When I’m drinking this I find myself hoping for a little spice or something – it feels like that’s missing here, even though it wasn’t really supposed to be spicy. The smell is great and pops as soon as I put the tea in the water.

It’s a good blend that’s a breakfast tea but not really for strong Lapsang fans looking for that kick by itself. For some reason this also has a slight fishy taste to me in every sip. Not sure if it’s just this batch or what, I don’t see that as a note for anyone else but it’s definitely there for me.

Next brew I’ll experiment with a stronger steep. A nice wakeup feel from this one!

Flavors: Fishy, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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65

A very unusual tea. It has a lot of green in it, and brews and tastes to me more like a green tea than a black, as the other reviewer mentioned. It also has a small unpleasant bitterness. I think the next time I brew it, I will make it like a green tea with a lower temperature.

The smell is vegetal and aromatic. The taste is grassy, vegetal, and earthy. I like it, I just don’t like bitter aftertaste, so will have to experiment with it and do another tasting note. Ordered more than a sample of this, so will have to experiment with it in different ways.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Green, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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90

Oh, so yummy! I wasn’t sure what I would think of this one because of the unusual sounding combination. The smell out of the bag was rich with cheesecake and a small sniff of plum – the tea was dark and with flecks of purple and colors. A happy looking tea.

At first sip I didn’t get much but more came clear with further sipping. The brandy isn’t a typical brandy taste and I almost missed it, even though it’s listed as the first note. I tasted the plum in bursts at time, particularly at the bottom of the cup, very good. The cheesecake in the background loaned a creaminess. The black tea by itself seemed a bit flat but this worked to bring the subtle nuances of flavor out of the tea.

Unique and very good – would definitely order more later if Butiki was not closing its doors.

Flavors: Brandy, Cheesecake, Creamy, Plums, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 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 astringest.

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 Oorlongs 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
Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
Christmas Tea (Bags) by Twinings
Lapsang Souchong by Zen Tea
Florence by Harney & Sons

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, a house bunny, two hermit crabs, and a black moor goldfish. People wise, blessed with the greatest son in the world, amazing parents and brother, perfect friends. Life is good.

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