85 Tasting Notes

85

An uplifting black tea that has that little extra something that’s not possible to put into words. Drank my last sample of it tonight, golden. Smooth and bold enough to work but not harsh at all, it’s calming but invigorating at the same time. For me sugar really spiced it up and revved up the tea’s energy.

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

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84

Their best cinnamon related tea yet. I’ve tried their ultimate cinnamon tea but it was too water taste with red hot candies for me. Their chai was okay but not the best chai. This Holiday tea was a great, smooth, even black coated with a nice dusting of cinnamon – also pretty to look at and great smell. I ordered a sampler pack so not much left, but will have to keep in mind when the holidays come up again.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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

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73

I’m liking most of the samples from this company quite a bit, but this is my least favorite so far. It’s a well balanced tea with a smooth taste and balance, not cheap tasting at all, nor artificial notes - but to me the flavor is between tangy and sour cranberry style. I’m not sure if this is what they were going for, but not what I expected, and I happen to not like cranberry style tea, so this isn’t for me. The flavour comes across stronger as it cools. If you like cranberry and citrus styles, you may want to try this one.

Flavors: Citrus, Cranberry, Fruity, Sour, Tangy

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

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90

My second drinking of this – still as good as the first time. A great all around black tea. Soothing but refreshing.

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75

Unfortunately a pretty lackluster chai tea. Has the tendency to be bitter easily for some weird reason.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Tabby

And super gritty! My infuser was so hard to rinse, lol.

Lupiressmoon

Oh no Tabby that’s no good either!

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90

Wow, this tea is so chocolate that they aren’t kidding. It is the PERFECT tea for a mocha tea latte if you are inclined for that – it tastes like tea and chocolate syrup almost. Just like a coffee mocha but without the coffee taste, or a mocha frappe without the ice. Very excellent.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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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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78

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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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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