508 Tasting Notes

82

Tastes a bit like kuchika, a bit like chicory, a bit like roasted mate. Properly prepared — 10-15 minutes of covered steeping — it delivers a decent diuertic action that can help any PMS bloat, and, despite its odd taste, this tisane does soothe. I’ve only ever tried it plain, no milk or sugar. Definitely a medicinal tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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35

Weak, even after a long steep — stingy amount of leaves in the bag. Mildly diuertic, and the rooibos will help one re-balance, but hardly a serious detox. I’d suggest brewing up your favourite loose rooibos instead and knocking back a good potful.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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91

I keep a pot of this on the go all day long. Smooth China (?) black tea, not malty, with bright and sparkly real ginger. Warms you as you drink it. Excellent for an upset stomach or headache.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

My mother-in-law drinks this when she feels a migraine coming on. This tea seems to make her headache less severe.

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85

Surprise! Delicious balance of mint and warming spices. Refreshing. Makes me break into a light sweat, which would be great on a hot day for cooling off. I got a sample amount in a recent order from DavidsTea, and I may add this to my next order. I’ve drunk mint and mint greens before, but the sharpness and, well, playfulness of this blend is fun. I can’t taste the fennel, which is good. Love the cardamom.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Mmmmmmm. Mild. Biscuity, as the shop promises. No grassiness or astringecy. Slightly nutty mouthfeel. Clean finish. Not one of the cheaper teas, but not ‘Oh, do I gas up the car or buy tea’ expensive, either. Soothing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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100

Far away smoke on the fragrance, as of a distant bonfire. Some china black tea and rooibos taste, then chai with Indian black tea, then cinnamon and a light warmth from the chai, and, finally, smoke.

Warming. Sophisticated. No one aspect dominates. Harmony. A very special blend.

(I drank this once plain and one with light sweetening but no milk.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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89

Should up the rating on this one. Loose is much more flavourful than bagged. A really, really good Assam, malty but not puckery.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Tart! Lots of real lemon pieces in here, pith and peel, too. Not a strong vanilla taste, but it does temper the citrus. I like this one sweetened. Does NOT forgive a long steep; left too long, this one, even sweeted, becomes undrinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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72

I can taste everything they promise: first the strawberries, then chocolate and roses, then a pleasant China black. I’m not always in the mood for this one, but today it’s doing nicely as a PMS tea. Chocolate and roses, I guess. I prefer this one slighty sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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80

Got this as a sample with an order …

I steeped it 4 min 30 seconds. It’s got a richness and a sweet coffee & chocolate-ish flavour, but it ain’t coffee.

Ain’t tea, either.

Like David’s Coffee Pu-Erh, a really intersting fusion.

Not sure if a sipper who does not already like coffee would like this coffee-laced tea. But it’s good. Better with every sip.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

The chicory adds a bitterness that makes me reach for stevia … having sweetened, I find the chicory much more agreeable as an aftertaste, bitter and strong. Bitter in a good way.

Kristen

I steeped mine for 3 min and didnt get too much of a coffee flavor more of a mocha with hints of coffee… but it is enjoyable either way!

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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