261 Tasting Notes

drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
261 tasting notes

From Marco Polo TTB, thanks The Tea Spot!

This tea has been on my radar for a long time, but for some reason I was intimidated to try it. I am determined to make my way through all of the Marco Polo samples since that’s the top thing on my “Tea Do” list right now.

I really liked this! It smelled really delicious when I opened the sample (which was a sachet in a package). Very strong cocoa notes, with a bit of something else. The flavor was bold, as promised – a bit of chocolate and a bit of tea. Very very nice, and different!

Ost

“Tea Do” List. xD Love that!

Marzipan

Everyone has one right? :)

Ost

I am so behind on mine. xD

Mandy

Now I’m wishing I didn’t pass this one up!

Tea Sipper

‘tea do’ :D

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Another from the Marco Polo TTB, and another thanks for Verdant for the sample.

I tried this in tandem with the regular LB, and I think the regular version was a little more flavorful for me. I liked them both though. Again, I have a hard time identifying what exactly this tea tastes like (and that’s a failing in me, not the tea). But I liked it very much!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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From Marco Polo TTB. Thank you to Verdant for supplying samples!

I really admire that Verdant supplied some of this tea, because it’s not an unknown in the community and it is highly lauded as being great. I think they supplied it because they are kind :)

I pulled out a sample before sending the box on, and enjoyed it this morning. I love traveling tea boxes but I like not feeling the pressure to try everything before I send the box out. This one was strong and delicious. I can’t think what it tasted like. I know it wasn’t sweet potato, it wasn’t malty. No muscatel. Not honey. What does that leave? I liked it, whatever it was!

Dustin

I often do mini flights of four teas at a time with the traveling boxes to get through all the teas I want to try and figure out which to keep. Even then, I too feel the pressure to get the box moving again.

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http://yunnansourcing.com/en/yunnan-black-teas/2908-light-roast-wild-tree-purple-varietal-black-tea-of-dehong-spring-2014.html

From Marco Polo TTB. This is the last of the YS teas I am trying from the box. It was different from the others and I liked it. It smelled a lot like a darjeeling, sort of a grape-y smell. It transfers over to the tea. It isn’t malty at all, but has a sort of darjeeling flavor and a bit of an astringent finish. I enjoyed it very much!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I really like this one :)

Mandy

I smelled this, it smells like bacon and leather to me, so I’m afraid to try it.

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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This was really nice, more subtle and lighter than what I usually drink so it was a nice change of pace. Photo of my gong fu with it: http://imgur.com/LWCu73p

I don’t drink a lot of whites, but really enjoyed the chance to try this one.
http://yunnansourcing.com/en/whitetea/2887-silver-needles-white-tea-of-feng-qing-spring-2014.html

madametj

pretty!

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From Marco Polo TTB.

This was really delicious. I got a lot of honey from it, some dried fruits, raisins perhaps. It brewed up strong but not knock me down strong. Just nicely balanced. And the price is great on it – $6 for 50g. http://yunnansourcing.com/en/yunnan-black-teas/2850-spring-2014-high-mountain-red-ai-lao-mountain-black-tea.html

Definitely recommend this one!

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
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Another from Target. Interestingly, I can’t find this on the Harney site. Maybe it’s exclusive to Target? I love ginger and really enjoyed drinking this. Also interesting that they call it a tea. Maybe we get bent over the tea/tisane thing too much?

Cameron B.

Oooh, that tin is gorgeous! :D

Megan

I’m so tempted to get these every time I go to Target (which is far too often). I haven’t seen this one!

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
261 tasting notes

I might have bought this at Target because the tin appealed to me. Maybe. I love my little Harney tins and recover them with other companies’ labels to reuse them. WP bags are a great size for that. If only they locked together when stacked!

Anyway, my tummy is a bit unhappy tonight so I made some of this and I am really enjoying it! I don’t know what about the peppermint makes the brew tea colored, so that was a surprise.

Cameron B.

Their tins are gorgeous, especially those colored ones. I’m always tempted to buy one when I’m at Target, too. :P

KiwiDelight

I partially bought Paris because of the tin.

albertocanfly

These tins are so adorable:P
Was the peppermint super strong? :D

Marzipan

I steeped it for 5 minutes and I really loved the way it turned out, I could see it becoming a habit. It was pleasant but I wouldn’t say too strong.

albertocanfly

Thank you! I might just have to try this one out, then:]

mj

I have a few of these empty tins, but I’m afraid to use them because the scent lingers (cinnamon in one, vanilla in one, mint in one). Marzipan, how did you clean them out? I soaked them for about a day with soap and water and then scrubbed them with soap and hot water, but they still smell like they might contaminate any tea I put in there.

Cameron B.

mj, usually I wash them and then let them just sit on the counter and air out for a few days.

Marzipan

Denture tablets! My daughter has a retainer so we have a huge box. They are magic.

mj

Thanks guys! I must make sure my teas are safe from flavor contamination :)

Cameron B.

Marzipan, wow, thanks for the tip! I’ll be sure to try that. :D

Marzipan

I also use the tabs on my gravity steeper and the tea stains come right off.

Megan

Oo that’s a great idea!

rosebudmelissa

I love peppermint tea. I tend to have a cup every day, although I can’t drink it right now due to heartburn from pregnancy :( Definitely one of the things I’m looking forward to getting back to in a little less than three months.

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From Marco Polo TTB

I like Assams, and this one is very multi layered and deep. It brewed up as dark as coffee, but isn’t so strong that it is off putting. It’s just smoothly bold and very enjoyable. Thanks to Yunnan Sourcing for providing the samples for this box!

http://yunnansourcing.com/en/yunnan-black-teas/2934-wild-arbor-feng-qing-black-tea-pure-assamica-spring-2014.html

Cameron B.

So many good companies in these boxes! Can’t wait to try more Yunnan Sourcing teas. :D

Cheri

Sounds delicious

madametj

Hey, I forgot to mention that YS had specifically requested that we link to their product pages in our tasting notes. If you don’t mind editing this link into the end of your note as a thank you to them that would be really nice. http://yunnansourcing.com/en/yunnan-black-teas/2934-wild-arbor-feng-qing-black-tea-pure-assamica-spring-2014.html

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