270 Tasting Notes

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I usually go to Irish or Scottish Breakfast tea blends, since I like strong Assam leaning. This is an original blend, with them adding Darjeeling in the mix. I feel it needs no cream or sugar, as it’s not as astringent as some, which when I rate, I add to the score. It’s around medium level of astringency. I don’t know yet if it stands out enough for me to purchase again. I might have to re-review it if I make it into an iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Ceylon Nuwara Eliya by TeaGschwender
270 tasting notes

This is a medium strong strength of black tea. It’s just a tad backed off from being brisk. It’s been my morning and mid morning tea off and on lately since I bought it. It has an awesome lingering taste. Once it cools, it really starts to get depth in flavor. I haven’t tried it iced, but I have a feeling this would be excellent iced.

I usually buy Ceylon tea in bulk at my local Middle Eastern tea, and adore it for making chai. I really love Golden Moon’s Sinharaja, and this tea is like it but still different. This tea is just a tad lighter. I wonder if the higher altitude has this effect on the tea, almost giving it just a kiss of Darjeeling mile high honey.

I am drinking this while I am rating it, and kept bumping up the rating!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Honey, Nectar, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

This flavor has been my go to for morning iced tea. It’s just brilliantly flavored. It’s brews into a lush deep orange. The tea base of a Ceylon tea is quite tasty. It’s brisk with no sharp astringency. It doesn’t need sugar to enjoy. It actually seems to be on the sweet side.
It is a seasonal tea, usually comes back in May. I usually buy 1/2 pound.

This tea could be for made for some wicked alcoholic drinks! Mojito?

It’s great to drink on a dull winter day.

Flavors: Lime, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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55

I bought this, since I was missing an afternoon tea shop I visited in Denver. There I had brisk, lush Scottish Breakfast. I thought this tea would fulfill some of that feeling.

Maybe it’s going from loose leaf to bagged, but this tea was just blah to me. Just astringent and one note. I only had one cup, and decided to use the rest of the tea to make for kombucha.

For a bagged tea, it’ll do. I think I would prefer other “grocery store” British blends to this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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55

I thought I liked the sample in their Chicago store, but after trying to drink it at home, this tea just didn’t grow on me. This style of tea is blended for a certain part of Germany , it’s traditionally served with heavy cream and maybe sugar I think. I started drinking tea to avoid using additional calories. This tea NEEDS something, it’s so astringent.

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95

I have only had Dragon Pearls from another company, and for the price, Teavivre were better!!! Full of flavor. I have been chugging this tea for school, and it’s pretty much my go to for afternoon/early evening.

Medium level of caffeine

It’s just a wonderful black tea. I only like drinking it hot. It needs NOTHING added to it, it’s perfection on its own.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Molasses

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

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92

Hello, I have taken a huge break from tea reviewing, even though I have drinking tons and tons of new teas! This one made me realize I need to review it, since no one has yet done it!

This one is reminds me of a foggy spring morning…sorry for the flowery description, but that’s what the taste feels to me. It has a strange brewing time for a green tea…5-8 Minutes! I thought for sure that it would be bitter as a lemon. And it has no astringency whatsoever. It’s just mellow. It reminds me of a white tea! You can see the leaves as they open that they are youngsters.

I would glady have this tea on a break from his bitter green tea cousins. I could see this tea be nice iced, too. I have a pattern I do with most Japanese green teas. I brew them hot twice, and on my last brew, I throw cold water over it, and let it brew once more overnight in the fridge for just one more go with the leaves.

I am on my 2nd brew, and it’s lost some of it’s depth. Not sure what the steps to rebrew this tea would be.

Flavors: Cut grass, Wet Earth

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

This is one of the better tasting black currant teas I have tasted. Juicy, no artificial notes. A good brisk black tea base. It’s a very rich tasting tea. I see myself buying more, but the price steers me away.

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60
drank China Lung Ching by TeaGschwendner
270 tasting notes

I am updating my review, this makes for a good iced tea. As a hot tea, I felt none of the depth comes out. When served cold, all the depth up to the forefront.

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85
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
270 tasting notes

I bought this on a whim, reading about it being malty. This tea just rocks! Slight cocoa, sweetness, coffee like notes. I even got my mom to drink this, and she won’t drink 99% of the teas I try to get her to try! I would use this tea to introduce a coffee drinker into the tea world.

I rebrew it once, taste just as good. Just an all around delicious tea.

I use three pearls per 8 oz of water.

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