69 Tasting Notes

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drank Russian Blend by Samovar
69 tasting notes

Brews up dark reddish brown. A sharp pine smoke aroma tickles my nose. The taste is dominated by a fine balance of smoke and lychee. The finish is cereal and resin.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Frost by The Simple Leaf
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
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Fairly mild for a breakfast blend. If I didn’t know it was a Yunnan, I would have guessed this was primarily a Sri Lankan tea. The aroma is salty and vegetal. The taste is a mild bread and butter taste like a buttered dinner roll. A gentle, neutral sweetness. Moderate astringency. Medium amber colored liquor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Bread and butter? Weird. I’m not a black tea person, but that makes me wanna try this…

Odysseus

Well, that’s what I get out of it. Ask 10 people and get 11 different descriptions, but it really does remind me of a buttered dinner roll. It is not a strong buttery taste like some oolongs, but it is there. It has a smooth mouth feel and neutral sweetness that also contribute to the buttery feel for me. That said, it is still a black tea with noticeable astringency, so depending on what you don’t like about black teas, this may not change your mind.

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Another sample from Erin. Thank you!

A pleasant vanilla taste that dominates. There is still some tea taste as well, but not enough to pick out any subtleties. Rich amber in the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The vanilla flavor is light and very well balanced with the natural tea flavor. Beneath the vanilla, the taste is earthy with currants. The aroma is mild vanilla and oak. The vanilla is dominant in the aftertaste. Mild astringency. Liquor brews up copper colored.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Amor by The Simple Leaf
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Brews to a medium amber color. Smells like bread and honey. Tastes mild and malty with a little something like cooked collard greens and a little honey sweetness. A hint of bitterness. Moderate astringency.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Interesting about the collard greens taste.

Odysseus

I asked my wife what she thought it smelled like and she said oatmeal and the leaves that are used to wrap sticky rice in chinese cooking and then steamed. She seemed to be getting some of the stewed green smell too.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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Rich cocoa aroma and taste. It is not a one note tea, but the cocoa impression is so strong that I’m having trouble sussing out the nuances. A little charcoal, maybe a little cherry. Very smooth with only a hint of astringency and no bitterness. Coppery orange in the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Brews up a medium orange color. Aroma of fresh biscuits. Robust mouth feel is almost chewy. Solid malty taste with a fruity sweet finish like grapes. Moderate astringency that is not overpowering.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Erin

I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while. I’m pretty excited!

Odysseus

I like something bold and straight forward in the morning and Mountain Malt did the trick. It is not as fine a tea as Dawn, but it is very good.

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drank Ceylon Super Single by Samovar
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Dry leaves smell like sandlewood. Wet, they smell like tomatoes. Liquor brews up pale reddish amber and has a bit of the tomato smell of the leaves along with a salty smell similar to the Adagio Irish Breakfast I had earlier. I’ve had other breakfast blends with a similar nose. Is this characteristic of Sri Lankan Teas? The flavor is bright but fairly neutral. I do get a hint of raspberries. A roasty aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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This sample compliments of Erin’s cupboard clean out.

Brewed up a light amber. Smells mildly salty and roasty. Taste is very mild for an Irish Breakfast. A little maltiness, not much else. Saline aftertaste. Maybe I need to use more leaf.

Thank you Erin for the chance to try this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Erin

This one tastes good with a little milk, helps to add some extra malt.

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