81 Tasting Notes

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A true mother of all teas! Probably the first of bushes to be made into tea, and very ancient. A sip and much more will yield the history of every leaf, every nutrients, every seasons, throughout the most of bountiful of seasons to the harshest…its much like a journey throughout the many eras of life! Its all thanks being picked from the same shrubs that produces Pu-Erh which supposedly have deep and encompassing roots that imparts many flavors around its growth! Its much like Assam reincarnated but with hints of pepper, a bit leathery and chocolaty like Pu-Erh which a combination of the two really goes well for a cuppa and served alone. A true testament to tea and flavors that reflects the ages!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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A packaged arrived just today of which I asked a friend of mine to send me any tea straight from Paris. Being quite the tea addict as I am, he picked out probably what I consider to be the best blend made by Mariage! oh so sweet shanghai! The blossoming lotus of the Yangtze! The aromas when I first pop the tin open was the smell of spring and a distinct tea very much close to a japanese greens. The floral and fruity aspects gives a crisp, clean and bountiful tastes if not eerily similar to other blends made by Mariage. The green tea tasted a bit vegetal with a hint of nuts that compliments a fruity floral finish that always linger on the start and finish. It maybe a bit astringent and tannic after a couple sips, but still great hot or cold.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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81

If any if you dear readers would ask how it feels to be in a meadow while feel the midday’s heat in the highlands? Its calm and serene and raw and brisk much like this tea! Tregothnan Tea grown in the northern hemisphere seems to capture the calm of a winters season and serene floweriness after a winters thaw. Naturally a tropical plant, it still imparts raw and brisk flavors untamed to be made lively for a drinker who seeks the liveliness of a jungle with much of starchy richness and malty flavors. The added orange essence compliments a floral meadow much beloved in this tea. A must for any one trying a truly unique tea made in England!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
Bonnie

I think you need to drink this in Scotland with some shortbread!

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80

A Classic pick me up and traditional brew! Its perfect to drink straight up and to drink it “cuppa style” with lots of sugar and/or milk early in the morning or afternoon. The tea not bad at all, not as stong and assertive as one may think of Assams teas but it delivers just the best amount of kick and character normally expected of Assams. The flavor was quite balance with a good amount maltiness and a little starchiness that gives this tea its comforting nature begging its dear drinker for more than a cup!

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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82

A more than decent tea with the most amount of chamomile and herbs blended together…quite the a blend! Its like a tea that begs you to sleep and promises a new day that will be as fulfilling as the next. The usually chamomile flavors are present giving an almost earthy-flowery profile while the orange zests and rose hips gives it a delicate touch and energy . The lemon grass, mint, and lemon myrtle imparts a really gives me a sense of a upliftment for the next day!

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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78

Okay, this tea is quite mute at some ends but not all for some. The first brew over hot water at 208-210 degrees at ten minutes to fifteen for an extra kick( An experience I have learned drinking rooibos). It tasted quite floral and crisp although the rooibos was found to be lacking apart from its tangyness. A couple mintues into the first brew, the rooibos still did not presently itself much further to my anticipation. Only after when the tea has really cool down to a point being lukewarm is when the rooibos can be tasted but not as much. A good overall, just needs the rooibos to come out a bit:)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

I mean this in the best of ways…but I love to read what you write…because you sound like an educated English pirate who’s been in the New World for a long time…interesting discriptive words. Enjoyable Arrrrr!

Anthony Bazic

glad to have fans! LOL

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A choice of tea over the standard Chamomile or Lavender, kick it up a bit with some herbs, some good fruits to give of notes and what did I got? A fruity-herbal aromatic, light tasting of a fruit cocktail with assertive but moderating touch of ginger on the first sip. The second time around I actually slurped the tea to make out the missing herbal components, its quite a tangled mess of flavors that tends to be mute on the first and second intake. I decided to give it some time to cool down and what do you know? The herbal component shown itself and I quite pleased of it but it needs to be a little assertive with the herbs. A choice drink over the standard chamomile and Lavender, its quite a tea I should say!
Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

slurping is a good thing when you want to really go all the way into the tea inkwell!

Anthony Bazic

Agreed, though an “un-cooperative” tea may need some “exploration” to really find its profile. I was really looking for the herbal-ness to shine out a bit more than stay back. The only tastes that was assertive was ginger( not surprisingly), it just needs to assert a little more but not all the way where it starts conflicting sorta like hibiscus tea. Its still quite a drink in my opinion.

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83

A simple infusion and of simple blend really makes the a nice refreshing brew! Its all minimalist and proudly shows just how much a delicate sweet flavor of mangoes and the energy and heartiness of black tea makes this quite tea for hot summer days.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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I’m a tea lover and a traveler. I believe in delving into cultures and cuisines. In so doing, I have found tea to be the most exciting and adventurous beverage in the world that has played a role in history and in the lives of many. Now that’s a shrub isn’t it!
Note: I may be a purist at times where some teas needs to be enjoyed naturally, yet I do enjoy many other teas that find its way into my palate!

Favorite Teas: Yunnan teas, the staple Assam and some Darjeeling, love Japanese greens, and “indie” teas either home grown or unfamiliar regions i.e. Turkey, Georgia, love Tisanes, Oolongs, some white teas, and my favorite staple: Chai teas.

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