159 Tasting Notes

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This is a nice black tea.
When we owned a tea shop, the Java Tea we had there – Malabar – wasn’t bad but never sold. I often cut a portion of it into chai blends to keep my stocks turning over.
The Taloon is a little different. It’s of an ilk with the stronger Indian teas – for example, a lighter NIlgiri or a heavier Assam.
Nice aftertaste. Really pleasant black with no sugar. I imagine it would take milk or sugar well.
Also looks great in the cupboard – people don’t get offered Indonesian tea every day.
Worth stocking a little to surprise people!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Organic Rooibos by Vital
159 tasting notes

I don’t know how it is for everyone else, but here’s a couple of thoughts on rooibos:
-Unless it’s really, really bad, most rooibos tastes the same.
-Rooibos in bags is a lot more real and fresh tasting than either tea or peppermint in bags
So basically, unless it was awful, I was expecting a fairly run of the mill roobos.
It’s fair to say that’s not far from the truth. It tastes like rooibos should. It’s kinda nutty and I think is best with nothing added.
Some people reading this might think that’s not much of a recommendation, but it is.
Obviously for some, they drink it for the health benefits. Seriously, if you are drinking something you don’t like for the health benefits, switch to something you do like and die quicker, it’s a better option.
Fir me, the great thing about this is it’s something I can travel with, it’s available wherever I am in Australia and it can be relied on to get me through the hours between when the last tea shop closes at night and the first one opens in the morning.
The only certainties in a hotel room are a Gideon s Bible and really bad tea!
This product has been elevated to the status of ‘travelling companion’. Not a bad thing at all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Congo Bongo by SerendipiTea
159 tasting notes

Second cup of this from Hopetoun tea rooms in Melbourne.
Just as sensational as the first

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drank Congo Bongo by SerendipiTea
159 tasting notes

Yes yes Yes!
You can taste the coconut and nilgiri on the first sip, then the mango flavour in the back of your mouth.
Absolutely delightful. Will have again tomorrow

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93

Couldn’t wait to try this again. This time, different staff, confused, lost my order, made me wait, then made it so weak it had no taste.
If I hadn’t found it brilliant yesterday, I’d never have it again

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A cup of this to take away from the normally infallible Hopetoun Tea rooms in Melbourne. Unfortunately, a little under-strength. I didn’t mind the characteristics it had, but it didn’t have anything to back up the foretaste, no middle and certainly no aftertaste. Not much aroma either.
Will tray again today and see if it does better

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93

I was seriously worried this would be awful.
I was seriously off base – IT’S A WINNER !
Perfect balance, quite peachy, sweet without sweetening.
I might asked to be rolled in this when I die

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Seemed to be a mix of a nice ceylon with a not-as-nice chinese black. Good idea but turns out like a simplifies Breakfast blend. Possibly OK with milk and sugar

Cofftea

Your 1st post in a while- welcome back!

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drank chun mei by T-Bar Adelaide
159 tasting notes

This is my third tasting note, but about my 30th cup of this tea.
It really is lovely, no bitterness. It’s a great start to my day.
It has a sweet barley straw thing going on.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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