720 Tasting Notes

81

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

Tea of the morning. A nice Assam. It’s smooth and malty with a touch of astringency. There’s also a sweetness – a brown sugar like flavor – that is most present before the tea cools. Holds up well to milk and sugar, but I think I appreciate this tea more sans additions.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

I’ve only had two infusions of this one so far, but I’m enjoying them quite a bit. The flavor is roasty and nutty with a touch of floral right at the end. All of the flavors are mild without begin too subtle making this easy to sip and savor while carrying on with other things.

Single Origin Teas has really impressed me with the quality of their teas. There are a few more in the box, and I’m looking forward to trying them all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

I’m all fan girly over the teas from Jun Chiyabari Estate at the moment. I had a tea from this estate (via a different tea company) a few days ago and loved it. I’m thinking I like this one even more. This tea has a light body with notes of rose, lemon, and toasty bread. There is also a muscatel note that has a sharp wine like finish. This isn’t just good, it’s incredibly good. As the tea cools there is a bit of a clean hay flavor, and while there is some astringency it is much less than I was expecting.

The rose/floral notes in this one set it apart for me. They aren’t in-your-face strong, but they are present throughout the sip as the other flavors slip in and out. It gives the tea balance and a bit of playfulness. I think I could drink this tea all day and be very happy.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
TeaBrat

yum for Nepali teas!

Veronica

Yum indeed! :)

TeaBrat

I just placed an order with SOT and got this one, the assam and the yunnan! I am bad! hee hee hee

Veronica

Lucky you! I’m going to have to order this one and the Vietnam OP1 (and probably others) at some point. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this one vs. the one from Upton!

TeaBrat

Oh yeah I got the Vietnam also. I don’t feel too guilty because I really needed some straight black teas and I have nothing from Nepal right now!

Veronica

I made a Whispering Pines order and a Harney and Sons order to stock up on straight blacks. I’m trying not to crack into them until I’m finished with the UTTB.

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80

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

So this tea threw me for a loop. I think I may have under steeped it the first time. The taste was very faintly honey with a bit of floral. I tasted nothing that reminded me of chestnuts the way so many others did. The second steep I upped the water temp a touch and added 45 seconds to the steep. The result was a buttery sweet pea flavor. Both cups were really nice, and I’d be happy to sip on this again, but I can’t help but think I missed something with this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
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(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

Tea of the morning. This was a luck draw from the UTTB. I steeped it knowing nothing about the tea, but it turns out that it is an excellent breakfast tea. This lovely is hearty and bold with great chocolate notes and a roasty toasty thing going on that I like. A lot. At the end of the sip there is a strong fruit note that finishes with just a touch of dryness at the back of the throat. Very cool. Very nice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

I actually had this one last night but was too tired to type up my tasting note.

If this tea is anything, it’s smooth. It is also fairly sweet. Lots of fruity notes as well as some caramel and a hint of cocoa. Because the smokey notes are dialed back so much I had to remind myself that this is a Keemun. It’s very different from what I’m used to, but sometimes different can be a good thing.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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73

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

I think this tea was too subtle for me. I kept thinking that maybe I taste lemon, or maybe there is some sweetness, or maybe a malty note. I had no trouble drinking it. It just didn’t impress me too much.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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98

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

This tea is outstanding. I knew it would be given that North Winds is the base, but I’m still impressed with the layers of flavor here. The sip starts out mildly fruity and then morphs into dark chocolate and sweet vanilla with a bit of a crusty bread note. Every now and then there is a hint of cocoa. It’s not bitter but a deeper chocolate note than the dark chocolate. It’s so good, and even though there are all of these heavy flavors the body of the tea manages to stay light which I find charming. As the tea cools I get another hint of the fruity, cherry like note. Love, love, love it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I wish I’d gotten some of this now. I really enjoyed North Winds when I tried it. Maybe there will be some left when it gets to me. Or I’ll just buy some for myself when I allow myself to buy tea.

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89
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
720 tasting notes

I had this tea earlier today. My Harney order arrived, and that combined with the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box has put me in tea heaven. Angels singing and everything.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve had this tea, but it is as good as I remember. Wonderful vanilla and caramel flavors with the bergamot giving the tea a shininess that is down right delightful. I’m so glad this one is back in my cupboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Tea Sipper

A Harney order AND a teabox! NICE

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97
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
720 tasting notes

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

MzPriss wrote a tea note earlier today saying this tea took her to her happy place. Since she was kind enough to add some of this to the tea box I thought I’d give it a try and see if it took me to a happy place, too.

Whoa… this is crazy good. MzPriss recommended a 7 minute steep, but I wussed out at 4 minutes after doing a quick rinse. The resulting liquor was very dark and the smell was earthy. The first few sips I drank plain. The taste was unsweetened cocoa and earth with maybe a hint of something nutty in the aftertaste. After adding a bit of sweetener I tasted dark chocolate and stone-fruit. There was still some of the earthy flavor and a definite nuttiness in the aftertaste. Like I said, crazy good.

I did a second steep of the leaves for 8 minutes. It was longer than I intended, but I wasn’t as worried this time. Since I was experimenting I added sugar and milk to my cup. Now I taste chocolate and caramel. As the tea cools I get more of the earthy, kind of spicy notes in the tea.

So, here is another tea I’m going to buy. This tea is begging to be experimented with. I want to try much shorter steeps, very long first steeps, all day sessions… this is a tea of wonderful possibilities.

Delicious.
Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Yes, so good this one!

MzPriss

This is my comfort tea. I promise you can do a 7 minute steep on this. But it’s great gong fu’d too – I just don’t have time very often.

Veronica

I can totally see how a 7 minute first steep would be amazing! I’m leaving the rest in the box for others to enjoy, but I’ll pick up some of my own very soon. :)

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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