674 Tasting Notes

85
drank Pure Buds Black by Mandala Tea
674 tasting notes

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

Oooh, this tea reminds me of a baked sweet potatoes with honey on it. The tea is smooth with a nice hit of malt, but the sweet potato flavor really is the star. A great tea, and one I’d love to try more of at some point.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

Wow, Brenden went and upped his game. He said months ago that he switched the base tea to a higher grade lapsang. It adds longan fruit and stronger honey notes. It. Is. Amazing. I really didn’t think it was possible for me to like this tea more, but I do. Holy frickin’ yum!

The spice blend continues to impress me. It’s well balanced lending to the smoothness of the tea. The smoke flavor is strong but not harsh. In fact, it’s sweet and does a great job of blending with the spices. I keep coming back to the base tea – it’s so good! If this wasn’t already one of my favorite teas it would be now.

…and my daughter just came in and stole my cup. Time to go resteep. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Woot! :) Glad you like it more! I certainly do too! I’ve realized recently how much of a comfort tea this one is – definitely my favorite chai!

Veronica

Oh my goodness… love it. And this is definitely a comfort tea. I find it impossible to drink this and not smile.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) Me too! I’m drinking it right now, actually…brewed it strong in a french press and I’m filling up my cup as it gets low. Yummy

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95

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

I think this is the first white tea that’s made me do a double take at my mug. It’s so wonderfully summery, full of hay and honeysuckle notes with a hint of apricot right at the end. The tea has a sort of fuzzy feeling to it which I didn’t think I would like, but it works here. This is also a very refreshing tea. I’d love to try it iced. This, iced on a hot summer’s day, would be perfect. I don’t currently have a white tea in my cupboard, but I’ll likely pick up some of this with my next WPT order.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I need some more good whites. This is on my list to try.

Veronica

There’s a good bit in the tea box. Hopefully you can try it soon! :)

Cheri

I’m still a ways down on the list, so it could be a while. That’s okay. I’m mostly patient. :)

TheTeaFairy

I always have my white teas in the summer, this one is a keeper, makes an excellent cold brew, so soft and summery.

Veronica

Good to know! I’m always nervous when I cold brew something for the first time because it can bring out bitter notes in some teas. I’ll definitely try cold brewing this one (once I order it).

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95

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

First, the leaves of this tea are so pretty – long and golden, twisted tightly into place. The smell of the dry leaves is very sweet. It reminds me of homemade caramel sauce. After steeping the caramel smell is replaced by the smell of baked bread. Yum.

This tea reminds me of a good grainy bread with honey drizzled on it. There are malty and caramel notes, too, but it’s the biscuity flavor that has me swooning. I can see myself drinking a lot of this tea. Another one added to my shopping list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
MzPriss

love it!

mj

That sounds amazing! I just added it to my wish list

TeaBrat

it’s on my wish list now too, hee hee

Veronica

It’s really good! I’ve never oredered from Mandala before, but my first order is going to be awesome for me and painful to my pocketbook! :)

kimquat

One of my favorite companies! There are so many good teas. (:

Nicole

This is one of my absolute favorites from Mandala. I’m coming up on needing to make an order with them, myself. It will only be my second order but all the teas were so good with my first order that I am totally sunk at this point. :)

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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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99

(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
674 tasting notes

(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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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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