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24 Tasting Notes

got this tea today as a sample from pekko teas, didnt even know it was coming so a pleasant suprise i guess. upon opening, this package is pretty, its wrapped in a colored light paper(???) inside is a tall thin golden package with the company name/logo + tea name. one negative i would note is that although the bag had a golden twist tie like peice wrapped around the top, it was not sealed(probably not ideal for longevity) but it is a sampler so not a huge strike unless you plan to keep it sitting around a long time before trying it.

since this was sent to me as a free sample i felt i should add this tea to the site, and ill try to give a brief impression in-spite of not really liking green teas >.<

the tea itself comes out yellow/light brown liquor, smells of a very subtle green. the leaves look black in the bag but are actually more darkgreen/brownish. smells kind of like … maybe a ladies arts and crafts store??? kind of like a florally/minty scent.

the tea tastes green in a very subtle way, slight mintyness to it. the consistency is thin but smooth maybe what some would call a bit buttery?
aside from that im pretty sure i brewed it incorrectly :( there where no dirrections on bag and i didnt see it under “Black” on the pekko site, was under the impression darjeelings where black. so the water was probably a bit too hot and the tea had a slight bitterness/astringency to it… kind of like a straight alchohol but very subtle (probably due to my error)

all of that said i will not rate this tea because of my personal bias against green teas… which i hate… this tea was subtle enough, i had no problem finishing the cup.

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leaves smell dark/dull smell, liquor smells like a fujian

tastes very earthy and maybe a bit what would be described as dark chocolatey, overall a very blunt flavor… i almost want to say it has some taste characteristics of a keemun but very earthy

got this because people said it had a caramel taste to it, i dont really taste it and this tea isnt one of my favorites. was far outshined by the tea i got just for the heck of it, the yunnan dian hong

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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decided to place an order with teavivre a few weeks ago. mainly wanted to try out their bailin gongfu and figured i would pick up samples of other black teas while i was at it, i ended up buying this tea in a larger quantity because the value seemed very good and it was well reviewed here at steepster.

few notes on the teavivre packaging, everything came in bags(generic like most companys) but teavivre only puts 3.5oz into each bag and has the teas inside the zip bag in another bag, superior packaging imo.

the tea itself when you open the bag it smells sweet even spicy; a really pleasant aroma. taste wise it reminds me a lot of an earl gray at first…. just a really subtleness of the same flavor. the sweetness/mild spicyness comes through pretty well to the taste, also has a nice heavy mouthfeel

at first i wasnt sure if i was going to like it, was interesting but reminded me of earl gray too much(wasnt fond of); after a week-two of drinking ive taken a liking to it(complex teas take a while for me to get acclimated to.. had this experience with a fujian in the past)

overall so far this outshines the bailin gonfu for me, really glad i picked up more than a sample size of this…. great value tea, good tasting especially to those of you who prefer sweeter teas(blacks)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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smells mildly floral/fruity … reminded me of earl grey smell.

liquor is light colored also thin, mild… floral reminds me of a very mild earl grey for some reason, not a fan of the taste but being mild its drinkable. if you like that earl grey florallyness go for it

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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dry leaves – smells almost florally till the mint hits you

liquor very light, not like a black tea at all mild minty smell

overwhelmingly minty flavor, liquor feels thin like a keemun… but the thing that stands out is the mint possibly with a slight floral taste to it

i cant help but think they misslabeled this tea, as its nothing like the other ceylon ive had… its also very light for a black tea, by looks (liquor) it might be mistaken for a mature white tea /dirty yellow liquor

if you are thinking about getting it, keep in mind the mintyness. as i like mint i didnt mind this tea, although i do prefer my true blacks.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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very subtle smell, like a mild keemun smell, dark chocolaty smell.

liquor smells more earthy/dull than the dry leaf.

has an earthy/dark flavor pretty subtle, not as bold as some other black teas. but has some complexity? that comes through, a very interesting tea and the first one ive liked in a while.(enough to drink daily)

im a little conflicted about the earthiness of the tea but overall i like the tea. as a note on persimmon tree itself, i find their tea descriptions pretty accurate at least for the few black/white teas ive tried.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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got a sample of this- so quick impressions

the cinnamon in this is pretty present like a spicyness to the whole tea… while i didnt really like the taste i felt it did live up to the name as it was rather relaxing

couldn’t really say if it was good or bad as i dont drink chai teas, but the cinnamon is what really stands out.. so if thats your thing you might like this.

(i rated this low because i didnt like the taste, moved it up a bit cuz it was relaxing)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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got a sample of this – quick impression

i wont give a rating for this tea… as im just so biased against the taste it might not be fair- didnt even finish the cup

very florally taste/smell – sweet smell/taste … i find it offensive, its like drinking poupouri… has a very thin/lemony quality to it… as another review said ‘tart’

… that being said its not overly artificial/fake tasting? maybe some people like floral teas, but its just so far from my preference i couldn’t even say if its good/bad.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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got this in a sample – so brief impression

first time trying rooibos tea so i dont have anything to compare this to

the smell of this tea is pretty mild although distinctive ….the taste however is pretty orangy? i guess not so much like a real orange, but maybe some sort of orange candy taste, was very present almost like an orange lollipop…. but one that you drink it also fades away very pleasantly after each sip

im not so much for sweet(will effect my rating), i tend to like black teas that are bland/dark in flavor…. so this isnt a tea i would drink but i find it very interesting

i could see children really liking this tea or anyone who likes that candy/orangy taste in their tea

overall im very impressed with this tea but its not for me

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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got a sample of this- quick impression

i dont much like earl grey teas… i dont like this one either, i just dislike the flavor.

that being said this one was far better than the last one i tried. epi teas earl gray didnt overpower me with the flavor… the first time i tried earl grey it was so artificial i could barely drink it, this one is far more subtle/comfortable level of flavor. i think if you like earl grey you would like this tea, but take what i say with a grain of salt.

the smell of the tea is far more subtle(than the first i tried) and it gives a fairly relaxing feeling overall. i rated it on the low end because of personal preference even though i am pleasantly surprised by this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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