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24 Tasting Notes

63

just brief impression

only tried this once – got in a sample pack so keep that in mind

although its an irish breakfast it seemed pretty chinese to me. couldn’t specify a specific region for sure, but tasted far less assamy than most irish breakfast teas.

while i dont prefer the taste of chinese teas (will effect my rating) i thought it was pretty good… had more of a weighty mouthfeel than english breakfast teas(not same flavor just reference point) less thin which i like although not quiet as round/heavy a mouthfeel as some other irish breakfasts…. if memory serves correctly i would put it around a fujian tea

other thoughts : this tea came in a bag, with leaves about the size you’d expect from an irish breakfast. the smell pretty closely matched the taste, the tea bag itself kept the tea inside let water through and didnt effect the taste… although might have been a little small(normal sized) and didnt have a string.

took on the long side steep time wise but didnt seem bitter at all and had a pleasant aftertaste

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam Finest by Tavalon Tea
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84

Scottish Breakfast

Leaves: they have a distinctive fairly strong scent… that i just cant seem to identify… it just smells like something you’d imagine drinking in the morning… the leaves are pretty small while some look rolled others do not, not sure if this is intended?

Liquor: the color is dark, and it steeps very very fast… ive often overbrewed this tea… i use times dramatically short of the 3-5m prescribed times for blacks….that being said if you get it just right its very nice and worthy of everyday drinking, has that smooth(malty???) feel and if you dont overbrew it has a slight tinged taste to it? like a metallicness? or a rawness? not a bad thing just strange

overall i do like this tea(when i dont over brew it :rage:)… but i would like to try some more teas before settling( irishbreakfast teas are my staple tea )

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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58

China Keemun

Leaves: the smell of these is interesting..has a chocolatey smell(darker) like you would imagine a bag of chocolate(not milk chocolate)crumbs might smell- the leaves are pretty small but bigger than CTC

Liquor: the taste was pretty bold/upfront and it struck me as a bitterish tea, not so much in the brewing but in the rough/chalky kind of way.. might be considered astringent?

overall not the worst tea ive had… but i wont be stocking any “keemun” teas

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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84

Tippy Orthodox Assam

Leaves: mild smell- mild black tea smell(of the brkfst teas) but sweeter…better smelling(imo)- the leaves are about average size

Liquor: this has a lighter liquor than the breakfast teas, comes off close to an irish breakfast but smoother i guess you could say, also has a full mouthfeel

overall i really like this tea

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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77

Ceylon Op

leaves: hard to say but overall mildly sweet fruityish scent, leaves larger than CTC but not the biggest leaves ive seen-after steeped leaves just smell like… wet leaves, not really distinctive

Liquor: the color is lighter than other blacks ive tried, the mouthfeel is pretty round and i almost want to say tangy feel/taste… not the most bold tea but imo one of my favorites for taste/mouthfeel

the only thing keeping me from drinking this tea as a primary is that i feel the ‘kick’-caffeine is not there… it just doesn’t have a strong physical effect :sadface:

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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61

i have been a little hesitant to review black teas, as they are (imo) harder to compare to other tastes/experiences …but ill do my best

the leaf is cut/rolled into tiny pellets(very tiny) and has an almost absent smell… i kinda like the mildness of the scent

when steeped the water turns dark very very quickly(in my experience) possibly due to the larger side surface area of the leaves(being in tiny pieces?) i tend to cut the steep dramatically short of the prescribed 3-5 for blacks

it also provides what i consider a large amount of brews/cups(compared to other blacks)

the mouthfeel tends to be really thin… i dislike this greatly… but it is my understanding that this is usual with englishbranded teas?

the taste i don’t much care for as i prefer irish/assam type blacks more.. but the taste lines up with what i’d expect from an english breakfast

overall im impressed with the tea but alas it is just not for me

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
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got this as a sample

smells very very floral… if you had enough of this you could scent a room with it, light liquor, liquor smells florally too also tastes exactly like it smells… if you like floral teas go for it… not my preference

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

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50

received a sample of this(so only tried it once)

but it tasted kinda keemuny to me .. like an astringent/rusty quality to it… feels like your tongue is coated with it after your done

a little more bold than other black teas ive had, overall decent .. although not something i’d buy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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35

this tea smells like a campfire, not exaggerating in the slightest … it also tastes like a campfire.. strangely enough, like someone took a burning log and put it in some water

very smokey … i didnt like it

lightish colored liquor

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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