122 Tasting Notes

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drank Luzianne by Luzianne
122 tasting notes

Story time:
Finally starting to get my computer back online. I swear they make it harder every system to format and reload Windows. Anyways, I am really excited cause I get the new tea that I ordered from Teavana in tomorrow. Plus the parts that the electronics shop ordered for me should also be in as well; which means I can finally start to use the nice Kenwood record player that I found on the side of the street. Now to decide what record to crissin it with. Hmmm… “The Who” maybe?

Teatime:
Ok, I might be jumping the gun, but I think that Luzianne tea makes the best sun tea EVER!!! First, the liquor color that these giant tea bags make is extremely dark red. It reminds me of the brackish water that you see inland where all the Cyprus trees are. When you swish it around it turns into a rainbow of reds, oranges and yellows. While the taste is not super exquisite and doesn’t have a lot of flavor notes, the one classic malty note that it does have is lovable. There is absolutely no bitter after taste and is great plain or with a lemon in it. I am definitively keeping this in the pantry for sun-tea.
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Specifics
Temp: Hot summer days
Bags: 4
Water: 64oz
Time: 2 1/2 hours
Liquor: I will up load later…

Overall, I would recommend this to a friend to make sun or ice tea with.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more

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44
drank Black Pearl Tea by Lipton
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just had some earlier cooled down that was in the fridge. It is starting to get a much stronger asteingent after taste; compared to when it was still warm from the sun and poured over ice. It will be interesting to see how it compairs with some other teas I got to make suntea with, and when I got some lemons to garnish it with.

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44
drank Black Pearl Tea by Lipton
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Story Time: Ugh, why can’t formatting a computer be like how it was in the old days, simple and easy. Now it is more touchy and complicated. Back-story: I have had my Dell XPS for about 2 years and love it. I had to save up for two years to get it, but it was worth it. Lately it has been kinda acting up and would randomly go to black screen; which is bad when you are doing graphic design work. First I tried to just re-load the system, since that always fixes most Microsoft problems. However, I stupidly let it try to download and install ALL the updates… I should have known better. It was really derpy and could not get it to behave no matter the trouble shooting. So seeing how that wasn’t going to work and I really needed to back up my files, I decided a full format was in-order. After about 6 DVD disks later my files are backed up. Now I just got to go back and reload the OS FROM THE DISK. Tried to do it just from the desktop, but it didn’t want to cooperate. Hopefully I can at least be back online by tomorrow.

Tea Time: Going back through my Lipton tea pyramids to use up I decided to give Black Pearl a try. I was a little hesitant do to the reviews, but I decided to give it a shot. When it was finally done and pour it over ice i was surprised. Obviously it is not the best tea, but it tasted pretty good. It made a really dark red liquor and smelled like most bagged Lipton tea. The taste was your classic single note Lipton taste, but slightly… very slightly more complex. It was malty with a slightly sweet and bitter aftertaste, but not unpleasant. Of course that could be the light agave I use to sweeten it. I might try a darker agave next. I only wished I had some lemons to squeeze into it.

Overall I was please with it, and so was my mom. I will make a separate taste note for a regular hot water brew. I do though want to do a taste test comparison with regular Lipton bags and Luzianne tea to find out which one makes the best black sun tea.


Specifics
Temp: Hot summer day
Water: about 64 ounces
Bags: 6
Time: 2 1/2 hours
Liquor color: http://s1152.photobucket.com/albums/p499/Ze_Teamaker409/?action=view&current=2012-07-09144950.jpg

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more

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84
drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
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87
drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
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I have tired this tea hot, cold, and sun-sea style and find it MEH. It really should not say there is mango in there cause all I can taste is peach. The only way I have drank it when it tasted even semi remotely good is a sun tea and still it is meh.

I have even tried to brew this with my Thai Moutain Oolong (Teavana) and found it horrid. It had an astringent flavor and with a weird after taste of carrots.

Overall really bad tasting tea to me.

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44

I have had this tea for a while and used to be my fav till I started to drink better loose teas. It has a very stong vinalla and caramel flavor. I have tried to use it to make sun to but found it very bitter; plus it is a tea best served hot then cold


Specifics
Water Temp: under boiling
Tea bag ratio: I tea bag per big cup of tea
Sweetener: Light brown sugar to taste

Over all it is an Ok-meh dessert tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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49

I have tried this tea brewed hot and found it meh-blah. However, I have been trying to get rid of my Lipton tea pyramid collection so I have started to use them to make sun-tea; as I am not about to use my good loose to for it.

I found this tea to taste actually pretty good. It is one of my fave’s so far for making sun tea from the pyramid collection. It has a decent berry flavor and with an odd warm cinnamon aftertaste.


Specifics

Water Temp: As hot as hot summer days
Number of bags: 6
Water Amount: 64oz
Brew time: about 3 hours
Sweetener: 2 Large spoonfuls of light agave.

Other than for making sun tea, i would not recommend this to a friend.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more

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87
drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
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1st: If you are LOOKING FOR a STRONG GREEN TEA flavor… THIS IS NOT THE TEA FOR YOU

I got this tea with the sakura allure gift set, which i love. The best way i can describe the flavor of this tea is like unsweetened cherry-cranberry juice. It also taste better cooler then warmer. I have tried to steep it twice, but the second steep is VERY floral with a lot of the fruit flavors gone. However, I do taste more of the green tea flavor.

It should be noted that due to the green tea in it, if brewed for too long, it does get a bitter after taste


Specifics

Brew Temp: 175F
Steep Time 2:30 + 3 Minuets.*
Tea Base: none or later steepings of Thai Mountain Oolong (teavana)
Sweetener: 1/2 TBS light Agave or none at all per 14oz glass

Note: the cooler the temp it is drinked at, the more juice like flavor it has.

*To get the full cherry flavor but with out the bitterness of longer steeping, leave the cherry pieces out side of the tea infuser and steep for about another 3 minuets.

I would recommend this to someone who loves cranberry juice and as an alternative to juice with out all the sugar and calories.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100

I LOVE THIS TEA!!!

I bought this tea cause i wanted something to mix with my Thai mountain oolong. I love hibiscus tea and citrus so i had to give this one a try. Man does this tea taste great. It has a nice hibiscus floral notes with crisp refreshing citrus.

One thing about this tea though is that it taste better when cooler then warmer. It seems like the hotter the tea is the more overpowered the citrus taste and you don’t get to taste the hibiscus undertones.

How I brew it:
Since i put this in after my oolong is done brewing and the water temperature is lower then normal i brew it longer; I don’t like to brew two teas at the same times, especially when i want to reuse the base tea. For the moment I brew my teas in a glass tea press that holds about 28oz of water. Before I put in this tea I measured the water temperature to see how hot it stays at, which is about 155F.

There is one thing though about the flavor that nobody eles has mentioned. Being a Floridian i know my citrus flavors. I would not describe the flavor as orange, but more a grapefruit flavor. Almost like the kind of grapefruit that gets to be about the size of a small (pretty small) soccer ball and has no bitterness to it. So if you are looking for a strong mandarin orange like flavor, you will be disappointed.


Specifics

Water Temp: 150-160F
Steep Time: 10 minuets
Tea Base: Thai Moutain Oolong (Teavana)
Sweetener: 1/2 TBL of light Agave OR preferably Orange Blossom honey.

P.S. I have not brewed this tea on it’s own yet. I have ordered some more and will give another review of this tea when steeped with no other base teas.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more

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I have been drinking and makeing tea for me and my mom for most of my life and have been starting to get into loose teas.

I like fruity, spicy, strong teas, Chai’s, Black, and Rooibos. I have recently been trying and getting into Oolongs…

90-100
Just love it and might keep as a staple
80-90
Really liked it, and makes a above average cup
70-80
Is good, but might not have a lot of complexity or wow factor. Is pretty average
60-70
It’s ok, but not great. Might need added ingredients or tweaking, and is below average.
50-60
Would only if nothing else was available. Would not recommend to someone.
Below 50
Bad tea is bad

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