326 Tasting Notes

70

This tasted good, but frankly, I couldn’t have picked out vanilla or pomegranate if I tried. It has primarily plain white tea flavor, with a bit of a twist that I personally couldn’t describe. I have been trying to taste without searching up the tea in efforts to improve my recognition of flavors, as well as not being biased (good or bad) by reviews here or on the tea’s page. I do not have enough to taste it again to see if knowing the flavors helps significantly or not.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I really enjoy white peony in general – it is really interesting floral flavor that is somehow also very fresh without having citrus, and I like it hot and iced. This brand has a good one, or at least it tastes as good as any other I have had. I recommend giving it a taste if you want something fresh.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

This one is really good – it was very reminiscent of baked goods, and I was expecting a punch of astringency because a lot of the black teas I have tried from this brand have had that quality…and nothing. Just hot deliciousness. Until it cooled to warm…then astringency up the wazoo! Because of this, I probably won’t purchase, but should I come across any I would happily drink it up. While it is still hot, anyhow.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
326 tasting notes

This is tasty, but I admit, I don’t get a ton of sesame from this. I think it is a good thing, because I wouldn’t like it if it were overwhelmingly seedy, but this is just a hint. I don’t think I would repurchase, because I am not super into sesame flavor, but a lot of people would love this. There is no bitterness at all.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

This is a really strong black tea – very malty, somewhat astringent, even with a 200 degree steep temp. I find I rarely use boiling water anymore for black tea for fear of the dreaded astringency. Alas, I can’t imagine what this one would have been if I had, as this was barely drinkable for me. Recommended for those who like a really strong tea and are more tolerant of astringency.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

This is pretty good, but I am finding that darjeelings might just not be my jam in general. It is malty and a little bit astringent, which many people like, but I don’t care a ton for. Definitely drinkable, and probably very enjoyable for a person who isn’t so sensitive to astringency.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30

This is disgusting. I got it after hearing how great it was last year, and had high hopes. I took my first sip and was alarmed at how much like cookies it tasted. Then, halfway through my big mug I was feeling slightly sick to my stomach at the sickly sweet scent and all I could taste was artificial flavoring. Huge disappointment, but I know so many people who love it, the rest of my box will be rehomed.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I need more tea like a hole in the head but I found myself unable to resist when I saw this at Target. I have some tea bags of varying qualities, and I usually save them for when I am doing house sitting gigs and want to keep my tea as simple as possible.

But, this tea might convince me to invest in good sachet bags more often. It is a bit citrussy but basically cinnamon overload which is exactly how I like it. Red hots in a tea. I see lots more of this in my future, and the awesome tin is a bonus.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I was surprised at how good this is. I am not sure why – I have found that when no actual tea leaves are involved, this brand has some interesting flavor combos to offer. It is very fruity and very cinnamony and if you let it steep long enough, it gets sweet too. No sugar needed. A good caffeine free, cheap option.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

If you like super strong flavor, this is really for you. I knew going in that I wouldn’t like it without a bit of milk to smooth it out, and I am glad I did. The tea flavor wasn’t compromised at all by the milk, it was so bold, and it was a great wake me up this morning. This kind of tea isn’t one I would purchase on my own, but I am happy to drink up samples and such, but I recommend it for people who are into a strong morning wake-up.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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