506 Tasting Notes

65

This was alright, it was flavorful enough, but for whatever reason it didn’t really impress. It was a hair more astringent than I prefer (and I steep pretty much all black teas except chai now at 200 degrees to avoid the bitterness), but not bad at all. Most would probably enjoy it. It has a bit of a sweetness too. No idea why I am not the biggest fan. Recommended because of that odd quandary.

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

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70

I normally do NOT like smokey teas. At all.

This is one that has a hint of smoke but doesn’t overwhelm the taste of the tea at all, and is perfect for this 40 degree fall morning. I don’t think I enjoy it enough to buy a lot of it, but I will enjoy what I have very much.

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

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70
drank Black Dragon by The Tao of Tea
506 tasting notes

This tastes toasty and mineral-y. I think next time I will steep it longer to give it more flavor, but I am glad that it wasn’t astringent at all. The lack of astringency is why I tend to prefer oolongs to blacks. I think I will have to play with this one a little longer.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This was really smooth, and really didn’t remind me of most blacks I drink. It was light in color, and had no bitterness at all. I think it would be great for a person who finds a lot of black tea to be too bold, though it didn’t quite have enough flavor for me to want to purchase.

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

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70

This is pretty good. I made it iced, and it was naturally sweet and not super artificial tasting. I don’t think I will repurchase, as I wasn’t floored, but it is worth a taste.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Da Hong Pao by Tao Tea Leaf
506 tasting notes

This tea was really tasty, I had a sample. It tasted roasted for sure, so it was good for the cool weekend we had here in PA. I see it isn’t cheap, which makes sense, as the ones that steep this well many times usually aren’t. That said, I am not totally sure I would purchase it. As good as it is, there are many I have tasted with similar “tasty roasty oolong” flavor (for lack of better adjectives in my arsenal to explain it) that are less expensive. But, I recommend people give it a try if they can.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
506 tasting notes

This is really good, but be aware that it is pretty strong. I liked it cold, I was able to steep it twice if I stuck to three minute steeps. I love how currants are fruity without being sweet, it gave the tea a nice fall vibe to it. I would absolutely purchase (this was a sample).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

Holy punch in the face. Even with a healthy dash of almond milk, this was certainly effective at waking me up this morning. I’ve never had any other Scottish Breakfast teas, so I can’t comment much else on the flavor, but I think I prefer Earl Grey or Chai for my morning jolt.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

For me, this one was not as good as some of the others I have tried from this brand. I am not a fan of astringency unless it is super mild, and this one was a hair over what I like. It is bready, but not sweet. I think I lean towards more fruity and sweet notes, which help cut any astringency. Someone who likes a bit of a “drier” taste would probably like this a lot more.

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

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