54 Tasting Notes

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So, I bought a couple ounces of this because I really liked the tuo cha I tried from Upton, and this didn’t require shipping, etc. It’s not bad, but the flavor is very mild compared to that one. I’ll drink through the rest of what I have, but I’ll be looking for another tuo cha (or just ordering some from Upton) in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Enjoying a cup of this courtesy of my sister, who gave me about 2 oz of it last weekend. Yum!

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Tried a 30 second steep after a 30 second rinse because of all the comments about it being strong. Seemed pretty mild to me. Wil try a longer steep for the next cup.

First cup I had put a little milk and honey into. For the second and third cups, I drank it plain after steeping for 45 seconds. The color is still dark, but I have to dash off to work. Taking the other cake with me to sip all day.

The flavor is very mild to me. Slight earthy tones that are pleasant. No bitterness or acidity, so no need for me to have doctored it in the first place.

Thank you to Shmiracles for the two cakes I get to sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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Earthy, but not too bitter. After the first couple of sips, I added a dash of milk to give it some sweetness. (Thank you to shmiracles for sending the sample!)

Flavors: Earth, Grass

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Another sample from my sister. I like the butteriness.

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drank Maple Cream by The Whistling Kettle
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Saturday sipdown! I have too many samples of tea to drink. Decided to hit this one hard today, since it’s been grey all morning followed by a hard downpour. Without adding any maple syrup to it, it ends up tasting like a pretty normal black tea at this point.

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My sister gave me about a half an ounce with a bunch of other teas for my birthday last fall, and I’m just now getting to this one. She bought it about a year ago, so I’m guessing it’s not as strong as it was then.

I was surprised by the golden color when the brew finished. I expected it to be darker. The chocolate flavor was not over-powering, and I only got a vague hint of cherry when I thought about it. This is a nice morning wake-up tea with enough sweetness that I added only a drop of cream to dull the tannins.

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drank Irish Holiday by English Tea Shop
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My sister got this in a mixed set (nice find at TJ Maxx over Christmas break) and gave me this one. The flavor is much more interesting and complex than I expected. I prefer more orange and clove in my warm holiday flavors, but this has enough of similar ideas to satisfy.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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I’m a coffee drinker who appreciates tea, but until my sister got into it, I mainly drank a few flavored bagged teas (and of course, Southern sweet iced tea). I pull out the Throat Coat and Breathe Easy when I’m sick, but aside from that, teas have never been a daily part of my life. However, my sister has exposed me to a broader range of flavors, and to loose teas, so I’m now enjoying tea more often.

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