44 Tasting Notes

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Brewed my last cup of this today. I did not think I would enjoy it as much as I have. I think it’s because the bitterness of the tea cuts some of the fakeness of the vanilla flavor, making it less foofy and more robust with almost a toffee undertone.

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79
drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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Delicious! Nothing special about this black tea except that it isn’t bitter or astringent, and has a pleasant malty flavor, so I don’t have to doctor it up at all. I could easily drink cup after cup and not get tired of it. If this were a beer, I’d call it a session beer.

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
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Good, but not as good as the blend from Carytown Teas, which is the one I’m used to.

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67
drank Russian Earl Grey by Carytown Teas
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I was hoping for something more, but this is pretty much just a pleasant Earl Grey.

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79
drank Cardamom Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea
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Delicious! Love the strength of the cardamom in this tea. It also has a sweet creaminess that reminds me of kheer.

Anna

I FINALLY FOUND THIS IN A LOCAL STORE!!!

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79

My sister, Em, gave this to me for Christmas this year. She gave us each teas that were supposed to match us, and I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure what she was thinking on this one. When I smelled it, the vanilla overpowered everything, with a sweetness that reminded me of potpourri. But, I gave it a try.

The first cup was good, as were the next few, but the strong, sweet vanilla continued to overwhelm the rest of the flavors. Until this evening, when I finally caught a whiff of cinnamon. I love cinnamon tea, and with the sweet vanilla this has become one of my favorite flavored teas. I can imagine it would be good as a tea latte.

Em

I gave it to you because you are a hot hotty toddy :)

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67
drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
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I brewed a pot this morning and refrigerated it. It is quite delicious cold. Tart and refreshing, and kind of like powdered fruit drinks, only not as cloying.

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drank Cherry Rose Festival by Umami
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Maybe I’m not brewing it right, but I’ve tried twice, following the directions on the sample package, and it doesn’t taste like much more than hot water.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Em

That’s when you pop the rest of that sample in the trash :)

Anna

Ha! I was going to put it in a baggie and send it to you to see if you might like it. ;)

Em

I’m willing to give it a shot :)

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drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
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The smell is delightful, and I like the tartness from the hibiscus and cranberry. The tea is sweet enough on its own, so I drank it plain. I think it would probably be delicious iced on a hot summer day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Oblivion by Carytown Teas
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Just finished the 2 oz. I bought to try this out. I started having just a cup in the evening, but this week I began brewing a pot before bedtime as they suggested. I’m not sure if it has helped me sleep, though.

I like the flavor of chamomile, which was my bedtime tisane before I tried this. This blend has a certain tang that took some getting used to. I think it might be fennel. Anyway, it’s not bad, but I think I’ll go back to plain old chamomile.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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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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