141 Tasting Notes

95

I steeped the sachet a second time – not much chocolate flavor, but there is still an intense brazil nut and apricot flavor. I can also taste the tea more now that the chocolate has faded. It seems to have the fruity-floral taste of darjeeling, though the brazil nut and apricot may be leading me astray here.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95

Wonderful aroma and rich dark chocolate and brazil nut flavor, with a fruity apricot undertone. The brazil nut flavor reminds me of Green Mountain’s Rain Forest Coffee. I added half and half and orange blossom honey, and it was a delicious lunchtime dessert! I wouldn’t drink this all the time, but on special occasions when I want to indulge my desire for good chocolaty tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I was trying to decide what to get with my Harney order since they are offering free shipping over $25 and the gift I am buying for someone is $20. This is looking like a good choice!

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75

This is fairly good for a Ceylon blend, but not as flavorful as Twinings, and somewhat more astingent as well. I added a pinch or smidgen (not a whole packet) of “True Lemon”crystallized lemon" and it took the added flavor well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Dry Desert Lime by Numi Organic Tea
141 tasting notes

Overpowering and extremely tart, even with a lot of sugar added. I think this might be best in small amounts added to a tea, rather than by itself.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
141 tasting notes

After five days, I resteeped the leaves, and the flavor was actually better this time, less earthy, and more malty-caramel and cocoa, though not like an Assam. I tried a third steeping, and there was still some flavor, though not as good as the second steeping.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

Without milk or cream, the lemon is overpowering. The “natural” lemon flavoring is probably the herb, lemon myrtle. Adding some half and half and honey, the lemon is tamed somewhat and the tea becomes quite pleasant, even tasty, like a lemon meringue pie.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank China Oolong by Twinings
141 tasting notes

Tastes like dried spinach – too vegetal for me. I added some cream and honey, which helped, but it still wasn’t very good. One of the few Twinings teas I don’t like. On the bright side, better than Lipton or Tetley.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
141 tasting notes

I had very high expectations for this tea based on the reviews and so I was mildly disappointed when it did not live up to them. Perhaps my own anticipation and expectation of flavor got in the way. As the tea cooled somewhat, the somewhat malty and very dark chocolate flavors came out, reminding me somewhat of the Numi chocolate puerh I had this morning. But the deep chocolate flavor in this tea did not taste like something added to the tea. I like the tea, but do not love it. I think it would be interesting base for adding other flavors (fans of this tea might think I am crazy).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

No not crazy. I think I loved it more back when I was new to tea. That is NOT to say this isn’t a really excellent tea! I actually drink this more often than not in the morning. It has become a staple for me yet yes I do feel there are others both from Teavivre and otherwise a bit more complex. I like it A LOT but maybe the OMG THIS IS THE BEST BLACK EVER phase has passed.
I think that all things are in perception – where we each are as tea drinkers at the given moment of the review.
That kind of makes it unfair at times to the tea and company other times works in their favor.
It can also be a bit unfair to those reading the reviews perhaps.
I think this is why many people no longer rate teas perhaps.
For me, I still rate them but have a far better knowledge now of what I really enjoy. This still makes that list but perhaps for different reasons than others.
For me it is a great staple to have on hand. For mornings when you want a GOOD tea, a QUALITY tea, but maybe not your absolutely BEST tea as your still waking up and your mind and taste buds need acclimated.
:)

Azzrian

Wow I said “perhaps” A LOT!

K S

I try not to read other’s reviews until I write my own. Then sometimes I might PERHAPS ;) revise to mention the difference of opinion. Its your review at this moment in time – write what you feel.

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70
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
141 tasting notes

I had this a couple of hours ago. I was plesantly surprised by this tea. Without milk, the orange rind and spice flavor was a bit overpowering, but some milk tamed it and it tasted like a spiced orange chai (if there is such a thing). I would probably not buy this tea, but I would drink it at a restaurant or place of work if that was what was available.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

Thanks so much for your review…we’re pleased you were pleasantly surprised!!
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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80
drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
141 tasting notes

Although I am not a fan of earl grey or bergamot, I found this tea to be very pleasant. The malty Assam base was complemented nicely by the natural bergamot pieces. The bergamot flavoring was perfectly balanced and citrusy, not overpowering, not understated. Of course, it helped that the tea was a bold and strong Assam.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I am a part time college instructor and also work in human resources in a family company. Apart from a rare cup of Lipton I drank in my parents’ home, I am a newbie to the world of tea. I have enjoyed Twinings and Ahmad bagged teas over the past month, and I am now just beginning to try loose leaf teas from Teavivre, Adagio, and Della Terra.

So far, I prefer black tea to green tea, and prefer to add cream or milk and sweetener to black tea. Unless the tea is white, green, or herbal, you can assume that I have added cream/milk and sugar to the tea in my reviews/ratings.

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