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141 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
141 tasting notes

This tea is very distinctive: it is malty like Assam teas, and has a caramel sweetness to it, but it is also woodsy and earthy. The finish is a sweet fruity flavor, a little bit reminiscent of a Darjeeling, except that the woodsy earthy flavor is present as well. I am not sure how to rate this tea yet, though I do like it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This tisane, which came as part of “Numi’s Collection,” tastes woodsy to me, and has a sweet but subtle pine-sap flavor and scent (not like pine-sol), rather than like honey. I added some acacia honey to it and it began to taste like honey, but probably because of the added honey. I thought rooibos actually had a more natural honey taste to it than this tisane. It’s not bad for an evening herbal tisane, but I probably wouldn’t buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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15
drank China Classic Oolong by foojoy
141 tasting notes

I definitely do not care for this tea. Tastes like dirt to me. I suppose the term should be “earthy,” but dirt works for me. It tastes somewhat like a watered down version of Numi’s Emperor Puerh I tried the other day, though it doesn’t have the fishy flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
K S

The Yamamotoyama is VERY similar. These are heavily roasted oolongs. I think I also sent you a lightly oxidized oolong that is a totally different experience.

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The aroma coming from the bag and the cup is great, but the flavor is disappointingly weak. I added cream, sugar and honey, which brought out the flavor some. It is especially disappointing because I like the idea od blackberry and sage together, and the what I can taste tastes natural. I just wish there was more of it. I don’t know if the problem is that they put too litlle tea in the bag, or too little flavoring, or if the tea base is inferior grade tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Ginger Peach by The Republic of Tea
141 tasting notes

The flavor was weak, even after six minutes of steeping. Adding honey helped bring out the peach flavor, though the ginger was still faint. After that the flavor was acceptable, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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I had this last night and didn’t really like this tea. I don’t care for chamomile, but the lemon myrtle flavor tasted sweetly medicinal, like lemon cough drops or the lemon flavor of some cold and flu remedies. I might drink this if I had a sore throat or felt ill, but not otherwise. I couldn’t finish the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
141 tasting notes

My first loose leaf tea. Rich, smooth, and malty. The flavor is similar to Twinings Irish Breakfast, but stronger and more intense. When I first tasted the tea after steeping, I wondered whether I put enough tea in the filter, but the flavor deepens and comes out even more as it cools. I almost think I am drinking coffee. Thanks, K S, for sending me this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
K S

I suspect the first of many. This good one was shared with me by Ashmanra. She is THE Harney expert around here. If you aren’t following her, you should.

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Another sample from “Numi’s Collection.” The moment you open the bag, the vanilla aroma comes out strong. I steeped the bag for the full five minutes, and added half and half and sweetener, which brought out the flavor and enhanced the creamy texture. The vanilla tastes natural, as it should, since they used vanilla beans, not artificial flavoring. With the half and half, it tastes like melted haagen-dasz vanilla ice cream. From all the bad reviews and from trying other Numi teas this morning, I was thinking I would dislike this tea, but I am pleasantly surprised.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Chai by Twinings
141 tasting notes

I received this today in a packet of teas from K S. This Chai is richer tasting and more aromatic than Twining’s Christmas tea, which is similar. The Christmas tea contains artificial flavors, and tastes somewhat artificial in comparison to this Chai. I can’t really taste the black tea underneath the spices, though I didn’t really expect to with a Chai. Much more flavorful than Numi’s Golden Chai that I drank this morning. I think it is because I can taste all the spices in this Chai: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cardamom, an not just the cardamom in Numi’s Chai.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Ceylon Orange Pekoe by Twinings
141 tasting notes

I have this tea almost every day. Adding orange blossom honey really helps bring out the citrus notes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 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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Concord, MA, USA

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