160 Tasting Notes

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drank Le Digestif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m glad to have this in my cupboard, as it is just what I need. Mostly mint and fennel flavor with a bit of sweet, soothing spiciness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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I have been drinking this all morning (a pot and a re-steep) and am now all out of it. :(

I love this tea. A bit fruity and floral, and smooth and so delicious. Will need to re-purchase soon!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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When I first opened my sample package and took a whiff, I had to close it back up as the bergamot aroma was really strong and something that I have developed an aversion to lately. So, I left the rolled up package in the cupboard for a couple weeks until I decided to take another try. This time the bergamot didn’t hit me quite so strongly but perhaps it is because I knew not to sniff it too much.

Once brewed, the distinctive Laoshan black aroma was foremost (yay), and there is a hint of rose and very slight bergamot which isn’t perfumy at all (yay again).

Taste is laoshan black with rose and a bit of the citrus/bergamot. Actually better than I thought and I’ll finish my sample easily, but wouldn’t repurchase as I still don’t care for bergamot much.

Note: I tried re-steeping and forgot about it for about 15 minutes which was a mistake, as the result was so bitter and undrinkable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Next time you oversteep, try diluting with some added water. It has worked for me on occasion and is better than wasting tasty tea! :)

caile

Thanks! I have done that before with other teas but this one seemed beyond that. :(

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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Very nice! This is similar to verdant’s vanilla citrus spice blend which I absolutely love. Campfire blend seems to have a more toasty flavor and is also delicious. It is also nice that this is completely a herbal blend without artificial ingredients, and is probably one of the best I’ve had.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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Lovely aroma of rose and apple. Taste is somewhat bitter with a lingering fermented apple taste. Perhaps trying different steeping times may have helped change the apple flavor to a more pleasant one, but really I don’t think this is a tea for me as fruity blacks are not always a favorite. It does smell delicious though!
Thank you to Laurent at Nina’s Paris for the sample.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
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Light pineapple aroma with a fruity taste, and a hint of coconut as the cup cools. A sweet, lightly fruity cup of tea which I enjoyed trying.
Thank you to Laurent at Nina’s Paris for the sample.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I love this one :)

caile

I also imagine it would be a nice one to have iced in summer.

Stephanie

YES. I’ve been cold brewing it lately, myself

caile

Thanks! That’s good to know :)

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Tasty, sweet caramel and vanilla with a nutty, toasty flavor. A sweet black tea blend which re-steeped well, and I enjoyed trying this.
Thank you Laurent at Nina’s Paris for the sample.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Oh Japon! You so great :)

caile

:) I had read so much about this so was glad to finally try a cup!

VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed it. It is always so sad when you read such positive things about a tea, get excited, and then end up not really enjoying it when you finally get a taste.

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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