198 Tasting Notes

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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
198 tasting notes

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
198 tasting notes

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
198 tasting notes

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
198 tasting notes

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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90

Review for lot 267.

Large beautiful twisty leaves which brew up a fragrant cup of tea.

Smooth, gentle and fruity. A bit like bread with jam. Very tasty!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

So far, all the Taiwanese teas I have tried seem to have that distinctive spice note both in taste and aroma. I’m not really sure what it is, but it is very unique, aromatic and flavourful.

This is fragrant, fruity and spicy, but also smooth and creamy with notes of honey, and somehow savory as well. Seems bolder and more full bodied in a way, than the TTC golden dragon tippy black tea I had earlier, but both are similar to me. Delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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