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78

I’m totally new to the world of Japanese green tea, let alone ones that are this unique. I bought a sample of this and was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It has such a comforting and toasty flavor. Something you really have to try to have an opinion on. I probably won’t be ordering this again but I’m so glad I tried it. My bag leaned more on the side of brown rice than tea leaf, which probably wouldn’t work as well with a lower quality tea. The tea is incredibly fresh. This stuff smells like it just came off the tree. I’ll be savoring my sample size bag.

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90

This tea smells incredible and brews to a very subtle and fruity taste that is perfect when sweetened slightly. This is flavored tea done right. Nothing about this is heavy or artificial. I drink this one nearly every day. Certainly one of my all-time favorites.

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87

This is the most fragrant tea I’ve ever experienced. Smells very much like wine, in a good way. I often open the tin I transferred it to just to smell it. Brews to the most beautiful deep red color. First steeping is extremely fruity, wonderful blend of the plum and berry flavors. Second brewing it usually loses the majority of the fruit complexity but the oolong is just as delicious on its own. This is one of the teas that I drink most often.

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80

This was my first pu-erh tea, and I have to say I definitely enjoyed it! I love darker teas with earthy flavors, so this was a good choice. It wasn’t too overpowering, and has a nice aroma.

Flavors: Nutty, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92

This flavor of this tea is very delicate and unlike any other green tea I’ve tried be it from China, Japan, or elsewhere. It has roasted notes that come out stronger when the tea is served hot and sweet notes that I noticed more as the tea cools. While this didn’t remind me of a green tea I had tried, it did faintly resemble the corn silk tea one of my friend frequently enjoyed. It has the same roasted, yet sweet flavor that I’m finding in this tea. It is certainly a distinct flavor, one I’ve found I rather enjoy.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/2/17/tuesday-tea-organic-hawaii-sweet-roast-green-tea-arbor-teas

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

nice, I have been wanting to try this one myself!

Short Sorceress

I highly recommend it. My entire sample was gone in under two days, which is unusual for me. I tend to enjoy more of a variety, but this tea had me hooked from the first sip.

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It was a snow day for me….well, I worked from home because we had over 16" (42cm) of snow yesterday, ending sometime well after I went to bed. Staying home from work was definitely the right idea.

So I had this tea today. I’ve been looking for a tea to use for my planned American wheat with blackberry and oolong beer that I’m going to make. I think this is going to be the tea.

It’s got some great mineral qualities to it. It’s sweet. It’s easy drinking. It stands up to multiple infusions, which means it should handle the boil pretty well.

And, it’s a great price to buy bulk! Plus, they deliver free in Ann Arbor, which makes this super affordable.

Fjellrev

Crazy snowing frenzy. Stay safe and warm!

TeaBrat

I like this one…

Cheri

So do I, TeaBrat. It’s good on its own, but I think it will also be able to stand up to being in beer. It’ll be an interesting experiment, if nothing else.

AnnaEA

Are you thinking of adding it as you make the wort, or after, like dry hopping?

Cheri

AnnaEA the plan is in the boil. I spoke with the brewer at my favorite brewery, and that is when he adds his tea. (I’m actually trying to make a clone of one of his tea beers.)

AnnaEA

Nifty. I’ve never a tea beer, but it sounds right up my alley. Maybe I should pull out my brewing stuff again… I hope you let us know how it comes out!

Cheri

I will! I’m excited to make it and try it. I hope it turns out well. I ordered the tea last night, but I’m not sure when we’ll make it. Things are a little busy right now and for the next couple of months. Plus, it’s cold, so while we do brew in the garage in the colder months, we have to have the garage door open so we don’t die from CO poisoning. It’s right now a little too cold to even want to do that. We’ll see…

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drank Bao Zhong Oolong by Arbor Teas
512 tasting notes

I got some sample sizes of the oolongs from Arbor Teas and decided to start with this one. I did it in my gaiwan, short and quick infusions.

It’s got decent flavor. It’s not outstanding, but it’s nice. The price isn’t bad, but I think there are Bao Zhongs that I like better.

Preparation
3 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
TeaBrat

Naivetea makes a good one I recall.

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89

This tea doesn’t taste like your typical Assam. Instead of the bold flavor I was expecting, it was mellow with slight hints of barley and malt. It has a surprisingly sweet undertone to it and didn’t turn bitter or astringent, even when steeped for five minutes. This is one of the rare teas that I could drink a lot of, either hot or iced, and not be bored with it. I don’t say that often about unflavored black teas.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/10/28/tuesday-tea-organic-assam-tonganagoan-estate-black-tea-arbor.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I really need to order something from them. They’re in the same city I work in, so I can get my tea delivered for free on Fridays….

Short Sorceress

I’m crossing my fingers that they have a Black Friday sale. I’d love to try out a few more things.

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This is one of those days where I would happily sit/lie on the couch and do absolutely nothing. Other people in the household have different ideas about what is actually going to happen today (shopping at Wal-Mart) :( Assam to the rescue! A bit of heft to it – it’s so nice and malty. I did get a touch bitterness as the cup cooled, but still very drinkable.

Sample provided by looseTman – thank you!

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54

I can’t remember if I’ve had this tea before. I think I might have tried it a while back but I don’t recall how it tasted. The dry mix is mostly lemongrass but there are also small pieces of ginger and orange peel. The fragrance is light and just a little spicy, and the liquid is a golden yellow. There’s a little spice here – I mostly taste ginger. It kind of tastes like a lemon cough drop. It reminds me somewhat of Twinings Lemon Ginger tea but with a touch more ginger.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Medicinal, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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54

I picked up on a few different scents from the dry leaves: cardamom first, followed by a cooling sensation similar to that of mint, and finally a slight orange note. Once brewed, it reminded me of a chamomile or light green tea both in perfume and in flavor. I wasn’t able to taste any of the spices in the tea while drinking, but my taste buds have been a bit off since I’ve been sick so that might be it. Overall, this was a nice and simple cup for a calm, relaxing morning.

Flavors: Cardamon, Mint, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mango Rooibos by Arbor Teas
162 tasting notes

The first thing I noticed about this tea was how small the leaves are. They look like they have been chopped into the tiniest of pieces. I’m not familiar with the different methods of processing tea so perhaps this is one way to do it. However, the pieces were so small that much of it came out of my tea ball and settled at the bottom of my cup. Alongside the tea, there were long strips of yellow leaf (presumably the calendula petals). It smelled sweet, though there was also something sour that I couldn’t place.

The tea was a beautiful amber color after steeping and tasted of cake batter before sweetened. After adding a little honey, the rooibos really took center stage. This blend was barely fruity and I detected no mango. It’s a nice rooibos, but it’s definitely missing any kind of fruit flavor.

Flavors: Cake, Rooibos, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

I ordered this because I tend to drink Darjeeling silver needle and wanted to attempt an African white tea to see what I thought. My first thought is on smell, they’re pretty similar. But the Darjeeling has a much more pronounced taste and again is a bit more bold to me than this turned out to be.

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70

It’s pleasant enough and surely if you don’t like vegetal Japanese teas, it’s a decent alternative in that regard. I didn’t think it boasted a whole lot of flavour, but maybe that was a reflection of my taste buds than a flaw with the tea itself. Very smooth, very light and easy to drink.

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