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drank Organic Hibiscus by Arbor Teas
67 tasting notes

I don’t care for hibiscus on its own, but do use it when making my own blends. The hibiscus adds beautiful color, ranging from light pink to crimson red depending on quantity used. It also lends a nice tart flavor to tea, that pairs well with other herbal teas like chamomile.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Tart

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37

Decided to finish off a few remaining tea samples and started with this one. Plainly put, I did not care too much for this tea. It is earthy and has a a swampy-vegetal taste which doesn’t feel pleasant going down. Doesn’t even come close to some of my favorite silver needle teas.

Flavors: Earth, Smooth, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Hay, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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59

Made some iced tea out of a sample i received a whiiile back. It’s got some good points, the raspberry is bright and juicy without being tart and astringent, and the green tea is an excellent bed of vegetal fun. A decent iced tea, but I can’t see myself needed or wanting it ever again.

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100

I believe I have found the perfect black tea for me! I discovered what the “stone fruit” description is. I never knew what that tasted like but here it is in this incredible tea!! Both iced and hot this Ceylon just hits the spot! I brewed at 195 and 208 both for 4 min. Both temperatures worked but I do enjoy 195 degrees more seems to bring out more juiciness!

Flavors: Stonefruits

Preparation
1 tsp 195 OZ / 5766 ML

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92

I’ve tried several other chili pepper teas and have found the flavor to be rather one dimensional. The spice from the peppers tends to downed out all other flavors, which is why I think that the combination of ginger root, cloves and chili pepper is brilliant. All three ingredients add their own brand of spicy to the mix, giving the tisane a lot more depth than chili pepper alone would have. The addition of lemon peel cuts right through all of the spice, lending a tart, citrus flavor the the blend. Adding a spoon full of honey, as suggested, rounds out the flavors a little more leaving you with a drink that is sweet, tart, and spicy all at once. I was looking for a unique blend from Arbor Teas and clearly found it in the ginger chili tisane. I don’t think I’ve come across another blend quite like this, they definitely know how to think out side of the box with their flavor combinations.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/4/21/tuesday-tea-ginger-chili-tisane-arbor-teas

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Mixed Berry by Arbor Teas
309 tasting notes

This tea when dry smells of figs and menthol. It seems like a strange combination but it works. The tea liquid is strong and bracing. I’m fighting off a headache this morning so maybe this will clear it out. Like I said before, this is a good tea but since it’s not my favorite and I have other similar teas in my cabinet I won’t reorder after I finish this cup. It was good for a sample though and I’m glad I was able to try it. It was my favorite of the samples I ordered.

Second Steep
8 ounces + 200 degrees

I’m not even sure how long this one sat on my desk before I remembered it. Not a great second cup.

Flavors: Fig, Menthol

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Mixed Berry by Arbor Teas
309 tasting notes

I do like this one but not yet enough to replace my favorite berry black tea so I’m not sure I’ll be buying more. They are just a little too similar to keep both around. I do like this better when made with 6 ounces of water rather than today’s 8 ounces. It’s a good strength for me that way, but today’s is still quite enjoyable.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 9 minutes

A little watered down but still satisfactory.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Mixed Berry by Arbor Teas
309 tasting notes

I’m really enjoying this tea today. It’s sweet and fruity and strong – perfect for this sleepy Friday.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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89
drank Mixed Berry by Arbor Teas
309 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells mostly of dried fruit, specifically figs. It actually smells a lot like Fig Newtons. I know some people don’t, but I really love fruity black teas. With the strawberry this reminds me of my favorite tea, Strawberry Slender Pu-erh by Teavana. If it tastes similar then I’m buying a ton of it!

The leaves have opened large and the fruit has melted into pockets of puree littered throughout the basket. The aroma is lovely, a slight bit of menthol which fits nicely here. I steeped this a few minutes too long because someone came to my desk before I could take it out. Hopefully this won’t negatively affect the flavor. It smells strong. The flavor is good unsweetened but I love honey and cream in my black teas so I’ll add those here. This is fruity and a little bit tangy. I can taste the strawberries.

Second Steep
6 ounces + 212 degrees + 8 minutes

I wonder what types of black teas are in this blend. I think soon I may do a taste comparison between the basic types of black tea available so that I can differentiate between them and find my favorites. Right now, I couldn’t tell you the difference between two types of black teas. I don’t know what each tastes like on its own.

This second steeping has a nice color to it and still smells a little fruity though I’m guessing it may not taste as fruity as the first go ‘round. I may have put a touch too much honey. It’s very sweet but still very good. I would say that this is definitely worth the time for a second steep. I should mention that the cream I added didn’t really want to mix with the tea in either cup. It didn’t necessarily curdle or get lumpy, but there is some ingredient that must be a little acidic because it didn’t turn out as creamy as I thought it would. Not pleasing to the eye maybe, but certainly still tasty.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Fig, Fruity, Menthol, Strawberry, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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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
516 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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