Arbor Teas

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Trying to finish off all my samples before deciding which varieties I need to stock up on. I’m still not terribly impressed with this one, but it does the job of satisfying my black tea craving.

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The last of my Indian tea sampler. I had no idea what to expect going in, but it’s a nice, smooth, full-bodied tea. I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but I kind of neither like nor dislike it. I’ll definitely drink the rest of it and enjoy it, but I can’t see going out of my way to get it. Maybe I’m just in a mood lately.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Just finished this one off as well. One of the better darjeelings in my stash. :)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging. I’ve got a few early-morning classes this semester, and I’ve been taking tea in my Thermos, which is a lovely way to stay warm in the frigid lecture room. I love that it’s still hot when I pull it out of my bag at the end of a 6-hour kitchen lab.

This Darjeeling is great, but 5:30am is not when I should be making a pot of tea, apparently. I had it in my head that this was an oolong. I steeped it as an oolong, and I expected it to taste like an oolong. I blame it on Adagio’s Ooooh Darjeeling…. Somehow. Really, it was just too early and I had no idea what I was doing. I shouldn’t be allowed to do anything without my morning cup… including making my morning cup.

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Jaime

“Really, it was just too early and I had no idea what I was doing.”

Oh, how I can relate to that!!

Is your kitchen lab a quantity foods class? My longest one was only about 5…

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Honestly, I forgot I had this. I was in the mood for Darjeeling, and found this in the back of the cupboard. It’s wonderful.

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I still haven’t decided how I feel about Darjeeling in general. I think I like it, but I still haven’t really put on finger on what it is I like or dislike about it.

It’s kind of… sweet. And fruity. And a bit spicy? Hmm.

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The last of my sample. :(

I love this tea.

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Nearing the end of this sample… I’ll be sad to see it go.

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May have brewed it a little weak today. I’ve been brewing single cups lately, so I think I forgot how to properly brew a pot. Still good, though. I love love love Indian black teas.

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Bumped up a few points because I’ve been getting a serious craving for this one lately. It’s becoming my go-to black tea.

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90

With a bit of amber sugar. I’m really digging on this tea.

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Breakfast blends can be a bit harsh on my stomach, so I was interested in trying something that was meant to be a bit more mellow. This was pretty basic… in a good way. A good staple tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

Used more leaf, less water than I usually would. Has a taste largely unlike other green teas. It’s somewhat savory, but hard to describe. It tastes like a food I’ve had. And also a little like genmaicha. It almost has a note of caramel but without the sticky sweetness. Its a nice, almost woody version of that taste.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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94

Had this tea again today – really brightened my day. Lightly tart, floral, and really just great all around. I’m not a big flavored tea person usually (nor a white tea person really), but this one really hits the spot on a sunny day like today.

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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
MelissaPicoli

Have you tried Rishi’s White Peach? I’m not a white tea lover either (it is kind of a precious tea right? A little dainty, kind of snobby…), and really not into overly fruity flavors, but sometimes it’s pretty yummy. I serve it to clients during the spring months. They love it.

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This is a very interesting white tea! It has many different taste notes…very complex and somewhat paradoxical. Of course, it has a base of the classic gentle white tea flavor. But the schizandra brings a tangy edge to it that I haven’t seen in many teas. It has an herbal smell to it, almost peppery. But the taste and feel of the tea is something totally new to me as an American. It is very slightly tart with a subtle sweetness. I’m really not sure how to describe the taste of the schizandra, so I recommend you try it for yourself!

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’ve never had Nilgiri on its own, only in a few blends I’ve tried. It smells and tastes similar to a Ceylon… a bit brighter and crisper than I usually like for a hot tea. Like Ceylon, it’s a taste I neither crave nor dislike. It should probably work well iced.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Iced the rest of the pot with a bit of agave. Definitely works better sweetened.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Only my second experience with jasmine, and I don’t drink much green tea otherwise, so I don’t have much to compare this to, other than A&D’s Damn Fine version. I wish I’d tried this first to get a proper opinion, because right now all I can think is that I just don’t like it as much.

The taste is a bit milder, and a bit less sweet. There is a flavor coming across that I can’t quite put my finger on… not altogether unpleasant, just different. Not a bad cup, just nothing that wows me.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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