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85
drank Casablanca by Chado
4315 tasting notes

Hmm… interesting! I bought this sample because the combination of mint and bergamot intrigued me and I had to try it. I wasn’t sure how I would like it (I’m not always crazy about green Earl Grey teas)… but I figured it was worth trying.

I like the way the flavors of the mint and bergamot complement each other. It has a very zesty flavor from the mint and a pleasant citrus-y flavor from the bergamot. I’m really liking this a lot more than I thought I would!

I’ve only taken a few sips so far, so I’m not yet getting much from the green tea, I can taste it, but, the other flavors are quite strong so it has a hard time expressing itself.

I’m really liking it though.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JonTea

Sounds like something id drink. You have a lot of it?

LiberTEAS

No, I just purchased a sample of it, but Chado does sell samples.

JonTea

Tempting… :P

LiberTEAS

I got several samples from them, and I got my package pretty quickly. I’m very happy with the transaction. :)

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75
drank Tigerhill Estate Nilgiri by Chado
248 tasting notes

Still sleepy so I’m trying another black tea. I haven’t had this one in a while.

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75
drank Margaret's Hope Darjeeling by Chado
248 tasting notes

An excellent darjeeling and my first autumnal flush darjeeling. <3

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91

one of my favorite Jasmine teas. the aroma is very surprising and gives you a pretty intense flavor. this tea was recommended to me by an employee at the chado tearoom based on the selection of teas i was picking up at the time. its really fun watching it unravel if you have a clear teapot, and the flavor is as amusing as the presentation.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Grand Pouchong T-103 by Chado
311 tasting notes

Brewing up a bit of this, towards the end of a batch purchased probably more than a year ago. I had loved the pouchong I bought at TenRen—my first experience of a lightly oxidized oolong—and was looking for more of the same. What a surprise! This is a darker, spicier, fruitier tea, not as earthy and toasted as the SeaDyke Ti Kuan Yin I ‘grew up’ drinking, but not much resembling the lighter TenRen tea. I keep forgetting and rediscovering it in the back of the cupboard. Shame on me. It doesn’t deserve forgetting. The spice is reminiscent of the Rou Gui I recently tried for the first time.

The dry leaf is dark, long, relatively straight but twisted around the long axis. It smells fruity/spicy already.

Brewing about 1 gram of leaf per ounce or 30mL of water in a small gaiwain, water at about 195 degrees.

The liquor is amber to reddish, sweet, spicy, but like Rou Gui, doesn’t have the really long legs of a Dan Cong or Wuyi Oolong: it’s tiring at 5 infusions, with spicy still there but more astringency and the fruity gone. Even after all 5 infusions, the leaves aren’t fully unfurled, seems like there should be more to give, but tonight a 6th infusion is pretty much just spice.

If rated on the first infusion alone, this would be a 90; on the first-through-5th, it’s lower.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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46
drank Rooibos St. Marc by Chado
302 tasting notes

This tea tastes pretty much like a plain rooibos with the essence of something fruity in the background scent. Not much flavor at all. Such a shame. I was so excited when I saw that Lisbet had included a sample of this in her package to me. I really wanted it to be full of raspberry and strawberry flavor, but not so much.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

I totally agree on this one. I was curious if you’d get more out of it than I did. Sigh. That’s about how I feel about Chado blends. I need to go back and downgrade my rating on that blend now that I’ve tasted much better flavored rooibos.

Kristin

I am sad about the Chado blends. I really was thinking of getting the butterscotch rooibos, but won’t now.

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80
drank Kenmare Ceylon by Chado
248 tasting notes

Argh. I need something strong to keep me up to cram but soothing after what just happened during OT during the Sharks game.

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34
drank Rooibos Black Currant by Chado
267 tasting notes

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75
drank Tigerhill Estate Nilgiri by Chado
248 tasting notes

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75

First tea of the first quarter. I sleepily packed this into my new tumbler and headed off to lab early this quarter. It definitely helped me stay alert for the morning. I managed to get three steeps out of this one.

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34
drank Rooibos Black Currant by Chado
267 tasting notes

I can’t think of much to say about this, as it is very weakly flavored, and I mostly just get ‘rooibos’ from it. I’ve added honey to try to make it more interesting, and tried oversteeping it. Fine, I suppose, if you enjoy very mild fruity notes. Very mild.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

It sounds like all the Chado flavored Rooibos teas need more flavoring?

Lisbet

Yes, pretty much- I don’t think I’m going to reorder. I don’t like that on their site when I submitted my reviews they listed them under my full name without giving me a chance to pick a nickname. Now i know why they have no reviews on their website.

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67
drank Rooibos Bourbon by Chado
267 tasting notes

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drank Rooibos Campfire by Chado
267 tasting notes
This is a decent blend, though not one of my absolute favorites. Of the additions to the rooibos, the orange stands out the most- so much so that I can’t taste rooibos (not a problem). The cinnamon comes up next, and I faintly taste almond, it’s really a backdrop. If you like orange-cinnamon tea, give it a shot- even if you don’t like rooibos!
Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

The name is so cute. But I am not sure that I am into an orange rooibos mixture.

Lisbet

Oddly, I just had it again this morning and it was more almondy with a hint of citrus. I still haven’t decided how I feel about this blend, so I didn’t give it a numerical rating yet.

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48
drank Rooibos St. Marc by Chado
267 tasting notes

A mild, sweet tea that tastes mostly of rooibos and not the delicious sounding flavor additives. If I had to identify the strongest flavor in this tea it’d be the hint of strawberry. I’ve tried brewing this at different strengths and different durations and have just concluded that the flavoring isn’t strong enough for my liking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Rooibos Wedding Chai by Chado
267 tasting notes

I really like this chai. It’s great with a little vanilla almond milk and some honey. It’s also great on its own- the combination of whole cardamom pods, vanilla, and rooibos creates a sort of spicey-sweetness that I adore in a good cup of chai. Definitely recommended.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Rooibos Bourbon by Chado
267 tasting notes

I really like the notes in this. The flavoring is mild, very lightly sweet- maybe not what you’d expect from bourbon, but more of a ‘bourbon vanilla.’ I do wish Chado teas’ rooibos flavors were a bit more strongly flavored, but I don’t dislike any of them, and this might be the best of my last big order. The sweetness definitely takes a back seat to the natural flavor of rooibos. I am oddly finding that the more I drink this, the less impressed I am with it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

Everytime I get a rooibos, I can only taste rooibos and not the flavors. But, i keep trying anyway. One day I’ll find a rooibos I like.

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67
drank Rooibos Chocolate Rum by Chado
267 tasting notes

Mild, with a slight hint of rum to it. The chocolate doesn’t come through particularly, and there aren’t very many chocolate chips. (This is okay because oddly enough, they didn’t melt on their own, and when stirred, didn’t seem to add much through a filter.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Rooibos Chocolate Rum by Chado
267 tasting notes

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80
drank Kenmare Ceylon by Chado
248 tasting notes

This morning’s tea! Brewed very strongly. <3

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75

Brewed this darjeeling very strong today — I did not have a productive three day weekend… thus far?

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drank Mauritius by Chado
50 tasting notes

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83
drank Harmutty Estate Assam by Chado
248 tasting notes

First tea of the day so I’m starting out with my strongest black tea. One more final to go!

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