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80
drank Pu-Erh Chai by Distinctly Tea
25 tasting notes

Rather tasty, and though I usually dont add sugar and milk in teas, it simply tastes too good with it (and without)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72

A pleasant tasting, sweet (but not too sweet) tea that has a lot of flavours giving it some character. I though it was good, but my girlfriend di not like it so much, so I ended up with it all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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74

Added 1t of sugar. The blend of spices, chocolate, and tea make a very nice flavor profile, somewhat similar to the idea of chai.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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78

This is my first time trying a Korean tea, and as far as I know, this is the first one Distinctly Tea has had in stock. It is a bit different from what I’ve tasted in Chinese and Japanese green teas, which is what I was hoping for. It tastes like a sencha but without much astringency and a strong nori seaweed flavour. I imagine that might turn some people off, but it really is quite drinkable.

Flavors: Seaweed, Umami

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I loved this tea – I can’t get enough of chocolate, and of course chocolate flavoured tea is right up my alley! However, it can be hard to get it right… This gets it pretty right. I find it to be rich and smooth – with delightful chocolate undertones, making a great dessert tea!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon

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This one came in the Hapa-tite swap I signed up for via Nicole.

First off, look what a pretty colour it is! The camera didn’t quote do it justice, but you get the picture.
http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/33EC3561-975D-40EB-98D2-FE3B8DCA8FEC_zpsr2vinemz.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

This one smells just like Forever Nuts, Brioche Free, etc. I have a pretty good feeling it will taste similar. Although, it does have popcorn as an ingredient.

What a shock – IT DOES! Haha. I do enjoy the taste of all these teas, but I can’t drink them all the time. This was nice surprise though, since I haven’t had Forever Nuts in ages. Probably close to a year. This is a great herbal in between my matchas.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
hapatite

So glad that you got some good teas in the swap!

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75

Grassy and vegetal, with a more savoury acidic, almost salty flavour I can’t put my finger on. Not quite my thing, but tastes good. Yellow liquor.

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

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73

The sweet, roasted flavour of the puffed rice dominates the taste of this tea. Not bad, but some more tea leaves or less rice would have made for a more even flavour. Pale yellow liquor.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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79

Dark, malty, and sweet, although not as malty or flavourful as higher grades of Keemun. Still, very pleasant for an everyday Chinese black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

I don’t taste the darjeeling flavours myself, but there’s definitely some maltiness. Other than that, it has the body of an Indian or Ceylon black, with a bit more sweetness. Tasty, for what it is, but I was expecting more flavour given the tea’s grade.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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45

Poor grade of pu erh. Some earthy flavours, but they’re overshadowed by a strong fishy stench. Distinctly Tea doesn’t seem to have a good selection of pu erh teas, and after trying this one, I think I’ll try a store that has a wider range for pu erh.

Edit: Over the past year or so, Distinctly Tea’s selection of pu erhs has been expanding. No sheng pu erhs yet, unfortunately, but I think there are some better shou pu erhs there now.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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76

Honey, roasted grain, and roasted nut flavours. Yellow to orange liquor, depending on steep time. This tea can take relatively long steep times for an oolong, developing more body with a bit of bitterness. Doesn’t have the flavour complexity one would get from a higher grade of ti kuan yin, but still quite pleasant.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

A tasty, flavourful lightly oxidized oolong. Sweet, with a strong floral aroma and some honey and nut flavours. Pale yellow liquor.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This tea is a pretty nice mango blend, but I think I’m oversteeping it; I find it’s hard not to make a bitter mango tea! Until I can master brewing this baby properly, I’ll leave off on any in-depth reviews! ;~;

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Full review’s posted here: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2685/tea-review-distinctly-tea-hers-womans-herbal/

There’s been a recent thread on discussion board about herbs/tisanes for all things female; I think this one could be added to the “pretty effective” list.

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Trying to attack my little sample packet scientifically for a complete review for medicinal effectiveness at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com later on, but first impression is that it tastes a lot less nasty than I had braced myself for. Black pepper in a tea—that’s a new one, and on this raw day, it feels good.

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In today’s pairing of fine tea with a junk food breakfast, we’ll select Pear Cream Supreme (which, if anything, just keeps getting better and better in my estimation) to go with Pillsbury lemon cinnamon rolls out of a tube. Not too bad! The cream flavor is such a mellowing agent to the fruit … mmm!

gmathis

Incidentally, it’s great iced, too! Just finished a tumbler.

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This one’s in the queue at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but it’s good—really good! The word ambrosia was used in the review. And rightfully so. :)

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great concept ………………ladies it is all about me ………..correct

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75
drank Tsar's Blend by Distinctly Tea
1440 tasting notes

Hmmm. I never know how to brew multi-leaf blends! So strange. White and black! No shades of grey here hahahaa
So. The tea. At near boiling, this was interesting. Not quite up to speed for my tastes, being a little mild, so I added milk and honey. Much better! I can taste the white part, coming in as a high note astringency.
Next, I brought the temp way down to see if that changed anything, letting the cup cool for about a minute. Ewww. Do not like at all.
Would I get this again? I think so, one day. One of those comforting teas I could drink all afternoon, out of my pot. Not because I am in love with it, but because it’s naturally unassuming and not in your face. Though if I did that, I’d probably add milk and sugar for the first cup and then have the rest bare.
(backlog from last week)

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