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77
drank Banana Black Tea by EnjoyingTea.com
44 tasting notes

Well this tea isn’t bad, and certainly undeserving of the reviews it has on here. Like most reviewers, got this as a free sample when ordering something else. I think the problems arise with the steeping parameters, this one doesn’t work English style and it won’t work done grandpa either. Nope, leave your horse and carriage at home. Takes a puerh drinker riding in on a yak to the rescue and show these people how it’s done.

It’s done by gongfu, and yes in an unglazed clay pot. In this case Jian Shui, but any dedicated black tea unglazed clay pot will work. 5 grams (which is a lot of loose leaf) and 100 ml. As in small cup, around what 4 oz tops. Do a RINSE. I’ll say it again: do a Rinse. By Rinse I mean fill the tiny clay pot with boiling water over the tea and then pour it off. Water your tea pets with the rinse. Then fill the pot again and steep 15-20 seconds, pour into your cup.

The results? Delicious. This loose leaf has dried banana bits, they don’t taste like anything. Main profile for me is floral black tea, a rather good roast in fact. Chocolate and root beer whiffs. Slight bitter with short 20 secs 2nd steep but long sweet aftertaste.

This is pretty good actually.

Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Root Beer

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I had this cold brewed last night, and I think I’m just not a fan of rose in teas. The rose was pretty strong in this one. I felt like I was drinking perfume, a water based perfume . I was able to drink about half of it before deciding to call it quits. It wasn’t terrible, it was just weird and not my cup of tea (har-har).

Preparation
Iced 28 OZ / 828 ML
Cameron B.

The only time I ever attempted to cold brew a rose tea, it was amusingly horrible… :P

Mandy

I think that was the problem, I feel like the cold brew really dragged out the rose flavor! haha

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25
drank Black Currant by EnjoyingTea.com
248 tasting notes

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Eh, I’ve never had black currants before, so I don’t know how accurate the flavor here is, but to me this tasted like plastic. I had this cold brewed yesterday, and ended up dumping it out. Not a fan, and it’s going in the swap pile.

Preparation
Iced 6 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML
Ost

I got a Black Currant tea bag from H&S my last order…I like black currant in candy, but as a tea…eh, I’m not too sure about it. xD If you ever meet someone who really likes it on here tell them to hit me up because I don’t really want that tea bag haha

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65

So, I had my first test for my Managerial Accounting class, and I got an 82%. I skipped the last two classes, which is when we learned chapter 4, and I didn’t really study (maybe 20 minutes total today). I’m still mad though because despite all of that, I felt like I did really well on the test, and before submitting I was pretty confident that I got most of them right. I really didn’t feel like I got 9 problems wrong. So now I’m going to have to work extra hard to swing an A. And the professor said that it was a hard class to get an A, but I really felt I knew this material. End rant.

So I cold brewed this and took it with me to campus. I’ve never had sencha before so I don’t have anything to compare this to quality wise, but this taste like exactly what I picture a plain iced green to taste like. Like, if I were to go to a place like Panera Bread (or similar “fancy” quick casual type food place) and got an unflavored iced green tea, it would taste like this.

It’s kind of vegetal, slightly weak, but something that the typical casual teabag tea drinker might rave about and declare the “best”, if that makes any since? It’s something I would have loved when I was first leaving grocery store teas behind. It’s something that even now, I can drink and enjoy. But I probably won’t restock.

It does make me really want to try some high quality sencha though. And I’ll try it again hot, its just not a priority, and I have a lot of other teas to try first.

Preparation
Iced 7 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML
Cameron B.

Have you ordered the novice green tea sampler from Den’s? There were two different senchas in mine. :)

Mandy

I actually just got that today,and totally forgot until I saw your tasting note. I’m going to have to try that next to compare.

jeweledthumb

Managerial Accounting kind of killed me for the first few weeks, but then it got easier after that. I don’t know if that makes you feel any better though!

Mandy

It’s just so frustrating because I thought I knew the material. And I did well on the quizzes, even when I would skip class on the day that we covered that material so I had never learned how to do it. It just seemed to make since to me. I can think it through logically to come to the answer. Financial accounting was harder for me because I never watched the classes and it wasn’t something that you could just figure out without learning it first, if that makes since. And it’s the accelerated class so it’s only six weeks long. Hopefully the last 4 will be easier I guess.

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drank Mao Jian by EnjoyingTea.com
248 tasting notes

I drank this while doing homework and quizzes today and as such wasn’t paying enough attention to right a proper tasting note. I know I enjoyed it, because it had fresh crisp vegetal notes that I love so much and wasn’t smokey like some of the other teas in the sampler are, which I’m not fond of. I want to do a side by side comparison of the 6 no flavored greens teas in the sampler so that I can learn the differences among then and be able to better understand what I do and don’t like in a green tea.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is the first time I’m having a not otherwise flavored genmaicha. It tastes just like the other ones I’ve tried, but without the spices. The little sample tin I have is chocked full of rice, and the rice flavor really comes through in a delicious toasty way. Genmaichas are just a very satisfying tea to me, warm and toasty and comforting. One of those teas I can drink for a snack and truly feel satisfied after like I just had something hardy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

My first dragon well, and as it turns out, just what I needed to restore my faith in green teas and in the sampler. Deliciously vegetal, and slightly nutty, with a slight sweetness. This Is just what I needed. I seemed to have finished my cup too fast.

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

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drank Chun Mee by EnjoyingTea.com
248 tasting notes

Well, this isn’t the vegetal type of green tea that I’m used to. I let it cool, and when I took a sip it was very smokey and astringent, to things I’m not fond of. I think that they suggested 2-3 tsp per 8oz is way too much, which might have contributed to the heavy smoke and astringency. For a fluffy tea, I can understand that much, but for small leaves, at a 2 minute steep? It seems like much too much. I’ll have to try this and the gunpowder again with less leaves and/or less time and see if that helps

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

My first gunpowder tea. Vegetal and a little almost smokey. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

I’m very curious to try gunpowder! And after reading your post about what you got in the mail, I’m quite tempted to try that green tea sampler! But not yet, I just ordered a gunpowder sample from Harney. :D

Mandy

Totally do it! The little box with the little tins is cute, and they seem to hold quite a lot. For both the two I tried so far, I used 4-5 tsp and barely made a dent. The gunpowder was so full, I accidently spilled some out on the counter opening it. I just measured one that I haven’t tried yet, and it was 20 tsp of tea. So even using 2 tsp like they suggest its 10 servings each. I really like green teas but don’t know the differences between varieties and thought this would be perfect!

Cameron B.

I’m more focusing on Japanese greens at the moment but they have a Japanese Green sampler too! :D So I may grab that soon. I saw that it’s between 0.5 ounce and 1.5 ounces of each tea and that does seem like a lot. Hooray!

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85

This is my first jasmine tea. I’m surprised that it’s naturally a little sweet. I don’t know, I just wasn’t expecting that, but it’s pleasant. I did end up adding a little bit of pure stevia because I just got it and wanted to try it out (dude that stuff is crazy concentrated, 100g equals 10,000 tsp of sugar).
This is a sweet kind of floral tea. I’m getting more floral than green, but the green is sandwiched in there mildly. The beginning of the sip is floral and sweet, with the green coming in towards the end of the sip, and then there’s the floral again in the after taste. Quite pleasant. I wasn’t sure how I would like it, but it’s good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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76

Received this and a few other goodies for Father’s Day.

Opening the 4oz bag immediately filled the room with the titular caramel toffee aroma. I just HAD to try a cup right then and there! The pu-erh base tasted earthy, musty, and well…dirty, but I dove right in; baited by the powerful English toffee notes, your humble narrator’s Achilles heel.

I felt the base just wasn’t good enough for the flavour added by the toffee pieces and is the main reason for a lower rating on a recommended tea. The addition of a splash of milk and a tsp sugar help tremendously. I don’t feel it lives up to the name of “dessert in a cup” but it definitely smells like it. I enjoyed it and will have no problem getting through 4oz, but it could’ve been so much better.

Flavors: Caramel, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Got as a free sample with my Father’s Day gift teapot.

Upon opening the bag you are instantly smacked with a lemon citrus aroma wafting in your face; it’s pleasant. The brew is a glowing red as the lemon scent continues to fill the room. The taste, though not living up to the expectation built up based on the smell, is also pleasant; though the typical chai flavours are subtle. So subtle in fact it’s like pulling teeth to get the to reveal themselves, but they’re there.

Now I rarely do this, but after half a cup of unimpressive tea I opted to add milk and sugar; true chai fashion. Night and day difference. The lemongrass flavours burst forth and the chai spices jump out at you! I enjoyed this tea so much more with this addition.

The missus isn’t a fan of tea, but she did enjoy the smell of this one!

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Cloves, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tea junkie

I’ve had nothing but good experiences from enjoyingtea.com. Not a big fan of chai tea myself but very interesting note from you on this tea.

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80

This was a starter tea for me. It is a nice basic Darjeeling but without any of the subtlety that higher quality teas provide. It can be soft and delicate, with a slightly green character, but often is excessively tannic.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Lemon Ginger Black by EnjoyingTea.com
1317 tasting notes

A one ounce sample of this was included when I recently bought a teapot. I really wasn’t expecting much. I am pleasantly surprised. The leaf is much nicer looking than standard grocery store loose leaf yet the price is about the same. The brew color is a deep bright copper and the cup scent is almost like tieguanyin with lemon notes. Very interesting. The sip is also a pleasant surprise. The ginger and Ceylon hit first with bite. It makes my cheeks tingle. It is a little astringent but it is a Ceylon and I did steep it at least three minutes. A shorter steep might civilize it (I like it this way). The lemon is present but hides under the ginger until the aftertaste. It is never in your face. The Ceylon comes through throughout. I like that in a flavored tea – because its TEA after all. The leaf is nice looking. The cup is tasty and has depth. I am happily surprised.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

sipdown two nights ago :( noooooooo

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100

This tea is my everything! I’ve had like 4 cups (in my new Yixing pot! :) )during the season premiere of Master Chef and I’m still watching it. lol. I’m waiting to order one thing for my birthday—this has gotta be it because I can’t run out!!

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100

Finally I nice floral tasting tea I can add to my cupboard :)

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65
drank Kiwi Black Tea by EnjoyingTea.com
616 tasting notes

Hmmm. This is good, but not great. And it’s far better than the last kiwi tea I tried.

The base is inoffensive, and unremarkable. It doesn’t overwhelm the flavors, or really compliment it either.

There’s a sweet-tart fruit here, but it doesn’t immediately strike me as kiwi. Sugar coaxes out a definite kiwiness, though. And cooling does so even more. I would imagine this is at it’s best iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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10

Got this little sampler when I ordered a tea pot. Smells delightfully spicy and warming on a cold winter night. Boy oh boy, was I in for a treat….

I did not taste any of the lemongrass…couldn’t pick up even a hint of it. The predominant tastes were heavily of black peppercorn and bitter chai. I added honey to try to cut some of the bitterness, but it didn’t help….so I added more….and nothing worked. Nothing helped pick this cup back up, and it got progressively worse the more that it cooled off. Definitely not my cup of tea

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Is my taster off? This stuff had a smoke flavor to it that I couldn’t get past. It wasn’t horrible, but it really wasn’t great.

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55

Solid black tea. Smells like amber, tastes a bit fruity with just enough astringency to bring it all back home. I would classify this as a “session tea” much like a pilsner or brown ale if you want a beer analogy. It’s not going to blow you away necessarily but it is a reliable choice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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55

I’m not an expert at this point, disclaimer.

The aroma was more pungent than I expected. The taste was less forward and I definitely got the nuttiness that is described. Would drink again, but doesn’t stand out to me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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35

I guess I’m kinda alone on this one, I really didn’t like the tea. I found the fruit flavors to be overpowering and somewhat bitter.

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