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Recent Tasting Notes

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The packet said Strawberry Sencha from Frontier Naturals. But I couldn’t find that tea on their site. I do feel that there is some strawberry in this. The sencha is mild and well balanced with a bit of strawberry. This is not a strawberry soda pop tea. This is a nice cuppa for the afternoon; need more caffeine in a.m., no caffeine in evening.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Nettie

Yeah, I think they might not carry it anymore because I couldn’t find it to reorder.

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This is my very first chicory…and blech. Not my cuppa. At all. Looking at the title, lemon and ginger, mmm… I like both of those flavors, so together it must taste delicious! I even enjoyed the smell…..and the taste is just veryyyy concentrated version of the smell.. not sure why I didn’t like it…but it ended up going down the drain :’( For a herbal tea, it brews so incredibly dark…strange. Might try this again someday with only steeping the littlest bit of leaves..

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

Chicory with lemon? That’s a little odd…it works better with chocolatey/vanilly flavors.

albertocanfly

I could see that working a little better. Looks like I’ll have to try a different tea with chicory in it.. it just might be in the wrong place at the wrong time:]

apt

chicory is known to be a coffee replacement. it is very dark.

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This is a nice enough oolong but nothing to be excited about. It has some almond flavors but nothing it wasn’t really satisfying. Sort of a run of the mill oolong tea.

Thank you to Lariel for this tea!

Flavors: Almond

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

I didn’t send that one.

carol who

Darn! I wrote Lariel on the bag. I wonder who actually sent it. :(

Arshness

Adagio’s Almond Oolong is really strong Almond flavor and tastes really nice. :) I could send you some next time we swap if you want?

Lariel

It smells like marzipan actually. (Er, the confection, not our fellow forum member.) Don’t really like the Adagio oolongs.

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79

I received a sample of this from Suziqzer awhile back. Thank you!

Somehow this got pushed to the bottom of my work droor. I was digging around today and found it and was like, oh yeah! This was really tasty! It was a tad bit of the toasty oolong with hints of almond and a sweet finish. I really enjoyed this one! I will finish the last cup of this first thing Monday!

Suziqzer

Glad you enjoyed this one! If you want more, let me know. It’s one of the few I can get locally.

Cheri

Ooh, this sounds interesting.

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Scribbles shared a China black from Tao Tea Leaf that was so deep and rich I fell in love with it…was hoping that locally, I could at least make acquaintance with its peasant cousin.

So I picked this up last run to Fox Farm. It has hints of the toasty cocoa richness of the Tao gold standard, but just hints. All the same, an inexpensive (just over a buck an ounce) lightweight breakfast tea for the summer months.

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Based on the smell, I didn’t think I would like this tea at all. While brewing it has a very strong medicinal smell. It calms down a bit and while sipping reminds me or herbal sodas like traditional birch beer, root beer, and dandelion/burdock soda. Some sips taste a bit too floral and soapy, but other sips are clean and herbal.

Thanks for the sample Suziqzer! I have another serving left & will re-evaluate when I taste again.

Flavors: Anise, Autumn Leaf Pile, Corn Husk, Wood

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I received a sample of this from Suziqzer, thanks! I drank some of this last week and actually quite enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I was unable to re-create whatever I did last wee because I just brewed this and had to toss it out. It was over-whelmingly bitter and it was un drinkable.

Suziqzer

Oh no. Must be finicky?? I plan to try this one cold steeped and see how it fairs. I’ve not yet mustered the courage to try it hot, it smells so good dry I’m afraid it won’t live up to my expectations.. And I imagine it to be pretty heavy on the citrus flavor which I’m still adjusting to.

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65

Sipdown! 386/369

It’s gone! YAY! For literally years, I have picked up this blend, wrinkled my nose, and put it back. But enough is enough, so I cold brewed this overnight with about twice the leaf I needed in an effort to empty the bag.

Full disclosure, it’s easily been two years since I got this blend and it’s been stored in a plastic ziploc baggie. So…I’m not holding my breath on this one.

I’m not going to change my rating because, well, it’s old. But despite twice the leaf, it’s weak and tastes like lemon cardboard. I’ll chug it for the sake of hydration, but I am glad to finally get it out of my cupboard.

Dexter

Congrats on getting an OLD one out of the cupboard. I’ve recently started being more “firm” about drinking older teas first. I don’t have anything that’s “years” old, but need to get serious about drinking the older stuff before it becomes OLD. LOL Thanks for the reminder on WHY I need to be doing this. :))

aisling of tea

Exactly. Now, I do have several tea that are kept in tins that are years old and still very good, but this just isn’t one of them.

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80

It’s cold and windy and in general a yucky day. How dare the sun shine! I have a head ache and don’t even want to get out of bed. Actually the cat is holding me hostage by laying across my legs. I can’t get out because you know I don’t want to bother the cat when she is purring so loudly :-P I had a bit of Warming Crimson Berry which I enjoy but not really enough for a cup. So I added some Strawberry Herbal. A little stevia to fight the hibiscus. A nice warming cup with a bright chili after taste. It’s kind of cleaning out my sinuses which I hadn’t even noticed were clogged up. I hope this isn’t the beginning of a sinus infection. It’s the kind of tea that I need to have eat with or the chili can upset my stomach. After forcing the cat off my legs, I made the tea and now she is on my lap and shows no signs of moving. Help, I may be trapped the rest of the day :D I lowered the rating on this a little. It does’t seem as good as I remember it or maybe it’s just that I feel crummy.

Flavors: Berries, Peppercorn

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received a sample of this from Suziqzer. Thank you for sharing.

Reading the name of this tea I got really excited. I love both flavors. Brewed up though this was a little too medicinal for me. I get the lemon form the lemon grass and I get ginger. It tastes like there is chamomile in there. I am not sure why this didn’t work for me. It is a very dark brew which is really surprising. I added some ice and it was okay cold. I really wanted to like this one, but it is not my cup of tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

Sorry it was a miss for you.

I have to confess I haven’t steeped this one yet myself. I bought it because it’s smells amazing, but I’m not a big citrus tea fan. Thinking I might cold brew it and see what happens.

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Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Flavors: Butter, Nuts

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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62

This tea is not among my favorites. It has nothing particularly wrong with it. Mild musty taste, some what vegetal. I probably will not buy it again. Plain darjeelings are not my favorite anyway. Luckily, I don’t have much of it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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62

Nothing special. Just decent Assam.

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67

golden, tippy….English Breakfast?? is that you?

i had this tea the other day & for some reason i thought i was drinking English Breakfast! which as far as i know contains Assam, in the very least…

i’m inclined to say my taste buds aren’t up to snuff, but this isn’t as dreamy a Darjeeling as i remember other darjeelings being..

it was quite a bit astringent, a bit more than is warranted for standard blacks, and darjeeling is supposed to be the champagne of tea! a lemon note kept popping out at me that i wanted to go away, and that’s saying something since i love lemon. i drink lemon water (to the point of it being cloudy) fairly regularly although i will admit, it is sometimes an exercise in endurance. lol

anyway…i guess i was hoping to have a black tea that could hold up against milk & sugar. it didn’t seem to work this time.

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