Idle Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

98

I really enjoy this earl gray. It tastes slightly fruity with a floral after-taste and it smells fantastic as well. This makes a great latte!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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68

Not a bad tea. The dry smell is very similar to earl grey, very strong bergamot odor. I used water just off the boil, steeped for about 4-5 minutes (sort of forgot about it so not 100% sure).

The taste is very close to a cream of earl grey – minus the cream, at least to my palate. It’s a smooth, tasty floral black tea as you might expect. Bergamot is definitely noticeable in this. I’m not nearly refined enough to distinguish between assam vs. other black teas so I can’t comment there.

Mine ended up a little bitter, though that is probably my own fault. Not my favorite but definitely a nice tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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90

I bought this tea out of curiosity from my local coffee shop. (the package says ‘toasted seaweed and raw sesame flavors – intriguing!) The smell is… not appealing. It’s exactly like the smell of musty old hay.

Steeped this for about 1 minute (will do multiple steeps of this I think) with water just shy of boiling and ended up with a nice, dark liquor. The taste is surprisingly pleasant, considering the smell. It tastes very caramelized and I definitely get the sesame flavors. Thankfully no notes of seaweed, at least for me. If you told me this tea was made from toasted sesame seeds I’d believe it – it’s like no other green I’ve had. It is a very tasty, rich tea which I would definitely buy again.

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

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80

Delicious! The aromas of clove and cinnamon come through so much stronger than any chai tea I’ve tried in the past. Similar to the Assam used in this tea on it’s own, I would prefer the citrus notes to come through a bit more, but it’s a very intoxicating tea. Good on it’s own, or with milk and sugar!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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35

This tea is on the expensive side ($8/oz), so my expectations were high. I fell in love with the soft, even needles. It smelled beautiful while steeping. The liquor aroma was also beautiful – a sweet, but strong grassy smell. However, the liquour itself disappointed somewhat. It had hardly any taste at all. I have tried steeping for less time, and for more time, but can’t seem to get much flavour out of it. I would also have liked it to be a brighter, more typical Sencha colour. I will try a different brand of Sencha next time.

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

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87

I love this tea – the taste of seaweed is amazing, it’s there, but it’s subtle and beautiful. This tea would be delicious with a light fish dish (obviously it would be perfect with sushi). It’s a very dark brown colour for green tea, but lovely and toasty tasting. Yum!!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

Not a lot of astringency, which was nice as I am not a huge fan of Assam teas. Nice malty flavour and beautiful copper colour. I would have like to have tasted more citrus and spice coming through.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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