Mark T. Wendell

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This rating is based on the tastes from a drastically over-infused attempt and may be altered or edited later.

I mistakenly stepped away from my tea as it was infusing and infused for at least 15-20 minutes! Oye!!! I will say this holds up nicely and is VERY forgiving! It even good over steeped! It’s earthy yet sweet!

Stephanie

I tend to overinfuse often so I love (and tend to rely on) forgiving teas! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

It seems I overinfuse often too! LOL :P

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85

This is ever so slightly scented green and the post infusion liquid color is very lightly colored yellow-green. I will say this is probably the sweetest green tea I have ever tasted or at least in recent memory. I think that is the highlight of this tea! The natural sweetness. I can get a little bit of the chestnut comparison but it’s not a nutty flavor, persay…well, maybe if you sip and hold the tea on the middle part of your tongue it’s a little (chest)nutty-esque. It’s earthy-sweet – more sweet than earth! I like it and it’s pleasant!

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
6770 tasting notes

Randomly chose this one from my stash…it’s a goodie! YUM! I think I will move on to Matchas, whites, and flavored greens, and rooisbos(eseseses) – Rooibos-EYE??? LOL

now.

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
6770 tasting notes

Had some earlier today! YUM!

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
6770 tasting notes

I over infused and it was much more smokey today. Still good but I just wanted to point that difference out since my last review. My rating is based purely on the fact that I like this for what it is…a smokey tea. This rating is a little different because the rating is so specific and for a specific reason…not just on my taste level. It serves a purpose…if that makes sense. It’s based on what I was looking for in a smokey tea specifically, I guess…WOOT!

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
6770 tasting notes

I don’t want to GIVE AWAY my review…but…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUH6yvCyQvM

THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!

I have been looking for a Lapsong Souchong JUST LIKE THIS! I FINALLY FOUND IT! Woot! Woot! Woot!!!!

I was looking for something with the strong smokey scent and was smoky to taste but didn’t have a funky after taste or too over the top while actually drinking it. I was also looking for one that didn’t taste like wood and was smooth. This is it! This just seems to have EVERYTHING I have been looking for in a smoky tea. I’m shocked…SHOCKED!!!!

Now…if you are one of those people who are the “more smokey tasting the better” this might not be strong enough in taste for you. At least the way I did it which was 1 to 1 and a half Tablespoons of loose leaf in 12-ounces of 190-200 degree water for 5 minutes.

Now that I know I like this I will tinker with amounts and infusion lengths.

I’m so happy now I could do the funky chicken!

Atacdad

Personally, can’t agree with you…too smokey for me. I find their Victorian Afternoon more balanced.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ll have to try that one, too!!!

Rabs

Omg! I laughed so hard even though I only made it into less than 30 seconds of that video. When the guitarist flicks his hair as he’s rockin’ out on the acoustic? ROFLMAO! I’ll have to try watching it again a little later. ::wipes tears from eyes::

Just added this tea to the list. I think we all need to have a tea that makes us wanna do the funky chicken! :D

SoccerMom

LOL I loved that song back in the day. When I clicked on your link and it went to that I cracked up!

TeaEqualsBliss

Glad I could assist with some comic relief on this wonderful FRIDAY!!!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

No not the funky chicken LOL

Lainie Petersen

I know exactly what you mean. This stuff is unbelievable!

Ed Fladung

I am so happy to find someone who also loves this tea. I first was introduced to this tea by a friend who left a one pound tin in my place and when it was finally empty I couldn’t find another one any where, couldn’t find Mark T. Wendell, there was no internet and I went into mourning. I am so happy to now have a regular supply.

Geoffrey Norman

I agree with your review all the way. This was my absolute favorite Lapsang.

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I haven’t had a true Genmaicha in several months…you know with the rice puffs and ‘popped rice’ in the mix? So I was fairly excited to try this. I can usually ‘take em or leave ’em’ when it comes to the Japanese Genmaicha Green…but I must say this is pretty good.

It looks like Genmaicha before, during, and after infusion…as well as it smells like Genmaicha before, during, and after infusing…HELL…it even tastes like Genmaicha…the only difference is, I think, this is the ONE Genmaicha I will remember liking fairly well.

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79

All I can really say is the little bit of aroma that this tea is eeeeeeeking out is 1 part masculine and 1 part feminine – it that means anything to you.

It’s a very dark brown color and just before the sip gives off a tinge of a toasty scent. It has a semi-woodsy, semi-toasty black tea taste that seems to be just what I need at the latter part of the morning before I switch to greens, whites, rooibos, and other types of teas.

Pretty good.

Rabs

Mmm…hermaphrodite tea…
Actually, that makes perfect sense to me – it sounds quite yummy :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m noticing…as it cools a bit it seems to get stronger…

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82

A nice standby tea! Full of flavor and a nice wake-up! See my other tasting notes on this one!

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82

Having another cup of this today…it certainly hits the spot! Semi-Malty, Semi-Chewy…I really must want a croissant today or something…it seems to be something I crave…which is really weird…because I don’t think I have EVER had a craving for a croissant…EVER…in my life…or in previous lives! (LOL)

JonTea

Croissants………….. mmmmmmmmmmmm :P

Auggy

Ditto what JonTea said. Yay for chewy, bready teas!

SoccerMom

Yay for croissants and chewy bready teas. :)

-Jessica-

ooooooh croissants!!!!! ***drooling***

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m thinking FRANK at 52 Teas has to come up with something here…lol…

TeaEqualsBliss

Okay folks…here’s what I sent to FRANK…Chime in with other flavored Croissants! LOL

FRANK!!!!

I think we might be on to something…Can you view the comments in this post of mine!? I’m thinking – and I think others might be interested – in a Croissant type tea…what do you think!? Perhaps a chocolate or strawberry cream cheese or raspberry??? I’m going to post this within the comments and see who else chimes in…

http://steepster.com/teaequalsbliss/posts/40402

-Jessica-

Ooh a buttery, chocolate croissant! My absolute favorite, I think that would make a good flavored black tea! Yummmmo!

JonTea

Ohhhh wow that would be a great idea
great tea to go with let’s say A CROISSANT!
Yeah I do that sometimes, chocolate tea with chocolate, maple tea with maple syrup pancakes, ya I’m a freak I know
if 52 teas does this, I would be ecstatic :)

Stephanie

At the very least, I would love a tea like Baked Bread. A Croissant would be even better! And beyond that, an Almond Croissant!

JonTea

Almond Croissant!!!!!!
MMMM im having that craving again
Chocolate croissant would be neat too :)

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82

Very light aroma of some kind of floral and…maybe…Pine?? Not sure. It’s pleasant tho.

Another really good medium to medium-strong black tea to have in your stash! Lovely!

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87

Clear, Bright Amber color…yes.
Robust – yes…especially for an oolong! YAY!
LOVE the twisty leaves!

The taste has a lot of character but it’s hard to describe. It’s certainly yummy. It’s Juicy but not really sweet but’s it’s not grassy, woodsy, or bitter. It’s smooth but has some kick to it. But it’s not peppery. I don’t really think it’s floral tasting either.

It’s almost like that guy in high school that was trying to be a rebel but deep down inside he was a big softy. The ‘good girls’ liked him and so did the ’not-so-good girls" and the guys wanted to BE him!?

WHOA. I have no idea where that came from…lol…

Must be the magic of tea again.

Certainly worth a try and I will definitely be drinking more of this!

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95

The earthy flavor makes this one of my favorite Yunnans. Sipping it conjures up images of my British grandmother in her beige cardigan, serving me afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Good quality, good tasting cup. The faintest hint of smokiness. A great everyday tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
197 tasting notes

I love this stuff and I think it is the BEST Lapsang Souchong. However, it makes lousy ice tea, so don’t try it that way

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
197 tasting notes

My favorite of the Lapsangs’s because the base tea is so good and it is very nicely balanced Simply the best of them all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100

to me this is very similar to PGTips

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

I found this to be less smoky than the various Lapsang Souchong I get in Chinatown

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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53

Strong, as expected. Has a mellow, earthy taste. I did not find it particularly remarkable, rather a plain, middle of the road, strong tea. Bet it would make a good iced tea and a good tea for water of questionable quality (water with its own taste)

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75

Very strong— good for an afternoon boost.

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drank China Jasmine by Mark T. Wendell
14 tasting notes

Good for when I want something a little different.

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drank Mountain Kenya by Mark T. Wendell
239 tasting notes

2nd steeping…still good.

tcurtis22

Kenyan Mountain Tea is (in my opinion) the best tea offered by Mark Wendell.
Outstanding aroma, flavor, and color. A true masterpiece if you like a strong tea.

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drank Mountain Kenya by Mark T. Wendell
239 tasting notes

A strong tea with a lot of body. This tea has an earthy, loamy flavor. Very easy to overbrew. The tea has a different appearance from other “leaf” teas. It is very fine, almost like gunpowder teas and needs to be measured when brewing…its soooo easy to get a lot more than you think! Re-steeps well (for me).

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