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Mark T. Wendell

Recent Tasting Notes

88

This is a really nice, mild tasting tea. Lightly vegetative… not a strong grassy flavor. More of a sweet, nutty kind of taste (a non-roasted nut). I like this one a lot, I’m already on my second infusion!

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81

Stereotypical Darjeeling – yes – with a little more grassy and floral going on! This is a full flavor Darjeeling that is for sure! The infusion (liquid) is lighter in color but the aroma and taste is THERE. Pretty good!

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94

REALLY liking this – backlogging from last week and this morning…more info coming soon…

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
1624 tasting notes

Taking a break from household reconstruction to flit online and discovered this review is posted: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2213/tea-review-mark-t-wendell-hu-kwa-lapsang-souchong-2/

Incidentally, the cup in the profile picture survived the storm; it’s handle didn’t. :(

ashmanra

Sorry about your cup. I couldn’t tell in the picture what was on it but it must have been a dear one for you to post it as a profile pic! And I tremble to ask…what about the teapot from Mema? Has it been found?

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94

ANOTHER SIPDOWN
Farewell friend…you will be missed!

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83

Thanks again to Geoffrey for sending me some of this tea.

I really do love this tea. It has a beautiful flavor – very rich and flavorful. I love the warm spicy undertones and the hint of sweetness that hits around mid-sip. It is not quite as bold as an authentic Keemun, but, that’s OK… sometimes different is good, and in this case that’s very true. A very pleasant, deep, complex flavor that I’m enjoying immensely.

Kashyap

so with formosa being the old name of Taiwan, is this a Taiwanese varietal leaf (traditionally used for oolongs) that was then made following a Keemun traditional oxidation practice? Any idea how it was manufactured?

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94

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94

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me these pearls!

Yay! I love jasmine. And these are so beautifully scented. It tastes light and creamy and soft. When I sip it it’s like floating on a cloud surrounded by jasmine blossoms.

Awesome!

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77

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89

Quite strong…perfect for mornings! Upping rating! YUM! 3 cups this morning!

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74

This smells a little herbally but it seems to have a SMIDGE of berry aroma hiding somewhere, too. The spices are very subtle…very light. Once infused I can smell the lemongrass and the spice is just underneath the lemon-aroma. The taste is very different…there is a cinnamon powder type taste paired with the lemongrass on the tongue and that’s on top of the stereotypical green bean or fresh pea type taste I have been associating with Guayusa. Not bad. Very different from what I expected…but not bad at all!

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85

Very strong this morning…backlogging…

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I’m not sure how to rate this one yet – might have to spend some more time with it. I guess one could say it’s dew-like – there is more to it – just can’t put my finger on it…

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91

Yet another surprise! Just when I think I can predict a flavor of a tea – I am dead wrong – but in cases like this – I LIKE THIS! I LIKE being WRONG! :)

This has a very masculine black tea aroma and taste. It’s very rich and bold. It has hints of pepper and earthiness to it. An even smaller hint of smoke, too.

I really like this because of how different it ended up being! YUM!

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80

This tastes like fresh, raw green beans with fresh mint! Pretty Yummy!

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94

This is a bold brew! Slightly Malty but rich black tea. Mighty fine for those morning or even mid-afternoon lulls!

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73

This smells like green beans or fresh peas or both, citrus, and ginger. It’s a funky dark olive brown-green in color. Tastes JUST LIKE raw, fresh green beans! With a hint of citrus and a hint of ginger.

Interesting.

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89

This is really malty and rich. The ‘leaves’ are more like granulates or pebbles and dark. It also ‘brews’ very dark! Excellent for mornings!

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77

I just received a HUGE box from Mark T Wendell from UPS and I’m jumping right in!!!!

This is surely Vanilla flavored black, indeed! The aroma is intense and the black tea and vanilla flavoring (to taste) is about medium strength in each area.

Overall this is an enjoying cuppa! I’m not a vanilla freak so maybe if you are you will find this to be just what you are looking for! As for an outsider looking in – I did want to try it to compare notes! This is very nice! And that’s coming from someone ‘middle of the road’ in the liking-vanilla world, so to speak! :)

Uniquity

Two packages in one day, eh? : )

TeaEqualsBliss

Actually…3 :)

Uniquity

Spoiled!

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87

Thank you to Mel for sending me a sampling of this tea.

This is a lovely green tea – very delicate and mild. A light note of vegetation that is more like leafy vegetable than grassy. Pleasantly sweet. Nothing particularly fancy, just a very good green tea.

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77

“An important part of this good breakfast…”

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90

The last of this tasty Taiwanese oolong. It shall be (moderately) missed.

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