Mark T. Wendell

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
5 tasting notes

The scents of smoke and pine are perfectly balanced, but still allow the flavour of the tea leaves themselves to come through. The leaves are large for a relatively mass-produced tea; even fairly coarse filters will prevent sediment from passing into your cup. The tea will not go bitter no matter how badly you overbrew it. Overall, an excellent cup. Keeps well; order in bulk.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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5 grams to 12 oz. boiling water, 4 minute steep.

A great choice for those who like malty British-style teas for drinking with milk and sugar. Pungent but not bitter. One of my favorite CTC blends.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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72

the smell of dry leaves have a peppery undertone, which becomes more evident when contrasted with Wendell’s China Keemun – which happened to be sitting side by side with MTB at the time.

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72

perhaps the best way to define this would be “comfort tea” – snuggly, not overpowering or jittery, a good round-the-clock tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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86
drank Autumn Cranberry by Mark T. Wendell
264 tasting notes

This tea isn’t playing, it has cranberry! I tasted a touch of licorice. Very rich and strong in fall flavors and cranberry! I drank it iced, and it was so pleasing! I love teas with fruit flavors that are so juicy. This is it, my friend! If I could only find one like this with black current, I would be in tea heaven!

Thank you LiberTea for a yummy taste of this tea! This is truly a tasty cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

More swappin’ ammo…nice green cuppa! See previous notes :)

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83

I assumed this would be grassier tasting but it’s nutty-sweet with a little grassiness is the middle of the sip but then ends smoother. This is a good green tea!

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76

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for this beaut.

A no-nonsense, simple, light green with a great natural sweetness. A very pleasant green.

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75

I had this on a whim in the afternoon. I read up on it a little before trying. It apparently hails from the same region as Longjing. However, by the description, I expected a different flavor profile. And that it did. It was creamy, nutty, and quite vegetal…but the trifecta worked for the most part. When people think of green tea – and its strengths and weaknesses – this embodies those traits. But on the good side o’ the coin.

http://www.teaviews.com/2010/12/28/review-mark-t-wendell-triple-cup-green/

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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89

I think this finally convinced me that shou (cooked/ripened) pu-erh has its merits. Usually, I head for the sheng instead of its fishier sister, but this was a clean offering on dry sight alone. Taste-wise, it was earthy, woodsy, sweet…all things I don’t associate with cooked pu-erh. And it didn’t leave my stomach with a feeling of, “Why did I just drink that?!”

Good show.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/12/21/review-mark-t-wendell-organic-bold-leaf-pu-er-2/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Delicious! The cranberry and orange taste vibrant and juicy. The spices are very mild and are more of an accent to the flavor rather than a strong presence in the cup.

The black tea is fairly mellow with a bit of astringency – slightly drying. Pleasantly sweet without any additions but I prefer it with a little bit of honey. Nice and autumn-ish!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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72

This was ok. It says BOLD Leaf…I really don’t think it was that bold, but it wasn’t as harsh as some Pu-erh’s can be so I think it tasted nice. It’s wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t awesome either.

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84

I really love the aroma of this tea. The combination of the rose and the cranberry is enchanting!

Here is my full-length review of this tea:

http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/11/26/autumn-cranberry-from-mark-t-wendell/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

Very nice. The cranberry is sweet and tart. There is a floral edge to this tea that is quite surprising and pleasant, and seems to curb some of the tartness to a very enjoyable level.

The black tea is rich and delicious.

Overall, the tea has a very comforting “autumnal” feel to it (which I’m guessing Mark T. Wendall was going for). I’m really enjoying this. I really like this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86

I was rather surprised by this green tea. Most Chinese greens have a grassy, fruit-ish lean to them. This, however, had all of the flavor benefits of a Japanese sencha – almond-like, buttery, and lightly sweet. Definitely one for brewing on the subtle side, though.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/12/17/review-mark-t-wendell-cloud-mist-green-tea/

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Everybody knows yerba mate has grand health benefits and wake-up properties, but it doesn’t really taste that good. Guayusa has about the same properties but with a sweet finish that compliments the leafy aspect. This tropical blend contains ginger and orange peel, and – frankly – the ginger dominates a little too much. The orange peel almost makes zero impression beyond scent. Thankfully, it’s still a good blend with a lot of the natural guayusa taste coming through when fused with the ginger. Think of this as a ginger blend with a dash of sweet leaf.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/12/16/review-mark-t-wendell-runa-guayusa-tropical-ginger-citrus/

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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74

I am drinking this iced this evening… even though it’s a little chilly outside, I am finding it so refreshing as an iced tea.

The flavor is smooth and sweet. I like the overall lightness of this. The mandarin orange flavor makes the natural taste of the rooibos go down so smooth. Very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I think that this tisane is really better iced vs. hot. When hot I can taste the woody flavor of the rooibos, whereas when iced, the rooibos flavor becomes less distinct and the orange flavor really pops.

It’s good either way, but I prefer it iced.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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93

This tastes much like a ‘precious eyebrow’ type but MUCH better tasting!

Another neat thing about this tea is that it’s a grey-green leaf when dry but when infused it brightens up to a REALLY vibrant green color…much like when you blanch a green vegetable…like Broccoli for example…and it comes out EXTREMELY bright green!? VERY neat leaf color!! Anyhow…

This smells almost slightly chewy for a green.

It has a tad of a vegetal aftertaste but not bad at all.

This is a very good, solid green and I like it!

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85

Backlogging this one too and a sipdown…this one will be missed! Lovely fruit and spice with black tea on top!

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85

Very strong this morning…backlogging…

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Backlogging…one cup hot and one cup iced last night! Both VERY good! I think I like this one a bit more iced than I thought I would! Increasing rating a tad…

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85

The cranberry really IS exceptional in this…the spice is JUST RIGHT for my spice threshold! :) YUM!

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