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Mark T. Wendell

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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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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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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97
drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
6770 tasting notes

Had some earlier today! YUM!

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85
drank Assam by Mark T. Wendell
429 tasting notes

I made a trip to my local health foods store and bought more of this assam tea. At 1.60 an ounce its cheap and also makes a very nice brisk full bodied cup of tea. I’m getting no bitterness and almost no astringency. This tea is not as harsh as some assam teas I have drank. Its a very smooth cup with a kick to wake you in the morning. I may buy a pound next time as the price drops to a buck an ounce. (I’m not sure why this is cheaper in Freeport than online, but it is.) This is one tea I can drink every morning with no regrets.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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

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 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

THis is better than I thought it would be! Sure, it smells just like you assume it would but this is a tasty flavored tea…juicy cran and the spices are just-right!

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95

I doubled the amount on purpose BUT forgot about it infusing and infused longer than I should of but I will tell you this is VERY forgiving and quite good! VERY juicy mandarin and absolutely LOVELY! Ahhhhhhhh!

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89

WOW! Cranberry! True Cranberry! Highly scented and tasting cranberry flavored black tea! Not as bitter as Adagio’s from last year! I really like this for this time of year esp

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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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95
drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
344 tasting notes

This was a far lighter Lapsang Souchong than the usual campfire variety. There was even a welcomed floral presence I wasn’t expecting.

Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/06/30/review-mark-t-wendell-hu-kwa/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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