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79
drank Jasmine by McNulty's
38 tasting notes

The stamp on the bag says “Jasmine China Green Tea”. I thought this tea was refreshing, and was a good afternoon pick-me-up.

After steeping, I thought it smelled more on the vegetal than jasmine. You could definitely taste the green tea with just a hint of jasmine.

I would have preferred just a little more jasmine, but I really like green tea, so I still give this tea a good rating. I will most likely drink this again tomorrow morning.

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

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93
drank Java Santosa by McNulty's
38 tasting notes

This is the second day I’ve had this, and damn am I enjoying it. This is my favorite black tea that I have had so far.

Also, I feel more energized after a cup of this tea than when I have coffee in the morning.

Time to go make more!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

It’s a goodie!

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93
drank Java Santosa by McNulty's
38 tasting notes

I am starting my morning off with a cup of this, and I think this is an excellent cup of tea.

It has a rich taste, and is not bitter at all. It leaves a good aftertaste in my mouth.

I haven’t tried a wide variety of black teas, but this is definitely one of the better ones that I have had.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Tikuanyin by McNulty's
39 tasting notes

A slightly more oxidized Tikuanyin, so the color of the dry leaves similar to some first flush darjeelings, but in the classic rolled Tikuanyin oolong style. Absolutely delicious aroma – when I opened the bag I knew it was going to be a special oolong. Slightly earthy, just enough punch. The color of the brewed tea is lighter than expected given the leaf color, and the aroma transforms into something lighter than that of the leaves. Just buttery enough, just green enough, just floral enough. Very solid Tikuanyin.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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91

this special mixed is good as a basis for ‘milk tea’ blends.
I often blend it with an Assam and a ctc like red label or Taylor’s gold
I settled on this for it’s chocolate notes.

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67
drank Sencha Premium Grade by McNulty's
10 tasting notes

After being told by one of the employees at McNulty’s that this tea wasn’t exactly new (but what do you expect for the price?) I was skeptical. After purchasing 1/4 pound I can say that it is well worth the price. The leaves are not broken (at least not any more than your average sencha) and it produces up to three refreshing infusions that tolerate varied steep times quite well. While this tea won’t be winning any awards anytime soon it is a perfectly acceptable affordable every day sencha.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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68
drank Golden Assam by McNulty's
10 tasting notes

I was pleasantly surprised by McNulty’s Golden Assam. The tea has a very pleasant smell that produces a very flavorful infusion. It has also been my experience that this tea can survive a 10 minute infusion without losing flavor or becoming overly bitter. The leaves are fairly uniform and open up quite well. Overall this is a good everyday tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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44
drank Pi Lo Chun by McNulty's
7 tasting notes

A very average green tea. I’ve steeped every which way but I cannot get a satisfying cup.

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77
drank Nectar by McNulty's
4405 tasting notes

This is a decent black tea. It is fairly mild, not what I would call bold but it does have a certain strength to it. It has some lovely fruit notes to it. It is sweet and pleasant, with an agreeable astringency at the tail … it is quite a gentle astringency that allows for the sweetness to continue through to the aftertaste.

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88
drank Downy Pearls by McNulty's
6 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite teas. It is simple, straightforward, and beautiful to watch in a glass tumbler as it unfurls. Each pearl is comprised of two leaves and a fuzzy bud that are rolled by hand, which means between actual human fingers. The care and precision that goes into making each pearl is apparent in the taste, which is silky, honeyed and refreshing. My notebook reads, “[the flavor] is subtle and sweet. I get the image of goose down floating on still, clear water.”

An after-sweetness in the back of the throat provides a nice cooling sensation. It’s similar to sucking on the rind of a honeydew melon. The cooling sensation is not so strong as menthol, but there are similarities. The tea itself has the effect of focusing the mind and inducing a sense of calm, more so than other green or white teas. (Is this a white tea? McNulty’s is unclear on the subject…)

I could drink this every day. For a while, I did drink this every day, and when I didn’t feel like steeping and re-steeping in a teapot, I’d simply drop a few pearls (3 or 4) in a mug that I would refill with warm water until the flavor slipped away. Delicious.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is really good. Before reading anything about it, by the look of it I assumed it was a black tea and brewed it the way I’d brew a black tea. Fortunately, if there is any green tea or Oolong tea in there, I don’t get any taste in this cup that indicates that I scorched the leaves, so that is good.

I definitely taste black tea – but a lighter black, perhaps a Ceylon or a Darjeeling, but, I am not detecting any of that muscatel that would indicate to me that it is definitely a Darjeeling. I also taste a toasty flavor in there – possibly a roasted Oolong or a Kukicha? There is earthiness to the cup, and a fruit note.

Overall, a very pleasant cup that is keeping me guessing. But I like that!

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67
drank Chocolate Mint by McNulty's
12 tasting notes

When I’m craving a hot cocoa, but desire a brewed cup instead, I reach for this tea on chilly days. I love serving it after cooking a meal for close friends. A great tea for dessert as well.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Earl Grey by McNulty's
12 tasting notes

My daily cuppa to get the day started or to enjoy at tea time. I drink it with organic non-fat milk for a more filling flavour. Highly recommended.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Blue Eyes by McNulty's
12 tasting notes

A perfect fruity blend. A great alternative to high-sugar juices or your usual sweetened black.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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78
drank Ceylon Dimbula by McNulty's
4405 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this one.

This is a good Ceylon … a bit more finicky than a typical Ceylon. It is a lovely, rich tea with an interesting fruit and floral taste.

It’s a good cuppa.

seule771

You know the wording Ceylon could be Salon…like those in France.

I like the Silver Tipped Ceylon tea I tried a while back and this review reminds of this. I do not recall fruit and floral in the taste. Mine was more milky and melon dew like; like the smell of warm milk.

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85

One of the better Souchang’s I’ve had. When I steep it for three minutes it almost has a chocolate after taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Golden Assam by McNulty's
190 tasting notes

This is a lovely black tea. I’m not totally sure how it should compare to plain Assam, but it seems a little lighter and less malty, but still with nice body. I had this both hot in the morning, and resteeped and iced in the afternoon — delicious both ways.

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66

It seems like I haven’t had a “regular” black tea in awhile! So at first sip, this tasted strange to me. It tastes like a “typical” black tea. Like the most average black tea you can have. Like a Lipton tea bag?

Further sips, a woodsy note appears and something papery and old—like parchment? This is very drying on the tongue and surprisingly refreshing!

A very basic, mild-tasting yet potent black tea.

I think this would be perfect to brew into an iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Mainland China Oolong by McNulty's
190 tasting notes

A nice tea for breakfast as it has some body, but is not overwhelming. Especially tasting some sweetness and roasted notes this morning.

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87
drank Mainland China Oolong by McNulty's
190 tasting notes

This oolong definitely has a pu-erh-like flavor. The leaves themselves actually look almost identical to the pu-erh I have from McNulty’s – very large and fairly flat leaves. The earthiness is more subtle than the pu-erh, and it has a smooth taste with no astringency.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank (Amorous) Almond by McNulty's
190 tasting notes

This is the non-decaf version of a favorite. The stamp on the bag says “Amorous Almond” although I think the listing in the catalog and in the shop just says “Almond” – it might be a bit cheeky, but I like the alliteration better. :) Just the right amount of sweetness and almond flavor. It goes well with soymilk, and sugar would be a great addition too for a real treat.

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85

Just the right amount of smokiness, and it’s great on the 2nd steep. I think I’ll be drinking this one a lot.

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85

This is a very rich oolong. It smells roasted when dry and maintains that scent once steeped, but with an added earthiness that reminded me of a pu erh, which created a bit of unfounded anxiety as my pu erh experiences have been less than stellar. For an oolong, it’s a dark tea and has a dark liquor. 195/3.5 min. There’s no bitterness at all and I can most definitely taste a woodsy, chestnut like taste. It’s a very savory tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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