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McNulty's

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87
drank Mainland China Oolong by McNulty's
188 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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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
4221 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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82
drank Chocolate Mint by McNulty's
9 tasting notes

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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

I think I forgot to send some of this to my Sororitea Sister so I will do that…I had some over the weekend so I am backlogging…be sure NOT to over infuse this one…

I picked up some basil-like flavors this time around…see previous notes…

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78
drank Ceylon Dimbula by McNulty's
4221 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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86
drank Apple Mint by McNulty's
6770 tasting notes

Had two cups for a SIPDOWN! See previous notes…

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86
drank Apple Mint by McNulty's
6770 tasting notes

A little lighter on the mint but help cut the pucker of the apple. Almost done with this one from my stash…

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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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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Golden Assam by McNulty's
188 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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drank Mainland China Oolong by McNulty's
1625 tasting notes

I often mention my favorite no-name China Oolong tea that, last time I looked, is still running just 31 cents an ounce at our local health food store. This is its elegant, wealthier relation. It leads with a predictable woody taste, but has some lighter, brighter, fruiter stuff happening when you give yourself a minute to think about it. Nice!

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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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88
drank Plum by McNulty's
188 tasting notes

Just as I suspected, this is delicious iced! I couldn’t quite finish my mug of hot tea this morning, so I poured the rest over ice and took it with me to work. The plum flavor and sweetness are more intense when iced rather than hot.

TeaEqualsBliss

I LOVE THIS ONE!!!!! Ran out tho!

VegTea

Sad! I only have 1/4 pound, so I think running out could be a problem for me too soon.

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87
drank Mainland China Oolong by McNulty's
188 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
188 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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88
drank Plum by McNulty's
188 tasting notes

Another lovely flavored tea from McNulty’s. The plum flavor adds just the right amount of sweetness. I had it hot, but I think it also would be delicious iced.

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