Mendocino Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

92

This is a nice afternoon tea, that tastes like a sunny spring day in the flower garden. The taste is predominantly green tea and rose, with a lesser component of jasmine. The peppermint is too subtle to taste. I like to serve it with green tea cookies or shortbread.

Flavors: Bamboo, Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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75

This is a fun tea for when you want an adventure for your palate or if you’re feeling chilled. You first taste the tea and smoke, but it is less smokey than a Lapsang, and it finishes with the sparks of a bit of chili pepper. I like to drink it with milk, which mellows the “spark”, and will sometimes sweeten it, sometimes not, depending on my mood and what I’m having with it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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100

This is one of my favorite herbal teas, particularly during cold and flu season. I like to brew it very strong, actually boiling it for about 5 minutes, then sweeten it with honey. It’s like a “zinger” type of tea, but with less “zing” and a whole lot of ginger.

Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Ginger, Plums

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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100

I’m a mushroomer, as well as a tea drinker, and I love this chai tea with candy cap mushrooms in it, which give it a maple flavor. It needs to be sweetened for the maple flavor to come out, and I generally drink it with milk and honey or sugar.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Dates, Maple Syrup

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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97

This is an excellent black tea with a robust flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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48

This is not my favorite tea; it tastes too much like Lipton to me. However, I have some very good friends who love it. Taste is subjective.

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is a good basic chamomile-floral herbal tea with a little mint, but it is well balanced, so the mint blends in, and does not stand out. It contains a bit of stevia leaf, so those who dislike stevia may not like it, but the stevia is a small component, so the after-taste is not noticeable to me. I use it frequently as a tonic tea.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Organic. This is a good green tea, slightly vegetal, smooth, maybe a little sweet, it would be good for someone that doesn’t usually like green teas. I usually don’t think green tea takes sugar very well, but this one does.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Described on the bag as “a blend of the finest black teas from China and India.” I can definitely smell the Chinese tea characteristics in the bag. Brews up dark pretty quick. Has a good clean, classic tea taste. I made some iced tea with it and shared it with some other people…it was a hit.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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