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drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
485 tasting notes

I don’t think I steeped this long enough, but it was still tasty! We picked up a couple single bags of this to try a Monk’s Blend before we invested in some looseleaf, but I enjoyed the light vanilla flavour of it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Cranberry Tea by MlesnA
327 tasting notes

This is definitely in your face flavoured tea – but a nice one. Ceylon tea, very nice base, strong but not bitter or tanninic and a lot of flavour. The flavouring does not seem too artificial to my tastebuds, though I am on expert on cranberry. It reminded me in strength and character of some russian brand (no idea which, packaging was in Cyrillic) flavoured teas, though perhaps this was nicer.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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80
drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
1688 tasting notes

Lighter, fruitier teas get shoved to the back of the cabinet during the coldest weather, but it’s time for the Monk to see the light of day again.

This tail-end of a pound is ancient…seriously, easily four years old…but the grenadine-vanilla bounce (can’t call it a kick…it’s sort of like dropping cotton balls on a table, it’s so gentle) is still there, even without doubling up on the leaf.

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80
drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
1688 tasting notes

My thoughtful and creative gift-giving husband saw to it I had about 3 bulk ounces each of German chamomile, Oregon peppermint, and lavender for experimenting and blending.

So I tried a teaspoonful of the lavender with my old standby Monk’s Blend. May have to work with the proportions a little, but it tones down the grenadine sweetness a little and — well, tastes a little like a purple Crayola. (Not that I ever actually ate one during my formative years.)

But then again, if you’re a sucker for blank paper and a brand new box of pointy crayons….

Anyway, it’s pleasant and purple and I’m feeling decidedly relaxed and Christmas pudding-y.

JacquelineM

What a thoughtful and creative gift indeed! Have fun blending!

VegTea

Oh, blending flavors is so much fun. Purple Crayola? Sounds interesting :)

I have some lavender too – if you’re looking for ideas, chamomile, mint, and lavender all together make a very nice herbal tea. I like lavender with Earl Grey too.

Gary

I’ll Have to try the Monk, I’ve been watching some on E-Bay and Just haven’t got it yet, your post increase’s my desire to try this Tea. I’m a sucker for the Boxes too. Keep on Steepin

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80
drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
1688 tasting notes

Just a comfy old favorite to match my Saturday morning-at-the-writing-desk ratty jeans and baggy Mizzou sweatshirt. The grenadine scent this morning makes me think of fruitcake…which makes me hungry for fruitcake…which makes me shake my head because if I’m that ADD this early in the morning, it’s going to be a LONG way to 1200 words….

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drank Peach Apricot Tea by MlesnA
21 tasting notes

A mere hint of what it says it is. I received this as a sample in a tea order and it was in an open sleeve, so I can’t really judge.

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80
drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
1688 tasting notes

Well, at least I THINK it was Monk’s blend … I have room for just one biscuit tin of teabags on my desk, and I had made some little fill-it-yourself sachets and stuck them in a baggie and they filtered down to the bottom of the tin and I’m not sure how long they were there. Some cheapie mint foil bags have seemed to permeate the whole mess …

…but if it was what it was, despite gross neglect and mistreatment, the aroma was still quite pleasant and it was a gentle little un-tea for a cloudy lunch hour.

…and the moral to this little cautionary tale is…

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67
drank Vanilla Tea by MlesnA
73 tasting notes

Received from a friend in Italy. A perfectly serviceable vanilla tea, but the flavour of the vanilla is not quite potent enough to stand up to milk, which I always use for black tea. Perhaps it would be better without milk… I sweetened my cup with agave nectar and enjoyed this as a morning tea. It’s not as bracing as Earl Grey, so I would suggest as a mild, smooth afternoon tea. Good, but not as creamy as I had hoped.

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67
drank Peach Apricot Tea by MlesnA
73 tasting notes

Received from a friend in Italy. I enjoyed this tea sweetened with agave nectar and no milk, and it was very good. A good balance of fruity sweetness and nice Ceylon black tea. I am unfamiliar with the brand, but I would put Mlesna on the same level as Bigelow or Stash tea for quality.

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93
drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
9 tasting notes

Not only does this tea taste great, but it is great for its original purpose, staying up for long periods of religious meditation. I often stay up for hours just sitting and thinking, and this tea makes you feel awake, but not jittery or how caffeine makes you feel. Regardless, this tea is a great blend of sweet and savory (i especially like the hints of vanilla). I highly recommend this to all fans of traditional teas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Fully Riped Apple by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

It is just a black tea with no detectable apple flavor. Although the tea bag smelled strongly of apple this did not translate into tea aroma or flavor.

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drank Afternoon Fruits by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Most fruit MlesnA teas seem to have a strong rose flavor. While itself a nice flavor it makes it hard to differentiate between various fruit teas and this one was no exception. Nice fruit/rose blend with a strong flavor perfect for afternoon pick me up.

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64
drank Bitter Chocolat by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Nice black with distinct chocolat flavor that is not too sweet. I prefer their Earl Grey Chocolat better but that is just a personal taste.

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drank Milky Mama Blend by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Very smooth black tea with very little tanning bitterness.

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drank Plain Royal Milk Tea by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

As the name implies plain ol’ black tea. Although I generally dislike black tea this one was quite mild and had a nice nutty flavor and texture.

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No particular flavor to this one, tastes like a mild black, a bit on the sweet side. Not bad in any way, just not worth buying or brewing, simply nothing special.

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88
drank White Peach & Earlgrey by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Quite a delicious mix. White peach is very strong while Earlygrey could have been a bit stronger. I also did not like the amount of bitterness on the first brew but I think it was just my excessive steep time. Second brew of the same tea bag provided a very mellow white peach flavor tea.

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84
drank Orange Paris by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Very nice black, has a strong sweet “dessert-like” flavor like an orange added to desserts (not to be confused with candied orange peel) very nice indeed.

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68
drank Rose & Peach by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Rose flavor very pronounced, peach taking a secondary seat in this taste concoction. Still makes for a pleasant early morning black.

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92
drank Amairo No Milk Tea by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Amazing flavor of melon with this black tea, it must really be my first melon tea. It was such a surprise and then I drank 5 cups one after the other, just could not get enough of it, pity the sample box only has one of each.

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drank Marron Paris by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

I am not able to pin the flavor. It tastes like a very mild black with no tannin bitterness at all and is nice with milk. Seems like a very light desert tea. Not unpleasant, but without being able to associate the flavor with something in my mind it seems like there is a mental gap that affects the tea drinking experience.

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88
drank Earl Grey Chocolat by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Very yummy. Earl Grey is my favorite tea and when mixed with the flavor of chocolate makes a great combination. I would like to have tasted more of the Bergamot in it but oh well, it is a good one nevertheless and the whole tea pot was gone in 20 minutes.

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drank Fruits Field by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Mild black tea with a very fragrant Rose flavor and taste. A very pleasant way to start my day.

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drank Momo & Strawberry by MlesnA
45 tasting notes

Was quite a strong tea for a fruit tea, the smell and taste of strawberry was very well pronounced, but the peach component was none existant as I did not even know it was in the mix until I translated the word “momo” which means peach apparently.

Second brew was much more mild with no black tea bitterness and was very enjoyable.

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