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60
drank Strawberry Oolong by TeaSource
7 tasting notes

I tried this one hot today and wasn’t a huge fan. The flavor was pleasant, but rather bland…and it was a lot more oolong than strawberry! The company suggests drinking it as an iced tea, so I will try that next time to see if I like it better.

Flavors: Floral, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

I share teas with my aunt who doesn’t like flavored teas so I don’t order them. A sample packet of this was included in a TeaSource order. If I were only going by my own tastes I’d definitely order this again. It works very nicely by itself or even with milk and suspect it would make a delightful iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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81

I ordered a bunch of Ceylon teas from TeaSource to give them a try. I tend not to be a fan of the Ceylon’s I’ve tried—from this or earlier orders. I think because I hadn’t found then very distinctive—I feel I might as well be drinking a bagged Lipton tea—too basic. Yet in this case I’d say this is basic black in the sense of that little black dress—a classic you can take anywhere. It’s a self-drinker that tastes quite well on its own and yet also one that stands up and blends well with milk. My favorite among any Ceylon I’ve tried and one I’d definitely order again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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80

I ordered a bunch of Ceylon teas from TeaSource to give them a try. I tend not to be a fan of the Ceylon’s I’ve tried—from this or earlier orders. I think because I hadn’t found then very distinctive—I feel I might as well be drinking a bagged Lipton tea. This tea is different—my favorite of Ceylon’s I tried, one I’d order again, though I’m not sure yet it’ll be an absolute favorite. But this one does have richness and complexity—a malty, chocolatey note, but also a plummy, fruity note as well. Both my aunt and I (who tends to like more “basic” teas) liked it very much.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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65

This is one of several Ceylon teas we ordered from TeaSource, one of three we’ve tried. So far this is smack in the middle. Not a keeper by any means—but drinkable. I find it hard to summon much more enthusiasm than that, but I should note I’m not generally a fan of Ceylon teas—at least thus far—I find them very basic, not standouts, and this one isn’t an exception, with nothing that much distinguishes or detracts. It does stand up well to milk.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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79

We’re trying out various Ceylon teas from TeaSource—this is the third from this order we’ve tried. My problem with Ceylons so far is that they strike me as very basic teas, like something you’d get from a Lipton teabag, without the personality of darjeelings, assam or Chinese black teas. My aunt who I share these with on the other hand likes basic, unflavored teas, so you’d think she’d favor those. This is her favorite so far, one she said she’d like to see again, and on that basis it may get reordered someday. As promised on the label it’s smooth and mellow—although to me nothing all that special and is getting a relatively high rating more for my aunt’s liking of it than my own tastes—I can say though it stands up very nicely to milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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78
drank Brandy Oolong by TeaSource
4 tasting notes

I drink this when I want a hearty tea. It’s bold flavor makes me put it in the same category as black tea instead of thinking of it as an oolong, but it doesn’t have the sharp astringency or sour cherry flavor a lot of black teas have. Slightly toasty with elusive plum notes, this was my favorite among a tasting of similar oolongs.

Flavors: Plums, Rye, Smoked, Toasty, Whiskey

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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46

I found this OK—but nothing special. I found it a very basic tea—but I should mention that’s how I’ve felt about all Ceylons I’ve tried to date. To me they just don’t have as much personality as Indian or Chinese black teas. However, my aunt who I share these teas with tends to love the basic teas and didn’t care for this one—she said for a black tea, it felt “light” to her. The package label describes it as “medium-bodied” and it does tend to seem lighter to me than the black teas we’ve enjoyed—although I did enjoy this—enough to drink, not enough to order again given the many alternatives we enjoy much more.

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90

The perfect cup of tea.. Smooth, strong-bodied but not overwhelmingly so. The colour of the leaves and liquor is everything i could ever ask for from an amazing Chinese black tea.

Flavors: Earth, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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99
drank Amber Oolong by TeaSource
4 tasting notes

This tea is a light green semi ball that has been roasted to a perfect medium. You can actually taste the sweet floral notes of a light oolong and the roasty complexity of a dark oolong at the same time! TeaSource just got a new lot of this tea that is a little less stellar (perhaps an 85 out of 100 instead of 99) but the price is half what it was for the old lot. Absolutely my favorite oolong ever!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

We really enjoyed this tea—about the only Green tea out of four we ordered we can say that about. This one was mild, without a vegetal or grassy or brothy taste which I find hard to enjoy. This is definitely one we’d order again.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

This is OK. Maybe I’ll get used to it? I’ll give it another try. Given I love vanilla, chocolate and coconut but this was my first taste of rooibos, it must be that last that causes my lack of enthusiasm. It smells—and tastes—rather medicinal to me. Not my cuppa.

Flavors: Medicinal, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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67

I like this without quite loving it. It has a roasty, toasty taste and definitely is on the dark side of oolongs. I don’t taste the honey-like note in the description of the tea on the package and on the site. But I would describe a note reminiscent of caramel.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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73

I did really like this—and maybe I might like it even more ice. If I don’t rate it that high—well, I’m actually not a huge fan of herbals. I decided to get some hibiscus tea because I’d read it could lower cholesterol—so why not give it a try? But I found the pure stuff way too sour to tolerate. I got this to see if I could enjoy it with the mix. It may be there’s too little hibiscus here to be therapeutic, but at least I can enjoy this, and the hibiscus, though still apparent, is not overwhelming. The smell when I opened the pouch was a treat in itself—flowery, fruity, candy-like. And it tasted almost as good as it smelled.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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35

Yet another green tea we won’t be ordering again. We did like TeaSource’s Pi Lo Chun Imperial—this one is a different story. My aunt said to her it tasted “like food” and when pressed what kind said “frankfurter.” I think it does have a brothy, umani undertone to it. Something in it anyway we don’t really like.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

Of all the teas in this new order this might be my favorite. It’s described on the package as having a cocoay/molasses. I can certainly taste that in it and it gives it a fairly unique character among the black teas I’ve tried—I can’t recall a similar flavor profile. My aunt found it only “Okay.” She likes very basic teas like the Kenya Milma in our order. The things that for me make this tea stand out are exactly what she doesn’t like. But yes, personally this is one I’d order again. If I’m rating it a bit lower than the Kenyan tea it’s only that given both my aunt as well as I like it I’m just that much more likely to order it again.

Flavors: Cocoa, Molasses

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

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Flavors: Cocoa, Molasses

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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77

I did like this one—it’s reminiscent of a Hunan Black I’m fond of. It’s smooth as advertised on the package and site, but with a bit more character than the Kenya Milma tried yesterday, which struck me as a very “basic” tea, although more reminiscent of Hong Mao Feng than say a Ceylon. The Malaysian Highlands tea struck me as more distinctive, which makes me prefer it a bit over the other tea—and which made my aunt prefer the Kenya. Both are good teas that stand up well to drink although I think neither is destined to become a favorite.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

We’d been striking out with the teas in this order—till now. This one both my aunt and I liked. The description on the package calls this a “classic British cup o’ tea” and it does feel like a very basic cup of tea, even if not quite comparable to the types of blacks I’ve tried. It’s not reminiscent of Assam or Darjeeling certainly, not quite as characterful as Hunan Black or Black Bud, and taste more robust than a Ceylon—more as the package describes, “woodsy/nutty” than the bright citrusy note of those teas. I very much enjoyed this one, even if I wouldn’t quite put it at the tippy top of my favorite blacks.

Flavors: Nutty, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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59

So far we haven’t had a keeper among this order from TeaSource—not even close. The best my aunt would say of this was that she would drink it—which is more than she could say for the white tea (Silver Bud) or green teas (a Chinese Sencha and the Organic Clouds and Mist). She likened it to a flavored tea, which she doesn’t like, saying it tastes too flowery to her. This is definitely on the green side of oolong, and there is a flowery or stone fruit flavor to it. I don’t dislike the tea, and that’s reflected in my rating, but I have a lot of strong favorites among the TeaSource Oolongs, and I admit this doesn’t taste distinctive enough to rank among my favorites such as Big Red Robe, Oriental Beauty, Sweet Silk, Rare Orchid or Brandy Oolongs—especially since this is one of the pricier teas.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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36

We really liked the Clouds and Mist Supreme tea—one of our favorite green teas, that got us to like that kind of tea. This organic version? Not so much. It’s drinkable—which is more than I can say about how we felt about more vegetal green teas such as Sencha and Dragonwell. My aunt thought she detected the taste of pineapple. It is slightly citrusy—a bit buttery—but honestly I found it too bland for my tastes to order again when there are alternatives I like much better such as it’s (alas) pricier Supreme Grade cousin.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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31
drank Sencha by TeaSource
101 tasting notes

My introduction to green teas were a Sencha and Dragonwell—and it wasn’t a happy one. I found both teas too vegetal—almost undrinkable, reminding me of spinach water. If a green smoothie makes you go yum, maybe for you, but not for me. Now since I have found green teas to love: Iccha Kariban, Hojicha, Clouds and Mist Supreme, Pi Lo Chun Imperial. This particular Sencha from China was described on the TeaSource site as “a little sweeter than most Japanese senchas, with a little less taste of the sea.” Unlike the Japanese Sencha Uji, I didn’t find this undrinkable, but I didn’t care much for it and won’t be ordering it again. My aunt who I share my teas with like this even less—if the white tea we tried recently tasted like “hot water” to her—well, she described this one as tasting like “dirty water.”

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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34

The description on the package calls this “very tart and a little sweet.” I’d call that truth in advertising. I actually ordered this because I read it’s good for cholesterol and thought I’d give it a shot. Well, it’s strong medicine and a bit hard to take. Very sour, a little fruity—reminds me a bit of cranberry juice. It might work better iced or mixed with juice or blended with another tea. I found it too strong and tangy for my tastes, although a little in an herbal blend might be quite nice indeed.

Flavors: Cranberry, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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