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90
drank Black Bud by TeaSource
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Black Bud by TeaSource
57 tasting notes

A full bodied, slightly malty black with mild astringency. Stands up to repeated steepings very well.

The flavor becomes deeper and more complex when brewed gongfu style.

Flavors: Malt, Tea, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

This is a lovely rich oolong. If you would like to try something a bit darker than a typical Ti Quan Yin, this one does not have the lighter, vegetal taste. Very smooth, nice aroma and a nutty barley flavor. Perhaps adding some honey it reminds me of a puffed cereal but can’t recall the name of it. There is a dry slightly tannic mouthfeel after.

The leaves look to have a couple more infusions in them. As a good oolong should.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Grain, Hay, Nutty, Roasted Barley, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Honeydew You Love Me by TeaSource
433 tasting notes

Hmm, not quite sure what to think about this one. The scent and flavor of a honeydew melon are definitely present and the smooth, light white tea base is a good match. But for some reason, I’m smelling and tasting a slightly yeasty note as well…unbaked bread dough is the best description I can come up with. No idea where this is coming from, but it makes for a rather disconcerting experience! Wondering if cold-brewing would amp up the melon and knock out the yeast? I’m going to have to do some experimenting!

Flavors: Hay, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet, Yeast

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Big Red Robe by TeaSource
57 tasting notes

A flavorful oolong with woody & nutty overtones. The liquor is a golden orange in color. I sometimes catch a hint of chocolate on the finish. Mildly astringent.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Nuts, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

Mild and flavorful. The strawberry flavor is noticeable without overriding the flavor of oolong tea. An extremely drinkable tea, both warm and iced.

Flavors: Green, Strawberry, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

Have been experimenting with longer steeps on this one, and the flavor has deepened and become more interesting. Still pretty easy to drink and not especially exciting, but pleasant.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

A sweet, very slightly citrusy, unchallenging tea. I get 3 good steeps out of it before the flavor starts to fall off sharply.

I think this would be a good tea to introduce someone gently to green teas.

Flavors: Citrus, Tea, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89

This is a younger pu’erh, but it’s a reliably good one. An easy go to sheng pu’erh and one that I will be using at an upcoming brown bag talk to introduce co-workers to sheng pu’erh and other teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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89

So I was wondering what it would take to steep this tea to the point that it would be to astringent. Well, I got pulled into a meeting and forgot about my little pot steeping for a couple of hours, lol. That finally did, but surprisingly it wasn’t unbearably astringent. Just added a little extra water and ended up with more flavorful pu’erh with a little dryer finish I like. Of course, I am in now way advocating steeping your pu’erh tea for hours. :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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89

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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89

Dry leaves have a sort of turmeric, pepper and straw aroma.
Wet leaves smell very much of hay.

Rinsed.
1st (20 sec): Very light sweet taste, smooth mouthfeel and a soft finish. Not a lot of flavor in the first steeping, but that seems common with pu’erhs.

2nd (15 sec): Very smooth, full mouthfeel. There is a wonderful sweetness that blooms into the finish. I don’t know if I’d call it plum, but it’s really nice.

3rd (30 sec): Wanted to push the steep time to test astringency, but 30 sec is the minimum recommended by TeaSource. Really smooth tea. Sweetness is still there with a dry finish

4th (30-40 sec): Really good pu’erh

The tea aroma is an odd turmeric and straw aroma not over powering, but so hard to describe that may be off putting to some. Whether you like raw pu’erhs as I do or are new to raw pu’erhs this one is definitely worth a try especially given the low astringency when not over steeped.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 OZ / 200 ML

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85
drank Roasted Chestnut by TeaSource
62 tasting notes

As stated by someone previous I’m really surprised that this tea is rated so low. It makes a great alternative to coffee in the morning for really waking you up and the flavor and aroma is amazing. I agree that it smells more of almonds than of chestnuts, but for an early morning tea it’s really hard to beat. My wife also loves this tea so this is one of very, very few teas that I buy by the pound. If nothing else try a sample.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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25
drank Chocolate Safari by TeaSource
433 tasting notes

I love most of the blends I’ve tried from TeaSource, but I’m not a fan of their rooibos. No matter what they flavor it with, I always mainly taste that sharp, medicinal rooibos base. This one is, unfortunately, no exception. There are hints of mild chocolate and coconut flavor, but not enough to satisfy me. Definitely won’t be re-purchasing this one.

Flavors: Medicinal, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Had this at Tiny Diner. It’s always nice to be able to get decent loose leaf at dinner. I chose this one not sure what it was, and could not quite pin down what it was supposed to be. It was sweet, floral ,and slightly fruity. I didn’t get much bitterness but then again I have no idea about how it was brewed other than that it was given to me with the infuser still in the pot. I was surprised to later find out there was cherry flavoring as I rather dislike it but it was subtle here, no cough syrup or cherry coke flavor. Still it will probably be enough to keep me from getting it again.

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79
drank Yunnan Jin Hao by TeaSource
117 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

There was 1 cup left of this in the tea box so I figured I might as well finish it off. A nice, malty, black tea with a light peppery flair. Initially tasted similar to an Assam, but once I hit the third steep it showed it’s Yunnan heritage.

Flavors: Malt, Pepper

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90
drank China Black Special by TeaSource
433 tasting notes

Another fantastic Chinese black tea from TeaSource! This one is very similar to Golden Snail from Whispering Pines: tightly curled black leaves with tons of golden tips that give off a rich, malty scent. It has a dense, chewy flavor with notes of baked bread and honey. It can be re-steeped multiple times before it starts losing it’s flavor. I don’t love it quite as much as their Golden Mao Feng, but it’s definitely a lovely option and very affordable!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Golden Mao Feng by TeaSource
433 tasting notes

This tea is absolutely divine! I already knew I loved TeaSource’s Black Mao Feng, so I decided to sample this one when I was in Minneapolis over the weekend. Oh my goodness! The leaves are super long and twisty with TONS of golden tips and the aroma is delicious: malty sweet goodness. Steeped, the liquor is a warm golden brown and the flavor is out of this world: notes of malt and sweet potato with a lingering honey sweetness and just the slightest hint of astringency that keeps you taking another sip…and another…and another. It’s also super smooth, with an almost velvety feel on the tongue. I didn’t have a chance to re-steep, but I’m quite confident from the quality of the leaves that this would hold up to multiple steeps. I can’t buy more tea right now, but next time I place an order this one will be at the top of my list!

Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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Yum! (Resolve to be thrifty and drink up what I have is crumbling…!)

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78
drank Yunnan Jin Hao by TeaSource
2089 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #3
A solid black tea – malty and sweet, medium bodied. The leaves are crinkly, like a crumbled golden monkey. The brew color is a rusty red. A tasty tea but nothing that makes it stand out. (That might be the fault of the thin pouch here.)

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71

This is very spicy, but also very thin on the ‘black tea’. I feel like its probably 80-90% herbal with a few leaves of black tea thrown in. Even with that, I prefer it with milk. The spice is heavy scent-wise, but there isn’t any heat to it when drinking it. I would have this again for occasional drinking.

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drank Yunnan Jin Hao by TeaSource
217 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping TTB R5 #7

I think the storage sandwich baggy has not done this tea any favors and has leached a good deal of the flavor from the tea.. its got a touch of maltiness left in it but none of the sweetness I was expecting… disappointing

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90
drank Milk Oolong by TeaSource
433 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tea along with the infuser mug my sister gave me for Christmas. I’m thrilled about the mug (it will make drinking loose leaf tea at work so much easier!) and was excited for a chance to sample this tea as well. It was quite similar to the milk oolong I’ve had from Teavivre: sweet and creamy with a rich, silky mouth feel. It also stays smooth and flavorful through multiple infusions. Definitely one I’d consider purchasing in the future!

Flavors: Creamy, Milk, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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