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87

Full and light. This tea smells smooth, buttery, and floral and is worth a whiff before brewing. It has more of a full body taste than one would expect from such a light green color. The tastes are hard to discern, so if you’re not paying attention, it will just be generally pleasant. There are hidden hints of lilac, lemon, and sweet grass. It leaves your mouth feeling slightly dry and is a good palate cleanser.

Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Wheat

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

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85
drank Kabusecha by TeaSource
21 tasting notes

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kabusecha it is similar a Gyokuro, as it is a green tea that is shaded, the difference is a Kabusecha s shaded for the final fifteen to twenty days before being harvested. So it is somewhere between a Shincha and a Gyokuro.

Teasource’s Kabusecha is very shredded, Kabusecha traditionally is shredded, and slightly curled differentiating the larger leaves from the traditional Shincha dry leaf. Yet the dry leaf is very reminiscent of a gyokuro, perhaps a little more tart smelling. With this tea I brewed two western style infusions and once more to make iced tea.

For my first infusion I brewed at 160°f for two minutes. The liquor was silky smooth body, with a light green color. It had a mellow vegetal notes and slight grassiness undertone. Interestingly it had both a unami and a sweet edge to it. It had a very sweet grassy aroma that was quite refreshing.

For my second infusion I brewed at 176°f for three minutes. This time the body was still smooth, but had a considerable darker green color. This time the grassy taste was almost completely absent, instead the vegetal taste became more pronounced, while it still was sweet, it was more like caramel then anything else. The aroma was muted this time.

I used the leaves and flash chilled them to make a really delicious iced tea. I left it in the fridge for a little under eight hours. The tea was the best of the previous two infusions, grassy yet tart, sweet and unami. It was sweeter than an iced sencha, but less grassy. It had a very sweet aftertaste.

When I first saw this tea, I was expecting it to be more lightly steamed then it is (while it is not a moderately steamed Kabusecha, it is not light either). Also for those unfamiliar with shredded tea, some leaf sediments is going to escape even the finest filter, so be prepared for some sticky leaves at the bottom of your cup, while some do not like the texture of drinking leaves, I do not, so this was not a deal breaker for me. Teasource’s Kabusecha undoubtedly is going to be a staple of my tea stash! I am positively in love with this.

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75
drank House Earl Grey by TeaSource
137 tasting notes

I was a bit turned off by the smell of this tea in the tin: it has a very sharp (almost sour) beramot scent. However, this mellows out a lot when you steep it. It’s still quite heavy on the bergamot and I wish the black base would pop a bit more…but it’s a very tasty earl grey!

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Albert Square Blend by TeaSource
137 tasting notes

This is my favorite English Breakfast Tea (at least at the moment!) It’s rich and malty and full-bodied, takes milk beautifully, and really wakes me up in the morning. I would gladly drink it every day!

Flavors: Earth, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Strawberry Oolong by TeaSource
137 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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97
drank Brandy Oolong by TeaSource
9 tasting notes

Smells like bread in both the leaves and the brew. If you know your culinary/linguistic history, it makes sense: we get the word ‘bread’ from the same word as ‘brew’. It tastes like bread, too, with almost no after taste. A good palette cleanser, as well as an enjoyable, no-nonsense tea. I rated this one more harshly in the paste, because of its simplicity, but as I’ve gained more experience in tasting tea, I’ve come to realize that simplicity is not the same as one-note. This tea is just a good taste with a complexity that is very well blended.
You know how when you make a soup, it tastes better the next day because the flavors have had a chance to marry? The same effect seems to be going on here, except the flavors of bread and whiskey have been married to produce something else entirely, something more elevated.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Wheat

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97
drank Brandy Oolong by TeaSource
9 tasting notes

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97
drank Brandy Oolong by TeaSource
9 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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