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The Northern Lights Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

97

This is unbelievably good! Vegetal with barely any astringency, and a smooth, sweet finish.

Instructions say 30-45sec at 212°F, but I prefer 1min at 200 for the first steep.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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84

For a non green tea drinker, this is a very pleasant tea. The taste is very delicate and had no astringency whatsoever while maintaining an obvious herbaceous flavor. Very relaxing and refreshing.

I was hesitant to steep this one at the recommended 212’F due to my experience with other Japanese green teas, but I did and everyone I’ve served it to has enjoyed it as well as myself.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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100

The first thing that struck me about this tea is it’s AMAZING smell. It smells just like mint chocolate chip ice cream. It brews a delightful cup with very light notes of chocolate (which are not sweet, but instead more akin to cocoa) and a soothing mint aftertaste. The aroma is strong, but the tea itself is delicate, yet remains flavorful. It holds up well to steamed milk and a touch of sugar, making it a delightful treat. I have been brewing a pot of this each day at work just for myself! Would make a great gift for the occasional tea drinker or coffee drinker, especially around the holidays.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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73

This black tea differs from other chai types in that it has a bit more of a fruity profile to it. Despite the unusual notes from the rose and safflower, the tea still makes a great latte with steamed milk and a touch of sugar. The black pepper is hardly noticeable at all, giving the tea an overall subtle taste. Highly aromatic.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

The pomegranate flavor in this white tea is very light, but obvious nonetheless. The aroma, however, is quite strongly scented and pleasant. I enjoyed it iced. As with most white teas, steeping for more than 6 minutes maximum results in a bitter and unpleasant flavor. Overall I was more than pleased with the tea and drink it with some regularity.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91

First tasting note, so please bear with me. :)

Today I paid a visit to Northern Lights’ retail store, tucked away in the skyways of downtown Minneapolis. I spent some time browsing through their considerable collection of teas, and came away with a few to sample. This was one that caught my eye, and was recommended to me, but I couldn’t help but be wary – rose? I haven’t yet come across a black tea with rose that I’ve truly enjoyed, and I’m not a huge fan of overtly floral teas in general. However, not being one to refuse a chai blend, I brought it home and brewed myself a cup. Added some honey (this is probably not a tea you want to add milk to), and noted how amazing it smelled – slightly spicy, but the main scent was of sweet rose syrup (more foody than floral, i guess, if that makes sense). And it tasted pretty much the same way it smelled; mild rose syrup-y chai, no bitterness whatsoever. I really like this – it managed to far exceed my expectations, and it’s something I’ll be stocking up on regularly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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75

It’s got a very subtle pom flavor.

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