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80

Fairly certain this came as part of my Tea Table tea of the month club membership. It was still unopened until today. I’m working from home today so I have more leeway in tea selection and preparation method than usual. Still, I think this will be my last black tea of the day.

The tea has a strong, malty smell in the packet, like an Assam despite being a Ceylon. And despite the “fannings” designation, the leaves look attractive, though small. They look to me like extra long, extra thin rye seeds.

The liquor is a deep reddish brown. The aroma has more of the malty smell of the dry leaves smoothed out by steeping, and a fruitiness as well. The description says plum, and I definitely get that note. I might have said grape as well, as there’s something a little like wine about the aftertaste.

I don’t get the Assam-like maltiness in the flavor, and instead get the spicy fruitiness of a Ceylon. I get the plum note in the flavor as well, along with some astringency and an occasional back of the throat bite. It has a medium body and a fairly smooth mouth feel with some substance to it despite the astringency.

I think no. 2 will like this one as he likes the very solidly “tea” tasting unflavored blacks. My guess is this would make a good iced tea, too. Lots of flavor in this one. Pure Ceylons don’t usually rate astonishingly high with me as I prefer the China blacks in general, but this one is really nice for its type.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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83

Enough flavored blacks for one day. Now for something unadulterated.

I had to add this one to the database, but unfortunately The Tea Table no longer offers it so I can’t provide a picture. They do offer something called Kings Golden Monkey but from the description it’s quite a different tea.

This dates back to my Tea Table tea of the month club. Overthem00n introduced me to the Tea Table and they’re nice people with a good selection of yummy teas.

The dry leaf is a pretty mixture of dark and golden leaves and has a smoky fragrance. It reminded me of the smell inside one of our local barbecue/steak places combined with something that’s close to chocolate. The steeped liquor is a lovely copper color as mentioned in the description, and the aroma of the steeped tea has a fruity thing going on. A little raisin, maybe a little plum.

The tea is smooth and mellow and retains some of the hints of chocolate from the dry leaf. It’s brisk and definitely medium-bodied. I get a slight astringency but not enough to make it not refreshing. It doesn’t leave me thirsty. There’s a slick, slightly thick mouth feel to the finish, and something suggestive of grain—its a maltiness, but not a sweet maltiness so much as a grainy one. I am not sure which grain though. It’s a little like wheat, a little like rye.

And I just noticed that none of the grains I might have picked (including wheat, rye, or just “grain”) are among the flavor options. (Whine. Whine. Whine.)

This is a really tasty black tea that I’ll enjoy exploring over time.

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Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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70
drank Monk's Blend by The Tea Table
3 tasting notes

I’m normally not a fan of vanilla but it’s not too overwhelming in this blend. It makes a good breakfast tea but it’s best use is as an iced tea.

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95

I used to get it from the specialteas.com before it got clobbered by teavana. It was absolutely amazing, very well balanced Yunnan, Assam with little hints of green pearls.

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72

the great thing about a surprise is the many different ways that it can manifest. it can come in the form of ‘BOO!’, a lottery ticket win, realizing that someone was listening when you didn’t realize it and plugged in your favourite movie or meal. this tea was a surprise!

i am the scrooge that picks through the valentine’s day treats and chucks out the cinnamon hearts. they’re revolting. they burn my tongue and i hate the taste. i’m the one that only buys tins of watkins cinnamon because i genuinely think it’s the best tasting. don’t even get me started on oranges in tea: invariably tea companies dig too deep and include too much of the pith in the sample and my tea tastes bitter.

dry this tea smells like souped up cinnamon hearts. steeped… well, the orange much have been zested exactly right and the cloves of good quality because it works really well! surprise! the orange is present but doesn’t mess with my cream.

honestly the day couldn’t be better for it either because while the date may be june 20th it feels more like december 20th… wind, rain and a long day of errand running while it galed around me.

thanks cavocorax!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I have a bag of this but it has no brewing at ructions of any kind..any help would be appreciated.

katgolik

Instructions I mean

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96

Top notch. The berries work wonderfully with the black tea creating one of my favorite flavored blacks.

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80

Fantastic dessert tea. Rooibos is the perfect base for the sweet assortment of flavors.

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33

Why did I start my morning with this cup? :O I also brewed the Countess of Seville (DT) and Vicky’s Sponge Cake (BB) but am drinking this one now. It’s too artificial tasting for me, and I think there are too many cloves or something. Something is givin me a weird burnt orange flavour.

Guess I’ll add this to my swap box!

JustJames

LMAO…. thank you so much for adding it to your swap box!

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Well, my feelings won’t be hurt if you don’t like it? It seems like a lot of cinnamon orange teas are artificial tasting like this… It’s good at times, but I already have one.

JustJames

i’m not being facetious… read my review!

OMGsrsly

James, you might want to check out the orange spice chai from Murchie’s if you like those kinds of flavours. In fact, I have some I will carefully wrap in tin foil and send you… :)

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100

Fantastic. This is one of the teas that sold me on The Tea Table. Always amazing.

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63

I love amaretto but while the tea is a good occasional drink, the amaretto would’ve probably tasted better if it wasn’t so heavy handed.

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79
drank Casablanca by The Tea Table
38 tasting notes

Delicious. Great well-rounded fruit tea which can be a difficult task to accomplish.

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58

A bit too sweet for my taste and some of the vanilla/grenadine flavoring gets a little overwhelming, but still all in all a good combination.

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70

Tasty and unique like all of the Tea Table’s teas, however I think I personally was hoping for a bit more spiciness in the tea.

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87

Absolutely delicious. Orange creamsicle is one of my favorite flavors and rooibos is a perfect base for it with its natural creaminess.

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drank Fine Ti Kuan Yin by The Tea Table
1625 tasting notes

Ti kuan yin tastes like Juicy Fruit to me, so I have a predisposition to taste that flavor, whether it’s present or not. In this case, it was strong and pronounced when this cup was fresh. After it cooled, not so much. More like sweet cereal now, but it has a heavy, silky feel in the mouth.

MsWhatsit

I’d probably like this one. Juicy Fruit was my favorite gum when I was growing up.

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58

Spicy? Oh yes definitely getting that here! and butter… yep, can really taste that. Actually, I really like the buttery part. I just feel that it doesn’t mix well with the pepper very well. Something about the two of them together doesn’t sit right for me, atleast not in a tea. However I can see how other people would swoon.
Ah well!I knew this would be a love or… well, not love tea.
Thank you so much Alphakitty for this sample! I was SO curious about this one.

Alphakitty

This is definitely a weird blend!

Indigobloom

It really is! interesting though. In a good way, I think!

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81
drank East Fresian by The Tea Table
2 tasting notes

New blend by Tea Table. For some reason this tea stays smother with long steeps. Very full bodied. I think it is not a multifaceted taste, but it is ideal for a filling fortifying tea with cream and sugar on cold icy or wet days. Ideal for grey miserable weather. Bracing. Excellent with snacks.

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81
drank East Fresian by The Tea Table
2 tasting notes

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95

This is one of the best oolongs I’ve had the pleasure of tasting, a delicious floral bouquet to it. Sipping this tea it’s much like the description from the company. It’s buttery and smooth, I don’t much detect the smokiness described, but it does have a green floral taste, a little bit of green-ish flavor.

It’s delightful to drink and the smell is intoxicating. It’s got to be one of if not the best I’ve had so far.

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