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80
drank Ceylon Balangoda by The Tea Table
12 tasting notes

This is a good ceylon blend. As the description says, it is good for breakfast and would take milk or sugar well. It’s not my favorite, but it’s solid.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Lady Londonderry by The Tea Table
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The fruit flavors aren’t strong in this, but it’s a delicious black tea. I really enjoy it when the weather is hotter – it has a crisp, refreshing flavor. It’s also good iced, which helps in the hot weather as well!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90

I don’t drink a lot of chamomile, but this is a great blend. The lemongrass helps keep the chamomile from being too sweet. It’s my go-to nighttime tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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25

This tea was too smoky for my taste. That being said, if you like that kind of tea, they’re great for individual servings of tea – I imagine they’d be great to use at an office, where having a full compliment of equipment for brewing tea is difficult.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Bingo Blueberry by The Tea Table
12 tasting notes

I drink this mixed with an oolong to cut it a little bit, but it’s a good fruit tea if you’re looking for something that doesn’t have an overwhelming hibiscus flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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80

I love this, either on its own or mixed with another tea. (Mixing it with Prince of Wales is one of my favorite blends.) It’s also wonderful iced.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Five O'clock Tea by The Tea Table
12 tasting notes

This is an extremely, extremely delicious tea. It’s my go-to black tea. It’s a little temperamental, so you have to be careful of your brew temp and time when you make it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Prince Of Wales by The Tea Table
12 tasting notes

One of my favorite black teas – it’s a lighter, more forgiving version of Earl Grey.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Masala Chai Tea by The Tea Table
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100
drank Masala Chai Tea by The Tea Table
13 tasting notes

To me, this tea is a perfect substitute to coffee in the morning. I brew enough for a 12 oz. travel mug before setting off to start my day. The spice and creamy bitterness leaves a tingle in my mouth and a spring in my step! I love this tea with brown sugar and vanilla almond milk in lieu of creme.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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