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69 Tasting Notes

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drank Ceylon Orange Pekoe by Twinings
69 tasting notes

Very mediocre tea even by bagged tea standards. Bitterness is there and that’s about it, very bland flavour profile. It’s drinkable, but English or Irish breakfast variations of the same brand would be a better choice. Not much more to say.

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

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I am drinking the flat bag variety so I will not be too harsh on this. It’s a good breakfast tea. It sure has an accurate name, it’s a great tea to brew as soon as I get to work, wakes you up great. It’s a plenty bitter, but I am way oversteeping it so it’d be silly to blame it on the tea itself. But I like this intense boldness of flavor, after all it leaves a great after taste. As far as bagged teas go, this one is a keeper (and it’s not the first time I refresh the stash).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Don’t have that much experience with Assam’s but this tea has a pleasant bitterness and definite maltiness that people are referring to. Very good breakfast tea (to compliment the part of the name) and gives a refreshing “wake-up sleepyhead” boost. Both dry leaves and steeped it smells very enticing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam by two leaves and a bud
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It’s not the most flavorful puerh out there but it still has interesting notes associated with it. There is definite smoked woodiness there with a good amount of mellow. But it’s a pretty clean brew. There isn’t much of a lingering aftertaste and definitely pretty lacking punchiness of the flavor or thickness of the soup. Drinkable but not what I like in puerhs, it lacks the complexity.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I must be the only person on here who drinks it while not sick. And I gotta say I am really enjoying it. It is very minty up to a point where I can feel freshness in my throat long after the sip, it smells herbalicious and I am feeling a little sleepy though I had 3 cups of tieguanin before that. Perfect tea for worknights when I can’t afford to drink caffeinated teas after work since I have to go to bed earlier. It tastes medicinal but I appreciate it, gives me a feeling that it’s not just a bunch of hay, but herbs that are actually good for me. Whether that’s actually true is a different story altogether but power of mind is an important thing!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Indigobloom

no I drink it when I’m not sick either!! it doesn’t do much for me when I’m not well…

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85
drank Dragon Well by Tao Tea Leaf
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Had this tea as a part of the sample set, so I am not sure what grade it was (as the website features several), but it was a great tasting tea. Not a hint of bitterness, just pure nuttiness (almost milkiness), mellowness and deliciousness. Dragon Well is definitely one of the easiest drinking green (or perhaps any) tea for me, it’s something that I can drink cup after cup. Good one.

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

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90
drank Da Hong Pao by Tao Tea Leaf
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A very high quality roasted oolong, actually one of the better Da Hong Paos I had an honor to try. Roasty, mellow, slight bitterness – everything is balanced in this tea. It’s hard to go wrong with a Big Red Robe, but this particular one is a sure hit. Delicious tea, very good quality. It’s not a cheap one, but it’s truly a treat for a special occasion. Your gaiwan or yixing pot will thank you :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Silver Needle by Tao Tea Leaf
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Ok, whites are probably the last teas on my list to drink if I have a choice. I just don’t find them punchy or tea-e (yea, it’s a word) enough for me. I still bow before the gorgeousness of flavor of theirs, but it’s just not my cup of tea. But trying this tea (had a sample, steeped it for a dear friend who loves whites) on a second steep I was blown away. It is a very delicious tea. I am backlogging now, so can’t go in details of flavor, but I can say it was delicious and didn’t make me think for a second that it’s a white – I simply enjoyed it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I was always a huge fan of teas but my tastes changed constantly. Lately I am on the path of discovering Chinese teas, but not limiting myself to that. I am, however, favoring straight teas at this point.

I love pu-erh, oolongs are always a treat, learning about greens is delicious, absolutely neutral towards rooibos or herbals and black is always a yes. Incidentally any combination of the above is ok in a blended tea, which I like to have time to time.

« The first cup kisses away my thirst,
and my loneliness is quelled by the second.
The third gives insight worthy of ancient scrolls,
and the fourth exiles my troubles.
My body becomes lighter with the fifth,
and the sixth sends word from immortals.
But the seventh—oh the seventh cup—
if I drink you, a wind will hurry my wings
toward the sacred island. »

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Toronto

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http://www.daniil.ca

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