16 Tasting Notes

95

Started with this tea this morning. Picked it up on the suggestion of the tea guy behind the counter as it was the best way to “kick coffee”. He also told me to steep it for at least 6 minutes, which is way longer than any other tea I have ever made. I don’t think that was a bad choice at all. I added 3 tsp of the tea along with 2 tsp of rock sugar. This tea is amazing! Very rich and full of chocolate flavor, but not in a sweet way but more of a dark and smoky kind. There is a sharpness that lingers on the my tongue that I just can’t place. I can’t wait to find out what this is. The guy behind the counter also suggested trying it with about 1 part water and 1 part milk to give the tea an even richer taste. I will have to give this a try to see if he is right about this one as well.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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88

I love this tea in the evening. I always seem to reach for this one when my wife wants hot chocolate. I really don’t think it taste anything like egg nog, but that is not a negative (unless you want egg nog). I enjoy the mixture of black and green tea. It seems to make it a lighter tea that does not have a heavy finish. I think this one will replace my usual nutcracker tea by celestial seasonings until I find a loose tea to be my staple.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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99

I love this tea! I had been experimenting with making iced teas and my wife and I stumbled into TeaVana shop at our mall. I went only to get sugar and like always we left with a sample of this stuff. I took a chance and brewed the iced tea like [email protected] suggested and I have found my new go to tea when I want iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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83

This tea is very interesting. I first tried it iced and it was pretty good, but today I tried it for the first time hot. You can really smell the grapefruit when you open the tin and the tea is steeping. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea as a hot drink. I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first sip and it tasted like fruity pebbles! That’s right, this tea reminded me of that great rainbow colored breakfast cereal of my youth. I should also mention that I did sweeten this tea like I do all my teas with 1.5 tsp of amber sugar crystals.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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67

I decided to give this tea a try after a signature blend was reviewed on adagioteaV that contained it. I looked it up and the story intrigued me so I ordered a sample of it. When I opened the tin I was immediately taken to a place that I have never actually visited, but could see so clearly in my mind. I was in a smoke shack surrounded by wild game of all kinds and outside there was a camp fire burning. This is not my favorite tea by any means, but it is so different that it makes a great “check this out” sample. I can’t wait to get a hold of some of my dad’s deer jerky and drinking this with it. Great anytime I want to feel like an outdoorsman.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Wiseman Tea Co.

occasionally I’ll mix it with whiskey, try it sometime

Geryd Vandenberg

warm or do you chill the tea?

Wiseman Tea Co.

i’ll usually do it warm. Its great side by side as well. Especially with a good bourbon, the smokey characteristic of lapsang really compliments it well. Great thing about being a tea drinker is we have a great variety at our disposal.

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68

great tea with just a hint of almond. gave a little to my dad who has never had loose leaf tea and he loved it too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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