1705 Tasting Notes

drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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Last full cup of the sample, managed to sneak it in before our first really hot and humid day of the season kicked in. (When you live in southwest Missouri, anything above 85 before Memorial Day spells trouble. There’s a giant National Weather Service bulls-eye over our entire corner of the state.)

But I digress. This black tea is stout enough to please heavy-duty Assam-ites, light enough to accommodate those who don’t want a black eye from the punch of the drink, and versatile enough to come out just right no matter how little care you pay to time and temp. Good, good stuff.

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This is not a substitute for a box of Russell Stover cream centers. It’s tasty; you can pick up on the chocolate and coconut, but it’s still light enough your chocolate cravings know you’re trying to put one over on them.

(The only chocolatey tea I can think of that has the “heft” to be a plausible candy bar substitute is 52teas Malted ChocoMate.)

Still, a nice treat and change of pace.


Thanks, now you have me craving a 3 musketeers bar. :)


Nah, Cadbury eggs or a Caramello.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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No, I don’t know why I’ve been hoarding my last two cuppas’ worth of this delectable, pastry-like decaf. As good as dessert. This could well make the Hall of Decaf Fame.


Have you tried the Decaf Paris?


Don’t believe so. Equally as good?


I really liked it. Let me know if you want to try some. ;-)

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Upton excels at unflavored black tea and black tea blends. Not so much, based on my experience, with flavored teas. The cherry in this one is a Coke-syrupy cherry. Drinkable if you’re light on leaf and steep time. Still haven’t iced it down, but I think that’s when this one would be best.

What about you? Is there a flavored Upton tea that’s actually tasty?


I haven’t really found one yet except for maybe the tisanes…but even those are pretty average.

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drank Ceylon BOP by Starwest
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Grabbed a (cheap!) couple ounces of this at favorite Fox Farm Whole Food store. It exceeded expectations—no particular flavor comparison, but it has a bright, sharp, crisp personality. A good, plain-brown-wrapper pantry tea.

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This jar of looseleaf had been so woefully neglected I figured it wouldn’t be good for much but iced tea. First time I’d ever tried sun tea with looseleaf, but it worked pretty well—steep, then strain. Made a nice, deep drink with that wet burlap/grainy flavor typical of Keemuns.

Azzrian’s review of molasses-y Sinjahara yesterday inspired me, so I heated some of the cold brew and added a half-teaspoon of molasses to it. Tasted a little stewed after all the mistreatment, but in a good way. Keemun and molasses are a good pairing if you need a stick-to-your ribby cup.


I’ve not tried molasses in tea before. Sounds interesting.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Celestial Seasonings Sweet Apple Chamomile + a second steep of Shang Tea’s honeysuckle white = one fragrant, sweet cup of fruit-and-flower tastiness. Delicious. Even more so looking at a freshly mowed backyard with a scrappy, perky little cat lounging in the scraps of late afternoon sun.

Couldn’t you just use a month of moments like this?

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drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
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Life lately hasn’t been conducive to lingering, reflective cups of tea or notes about them. After a day in jet-engine adrenaline overdrive, I grabbed this hoping that a cup of something delicate and elegant will help crank down the blood pressure.

I was going to write that the flavor is spot on, but that’s stating the obvious—it is honeysuckle, rather than honeysuckle flavored. The scent is wonderful and I keep wondering where the bees are.


I think my friends and I used to try and eat honeysuckles…so this sounds super good!


I remember squeezing them from the stem up to get the “juice” out of them. It’s very lightly sweet, but the white tea tones it down a little bit.


Sounds delicious! We used to do that with the honeysuckle in the yard as well.

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drank Pink Ceylon by Kandula
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As a lover of teas that whop you upside the head, I probably miss all the lovely subtlety that many of you pick up when you drink delicate stuff.

So there may be something really notable about this that I have breezed right by, even after half a box of the little sachets. It is fun to steep—the color is definitely pinky. And there’s no bitterness or vegetable taste if you steep properly. It is not assertive in the least, which makes it an OK evening tea.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.


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