121 Tasting Notes

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Smells delightfully smoky, like a campfire. The first taste when inhaling is smoke, but then the refreshing mint comes through. The mint cools the heat of the smoke and makes the tea lighter. It also brings a nice level of sweetness and takes the deep edge off the smokiness. I’m really liking this tea, thanks kimquat for the sample!

Flavors: Mint, Pine, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank HappyTea by Raizana
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Wow, the first tea that I like — sweetness goes well with the tart hibiscus. Smells grassy & herbaceous with a hint of straw. Then the tart astringency of the hibiscus comes through, but quickly quelled by the stevia. All in all a pretty good tea. I imagine this would be awesome iced, as hibiscus always is.

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drank Spicy Apple by Tea People
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Smells like the potpourri aisle in the craft store around the holidays. The taste is much more balanced. Drinking it hot reminds me of a snow day and makes me think that it might do well with some whiskey in it!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is quite decadent. Dried leaf aroma smells exactly the same as the way it tastes, which I always love. This is like drinking a nice, hot version of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet, but less sweet. The first taste is of a strong vanilla, then it ebbs a little bit into some floral fruit flowers, a bit of oak and rum, then comes back to the creaminess. Sadly, I think the oolong is a little lost in this blend, but it still tastes very good. I don’t think I could drink this too often since it is a heavier tea, but I have brewed it up several times and gulped it down before writing any notes!

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Rum, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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This tea is a lighter oolong that verges on green tea, but has a nice creamy flavor and pairs well with pineapple. I tried this iced as well and it was very refreshing.

Flavors: Cream, Grass, Pineapple

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Thanks Kimquat for the sample! Honestly, was a littttle scared of the name.

Smells like a strong citrus followed by black tea. It reminds me of an english breakfast, pekoe, or earl grey tea. The sip is strong with a bit of astringency at the end, but a buttery smoothness in the front and clean citrus taste in the middle. This almost reminds me of eating a nice slice of citrus pound cake in the morning.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Cookie

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
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Astringent. Just okay. Sweet smell but mineral taste.

Flavors: Mineral

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Shang Tea

Hi hapatite,

Thanks for the review. If you still have some left, I would recommend letting the water cool a little below boiling (around 205) and then let it brew for only 1-2 minutes and let me know what you think. Hopefully it will taste a little more floral and sweet this way

Thanks!

hapatite

Thanks for the note! Sadly, I only had enough to make one cup.

Shang Tea

Just realized the email was blocked. Either send us a private message with your mailing address, or you can find our email at the bottom of the shang tea website (www.shangtea.com). Thanks!

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Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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Flavors: Grapes

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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