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58 Tasting Notes

80

This is part of my first foray into loose Darjeelings. I’m not sure how to describe the tea, and I think before I give it a numerical rating I will have to drink it several times. There is a certain flavor, not unlike sorrel, that I really like. The flavor of this tea seems to be more full, and perhaps this is the contrast between “front of the mouth” and, um, not front of the mouth that the tea monger mentioned. This tea’s flavor seemed more accessible somehow. At any rate I enjoyed it very well. I have yet to give it a full “stress test”, and when I do I will write a fuller report

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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80

This is part of my first foray into loose Darjeelings. I’m not sure how to describe the tea, and I think before I give it a numerical rating I will have to drink it several times. There is a certain flavor, not unlike sorrel, that I really like. I will say that is has a naturally sweet aspect to it. I very much enjoyed it, and will continue to enjoy it this week. I have yet to give it a full “stress test”, and when I do I will write a fuller report.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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70

I think I may have misbrewed this one. It had that pure-black tea taste that really only describes itself. The aroma in the package was that sweet tobacco, dried raisin smell, but when brewed it didn’t seem to have that flavor. It was tasty, and deserving of more attention than I gave it. It also had a hint of aluminum. Seriously, not just metallic flavor, but aluminum specifically. It wasn’t unpleasant (the aluminum), but I think it points to a misbrew rather than a fault with the tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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90

I’ve been drinking this tea quite a bit, still finding it wonderful. Tonight I intentionally used significant cooler water, I’d have to guess that the temp ran about 170. The taste was dramatically effected! It had much more of the vegetal taste, the mouth feel was almost viscous, and while I wouldn’t say that it was sweet, I would say that it wasn’t bitter at al – and the flavor lasted as the drink cooled (big plus for that factor!)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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65
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
58 tasting notes

Another good tea from the “bagged” tea world. When compared to other bagged teas this is a real champion. Consistent mouth-feel, flavor, color, and very easy to brew. I have had worse loose teas.

I would describe it as (and in all cases mildly) caramel, floral, and barky. It has that general “black tea” taste. That was not “generic” it was general.

Worth keeping in the cupboard, cuz sometimes you just gotta have a quick cuppa.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Pure Peppermint by Twinings
58 tasting notes

This continues to be part of my sore-throat medicine regime. For purely medicinal reasons I have been dissolving one or two tablets of “Fisherman’s Friend” menthol lozenges in my mug – I assure you this is not for taste, but rather for delivery method. You find a remarkably similar post to this regarding Twinings Herbal Revive: lemon and ginger

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60

This continues to be part of my sore-throat medicine regime. For purely medicinal reasons I have been dissolving one or two tablets of “Fisherman’s Friend” menthol lozenges in my mug – I assure you this is not for taste, but rather for delivery method. You find a remarkably similar post to this regarding Twinings Pure Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60

Got this to help my sore throat and cough. Nice flavor, a bit dull. Theraputic effect as desired, nothing special beyond that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Pure Peppermint by Twinings
58 tasting notes

Minty, but oily. Used this to help my sore throat, did the job.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Okay, this proves it. This is an amazing tea that really needs careful brewing. Exactly two minutes in very hot water. Let it cool a little bit, but then drink while still quite warm. Today I added whole milk and some sugar, and while they made it a sweet treat, I highly recommend that those of you interested in trying a Lapsang for the first time try this one, and brew as directed above. (and previously)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
DragonWell

I tried your advice, and brewed my Peet’s Lapsang for only 2.5 minutes… much more enjoyable. Tastes better than at 3.5 minutes, less papery. Thanks.

Heyes

I’m glad it worked for you!

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Not as active here as I once was.


My ratings
less than 10 – Undrinkable
10 – Horrible quality, surprisingly wretched!
20 – Poor quality, an experience to avoid
30 – Poor quality, can fake a smile while drinking
40 – Lesser quality, I wouldn’t pay for it
50 – Lesser quality, will do in a pinch
60 – Decent quality, nothing special
70 – Good quality, to my liking, a good staple
80 – Good quality, an enjoyable tea to savor
90 – Superior quality, a truly special tea to study
100 – Heavenly quality,

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