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87 Tasting Notes

67

I very much prefer Earl Grey with lavender to traditional Earl Grey. I’ve grown just bored enough with the traditional take to seek out blends with other elements; I’m also keen to try Earl Grey with vanilla.

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100

Historically, I don’t get on well with China black teas. Imagine my shock when I discovered that I find everything about this one superb! The taste and aroma evoke nothing so much as the finest quality milk chocolate I’ve ever tasted, and it’s best enjoyed without any sweetener so as to pick up the subtlety of its scent and flavor.

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75

I normally dislike the slight bitter quality that most first-flush Darjeelings have, but this one is light, smooth, and entirely agreeable. It takes honey beautifully!

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92

This tea has a delicate, sweet, unique flavor; I find that it doesn’t even need sugar or honey (unless my sweet tooth is really acting up). It has all of the best characteristics of both sencha and Ceylon, although I’m not sure exactly what type of black tea is used in this blend. My guess is Ceylon. I can’t seem to find any details!

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59

This one’s got the dark, almost smoky aspect of Mangalam, but it lacks the complexity I was expecting based on the company description. The finish is more sweet than malty, and there’s a considerable gap in the taste that makes this one a good candidate for milking or as a chai base.

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99
drank Kashmiri Chai by Tealuxe
87 tasting notes

Where I normally prefer Masala chai, this Kashmiri blend has really won me over. It’s much lighter and somewhat less spicy than Tealuxe’s Masala blend, and honey is particularly good as a sweetener.

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100

If I’m in an area where Peet’s is as prevalent as Starbucks, I’ll always choose this first. Steeped to perfection, not made from a concentrate: excellent on-the-go chai is hard to come by!

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67

This is by and far my favorite Earl Grey. The cornflowers lend a delicate, creamy sweetness that helps to temper the bergamot.

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89
drank Assam Marangi by TeaGschwendner
87 tasting notes

Beautiful stuff with delicate, fruity-floral/nutty depth. As far as value for money, though, I’d say that this tea is a bit over-priced. You can get an excellent Meleng or Mangalam for two thirds, maybe even half the price. I’m not sorry I sampled this one, though!

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56
drank Ceylon Cardamon by Ahmad Tea
87 tasting notes

Pleasant, but not stellar. For some reason, the taste and aroma evoke cardamom extract or oil more than the spice itself.

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