24 Tasting Notes

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I really wanted to love this tea. I do like it. It is warm and spicy and sweet, and it cannot be oversteeped. However, the taste might actually be almost too sweet. I’ll cite stevia for this cloying sweetness. But not bad.

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I don’t love this. It tastes kind of artificial and tart. I’m sure someone could love this, especially someone who likes fruity teas. I am not that person. It’s not bad for a bagged tea, but it’s not to my taste.

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Let me start by saying this is my first pu’er tea so keep that in mind. This smells like earth and chocolate and salt. I’m envisioning rainforest soil, cocao beans and coconuts, on an island with a salty ocean breeze element. Not entirely sure that situation is possible, but that’s what I’m thinking of, as I definitely need some sort of escape from my studies. It’s tasty. Earthy. It really reminds me of dirt, loamy, rich dirt. Though, I guess rainforest dirt is neither rich nor loamy, but I digress. Okay, so dirt. Sweet dirt. Maybe it doesn’t sound appetizing, but it is.

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60

Like this tea less and less each time I try it. It just tastes kind of weird to me. However, if I steep this tea and a bag of Bengal Spice, the resulting tea is rather tasty, like a peach crumble or cobbler.

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75

I could say this tea is malty, nutty, chocolatey, rich, and vaguely fruity (maybe plums or raisins) because all these things are true, but this tea’s appeal lies in its simplicity. It is simply tasty. Not so brisk or bold as my equally beloved Irish Breakfast, but still invigorating just the same. It’s not a contemplative cup, but a comforting one, like the Lipton I grew up with, but worlds tastier.

Note: This is the bagged version of this tea steeped with boiling water for three minutes, taken without milk or sugar.

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60

Lowering my rating after having this a few times. I’m noticing the hibiscus more. I’ll finish this, but I don’t love it.

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80

In addition to the indian white, I also got a Chinese black, a Kukicha, and a matcha covered Genmaicha. The Chinese black, labeled only as such, is smoky, woodsy, and floral. I expect it might be a Keemun. Nevertheless, it reminds me of spring in the Olympic mountains. Wild flowers abundant, evergreens standing crisply in the chilly air, perhaps near a campfire. Lovely tea so long as I am careful not to steep it. The Kukicha tastes like a warm chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate, and it can take some steeping abuse. A wonderful tea, as well.

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80

I got some of this tea at my local health food store in bulk. I can’t say I expected much, but this is delightful. I’ve infused this semi-grandpa style. I add three ice cubes to my mug, then slightly cooled boiled water. This tastes like flowers, peaches, and grapes to me. Perhaps I am imagining the grapes because I know this tea is indian and I would assume near Darjeeling, but either way, this is delicious and refreshing.

Flavors: Flowers, Grapes, Nectar, Peach

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85

I’ve had apples that tasted less like apple than this tea. Props to celestial seasonings for creating strangely accurate fruit herbals, as their peach tea tastes uncannily like peaches, too. Anyhow, this tea epitomizes fall: crisp and fresh-picked apples, warm cinnamon, and the color of changing leaves. You owe it to yourself to try this during fall.

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