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43 Tasting Notes

85
drank Breathe Deep by Yogi Tea
43 tasting notes

I have trouble with my sinuses year round, and was a bit skeptical that this tea would even put a dent in them. However, I was surprised how effective it has been. The flavor of the tea is a little on the sweet side, but overall I find it pleasant.

I have found that if you are a little congested 1 bag for 10 minutes and drink while hot. However, if you are in a bad way try 2 bags in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Hope it works well for you.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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50
drank Wild Rose Bai Mudan by Samovar
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This tea engages you when you first open the tin. The mixture of the tea leaves and rose buds is visually enticing. The aroma as you steep this tea has the floral notes of rose water which is to be expected. However, that same rose flavor is a little over powering when drinking the tea. That is not to say it is unpleasant and if you like floral teas then this is definitely one to try. I haven’t given up on this one, but I believe it may be too floral for my tastes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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As I said in another post, this is the tea that got me into drinking hot tea. There are better examples of Earl Grey that I have found both in loose and bagged form, but I always keep a box at the office. I consider it a guilty pleasure or a constant friend that will just always be there.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Maiden's Ecstasy by Samovar
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This is my first Pu-erh tea, but I believe like others have said its not a bad place to start. After brewing, the aroma was earthy and reminded me of the smokiness of a Lapsang souchong, but not as heavy. I am currently on my third brewing at there is no bitterness. The flavors have become more subtle with each brewing, but overall the flavor is quite pleasant. A whole new world of teas has been discovered. Looking forward to more Pu-erh teas in the future. I started the first brewing at 3 minutes and have added a minute with each brewing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Dragonwell by Teavana
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Until I ran out, I was drinking this tea once of twice a day. It is a great everyday green tea, and I have been trying to describe its flavor for a while. Thanks to reviewer Madison Bartholemew for giving me the perfect description of vegital in front, followed by sweet, and toasty finishing everything off.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
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This tea was recommended by the Teavana staff when I told them I liked black tea. I did tell them I wanted something on the strong side. By itself I am not a fan as I have not found a way to kill the bitter and almost sour flavor of this tea. However, it is my go to tea for making Tibetan butter tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
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When I got serious about loose tea this Early Grey was the first one I tried. Over the years it has become my standard for measuring other Earl Grey teas. It has a smooth flavor, and with a little milk is my staple breakfast tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
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Earl Grey is the reason I found tea, and this one was recommended to me. While I don’t like it as much as my regular Earl Grey it is a nice tea when I am looking for something different.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Formosa Oolong Finest by TeaFrog
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My enjoyment of this tea started from the moment its aroma hit my nose. It has a somewhat earthy quality to it that you think will lead to a heavy flavor. However, the earthiness plays well and leads to the complexity of this tea. I was not expecting light and fruity flavors, and I am still discovering new flavors with each glass. Quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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With the exception of Earl Grey, I am not a fan of most flavored teas. However, in this tea the jasmine flowers add flavor without overpowering the delicious green tea. I will say the only mistake I made was making this in 16 oz for the first cup. I corrected that one the next cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A software engineer who secretly wants to be a history professor, but can’t give up the technology profession just yet. When not coding or working on computers spend most of my free time drinking tea and reading books.

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