58 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey (loose leaf) by Twinings
58 tasting notes

The bagged version of Twinings Earl Grey was my first experience with hot tea. However, my sister recently brought me a tin of the loose back from London. It is levels above the bagged version, and reminds me with ever sip why Earl Grey is still my favorite tea. Also, makes me want to go home and watch episodes of Star Trek Next Generation on Netflix.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Garden Bancha by BigTeaHouse.com
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There is a pleasant vegital aroma after steeping the tea. There is a slight sweetness in the taste that I can’t quite place, but it isn’t overbearing making for a nice balance with the grassy flavor. It is also light on the drying astringency which some teas have.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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94

Let me start off by thanking TeaEqualsBliss for writing her review of this tea. It was enough to get me to buy it. This tea is amazing. I already know the next time I steep this tea I am going to up the steeping time by a minute or two. My first thought is that this chai is a cool twist on the traditional chai. The chocolate is subtle enough that it is in the background, and doesn’t overpower the other spices. Add a little milk after steeping for a nice after dinner drink or a great way to start the day. My thanks again to TeaEqualsBliss.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

The only other Dragon Well tea I have tried is by Teavana. The first thing I noticed about Rishi’s Dragon Well is the delicate almost floral aroma on the leaves as I opened the package. After it has been steeped the tea has more of a hay and grass aroma. There is a slight nutty flavor with all the clean green tea flavor that you would expect.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Due to a previous Yunnan Gold tea I had, I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this tea. However, there is a subtle gentle earthiness to this tea along with a crisp clean finish that is making this a perfect after lunch pick-me-up. A solid tea that I would recommend.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Assam Rani by TeaFrog
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I was trying to determine which of the teas I have at the office that I wanted to carry in my thermos to enjoy tonight. That was when I noticed this tea. I am glad I found it. The most surprising thing to me is that the tea has an almost cherry aroma. I don’t remember this from the last time I made it, but it is pleasant. There is no bitterness and it is a very soothing tea after the spice from the masala chai I was drinking earlier. I can’t quite place the flavors I am tasting in this tea, but will have to look into getting some more.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Original Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
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This is a solid and clean masala chai. I am currently drinking it without milk. I will say that it is still a pleasant drink without milk. Some masala chais can be overpowering without milk, but this one holds up nicely. I am going to take some home and prepare it with milk to compare. I will post another note when I do that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Earl Grey by Samovar
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One of my favorite Earl Grey teas, and judging from how much is left. It is time for me to order it again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Moroccan Mint by Earthbound Tea
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I am usually not a fan of flavored teas with the exception of Earl Grey. However, Earthbound Tea’s Morroccan Mint is an amazing tea. The green tea is balanced nicely with the cooling taste and sensation of the mint. I finished the sample I received through Steepster Select in three days, and am ordering more from Earthbound. This has become my standard evening tea while watching TV or reading a book.

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

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85

I have been a fan of lapsang souchong for many years now. The first time I made Dr. Tea’s lapsang souchong, I was at my office working through some difficult code that was giving me trouble. The smoky aroma and flavor put me in the zone, and this tea has become my go to for tough days at the office. This tea presents a very strong smoky aroma, but the tea is not so smoky that it is overpowering.

Preparation
Boiling 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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