58 Tasting Notes

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A very interesting tea that comes in a very interesting package. My first thought when smelling the aroma of this tea was buttery sweet corn. Elements of these flavors are present in the flavor of this tea. Beneath those flavors there is a cooling sensation on the tongue and some earthy notes. Overall its an interesting and pleasant tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Its still a little warm in GA today, but this oolong is light and refreshing. This tea has a delicate floral smell. The flavor matches the aroma, but it has the other levels that you would expect from an oolong. Very enjoyable.

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

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90
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
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This tea is amazing, but full of surprises. Before steeping I smelled this tea, and was surprised by the floral aroma. While steeping, the floral disappeared into a very dank earthy aroma. The tea has a similar earthy nature when you taste it. The earthiness gives way to a slight fruity and herbal flavor.

I am a fan, and can’t wait to see what re-steeping does to this tea.

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

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80

When I smelled this tea, my first thought was the jasmine would overpower the white tea. However, it is very balanced in the cup. Delicious.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67

Like the other notes, this is the first tea I am trying from the August Steepster Select box. I haven’t had many Darjeeling teas, but I am enjoying this tea. There is a slight drying quality mixed with the floral taste that balance each other. At the end there is a slight earthy nature. Definitely a tea I will be making another cup of.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Breathe Deep by Yogi Tea
58 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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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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