248 Tasting Notes

85

How have I not done a review of this? I’ve had it at least 2 or 3 times. This was given to me in a swap by Michelle, so thanks again!

I really like this. I like that I can drink it in the afternoon without worrying about a whole lot of caffeine, just whatever the lapsang brings and based on the leaves there isn’t a whole lot. However, what little there is brings a lovely campfire smell to the tea with hints of cherry and a honey base. Yum. The tea looks light but has a solid feel. Cara picks these blends really well, all of the ones I’ve had of hers just have perfectly mingling flavors. They are hard to describe but it works wonderfully.

Tea: 2 heaping teaspoons
Water: 16 oz
Additives: None

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Michelle

I love this one! I cannot wait until it comes back in stock :)

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75

Mmm cinnamon! Received this sample as part of the virtual tea tasting, which is such a cool idea. Very generous samples as well. I also love that there are instructions for a second steeping on the label.

There’s a good bit of cinnamon taste here, which is great (I love it!). The liquor is fairly light, a sandy brown in my cup. I don’t taste a lot of berry but I think it’s there under the cinnamon mingling with the green tea. The cinnamon still comes out on top. I’d maybe rename this one to something with cinnamon in it.

I think I’ll steal this bit from Nik. I like seeing how other people brew stuff because sometime’s I’m unsure of where to begin!

Tea: 1 heaping teaspoon
Water: 8 oz
Additives: None

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Pear by Art of Tea
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85
drank Mocha Nut Mate by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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Forgot this was a green/black blend, but Harney’s instructions were for 212F anyway.
Picked this up from a little tea/beer place at the beach, they measured all the tea into little plastic bags and this one in particular was leaking smell all over the place. I’d get a whiff every time I walked by the table where it was sitting. It smells very fruity, which I think is mainly the guava. Definitely tropical.

It has a very light feeling which I think is due to the green tea component. I taste the guava followed by a general “tropical fruit” flavor. I think this would be great iced and maybe I’ll play around with brewing temps. I have enough of a sample to play around so we’ll see! I think I’ll rate after I try it a few more times.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Russian Country by Harney & Sons
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Drank this on the beach with my toes in the ocean. That made it a 100 in my book, but I guess I’ll rate it on just the tea. :) The waves were full of fish this morning, it was so cool! http://www.flickr.com/photos/8126244@N06/8009003017/in/photostream

This is a nice blend, the lapsang is softened by the other blacks (though I can do lapsang straight). It’s got a great flavor to it, I’ll have to do a more in-depth review later when I can pay attention to flavors and taste more.

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Okay this is tasty. I will definitely put this on my Harney & Sons shopping list. Picked up a little individually wrapped bag to try. Unfortunately the place where I picked up tea yesterday (Harrika’s Brew Haus) did not have this one in loose.

I added to much water to the cup so it’s a little weaker then I would like, but still good. Those worried about the bergamot shouldn’t be, it’s very light. The currant flavors come out more I think and the vanilla/caramel. This reminds of a Monk’s Blend tea I had, but better. That same combo of vanilla and fruit (pomegranate in the Monk’s blend) is delicious. Yum yum.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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