1494 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango Ceylon by The Republic of Tea
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Maybe the bag was old. I could not taste the Ceylon. The mango is pleasant. There just isn’t enough tea in the bag to make a real cup. That’s a shame as this isn’t bad and it could be good. One of the better RoT’s I’ve tried. Oh, and I could taste the paper :(

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drank Acai Green by The Republic of Tea
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The ratings on this are kind of all over the place. Count me in the not a fan group. Can’t taste the tea. The hibiscus is just too strong (not a hater if well done – this isn’t). There is a paper taste halfway through the sip. To be fair this was an individual wrapped bagged version and it is hard to say how long it was on the store shelf. Not worthy of a rating.

K S

First tea in a long while I almost dumped out. It actually improved the colder it became.

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Previously I tried this using a makeshift teacup gaiwan. I am now steeping this using my standard press method. I used about 3-4g of leaf, and a 2 1/2 minute steep. On the first cup the leaf only partially opens and smells minty. The taste is light roasted and vegetal. It is like pulling fresh green vines out of a fencerow and chewing on them.

Cup two is a little stronger, sweeter but otherwise similar to the first. The leaf is mostly open now. Two mugs in and it is equal to the six cups of tea I had with my earlier gaiwan experience. Like the gaiwan this still has more steeps in it.

What I can tell from this one time experience is the two methods do give subtle though different results. The gaiwan does seem to give more complex results. BUT the gaiwan method is more labor intensive. The extra effort can be part of the art and celebration of tea preparation or it may just be more work. I haven’t decided yet.

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drank Ntingwe Kwazulu by Taylors of Harrogate
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From Nicole’s inventory reduction. What an interesting tea. As others mentioned the leaf is extremely fine cut. I used a Finum basket as I think it would pass through the screen of my press. I only steeped two minutes and it was not the least bit bitter. It is slightly drying. The taste is kind of like an Assam. Kind of. It is a little fruity. I can taste cinnamon and clove like notes – they are very light. I don’t know if this is part of the flavor profile or cross contamination. I will say this was not stored with any cinnamon clove type teas. This is very good!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Jasmine Green Tea by Ahmad Tea
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Much better than the Impra from this morning. Still an inexpensive bagged tea but the jasmine is very natural. The standard Chinese green base is nice and vegetal. A good bagged choice.

Rie

Ah, your Ahmad Tea notes are making me curious! I’ll take a clue from you and try some the next time I see the brand (which is often).

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drank Jasmine Black Tea by Impra
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I am still on my Cheapster Steepster kick trying to thin the herd a bit. This is my first experience with Impra and a black based jasmine.

Ok, so that you don’t have to look it up – this was Brett’s review: Strong flowery perfumy Jasmine flavor, but it overpowered the taste of the Ceylon Black. Not bad if you like Jasmine.

I echo the review except for the last line. Having come to love jasmine recently, I can tell you in no uncertain terms, you can do a lot better. I don’t know if the jasmine is off or if it just doesn’t go well with a Ceylon base. It is not gross like a lot of cheap bagged jasmines but it isn’t satisfying either. I’d much rather have a Diet Mtn Dew.

Terri HarpLady

Spoken like a true Hoosier!

K S

lol. Yeah, I’m weak. Also love Zero Big Red but I am not sure how regional that one is.

Terri HarpLady

Lol, you know in the Ozarks everyone drinks mint dew, & they call it squirrel piss…
Just sayin’…

K S

I am not a mint fan but now I so want to find this. Wonder how my wife would respond is I wrote squirrel piss on the shopping list? ;)

gmathis

Hey, now…I consider myself an honorary (expat) Ozarkian and I don’t touch that nasty stuff ;)

K S

I Googled mint dew and got nothing. What is this stuff? My wife’s family is from the Ozarks so might not even notice it on her list ;)

gmathis

Oops…did I goof? I thought you were still talking Mountain Dew, which I think tastes like antifreeze.

K S

Gmathis you are probably correct… and so terribly wrong at the same time :p

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73
drank Tropical Fruit by Pickwick
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It’s interesting, Brett tasted pineapple and banana in this. I tasted mango and passion fruit. The banana I kind of caught after the cup cooled but honestly, had I not seen the ingredient list I would have missed it. I didn’t taste pineapple at all which is fine by me.

Pickwick teas are pleasant teas where the flavors seem natural for the most part. With this one the flavors are natural tasting but subdued. It is not a big fake cup of candy. Not bad for a simple bagged tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Bosvruchten (Forest Fruit) by Pickwick
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I am not sure why this is called Forest Fruit. The ingredient list includes blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry. To my way of thinking that makes Field Fruit but what do I know. I have never seen this brand in the store. It is imported from Holland. If it is available in your area and cheap it is worthy of a try. A simple bagged tea with pretty natural tasting fruit flavors. I taste raspberry and strawberry. I can’t single out the tea base. A pleasant cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I think all of those bushes (and strawberry plants) grow wild in the forest, hence forest fruit. Though I’ve heard the term “fieldberry” a lot more than “forestberry”…

K S

Fieldberry makes a lot more sense by my experience. Not sure about blueberry (do they grow on a bush or a tree?) but the others grow wild in the fields and fence rows around here.

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drank Milord's Grey by Kally Tea
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I started tasting this and quickly decided to read the Steepster reviews. This is NOT typical earl grey so don’t let the name confuse you. This is highly caramel and with the strong black base it comes off as kind of burnt caramel. Very nice. The fruity flavors stay way behind and add support to the cup. Like. Thanks Nicole.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

hmmm might be one for me then haha

K S

Some of us LOVE Earl Grey :)

I really had to fight my preconceived notions when tasting.

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77
drank African Summer by Tea Licious
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Found this in my stash this evening. I came via Tea Equals Bliss a while back. My first honeybush and a very pleasant cup. Lightly lemon with orange coming in at mid sip. Smooth. Not rough like a rooibos. I like this.

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