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5 Tasting Notes

84

For a non green tea drinker, this is a very pleasant tea. The taste is very delicate and had no astringency whatsoever while maintaining an obvious herbaceous flavor. Very relaxing and refreshing.

I was hesitant to steep this one at the recommended 212’F due to my experience with other Japanese green teas, but I did and everyone I’ve served it to has enjoyed it as well as myself.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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100

The first thing that struck me about this tea is it’s AMAZING smell. It smells just like mint chocolate chip ice cream. It brews a delightful cup with very light notes of chocolate (which are not sweet, but instead more akin to cocoa) and a soothing mint aftertaste. The aroma is strong, but the tea itself is delicate, yet remains flavorful. It holds up well to steamed milk and a touch of sugar, making it a delightful treat. I have been brewing a pot of this each day at work just for myself! Would make a great gift for the occasional tea drinker or coffee drinker, especially around the holidays.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82

This is the first oolong I’ve had and, as I’m not typically a green tea drinker, I was hesitant. I must say that I was very surprised to find that the tea has a smooth and very light vegetal flavor to it. Most importantly, there is no astringency to the tea whatsoever, which is something I really dislike in greens. This is a high quality tea at a great price (especially compared to Teavana). Though I remain an herbal/chai/flavored black enthusiast, this is definitely a green that I would drink again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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73

This black tea differs from other chai types in that it has a bit more of a fruity profile to it. Despite the unusual notes from the rose and safflower, the tea still makes a great latte with steamed milk and a touch of sugar. The black pepper is hardly noticeable at all, giving the tea an overall subtle taste. Highly aromatic.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

The pomegranate flavor in this white tea is very light, but obvious nonetheless. The aroma, however, is quite strongly scented and pleasant. I enjoyed it iced. As with most white teas, steeping for more than 6 minutes maximum results in a bitter and unpleasant flavor. Overall I was more than pleased with the tea and drink it with some regularity.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I am currently an employee at Northern Lights Tea Company, located in the skyway in downtown Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis, MN