106 Tasting Notes

60

I wasn’t expecting to like this tea too much; the loose leaf blend smelled spicy in a way that made me cautious – it smelled almost sharp. However, the anise comes out well once brewed, and there is little initial sharpness, just a pleasant, smooth licorice flavor (and a slight anise aroma as well).

The more I drank the more I could ascertain the pepper, which was subtle and a nice contrast. Not my favorite tea, and I’m not sure I’d order it again (not a big fan of spicy tea), but a pleasant surprise.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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64

Smells like sweet dried fruit (there are dried cranberries in the tea); smells lovely. Brewed mine for about 5-6 minutes, added milk and sugar, and couldn’t taste much cranberry, but could still smell what smelled more like general dried fruit (an aroma I like) than cranberry specifically. Very nice and warming.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67

Nice mellow tea with hints of cinnamon flavor and an aroma that includes cardamon (slightly chai-like). Not too terribly sharply flavored (I brewed my small pot on the high end of the recommended steeping time), but has nice subtle flavor for those who don’t like powerfully strongly flavored tea.

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91

Good holiday tea; nicely rounded flavor and aroma with hints of cinnamon being predominant, although some secondary hints of vanilla and almonds coming through, also. Very nice with milk and sugar.

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60

Ginger was the stronger flavor and aroma, with tangerine being the secondary flavor and aroma (although the loose leaf had a lovely floral, tangerine aroma). The ginger was sharp, and I’m not sure I’d drink this in the evening if I wanted to relax, but definitely a good morning tea.

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96

What a beautifully warm tea! Nice cinnamon aroma and flavor, enhanced by adding milk/half-and-half and sugar. Well-rounded, smooth, relaxing tea with a good moderately strong flavor – not overpowering, but not weak and therefore lost if adding said milk and sugar.

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94

Lovely light tea; the ginger dominates the aroma in both the loose leaf and brewed form, but the lime can definitely be smelled and tasted. The ginger is sharp, but the lime adds a really nice balance that builds up the more you drink it. Would consider adding a teaspoon of honey to my cup but it’s not necessary.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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34

Loose leaf blend smelled strongly of turmeric – sharp and pungent – with elements of ginger; the brewed version was very sharp (it’s possible I added too much tea before to my pot). Tasted in equal parts turmeric and ginger, good for clearing out the sinuses. While it was a good quality tea (one I’d drink if I had a cold), it wasn’t quite to my liking because if the strength of its sharpness.

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57

Nice slightly tart and slight sweet tea. Very bright and flavorful, first tasting of plum with the strength of cinnamon building with each sip. Lovely plummy aroma.

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88

Pleasantly surprised by this very interesting tea blend. Works well with or without honey; smells pepperminty in loose leaf form, but more subtle and nuanced when brewed with hints of lemon, and equal parts peppermint and sage, when brewed.

These flavors don’t clash as I had been expecting: The initial flavor was peppermint, but secondary flavor of sage that slowly builds up. Very pleasing light sage aroma, too, almost like an herb garden.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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