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98 Tasting Notes

96

One of my favorite teas: Really good light strawberry aroma, good strawberry flavor that’s enhanced by the addition of milk (half-and-half even better) and a small bit of sugar (the tea is naturally a bit sweet; too much sugar and the tea will become cloying). Love it!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89

Pretty good darjeeling (not a type of tea I generally go for); preferred to steep mine a bit longer than the recommended 3-minute brew, but good flavor, holds up well with milk and sugar, no bitter aftertaste.

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180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This has definitely become one of my favorite teas, one that I’ll be ordering again. Beautifully strong, holds up excellently with milk and sugar, doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste that so many black teas have if you don’t add the milk and sugar – just the way I love my tea! Fantastic hearty taste.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77

A really lovely light, orange-scented rooibos; tasted lightly of oranges, with sweet citrus undertones. Really enjoyable!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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51

Had an okay citrusy, orangey, vanilla aroma, but not much of an orange/vanilla taste. The vanilla was very subtle and made the tea sweet (in that there was no bitter aftertaste), but I couldn’t muster much enthusiasm. Might be okay with milk and sugar, but didn’t try it with these additions.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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42

Another rather mediocre English Breakfast tea; no real depth to the flavor. Adding milk and sugar made it even blander. (And what was with the recommended there-minute steep time?) Perhaps if it had been steeped longer, it would have had more flavor.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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42

Rather mediocre tea; no strong flavor; tasted a bit dusty. Okay orange aroma, but no real depth to the taste. Slightly unpleasantly bitter without milk and sugar.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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91

I liked the taste of this one very marginally more than the Cooling Mint Tulsi; there were complexities there I couldn’t identify, but as with the Cooling Mint Tulsi, it was an interesting blend that I’d never had the likes of before. Herbal, in an herb garden-type of way.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89

This was one of the more interesting teas (in a good way) I’ve ever had. Listed as a tisane, it smelled more like an aromatic herb (and the plant from which it comes belongs to the same family as basil and rosemary).It smelled really fragrant, like an herb garden. It wasn’t very sweet, but had a nicely rounded subtle sweetness to it, likely the result of whatever mints were added. I couldn’t taste any strong mint, but there did seem (to me) to be some subtle peppermint and spearmint. Very interesting and quite nice!

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185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This was fantastic! And is now one of my favorite Earl Greys. I could smell the lavender before I started brewing my tea, but I could taste the rosemary more when I drank the tea (with milk and sugar). Surprised at how much I enjoyed this; had a lovely rounded taste. I love lavender Earl Greys but the addition of the rosemary worked very well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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