1015 Tasting Notes

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drank Gingerbread Orange by TeaFrog
1015 tasting notes

I was a bit apprehensive of this tea because honestly, orange and gingerbread don’t necessarily sound like a good combination to me. However, after brewing this for a good long time I actually like this tea! I don’t know if I love it, but with a little honey it is smooth, rich, and only slightly citrusy. I’m not getting a ton of gingerbread but I am getting just enough to understand the name of this tea. The orange is really juicy and delicious though! I would definitely recommend at least trying this tea.

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98
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m winding down my night with a big cup of Neapolitan Honeybush. I let it brew for an extra long time and it is now almost thick like real melted ice cream. It is just yum!

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96

Well, I just had to make this tonight! I found a Dark Chocolate Breve Creme at the store earlier and when I saw it, I knew that the creamer and this tea were a match made in heaven. This is really good. The mint is still prevalent, but now there is an extra dose of chocolate. Wow, I’m really enjoying this tea tonight!

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100
drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
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I decided that a day like today called for the Emperor. Unfortunately, I probably only have enough for one more pot of this delicious tea after today. But, I’m determined to enjoy it while it lasts.

This tea is, as always, a true delight. Very much a roasty, chocolate, and tangy tea that is amazingly unique. I would never have imagined that the combination of those flavors could create a tea that was so delicious.

On a side note: I used a bit of this tea yesterday to make tea eggs. I’d never made them before, but I have to say they turned out pretty tasty. There is a definite chocolatey, tangy presence in the eggs that I’m attributing to this tea.

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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99

First of all, thanks to threewhales for sharing this tea with me. This is really awesome! I couldn’t believe the smell of the dry tea: very floral and sweet. After pouring water over the leaves, the honey aroma exploded and I seriously stood over my teapot enjoying the aroma for the entire steep time. This tea is a very rich, honey color, but not at all what you would expect from a black tea. My first sip made me think I was dreaming. This tea couldn’t possibly be that delicious, right?

No, actually it is that delicious and perfect. I love this tea. As others have mentioned, this tea is naturally sweet and light. The taste of orchids is present throughout the end of the sip with the honey sweetness taking over at the beginning. I love that there seems to be a texture to this tea, almost biscuit-like yet smooth. This is certainly a treat and I’m looking forward to subsequent infusions.

This tea does remind me of the Honey Orchid Phoenix oolong from Tao of Tea, but this tea from GM is MUCH, MUCH better! Wow, I just can’t believe how delicious this is!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I think this needs to be my next tea purchase :) Sounds so good.

Kristen

Can this tea be purchased through Golden moon? I could not find on their website.

LiberTEAS

This is a tea that was part of the Single Leaf Membership.

JacquelineM

Kristen – Here it is!

http://www.goldenmoontea.com/single-leaf-club/honeyorchid.html

You can purchase it in various sizes – not sure which I’ll spring for yet!

Kristen

Cool thanks… I read some other reviews on this and have been wanting to try it! Thanks for posting…I couldn’t find it for sale on the site. :)

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93

Second infusion is probably my favorite so far. I find this tea to be rich, slightly buttery, and naturally sweet. I’ve mentioned in the past that Silver Needle tastes like Chamomile should taste and I once again am drawn to that conclusion. I also wanted to mention that these are the fuzziest leaves I’ve seen on a Silver Needle, reaching your hand inside of the pouch results in your hand being covered in soft, downy fuzz.

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93

This is so tasty and smooth. Very comforting!

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93

I finally have Silver Needle back in my cupboard again, thanks to threewhales! I have severely missed having this tea. Very smooth, lightly sweet, and almost a bit buttery (or maybe I’m imagining that…) I also really love the look of this tea: the little fuzzy leaves are so adorable! This is a welcome tea tonight because I’m starting to feel a bit under the weather. Hopefully good tea will pull me through.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m really, really glad that honeybush doesn’t get bitter. I kind of forgot about steeping this tea and realized this about 40-50 minutes later. But wow!! This is better than ever. Really tastes like Neapolitan ice cream when all the flavors are starting to melt and mix in the bottom of the bowl. I absolutely love this tonight. Perfect way to end a Monday!

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98
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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This is really, really good. I’m getting a lot of strawberry and vanilla with a hint of chocolate. It really does taste like Neapolitan ice cream! I knew it would be great though – Frank rocks honeybush! As a result, honeybush has quickly become my nightly vice. Delicious! My cup is disappearing way too fast…

Preparation
8 min or more

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap

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