1014 Tasting Notes

96

I’m having a quiet, relaxing Saturday night with the help of this Sugar Caramel Oolong. I only have about half a tin left and I’m not sure this will be restocked, but I am really enjoying it while it lasts. The smooth and sweet caramel flavor is nicely paired with the buttery finish of the green oolong. There is a bit of a nutty taste that I recognize as being the chestnuts described by the company. Mmm….the best part about oolongs is the various infusions. Off to brew another cup!

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93

This is absolutely delicious! The steep time of 10 minutes created a richer, smoother and tastier brew than my previous attempts at 6-8 minutes. Wow, this is so great even with additions this time! I love it, love it, love it! I really should be in bed by now, but I just can’t stop drinking this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

I don’t usually resteep caffeine free teas, but this one is so good I wanted to see if a resteep was possible. And, I am happy to report that it is possible and delicious. Okay, so the infusion time was 20 minutes, but it was so worth it. The pie aspect is pretty much gone, but you are left with a sweet, juicy strawberry tea that is certainly satisfying. Frank does have a special way with honeybush and I am so glad to be able to benefit from that!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

This delicious cup of strawberry pie heaven is helping to smooth out the worries of the day and prepare me to tackle some homework. I am SO glad this is a permanent collection tea!

Preparation
8 min or more

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100
drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
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This tea is just what I needed after a very trying and frustrating day. Slowly, the cocoa, roasty, and tangy layers of this tea are peeling away the bad and replacing it with a whole lot of greatness. I should feel more like myself in approximately 1.5 more infusions.

Preparation
8 min or more

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95

Oooh, yum, yum, yum!! This is a seriously good tea. I don’t know how it truly tastes like a strawberry pie, but it does! Wow, I can’t even explain what it tastes like, but I know this is one of the best caffeine-free blends I’ve ever had. Now, please excuse me while I continue to inhale this tea!

Preparation
8 min or more

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93

YAY!! My tea order arrived today. I was seriously bummed because I had checked the mail earlier and there was nothing there. I was assuming it was due to the icy roads that canceled school today. However, a couple of hours later the flag on my mailbox that signals there is something inside was raised. I checked the mail again and my tea was there!!! Many thanks to my lovely mail delivery lady who braved the roads in order to deliver this tea.

Now, on to this tea. I, like many others, thought I had missed this tea completely but Frank decided to blend up some more and I grabbed a pouch. I love that this is a honeybush blend because I was anticipating the flavors to truly shine with that base. This tea is a really great and tasty blend! The many, many shreds of coconut in the mix really lend a nicely smooth flavor with the tangy cheesecake-like taste coming out as the tea cools and hanging around in the background.

I did add some milk to the cup, but I think I would prefer this tea better without that addition. I’ve really been noticing that I like more teas without additions lately and I’ll be sure to try that later on with this tea.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
Jesse

If only this weren’t sold out!!

Meghann M

Maybe if Frank has enough requests he’ll whip up another 2 pounds? I swear I read a comment joking about need he make more…Please please please?

Jillian

Maybe he should add this one to the permanent collection at MySweetHoneybush.

KeenTeaThyme

@Jillian: my vote, YES! :)

Great review, mrawlins2. My review pales in comparison. But I was distracted by the lusciousness of the coconut…

mpierce87

@Jillian – My vote is Yes also!!

@KeenTeaThyme – Thanks, and I totally understand being distracted by this tea, it is great!

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98
drank Masterpiece Chai by Liber Teas
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I am finishing up my sample of this today and it is definitely going to be missed. I didn’t leave enough of my sample for a full pot today so I supplemented it with a small scoop of Emperor’s Red. Luckily the chai is still shining through and is really complementing the chocolaty, tanginess of Emperor’s Red.

Hmm…this combo is working so well I might just do an entire day of adding another pinch of different teas into my infuser….

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89

I haven’t had this tea in awhile, but am finishing it up tonight. Yum! It is a nice and clean tasting oolong. I’m enjoying it and looking forward to the second infusion (my fave!)

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100

This tea is helping me stay sane after a long day with 6 year olds. So far, so good but I think I will require more tea just to be on the safe side.

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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

Location

Texas

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