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12 Tasting Notes

80

I discovered this tea after falling in love with this company’s White Tea with Apricot and Elderflower. I still rate that one higher than this, but I’ve discovered that elderflower is a nice, mellow flavor. Being a Yank, I had never tasted it until getting this British tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

I am a big Yunnan fan, and this one is quite nice. Not the best I’ve ever had, but very good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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18

Full disclosure: I don’t like the taste of rooibos. And even though this tea contains no rooibos, to me it tasted as though rooibos was the base. Therefore, I did not care for it at all. I’m not saying it’s a bad tea, just giving a warning to the other rooibos-haters out there.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73

While at the Dammann Freres store in Paris picking up my favorite of theirs (the 4 Fruits Rouges), I bought some of this to try, and it’s another winner! The berry tastes are fairly subtle, but you get actual berries along with the leaves. Since I got mine in bulk, it came with no ingredient list, so I didn’t know the base was sencha. It’s not at all vegetal and I thought it was more of an oolong-y taste.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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77
drank Nuit calme by La Tisaniere
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I tried this tisane after seeing it in all the supermarkets in Paris, and I wanted a change from chamomile. I really love the taste and drink it most winter evenings. I steep it four minutes, but it’s not at all fussy (like real tea). The taste is of tilleul (linden), orangier (orange blossom), and chamomile, but since those first two flavors are foreign to most people, you’ll just have to take my word that it’s mellow and soothing! They make another version with verveine (verbena) that I like even better.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89
reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
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I’ve owned my Breville for 18 months now, without any problems. A high-quality product worth the splurge. I like how you can “set it and forget it” and get the perfect cup of tea.

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95

As others have noted, this tea is coconutty! I love it with milk and sugar on cold mornings. In fact, I crave it. After the closure of SpecialTeas, I had to find a replacement for my black-with-coconut. I tried Argo and a few others, but nothing compares to this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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73

Better than just plain chamomile.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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95

I don’t have any idea what flavor the elderflower is adding here, but I love the apricot taste! Very light and never bitter. Needs no sweetener. I order 100 bags at a time from the UK. Even with shipping to the US, it’s worth it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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98

This is my favorite black tea EVER! It is so mellow and has layers of flavor (malty, chocolaty, smoky). I get at least two cups from each bag. It’s organic and tastes as good as many loose Yunnans.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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