626 Tasting Notes

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This came to me from Marzipan and it is nummy! Hay, molasses, lovely golden and brown leaves, faint tobacco or smoke hints. I’m not sure which but they are not unpleasant. I will probably eventually need some of this.

Thanks, Marzipan!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

The scent of the dry leaves is strongly floral. The taste is floral but less intensely so than the scent. I didn’t really get that buttery feel but I’ll try again with different steeping parameters. I did get the mild astringency at the end of the sip, though. It’s a very pleasant light oolong. If I can get that butter to come out, it will be a restock for sure.

Thanks, Garret, for the generous sample!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Garret

The pleasure is all mine! The autumn crop will be in here next week, I think! Your sample was the spring. Glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Christmas Tea by TeaGschwendner
626 tasting notes

Heavily cinnamon and also clove. The leaves were very fine after going through the mail in a card, so it didn’t take long to steep. :) It smells sweet though I don’t think there is any sugar in this. It’s not bad, even without milk and sugar, which is how I would normally do spiced teas. I added some sugar to the last half a cup but it didn’t seem to bring out any other spices, just made it sweet.

Thanks, carol who for sending this in the Christmas card swap!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

To be honest, I did not have this tea from the Estate direct. But I know where I tasted it, they got it from this direct source. So I have high confidence that my experience with it was what you’d get from this listing for the tea.

This was just a wonderful Darjeeling. I can’t remember if I’ve had a Glenburn autumn flush before but what a fantastic introduction. A medium body with stone fruit and a light hit of malt. Once I get over my tea spree guilt I’ll need to get some of this. Along with the instructions for how my host steeped it. :)

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drank Afternoon by Fortnum & Mason
626 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

When not oversteeped, this is quite a nice blend. More malt than I expected but still a light malt. Nice fruity notes and molasses. Oversteep and it turns into why I don’t do Ceylons very often – bitter, bitter, bitter. But done right it’s a good cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
626 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

I didn’t read anything about this before tasting it. It had that distinctive hibiscus smell and look. It’s very tart and like hot, unsweetened fruit juice. It was a pretty purpley red color, though. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

Blahhhh hibiscus! :P

Nicole

Yes, blahhhh! Pretty but nasty. :)

Cameron B.

I had the displeasure of drinking a cup of hibiscus juice tea a couple of days ago. :(

Nicole

I got a cup of black currant at the Four Seasons with tea last month. I assumed from the description that it was a black tea with black currant. It turned out to be black currant tisane with what I am positive was hibiscus. :(

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T&C TTB Round 2

This seems very, very musky and strongly muscatel in flavor. It’s very pleasant. I am not sure I would keep it on hand but if I ran across it I’d pick some up.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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T&C TTB Round 2

I must not have hit the sweet spot with this one. I could tell it was somewhat fruity, but the actual orange flavor escaped me. It was just a kind of mildly generically fruit black. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Mad Paris by Mad Hat Tea Company
626 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

The packaging is good. Nice and thick. I could actually smell the tea in the package despite having been in a TTB. This is very vanilla. The black currant may be making the bergamot seem sweeter. Either that or this isn’t a terribly strong bergamot. Regardless, it is a very nice blend. Very similar to H&S Paris, which is probably what they were going for. :) Overall, I prefer H&S but this is very tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
626 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

This may have suffered from being in the TTB, I don’t know. Initial thoughts on smelling the liquor is pu-erh. Being CTC it was pretty much an insta-steep. As soon as I got the water in the cup I took out the infuser basket. It was okay. I didn’t get much of anything like others have noted. It was just similar to some not very good pu-erhs (the reason I haven’t expanded much into them). Dusty, odd and drying.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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