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drank Vanilla black tea by Zen Tea
519 tasting notes

T&C TTB#5: This was fairly weak. Maybe more a caramely vanilla but not even much of that, really. Just kind of meh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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T&C TTB#4: This tea. This tea. I knew it would be trouble just from reading the reviews it’s gotten. I kind of dreaded trying it but at the same time, it had to be tried! Yes. It’s as bad as I thought – yet another tea company that I have to add to the list to buy a tea from! :)

This is amazing. Cinnamon-sugar-cream-pastry-wow!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Hahahahaha

Kat_Maria

Yeah, I love it, too!

boychik

For a minute I thought you were serious. I luv this tea

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drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
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T&C TTB#3: This smells cakey, sweet and cinnamony. I see a cardamom pod and maybe dried fruit? In taste it is mostly a generic spice cake ruled by cinnamon with a vaguely fruity note. It’s actually pretty decent although I don’t really get any “cake.” I also don’t get much of a tea base that I can isolate but that may just be my jaded and overworked tastebuds. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
KittyLovesTea

That’s a cute tea name :)

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drank Red Raspberry by Assam Tea Company
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T&C TTB#2: This smells wonderfully raspberry! It has a good taste but it is trending a little towards bitter at the end of the steep. It seems like it is definitely one of those finicky Assams. I even understeeped it per package directions. I don’t know that I’d buy any of this, but it is good. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
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T&C TTB#1: So, I couldn’t resist. I found myself with a couple of hours where I could drink tea! I started with this one. I thought I’d try these teas without looking to see what was expected of them first. :)

When I opened the package I thought I smelled red rooibos, despite the package saying black. And yes, I was right. It smells cherry, despite having that medicinal smell from the rooibos. But in the end, to me, it tastes like cherry medicine. Nope, red rooibos blends are not for me! But it was nice to have the opportunity to try some again to see if my tastes have changed! :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oooo… now this is more like it. Golden tipped leaves make a malty, deep brew. I like this better than the Basmatia Estate. Still gets the increasing bitterness as it cools, however. And that could be my steeping error as well. Dunno. I like it. And with half-and-half it reminds me of how much I loved the Assams this winter with cream… a habit I don’t need to fall back into! :)

Now I need to follow this with Harney’s Nahorhabi, though I don’t know what flush theirs is.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Since I had two more people at work wanting to try out teas, I figured I’d grab some samples to do some comparisons while I was doing ordering. Not like I can place a tea order without getting something myself!

This is an okay Assam. Nothing too special, but definitely drinkable. A bit toasty. As it cools, it seems to get stronger and maybe tends a bit to the bitter side. This was only at 1:30. I think at 4-5 min as recommended it would be near undrinkable, at least for me. On to the next!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
519 tasting notes

This was a sample generously included in my order. And one that I’ll have to add to my next order.

This is smooth. Medium gold red color. Hay and dry grass, wheat stalks, medium malt, mainly smooth.

“Like a baby’s behind” smooth. And if you recognize that quote, you have excellent taste in bad movies. :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m pretty sure this is my favorite black tea that Garret carries, it’s so lovely!

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drank Lattakoojan Assam by Butiki Teas
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So… somehow I rated this one but didn’t review it. Hm. Well, it’s good. :)

Malty, deeply cocoa-ey, smooth and lovely. That’s all I really remember. I thought I had notes on it, but I can’t seem to find them.

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Mmm.. Little buttery, little malty, little floral… Others who have said Assam +Darj are very correct. This is an unusual tea without much if any of the dryness typically associated with Darjeelings. While I didn’t try any of the previous Sourenee that Butiki had, this is a very good option from this estate (in my limited experience of 3 Sourenees, anyway).

Butiki Teas

Nicole-I think your package might have the wrong steeping directions. Just in case, the temperature should be 190F. I caught my mistake before the tea went live on the website but I’m not sure if it was before or after you purchased the tea.

Nicole

I actually got one without any label at all. I caught you before you had them labeled. :) I just did it like I’d do most Darjeelings. That was probably on the high side so I’ll do it at 190 next time. Thanks for the info!

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