19 Tasting Notes

80

Soft and very easy-going…perfect to wake up gently ;-)
This being said, although there´s nothing wrong with this tea, I don´t rate it higher than 80 because according to my taste buds, it lacks some punch. I should really try to brew it the Russian style, and see how it works out that way…one day!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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85

The thirst quenched with some iced tea, I put myself down to read a bit in my book, with a nice cuppa next to me…this tea is wonderful for all senses, starting with the lovely rather sweet smell of marzipan. A treat w/o gaining the pounds from eating marzipan ;-)

Flavors: Almond, Green, Marzipan

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Tibetan Secret by Teh Bar
19 tasting notes

After returning home from the swimming pool, I craved for a cold drink, and had this tea iced in the fridge…very refreshing, nice taste of green tea without it being too grassy, or wooden…I immediately put another pot to cool down.

Flavors: Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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81

Bought years ago at a tea/cofee shop in Louvain (Belgium), I cannot be absolutely sure it´s the same brand name of tea, but it´s very similar by looking at the picture. I loved this tea from the start (before rating teas on steepster), and I rediscovered a bit of it in a tin today, and enjoyed a nice cup of it ths afternoon. Very floral, with a subtle hint of smoke, it´s an ideal afternoon tea. An added plus : even when the cup cools, it´s still a nice tea (it actually might make an enjoyable iced tea as well).

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70

Opening the tin it might as well smell as the green variant of Kusmi´s St Petersburg, but that´s where it stops for me. This is gunpowder tea, which end up as an acceptable green tea, but most of the aroma´s (citrus fruits, especially vanilla and caramel) are gone! Need to drink it again, maybe changing the steeping parameters, because I cannot understand the good ratings by some people.

Flavors: Caramel, Citrus Fruits, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

Another tea I wouldn´t have picked (but it was one of the tins of the “afternoon” series by Kusmi), but I must admit it scores way better than other teas – a priori – of my preference. It smells really nice, fruity, and not in an artificial way as is the case with many aromatised black teas. In the taste this is mainly a black tea, with subtle hints of red fruit blending in nicely, therefore making this tea a good afternoon tea.

Flavors: Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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78

Actually, I was quite afraid of how this tea would turn out, so the first sip was a “delicate” moment, but it tasted alright. Spicy (in the sense of the Xmas teas) whereas the chocolate blends everything well together, without giving it too much sweetness or bitterness. Very forgiving as well when leaving the cup to cool down a bit…

Flavors: Chocolate, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

Wonderful green tea : the smell of the loose tea is pure nostalgy for me, and for once, this is only confirmed when drinking it! Normally green tea can be quite “boring” to me, but the almonds make it fun!

Flavors: Almond, Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

Although I prefer loose tea, I do own teabags, and they sure are practical when not having a lot of time or when inviting people with different preferences. This morning the first applied. It´s been a very long time since I bought these, and I couldn´t quite remember whether I just bought it for the elderflower (I “brew” my own elderflower cordial to make wonderful gin&tonics), or whether I truly liked it. Well, the elderflower made me buy it, but I do like this tea. Very floral, very soft, very subtle…wonderful when still waking up! And according to London tea company it helps to give your skin that youthful and supple appearance…great indeed!

Flavors: Apricot, Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Tibetan Secret by Teh Bar
19 tasting notes

In the past I experimented a lot in order to get a tasteful ice tea without having to add sugar to the final result. In general, I tend to prefer black teas aromatized with pieces of real fruit, but I cannot get this type of teas everywhere, and the aromatized black teas (with sirops) I prefer to avoid. Maybe I´m too much of a black tea fan to fully appreciate ice teas based on green tea, but the last couple of years, that seems to have changed. Last year´s green tea with banana was a success and this year´s Tibetan Secret is not bad at all either. Very refreshing, and light, I could drink it all day.

Flavors: Goji, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Introduced to tea by my sister-in-law in my country of birth = Belgium more than 30 years ago, I still love tea, mainly black, which I enjoy without sugar or milk. Having lived in UK, near good tea shops (e.g. Betty´s all over Yorkshire), I tend to buy most of my tea in bulk from tea shops (as such, most of these are not represented in my on-line cupboard). Nowadays, I live in Spain where tea gives me another sensatory bliss (as wine or beer or coffee can give me too).

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