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141 Tasting Notes

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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
141 tasting notes

This tisane has really chunky pieces of dried fruit and nuts but this blend doesn’t go far because of the bulk. A 25g pouch only makes three cups and that’s pushing it. The recommendation is 2tsp per cup, but when a single teaspoon contains one banana chip and an almond, you have to use more.

The fragrance is great. Because you only have dried fruit and nuts with no artificial flavoring, it’s very clean and fruity. The brew results in what is essentially trail mix soup. It’s tasty but you could get the same effect from throwing some dried fruit into a teapot and it would cost much less.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

So true… Sad but true…

I love the idea of trail mix soup!

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Don’t stick your nose straight into a new bag. The amines/amides had really built up from the pu-erh and the initial whiff was strongly fishy. After letting the package breathe, it had a mellow, creamy, nutty cocoa fragrance.

The tea brewed to a bright rust. I’ve only tried a few flavored pu-erh teas and they were disappointing but this is pretty good. The cocoa and coconut are discernable but they don’t overtake the subtle flavors of the earthy pu-erh.

[From some other notes, it appears this blend is no longer available? I’ve had this for a little while and just discovered I hadn’t posted a tasting note for it when I was cleaning out the tea bins.]

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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91

The fragrance is sweet and biscuity with a faint note of smoke. Once steeped, there’s a slight stone fruit presence. The flavor is both malty and astringent which makes for a great morning tea.

This is a well balanced and artfully blended tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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OK, this has “coffee” in the name but technically it’s no different from some of the tisanes that have been reviewed here on Steepster as it’s really just a herbal blend. I wanted to share this here because of how freaking good it is!

I prepared this using a steeping basket and it turned out awesome. The fragrance is rich and chocolaty and there’s an indescribable depth. The flavor is bold, malty, full of body and the chocolate is very pronounced. There’s also a subtle heat from the chili peppers which enhance the chocolate flavor.

This is the best caffeine free chocolate beverage I’ve ever tasted. It’s a little pricey, but I’ll be keeping this in the pantry for the winter ahead.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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This tisane is composed of large, colorful pieces of dried fruits. The fragrance is tart and citrusy and there’s a subtle dusty or aged quality.

This steeped to a deep red so it might contain some hibiscus. There were visible pieces of cranberry but this was far deeper than what could be imparted by just that fruit.

The flavor was very tart but also had a clean citrus base. It wasn’t very complicated being mainly bitter-orange and apple.

I took half of a cooled cup and poured it over ice. I find that a colder temperature makes the fruit stand out more. The chilling gave this more character so I think I prefer this blend iced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
141 tasting notes

A co-worker of mine is originally from Ireland and she brought me a few bags of this to try.

This tea is packaged in the traditional white, circular filter-paper teabag. The fragrance is light but definitely creamy with notes of pepper.

Upon adding the boiling water, it was immediately black which foreshadowed the strength of this tea. It was highly astringent with an underlying malt. I don’t normally add anything to my tea, but this one needed a little sweetener and cream to get through.

The power of this tea took me off guard at first, but it grew on me. If anything, it will wake you up!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

My daughter brought me two Bewley teas from Dublin last fall. Clipper Gold was actually frightening. The instant the water hit the tea, it turned dark and you could smell the powerful aroma right away! Irish Afternoon was nice, though. CG had scared me so badly that I only steeped it for about 2 minutes, and it really needed more. If you want to try either or both of those, I will be happy to send some.

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drank Ration Tea by Past Times
141 tasting notes

When I first opened the bag, I was hit with a very sweet, almost fake tea fragrance. The contents also didn’t look like tea leaves. Instead, the bag contained small dried particles similar to instant coffee.

This brewed to a deep black cup of tea. OMG, this stuff is strong! I’m not a cream and sugar guy, but this one almost needs it- it packs a wallop! The tea is of medium body and the astringency is moderate but it becomes more pronounced in a lingering aftertaste.

While it’s one of the oddest looking teas I’ve ever had, it’s really not bad. It’s a good first cup as it literally kicks you into gear but some may prefer to add a sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Is this just a CTC British tea, most likely heavy on the Assam? Or something else?

Paul M Tracy

They do have the typical “grape nuts” nugget shape, so you’re probably right. However, while the body was fair, I didn’t get a lot of malt. The astringency was rather high especially on the finish.

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