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49 Tasting Notes

94

One of my dear adopted sisters sent me a package recently, and threw in a bunch of teas for me to try, including this one. It smells amazing – the blueberry and cranberry definitely come through – and it tastes almost as good as it smells. The white tea is subtle but pairs nicely with the fruit flavors. Good stuff :-)

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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97

For a box of tea bags that was on sale at Albertsons, and a total impulse buy, it’s really not bad. Doesn’t hold a candle to, say, the pomegranate tea from Whittard of Chelsea, but it’s pretty good, all things considered.

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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100

A dear friend from Canberra sent me a box of this in my Christmas package, and I’ve been enjoying it enthusiastically for the past few days. It’s very smooth, and pairs perfectly with a bit of French bread and cheese for an afternoon tea break.

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
49 tasting notes

This is the only tea you will ever see me time the brewing of precisely. I’ve admittedly ruined many a cup by forgetting to set a timer for 5 minutes, and employing my usual “make it, set it down to cool to a drinkable temp, and walk away, sometimes forgetting it for upwards of 20 minutes” method. Beyond 5 minutes, it gets so bitter as to be utterly unenjoyable. But, at 5 minutes, it makes a good cup.

And this is about my 4th cup of tea today. It’s just been THAT kind of day, apparently…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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79

Found a stash of this in a Tupperware of assorted teas, hiding in mom’s pantry. I think I recognize the teas in that box from a canister (with a cute little ceramic sheep on top of the lid) that resided in a cabinet in my childhood home, so it’s probably at least 10 years old. I have the feeling the black tea in this was mediocre anyway, but age has definitely not been kind to it – there’s barely any tea flavor. The sweet-spicy flavor of the cinnamon makes up for it, though. Not a bad cup, in spite of the odds being stacked against it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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95

Woe, for I am on my last tea bag of this, out of a sampler my dear friend gave me as a present. Dry, it has a subtle floral, almost fruity smell, and brewed, it gets a little bit stronger, but not overpowering. The taste is much like the smell – somewhere between floral and fruit. I definitely need to get some more – winter’s coming on, and who doesn’t need some blossoms to see them through the dreary snow? ;-)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
ashmanra

I loved cherry blossom green from Harney and Sons and now I want to try the one from Tin Roof Teas.

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95

So, I didn’t drink this one plain – I used 2 teabags of it, and 1 teabag of Bengal Spice, in a HUGE mug, and added a splash of milk to make kind of a cinnamon apple chai-type thing. I was prepared for the spice to potentially overwhelm the apple flavor, but it was pleasantly surprising when I took a sip and got both the cinnamon-spice and the apple flavor. Going to consider the experiment a success!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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100

A great tea for a cold fall evening – the orange flavor is lovely, and it’s just spicy enough for my liking. Hadn’t had it in ages, and found a lone tea bag lurking in my stash (courtesy of a handful of tea bags handed to me by the lovely lady at the hotel desk on my last trip, when I had a Lack Of Tea Crisis), so I figured it might be time to brew it up. :-)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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100

A friend sent me a sampler box of tea bags, and this is one of the teas included. I was originally a little put off by how smoky the tea smells, but it doesn’t taste nearly as smoky as it smells. A real treat!

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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100

Like the other teas I’ve tried from this company, this one is a home run – the fruit flavor is nice but not overpowering, and it smells absolutely heavenly :-)

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200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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