424 Tasting Notes

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Tea # 2 from The tea box. This is my first tea bow and while I am super excited to try as many as I can before I send it on I also feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tea staring me in the face.

I’m going to set a few pearls aside for later to try again. I love jasmine tea of all sorts but I’m pretty sure this is the first black/ black pearl that I’ve tried. The jasmine essence is very mellow. Usually I add a little honey to jasmine teas but I just couldn’t get myself to add it to this rare one. Nevertheless it’s still a delightful drink.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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73

This tea doesn’t quite go with a chicken stir fry but on its own it’s quite good. It does, however, go quite well with a cinnamon sugar bagel. I’m quite amazed at how much the flavors are battling for dominance. The rooibos tries it’s hardest but the rose always comes out on top. The smell too is overtaken with rose. I’ve tried it hot and cold and while i think its slightly better warm, it doesn’t make the rose flavor any less immense. This is tea 1 from the traveling tea box.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp

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drank Thai Iced Tea by Wang Derm
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I had a thai bubble tea with milk for the first time the other day and I loved it. So when I saw this I had to pick some up for at some. I’m not really fond of the fact that they had to add the yellow coloring but I guess they wouldn’t really be able to consider it thai tea if it didn’t get that color. At least that’s what I assume.

I do love the color. Somehow it makes the tea taste better. Kinda fun to have an orange colored tea. When first steeped I couldn’t quite taste the vanilla and thai tea like I had hoped but as it’s cooled down the flavor has really come out. I’ve also added about a tsbp of almond milk and found the flavor is still quite good.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp

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Thank you to justnord for sending me a sample of this one. The flavor matches the name perfectly. This tea contains both rooibos and honey bush but I think honey bush is the prominent one. Which is surprising because hibiscus is also listed and that is the one flavor that usually takes over but I can barely taste it. This tea almost has too many flavors going on.

Preparation
7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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73

I can’t taste the pineapple but I think that is because there wasn’t much pineapple to begin with. Regardless it does still come out enough to give me a taste of what it would be like with more. It’s a good oolong though so I don’t know that I would want to cover it up with too much pineapple flavor.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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80

Pleasant, fruit dry smell. Somehow found it to be very relaxing. Soft hints of all the flavors are present and combine well for a great tea.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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73

This is my favorite of the blackcurrant teas I’ve tried. Such a rich and happy flavor. There are many many many black tea flavors out there. But of all that I have tried so far the Blackcurrant black tea has my number one spot. Blackcurrant is a species of berry resident to central and northern Europe and northern Asia. It is a dark purple color and very high in vitamin C.

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There are a few tropical hints but not enough to overpower the sweet and slightly nutty taste of the basic Rooibos flavor. It only needs to be steep for 5 – 7 minutes and once done it’s very soothing. I’m actually having trouble writing this post because it’s so relaxing. Picture yourself in your favorite place with your preferred drink of choice and you have the flavor of this tea.

I also suggest you try a Rooibos Latte if you ever get the chance. The warm milk froth mixed with the Rooibos froth is absolutely amazing.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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78

Amazing how different Earl Grey can be from one company to another. I tried this one and thought I went to Earl Grey heaven. The smell is amazing, the taste is amazing. I need to get more!

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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I steep it for about 3 minutes and it was fine. I’ve steeped it over 5 before and it turned out to be really bitter. But I think you need at least 2 minutes to get the pomegranate to release its flavor. This is a tea I often see at World Market. They seem to have a unique selection of tea there.
Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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Where to being… well, I’ve been drinking jasmine tea for a long time. It still remains a favorite of mine but I’ve now added any more.

Green teas are my favorite. I like black tea but generally prefer it flavored. I’m finding a new love for oolong. Especially the type that leans more toward green. Whites are nice. Rooibos can be a hit or miss, but honeybush is better. (Golden Honeydew by Lupicia is the best). I don’t mind herbals but it really depends on the ingredients.

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