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drank Blue Moon by Red Leaf Tea
403 tasting notes

I really adore this tea. The dry leaves smell almost overpoweringly fruity, and are very pretty with the yellow, red, and blue flowers. The liqueur is a bright orange-gold, and smells more like apples than any other fruit. Actually, if you made hot apple cider and tossed a few strawberries or currants in the pot, I think this is how it would smell. The taste: a sweet, light, fruity black tea. But then I always get this deliciously creamy aftertaste, and that gets a bit stronger as it cools.

Must buy more. Someday. When I’m allowed to buy tea again :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
LiberTEAS

I like this tea too. I wrote a review of it back in September. You can read it here:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=6166

I really like Red Leaf Tea – I might just have to place an order with them soon…

teabird

It’s pretty great – I wish I’d gotten a large tin in the first place! And you mention a floral taste; I never quite notice that specifically, but I think that is where the sweetness is coming from. It just always impresses me how a tea with nothing but black tea and flowers can taste so much like fruit! Red Leaf has a lot of interesting and delicious sounding things, and I just noticed they’re giving away a free small tin with every $10 purchase – so tempted!

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LiberTEAS

I like this tea too. I wrote a review of it back in September. You can read it here:

http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=6166

I really like Red Leaf Tea – I might just have to place an order with them soon…

teabird

It’s pretty great – I wish I’d gotten a large tin in the first place! And you mention a floral taste; I never quite notice that specifically, but I think that is where the sweetness is coming from. It just always impresses me how a tea with nothing but black tea and flowers can taste so much like fruit! Red Leaf has a lot of interesting and delicious sounding things, and I just noticed they’re giving away a free small tin with every $10 purchase – so tempted!

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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