371 Tasting Notes


I decided to try this tea to see if I am intersted in exploring Jasmine black teas any further. It is a bagged tea from a company that uses single origin teas handled in an environmentally and socially ethical manner ( http://ceylonorganics.com/index.aspx).

The tea itself is not bad, although the base underneath it is a little bit thinner than I would prefer.

It comes as fannings packed in a standard unwrapped stapled teabag packed in foil. It smellls of a slightly powdery but still perfumy Jasmine scent. The tea brews to the colour of a dark bay horse. The brewed scent of jasmine is soft, powdery, and slightly fruity with the tea contributing a berry fruit tone to the scent and maybe a hint of orange. The tea starts out very smooth while feeling very tannic but not astringent by the end of the cup.

The flavour has quite a floral, powdery top note that reference jasmine, easter lilies and a hint of the aftertaste of allspice. Underneath this is a base of blackberry and chocolate with a hint of bitter malt. The tea is relatively mild with a light body. This tea is pleasant if you enjoy a very floral slightly perfumy tea, I enjoyed it enough that I would like to try some other Jasmine blacks and the tea base is smooth enough that I wouldn’t mind exploring other flavoured teas from this company.

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
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The dry leaf is sprinkled with red bits of imitation bacon and smells of maple smoked bacon with a hint of something almost alcoholic. It smells of burning leaves with a hint of bacon or perhaps more cured ham, a hint of something sweet, and alcohol (later on it kind of deveops into that type of vanilla note found in some whiskeys). The first flavour note was of a slightly cocoa flavoured tea base followed by charred , smoked food notes than a hint of sweetness. It does capture a taste of maple smoked bacon, it doesn’t really taste like maple syrup. The bacon flavour is not overpowering. It reminds me of early fall mornings at my cousins cottage, when the woodstove is burning and I am enjoying a warm beverage in solitude and absorbing my surroundings. Not something I would crave everyday, but it does evoke some fantastic memories and it was certainly an ntersting tea to try. Thanks Rachel for the chance to try this tea.

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When dry, this tea is a very fragrant strong jasmine that leans towards a grape like iris smell. It almost smells like a fruity candy. The leaves are small, thin needles that are dark forest green with yellowish hairs with pieces of jasmine flowers interspersed inbetween. The tea smells like jasmine perfume oil, strong, fresh, it is a heavy sweet floral. The tea is silky, sweet, with a slightly grassy, vegetative note with hints of nuttyness and bitterness underneath, followed by a fresh feeling in the mouth than a burst of rich floral warm sweetness. It tastes true to the scent and flavour of

fresh jasmine. It retains a strong Jasmine flavour for the first 3 steepings (1 min each), after whih it starts to fade. The tea base remains sweet and still has flavour after 5 steepings. Really nice if you enjoy a strongly flavoured sweet Jasmine tea.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Harris Assam by Harris Tea
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The tea smells of plum, cherry , cocoa and faint lemon tones. It is very smooth with a thin body and tastes very fruity. It taste of having eaten black cherries and dark bitter chocolate with a hint of dark malt and leaves a freshening feeling at the top of the mouth. This is really flavourful for a bagged tea.


I’m intrigued by the brands of tea you’ve been reviewing recently—none familiar to my armpit-of-the-midwest-US shopping venues. Are these available at regular grocery stories where you are?


This one was, and I have a grocery store near me that regularly carries a revolving selection of interesting teas. Most of the others are from stores near me geared to various ethnic communities or from Homesense. The Big Active teas I find at various stores geared to the Polish and Eastern European communities. They have a webstore http://bigactive.pl/ but at the moment the site is only in Polish and I don’t know if they ship retail outside of Poland . It appears that they may have plans to do so because they are setting up an english site and one part of the company is a tea shop that allows you to mix your own blends. I also have about 4 large grocery stores near me that specialize in Japanese, Chinese and Korean goods. One of these also carries tea from Jamaica, Poland and India. I also buy tea at one of the East Indian grocery stores near me.
We have lots of choice here if you have the time to look. One of the perks of living in a very ethnically diverse community!
Cjay Teas is a local tea company, but I have only bought their teas at Whole Foods. They have a wide selection of teas available online. I think that the bulk of their business must be wholesale though because their site is still really disorganized. They ship in North America. http://www.cjaytea.com/


I also have a store near me that specializes in Latin American goods that carries around 5 brands of mate, and a selection of herbal and fruit teas, and good chocolate.


I envy your shopping options!

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drank Green Tea with Quince by Big-Active
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The scent of this tea has a bright citrusy note of lime mixed with pear. The gunpowder base produces a creamy, sweet, fresh tasting vegetal tea base which is slightly grassy which is overlain with a fruity mix resembling a blend of lime, pear, and pineapple. Quite nice and resteeps very well.

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drank Buttered Rum by Earth Teaze
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trying this again, this is much more fruity this time, strawberry mixed with powdery floral, insence, vanilla and cocoa. Still captures the flavour at times of a raw crude rum.

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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As noted before this tea is pretty fantastic. I would gladly keep it in my cupboard.

The liquor is reddish brown and is scented with stewed strawberry, vanilla, and a faint pastry/sugar cookie scent. There is an initial taste of cooked sweet berries, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon, followed by shortcrust pastry and a faint hint of woodiness from honeybush. There is a faint feeling of tartness and dryness at front of mouth. The balance of vanilla fruit and cinnamon is very nice.

A 2nd steep has more cinnamon, is sweeter, and leaves the fruit less defined.

A really nice tea. I slightly prefer the creaminess in Nina’s Gemini, but I would gladly rotate between the two of these teas.

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drank Assam Banaspaty by DAVIDsTEA
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The tea brews to the colour of a lighter cherry wood and smells of malt, cocoa, and a citrusy fruity note.

A lightly bitter malt dominates the taste, along with notes of cocoa, something vegetal and a powdery floral. The tea is smooth with no astringeny. This batch had very little natural sweetness and tasted a little thin compared to some assams I have had. The leaves were pretty broken, perhaps this batch is slightly old.

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drank Earl Grey by CJay Tea
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This is probably my lightest bergamot earl grey, but it is also my most versatile as it is easily drunk on its own but also blends very well with other teas and flavourings.

The tea brews to a translucent copper colour and smells of a light bergamot over a dark chocolate base.

The bergamot tastes of citrus, mild spice, and floral notes and mixes nicely with a sweet slightly citrusy and lightly astringent tea base which has hints of cherry.

The tea feels bright and lively to drink, despite having heavier malt and cocoa undertones. It has an aftertaste of sweet tea with citrus and spicy floral notes. It is a medium bodied tea. The flavour is pleasant and good for blending with other teas as the bergamot here is quite mild and blends at just above an equal balance with the natural flavours of the tea.

A nice earl grey for those who dislike strong bergamot or who want a tea for blending.

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drank Bai Mao Hou by Sea Dyke Brand
371 tasting notes

The dry leaves are a mix of colours ranging from olive to light to charcol brown and smell of fruit, bread and a sweet lily.
I brewed this tea at 40, 50, 60 70and 80s. The steeped tea ranged in colour from light straw to light peachy orange.

Through out two brewing sessions captured scents and flavours of fruit ranging from plum, peach, marmelade, dried apricot, banana and lemon , grain notes ranging from sweet corn, toast and sugar cookies, spice, cinnamon and faint nutmeg, cream, vanilla, and light floral notes ranging from a sweet lily to honeysuckle. The tea also had light sweet vegetal notes and a light astringency in the front of the mouth.

Many of the leaves of this tea were broken, however the pieces were fairly large and the tea was not bitter. It maintained a creamy mouthfeel followed by a light astringency in the front of the mouth through all the steeps.

Overall the tea was pleasant with a lot of complexity in flavour. The flavour was not excessively sweet or intense. However I think I enjoyed the TKY in this series more because I enjoyed the spiciness in it more.

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