48 Tasting Notes

70

So my free samples from The Jade Teapot just arrived!
They were nice enough to have sent me the samples, a 15% discount coupon, and a pen! How awesome is that?
I tried the Peach Oolong first, since I’ve never had oolong before. Once steeped, I could sense a subtle peach aroma which was nice. The tea itself was very smooth to swallow, and it had very little if any astringency while being slightly but naturally sweet.

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70

I think I’m hooked on this thing! I tried it without milk, and it is still very good. Although I usually don’t like citrus in general, I think bergamot really has a distinctive character that sets it apart from other citrus fruits. It produces a very elegant fragrance which is perfect to be sniffing at in the morning.

Add: Rated it down a bit because it sometimes tasted like iron if that makes any sense. It’s weird, but was quite unpleasant nontheless.
Add2: I don’t think I can drink this particular Earl Grey without milk anymore. The metallic taste was just too much when drunk straight. Adding milk solves the problem entirely.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Retro Toast

Have had the same metallic taste before. In my case it was steeping it in a cheap metal teapot. The insides had corroded without me realising. :)

But I do know what you mean. Nice review.

ashmanra

If you get the chance, try Earl Grey Supreme by Harney and Sons. Ecstacy! The tea base is amazing, and the bergamot is juuuuuuust right.

zeitfliesst

I’ll definitely take note of your recommendation for my future H&S purchase. So far Earl Grey has been a “meh” tea for me but I guess it could still change.

ashmanra

Shall I send you enough for a pot? :) PM your address to me!

zeitfliesst

I would be more than happy to try some, but I’m afraid that the situation here in Canada regarding mail is grim right now as the strikes are still ongoing, and I’ve heard that USPS has stopped receiving Canada-bound mail. Thanks anyways :)

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70

Yum. This is sort of my first “official” Earl Grey, since I’ve only had the Earl Greys in teabags sold at Tim Hortons until now. The tea leaves had a very nice aroma with the bergamot certainly showing its presence. I had this with milk today and it was an awesome combination. I’ll have it without milk tomorrow and see how the tea tastes in its pure form.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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45

OK, upping the score again. I’ve been sort of let down by the unpleasant feeling that was left in my throat after drinking this, which felt like I just inhaled a lot of dust or something. Well, I discovered that when I steeped the tea leaves right away, an unusual amount of foam would develop. I found this really strange and it did kind of bother me. So this time I tried rinsing the tea leaves with cold water for about 5 seconds or so and then poured hot water over it. The result? Much less foam!!! And not surprisingly, I didn’t get the unpleasant feeling anymore in my throat and the cup tasted so much cleaner and smoother. This brought me to the conclusion that rinsing IS necessary for certain teas to remove the dust or whatever that might have been causing that negative effect.

Add: Even after rinsing, I could still see small particles settle on the bottom of my cup, so I get that unpleasant feeling again as I’m close to finishing the cup. This is dissapointing since I like the taste of this tea. Rating it down, again!

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45

Bringing down the score a little bit. It is very smooth and refreshing, but for some reason it made my throat a bit dry and left sort of an unpleasant feeling. The smell of the tea leaves were quite vegetal which made the tea very flavorful.

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31

So yeah, I figured out that I can only drink this with lots of milk(~50%) to mask the Play Doh smell.

Samantha

Milk is a gross tea’s best friend. Such a shame this was yucky!

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31

Hmm…I was just taken by surprise by the smell of this cup. It almost felt like I had gone back to the days of kindergarten. Why? Well it smelt almost exactly like Play Doh!!! It’s not that I really remember the smell of Play Doh from almost 20 years ago(there goes my age) but it definitely did seem to have some correlation. The smell might not be so bad for some people, but for me; I just can’t get the idea of drinking clay out of my head! Anyways, the taste of the tea wasn’t as bad, the almond was there although it’s not a strong roasted almond taste. Very subtle. I tried this with some milk the second time and it definitely killed some of the scent, so I will have to experiment with less tea and more milk to entirely kill the scent. What an experience :S

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Oh dear. I may have ordered a sample of this in my sample ordering frenzy (can’t now recall), but if it is playdoh-smelling… well just ugh. It is one of my least favorite smells, the only one from my childhood that is worse is the smell of comic book ink.

zeitfliesst

Comic book ink might come a close second in worst smells lol. The scent might be subjective though, so give it a try anyways if you did happen to order it.

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45

I have a test tomorrow, and I really must study for this thing arghh.
Well to make up for all the stress and pressure I just received my package from SpecialTeas. I’m just going to keep it brief and say that this tea is very very good. I’ll try and describe this tea in more detail later, but oh boy am I glad that I ordered this.

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec

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76

This tea is fantastic! I guess I could call this my introduction to black tea since I used to go for only green, although I’ve had black tea sometime before. This tea has a very full-bodied taste, which was not too strong nor too weak. I really couldn’t ask for more when it comes to a good basic cup of black tea. Oh, and I learned that I don’t really like milk in black tea either because it seems to mask some of the tea’s unique flavor and it brings down the temperature a little. Anyways, this cup was enjoyable enough to convert me to a black tea drinker from green!

Add: My initial taste note of this tea was full of praise, but now that I’ve had more experience with black teas, I just don’t think this is strong enough. I can visually see this after I’ve finished the cup and see that it doesn’t leave much of a stain as other strong black teas. It’s still good enough for what you can easily get at the supermarket though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
S

Yum, I just drank a cup of this a few minutes ago with milk, splenda, and honey…it was incredibly rich and sweet and hit the spot.

Harfatum

Oh man, I’d totally recommend The Simple Leaf’s Assams if you like this. Glad to see more black tea fans out there!

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10

I didn’t really purchase this for myself, but I gave it a try anyways. It was a pretty boring and dull tasting tea which almost tasted like medicine, so I didn’t really like it. It also has some kind of dryness to it since it makes my mouth dry after drinking it. I guess it wouldn’t be that bad if you tried using it primarily to make you sleep.

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Ratings:
1~10: Could not take any more than a few sips. Poison.
11~30: Could finish the cup, but would be strongly against my will. Garbage.
31~50: OK, but I regret my purchase.
51~70: Average, alright teas.
Would buy again beyond this line
71~80: Could enjoy and appreciate the cup.
81~90: Savoured it to the last drop.
91~100: Could possibly be living on this stuff. Elixir.

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