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drank Black Dragon Pearl by Teavana
244 tasting notes

Restocked this a little while ago as a side benefit to a business trip to Atlanta. Still as good as I remember from a few years ago, perhaps better. I don’t know if their supplier changed the weight of the balls, but I’m using 3 per 16oz mug now. The “burnt” edge is not present in this batch. Strong flavor but not a heavy tea. Its smooth, slurpable (is that a word?). A very good wake up tea. ratings bump over a few years ago for consistency in goodness.
Needs boiling water, I think, to get the balls well-saturated quickly.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Even if it isn’t officially a word, it’s an excellent one. (It’s a perfectly cromulent word!)

Atacdad

LoL, I have to admit…I had to look up cromulent. Learned a couple of other words in the process, embiggen and ensmallen.

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90

Made this in the Keurig this morning since I was in a hurry. This tea has an earthy, woodsy flavor, almost like it was aged in a wood barrel. Otherwise, it has a strong keemun taste sets it apart from other black teas.

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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I was initially put off by this tea..it smells sweet and flowery. But I’ve decided its not half bad. It doesn’t brew like it smells, but still has a light sweetness…more fruit than flower. I’ve mentally assigned this tea to an “afternoon tea” slot.

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I must have gotten a bad batch or something. It had a strong chemical flavor that was nothing like bergamot. Tried a second cup with less steeping with the same result. Threw the bag in the trash.

gmathis

Some teas just aren’t worth trying to salvage, but I always hate having to pitch one.

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I’ve had this tea for several years, but never wrote a note on it. This tea is full bodied with a nice, light smoke. Truely something I enjoy for “Afternoon Tea”. Brews quickly and can be overdone. Cheese and Crackers with VA, mmmmm.

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90

I think MTW’s Earl Grey is one of the best Earl Grey’s I’ve had and their Decaf version holds true to the original. Flavour is similar, with a good bergamot floral/citrus smell and flavor. I have noticed that the Decaf version brews a little lighter and slower than the regular version…I add a little extra tea to the tea ball to compensate (or I’d have to be even MORE patient).

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Golden Moon Tea
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Intense Jasmine fragrance. Surprisingly, it doesn’t overwhelm the green tea underlying it. The two combine very well. The tea is light, fragrant without being overwhelming and does not have any sort of “chemical” harshness that I’ve detected in lesser Jasmine Tea’s (from artificial flavoring??). 3 minutes @ 200deg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Hillcrest Gold by Tea Tang
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A pure Ceylon tea in tea bags; common to the island of Sri Lanka. I had a chance to try this tea when a co-worker, native to Sri Lanka, brought some back from a visit home. Its a good, medium body ceylon. Very generic…leads to guess that its a blend, but then again, I have never met a Ceylon tea that I didn’t like. Brews fast and brews dark, like the other Tea Tang teas from Sri Lanka.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Royal tea BOPF by TeaTang
244 tasting notes

Had a friend, native to Sri Lanka, bring this back from a visit home. It was very finely processed and easy to over do. Brews almost instantly…by the time I could fill the ingenuiTEA brewer with hot water and set down the pot, it appeared done. Smells like a good ceylon, but is not coming across with much kick. Light in the mouth, no astringincy. Sort of Ho-Hum. Will wait for a second taste before rating.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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WOW! Do not use your normal tea measuring spoon! My first cup went down the drain…it was actually viscous at the bottom of the mug! Seriously, the directions are for 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of liquid (50% milk and boiling water). I don’t like it with milk (weird, I know) and figure about 1/2 tsp per cup of boiling water. Stir well, Stir often (keeps the solids in suspension).
Heavy clove and black pepper tastse. Cardamon in there too I’m thinking. This is the “Real Thing”…Soooo good.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

LOVE this. But I like the full teaspoon. I’ve also found boiling water necessary then just stirring til it’s cool enough to drink. Definitely cuts down on the chunky factor verses just using water cool enough to drink right away. You could also try what I do with matcha- when you get to the end just put a splash more hot water in to drink the last of the “sludge”.

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I remember when I discovered that there was more to tea than hot or iced. I was given a loose tea sampler (M.T.W.) and a stainless steel tea ball as a Christmas gift many years ago, by whom I cannot remember. That was the start of what will be a life-long love of fine tea. I discovered Steepster from a blog entry on the Mark. T. Wendell website…and have, from Steepster, discovered even more fine teas and vendors. Bravo!

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