236 Tasting Notes

98

I ordered this tea because that is both vegan and has a non-vegan name, gives me a thrill. (I go crazy for blood oranges.) Plus, I was curious about a tea that combined cocoa and caraway. Would it taste like rye bread? The answer is no. It tastes like rich chocolate with a slight leathery smell. Like sitting in a library of leatherbound volumes and drinking a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Top marks for a delicious and creative blend!

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99
drank Passage by August Uncommon Tea
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Passage promises to combine black tea, hazelnut and chocolate. Its overpowering flavor is chocolate. The hazelnut adds a creamy richness to the tea that is very welcome. I am cutting down on excess fat and sugar in my diet so this provides mouth joy without the calories. Another top notch tea from August Uncommon Teas. Great suggestion! I’m glad I followed through and bought from them.

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78

Delightful fragrance of flowers, tea, and a touch of grape. Strong bitterness obscures other notes, though it is also medium tannic. Stands up to milk. Probably not for me.

Next time, I will try steeping it with less time to see if it improves. But as of now it’s a no.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Pale tea with a slight sweetness and a slight bitterness but agreeable. It disappears under the creamer, so this tea may be better off being brewed more gently and served plain. My plan is to try it again with slightly lower temperature water and less brewing time.

Flavors: Camphor, Stonefruits, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

Pale amber color in the cup. Fragrance of cinnamon, orange and an almost imperceptible note of almond. On the tongue there is an unpleasant bitterness that seems more like it comes from the orange peels than the tea, but either way, it isn’t pleasant. On the other hand, it is quite nice when combined with a dollop of soy creamer.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Strong classic tea note with a touch of smoke on both the fragrance and the taste. Also a slight astringency and bitterness. The tea holds up well to milk (soy milk in my case). Recommended as an acceptable morning blend.

I am tasting new black teas trying to find something that bends the curve between the expensive Yunnan teas I love and my preferred budget. This is the first one I’ve tried. I don’t love the astringency, which is present as part of a long finish and the tea doesn’t have the cocoa notes I love, so I will drop this from my list for the future, but I’m glad to have tasted it and think it would be a fine tea for people with slightly different tastes than me.

Flavors: Smoke, Tea, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94

An amazing tea. Flavors of flowers, honey, chocolate, and a whisper of cream. It is delicious with cashew milk or on its own.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88

Large full leaves produce a lovely sweet tea aroma with a slight bit of resin. This amber colored brew has a light sweet taste.

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95

Very small black leaves. Brewed it has a sweet fruity aroma with a slight resinous note. The sweetness and the resinous note carry through to the taste with the barest bitter note and a bit of something that might be a buttery note. Nicely tasty.

Edited to add that this is a wonderful tea that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I am upping the rating.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89

Delicate and fragrant with a slight astringency. There are notes of exotic fruits and flowers. This is definitely a buy again tea.

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