11 Tasting Notes

70

The builders’ tea to end all builders’ teas? Given the mix, though, it’s amazing that the smoke isn’t entirely overwhelming — which it isn’t! It’s rather like drinking a very strong cup of black tea while sitting next to a slightly smokey campfire. I’m not sure this will become a regular cup for me — I don’t know if I’m that fond of Lapsang — but it’s one of the nicer smokey mixes I’ve had.

Flavors: Leather, Smoke, Smoked, Wood

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

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75

Not what I was expecting at all! I was anticipating something like a smokey caramel and this is much more like a mulled apple cider black tea: heavy and almost syrupy and very autumn-fruit-y. The smoke is a very light flavor component, not like a full Lapsang Souchong or even very like it.

Flavors: Apple, Burnt Sugar, Smoked

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

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90

Delicious! I ordered the 10-pack sampler from Bird and Blend; this was the one that caught my eye on the website so I had to try it first. You can see a couple pictures of my first brew-up here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwHs2jxHTf3/ I brewed three cups from about 2 teaspoons of leaves. The first was very bright, very clean, almost like having a peppermint candy; the flavors stayed like that through the subsequent brews, just softening a little per brew until the third when it was more like a soft mint tea with much less of a caffeine kick. This was just me brewing in a tea basket at my desk, though, so who knows what it would be like if I had used a gaiwan or something similar.

Flavors: Peppercorn, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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50

A nice strong mint. The sugar was a bit overpowering for me but if you have a sweet tooth and like mint, this is for you!

Flavors: Mint, Sweet

Preparation
16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

A tasty slightly sweet black — I’m not getting strong caramel flavors from it in the first steeping but it’s definitely a tasty dessert-style tea.

Preparation
6 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

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100

Delicious! A staple for my tea drawer at work.

Flavors: Cream, Honey, Melon

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

A very tasty, smooth, sweet chai.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Nutty

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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75

Lovely stuff. I like mixing it in with honey and using it on toast as much as to make tea with. Also good to spice up baked goods and cocoa.

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80

An excellent light, crisp oolong. Needs no additions!

Flavors: Berry, Lime, Rose

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

A favorite of mine since the very first bag! Actually tastes of butterscotch while still being a sturdy black. I like it best brewed strong with a good dash of milk: no sugar required.

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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