drank Black Frost by The Simple Leaf
257 tasting notes

This is a decent tea in search, I think, of an identity. I think it will make a good basic black for iced tea. As a morning brew, it does the trick adequately but is not audacious or bold. It’s like the shy kid at school who hangs back a bit so it won’t get bullied. Black Frost most certainly has got some fresh-mown grass mentality, It’s a Nilgiri but does not speak to me of high elevations—more of gently rolling slopes. It’s most certainly a black tea which smells and tastes as if it’s been travelling with a group of green teas on the same bus.

The aftertaste is naturally sweet in a gentle, mellow way. Overall, it’s not a spectacular tea that boldly asserts itself but I think it might be an overall “good chum” of a tea—a regular pal who can be trusted and respected. I’ll drink more and possibly revise the review.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

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