18 Tasting Notes

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drank malty black by Tearunners
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i adore this tea. it is silky, robust and tastes lovely with milk. there’s a hint of sweetness but not so much as to overwhelm the inherent Ceylonesqueness of it. if i didn’t have so many different teas to choose from, i can easily imagine drinking this as my regular tea. it’s perfect for mornings. it’s gentle but still strong.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank yunnan black gold by Tearunners
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very subtle flavour here. starts out dark then sweet, and the flavour gets easier to detect when the tea has cooled down a little. perhaps i need to play with steeping times and temperatures to get a better understanding of this tea. its a tad too subtle for me.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Dried Fruit, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

the bergamot flavour is strong and the tea is quite sweet. it’s not the best earl grey i’ve ever had and it’s not the worst. it’s not a show stopper. at 4 mins steeping time it should be fine, but it has a slight bitter oaky aftertaste that i’m not sure goes with the spirit of earl grey

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Oak wood, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin

Have you tried any Earl Grey from Kusmi Tea? I have a few of them. Intense Earl Grey; Troika and the regular Earl Grey. I found there are well balanced Earl Grey.

Kiki tea

i havne’t yet. i’ll give it a go sometime. World of Tea has this magnificent earl grey cream that i love.

Martin

I will try the one at world of tea.

Kiki tea

looking forward to hearing how you like it. they didn’t have it last time i was there. just regular earl grey, which was ok, nothing special.

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100

this tea is what i imagine a cello would sound like if played in the woods amidst a forest dense with trees, a little light coming through from the sun. it’s lovely. light yet a hint smoky, sweet yet solid. i think i’m in love with this tea. i haven’t felt this much love for a tea since my darlings Irish Breakfast and Lapsang Souchong. mmmmmm. here’s the sound the tea evokes for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpE94_RoOro

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Smoke, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

a subtle and delicate tea that evokes a summer’s eve as the sun is just beginning to set. the floral taste is an undertone to the citrus and the sweetness. the citrus remains as a sustained note. while i don’t taste the lavender strongly, i can tell it’s there.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Rose, Summer, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

a silky smooth sweet and delicious tea that is good for breakfast or for later in the day

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank black dragon by Tearunners
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the best part of this tea for me is the aftertaste which is a tad fruity and sweet, with some astringency, making it bright in the mouth. perhaps i haven’t figured out the proper steeping time but aside from a hint of powdered cocoa taste, the tea tasted very much like straight hot water, except for its aftertaste

Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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61
drank rose wulong by World of Tea
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perhaps i stepped too long at 5 minutes. i wish the rose was stronger. it is sweet and somewhat astringent, almost lemony. the wood taste is not as prominent as i would have liked. i’d love to explore oolongs more.

Flavors: Astringent, Lemon, Rose, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

this is a robust tea with a light peach flavour and aroma. i don’t really taste any peach. i’m not particularly into ice tea, so i drink this hot with milk and it’s a satisfying afternoon tea on a cold first day of the new year.

Flavors: Cream, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m a writer who drinks a lot of black tea. My favs are robust black teas, especially Lapsang Souchong and Irish Breakfast. In 2019/2020 I have a monthly black tea subscription from TeaRunners.com, so i’ll be sharing a lot of their teas. I’m always interested in meeting other tea enthusiasts, especially those who love black teas. At home, I prefer loose leafed teas but i will drink bagged, if desperate and out in the wilds.

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