24 Tasting Notes

87

From the first moment I cracked the bag, I knew I was going to like this tea. It smells sweet, floral and fruity. Tasting the first steep I got just a hint of cloves and lemon, with a buttery slightly sweet finish! The second and third steepings have more fresh, green flavors but retain their buttery goodness. There is a clean tannic finish that comes out especially in the second steeping.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cloves, Fruity, Grass, Lemon

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88

I’ve been looking forward to trying this tea for a long time. I finally ordered a batch from Mandala! It smells like flowers and pineapples. It’s got a sweet orchid flavour to it. I tasted notes of cream, caramel, and tropical fruits! This tea is a special one to be sure.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Orchid, Pineapple

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79

This tea is very mild. It has a faint stone fruit flavour. I was hoping that it would pack a bit more punch, but it’s young. Mildly sweet and a bit floral. Overall, it’s pleasant to drink, but I won’t be running out to get more anytime soon.

Flavors: Floral, Plums

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87

I wouldn’t normally call a green tea creamy, but this one is! I love creamy, buttery teas, so I was pleasantly surprised with this one! This tea is sweet, grassy and full bodied with a very light colour.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Sweet

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88

The dried tea leaves smell like autumn. A mixture of turning leaves and sweet apple cider. The wet leaves smell like tobacco and damp earth. I’m impressed by the full, silky mouth feel of this tea. It doesn’t have much of the characteristic bitterness of other Ban Zhang teas. It’s mostly sweet, mildly fruity, a bit of leathery notes mixed in with a crisp clean finish. This tea stands up to many steeps and seems to get sweeter as it goes. Lovely tea, I will buy it again!

Flavors: Fruity, Leather, Sugar, Tobacco

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87

On first and second tea steepings, this tea has a creamy, grassy taste and a nice buttery mouth feel. It reminded me of a buttery Gyokuru tea. The next few steepings bring out floral flavours. Very enjoyable to drink. a bit pricey so will remain an occasional drinking tea.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Grass, Pumpkin

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78

This tea leads with a light smokiness which leads way to smooth plums. It is fresh and crisp with a slight lingering sweetness. Stands up to many infusions.

Flavors: Plums, Smoke

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90

This tea is sweet, delicate and full of honey flavour! The dry leaves smell like fresh grass. I will be buying more of this!

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89

This tea reminds me of chocolate covered raisins. It’s sweet and chocolaty with a subtle dried fruit flavour. Love it!!

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92

This tea is gorgeous! Smells sweet and fudgy and tastes like chocolate milk! I didn’t taste a lot of vanilla, mostly got a chocolate milk with a hint of chocolate chip banana bread? Anyways, it lives up to its hype! After reading some comments, I’ve realized that the vanilla may have drifted to the bottom. I will shake the bag up a bit and try again.

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

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Tea is magical, it can warm you up, cool you down, improve your health, focus your mind, or put you to sleep. It’s an instigator of long conversations across the kitchen table, and it’s comfort you can reach for when you’re down.

My first memory of tea, is drinking Twinings English Breakfast with my mom. As a kid, it was mostly milk, with a splash of tea, but that was what she drank, so I wanted it too.

I only drank black teas (my dad also got me into lapsang souchong) until my teens, when I started to experiment with herbals. Now I drink them all.

My favorite tea at the moment is milk oolong! I’m starting to explore Pu-Erh teas and really enjoying them.

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