184 Tasting Notes

80

Wow. Trying this again while travelling and I don’t have access to my precision kettle, so I just used water about a minute off the boil. This has a heavenly aroma (malty, palm sugar, floral rose, inedible waxy tropical fruit) and the taste of the liquor actually lives up to its fragrance too. This along with the Mim Oolong from Teabox has convinced me that Indian oolongs are sorely underrated. What a pleasure to have a low-maintenance tea that can be brewed so forgivingly, compared to my finicky Dancong oolong I tried this morning.

Increasing rating to 80.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Floral, Malt, Rose

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62

Smells lovely, like classic English Breakfast tea. Unfortunately, the flavour is quite weak and this is designed to be drunk with milk and sugar to accompany food.

Brewed at 191˚F.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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65

Liquor aroma: Malted sugar, Red dates (Jujubes) not Medjool

Palate: Tastes more like Medjool dates. Pretty good on its own, starts with only the barest hint of astringency but the more you drink, the astringency builds up and I eventually had to add both milk and sugar.

Brewed at 189˚F for 4:00.

Flavors: Dates, Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65

Tea has aroma of juicy, rich dates.

Flavour is slightly astringent, not good to drink on its own. Tastes a bit better with milk, but even better with sugar.

Brewed at 191˚F for 4 minutes.

Flavors: Dates

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Wayanad Cardamom Chai by Teabox
184 tasting notes

I quite like the focused effect of this chai, with only one spice in it. It’s not overwhelming or too spicy, just accented. Perfectly drinkable on its own, and adding milk doesn’t make it much better.

Flavors: Cardamon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79

Out of the 5 assam black teas I’ve tried from Teabox so far, this and the Mangalam Gold are the only ones that can be drunk without milk (i.e. not bitter on its own). Subtle malty Assam aroma, slightly fruity and floral like a Darjeeling. Nice flavour of dates and wood with no astringency. The only thing is, if you like your Assams strong and robust with that distinctive flavour, then you probably wouldn’t like this tea.

Brewed at 194˚F, as per the very precise instructions.

For the affordable price, I would consider buying a full-size of this tea.

Flavors: Dates, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Wood

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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64

Strong ginger flavour. Bitter on its own but that is countered by adding milk.

Flavors: Cardamon, Ginger

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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60

Okay, I brewed this in a teacup at 176˚F for 5:00 and this time it wasn’t bitter. I don’t understand what went so wrong the first time.

Tasted like a milder chai tea, nothing special. Goes well with milk. Increasing my rating to be fair, but I still wouldn’t buy the full size of this.

Rating: 60

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50

Aroma: Caramel, Dates

Palate: Bitter! Absolutely undrinkable without milk. Is still slightly bitter with milk, but fine when pairing with food.

Brewed at 190˚F for 4:00.

Rating: 50

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Dates

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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83

When I opened the packet, I was like Oh god, wayyy too much ginger. But after steeping, I discovered that first of all, I love tulsi (this magical Indian basil that I’ve never had before) and the sweetness counters the ginger. There’s a licorice note to it too that I adore and makes it even more candy-like. I’m glad I discovered a wonderful new caffeine-free tea option for evenings!

Rating: 83

Flavors: Anise, Ginger, Licorice, Sweet, Tulsi

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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