178 Tasting Notes

85

I enjoy the other version of this with the smaller pieces, so I decided to give this a try. Great smelling in the bag, reminds me of molasses and malt. Taste is that of good all around Assam tea. Maybe a little smoother than the other version?

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88

Scents and tasting notes that bring to mind bubblegum, fresh jasmine, and a nice tea base. Everything is well balanced and great, it has this refreshing quality that uplifts my mood. I was careful to match the temperature recommended on the label. We got a bag of this some time ago and I kept forgetting to review it until I made a cup tonight. The only negative is it is kind of pricier than I generally prefer, but this is superb. I’ve had other Jasmine teas, and taste-wise this is about as good as it gets.

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88

This tastes like a wu yi / big red robe oolong to me. The flavor and scent notes that come to mind are roastyness, hot spring water rock/mineral, and wood. This has a decent price on it right now, and is actually quite a bit better than some more expensive oolongs I have sitting around. I’d get this again. I’m drinking the cup down pretty fast, thats always a sign of an enjoyable tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

I had this a few years ago, revisiting it with a new batch:
Scents: molasses, fig cookies, chocolate, hot spring mineral water
Taste: Similar to scents. I think the old batch had more toasty/roasty notes and this is a bit more earthy/mineral like? It might be slightly milder than last time too. Still a solid tea at a decent price worth keeping stocked in my cabinet.

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84

Smells like fruit preserves in the bag. Smells like honey and hot spring water in while steeping. Taste is the same, with some toasty notes that come through as it cools. Surprisingly mild, but I steeped at kind of a low temperature. Easy drinking, no weird aftertastes. Iced and sugared it gets kind of caramel tasting….I prefer it that way by far.

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89

Nose: Scents that remind me of Indian teas, but there is also a smell that reminds me of that caramel and cinammon roll scent that one smells in mall coming from the cinnamon bun place.
Taste: Has a classic tea taste, but richer. Caramel and Honey-esque notes. Maybe a bit spicy, like cloves? Kind of lingers in the mouth after drinking. Great iced. I forgot to take some sips of it hot before adding ice, will try to update this when I do.

This is good. I just put in an order with Upton for some Indian tea, and I wish I would have waited before trying this sample…I would have ordered some more of this.

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85

Smells spicy, sweet, and rich in the bag. Scents that remind me of earth, minerals, and gravevine while steeping. The scents of earthy minerals come through on my tasting notes as well…it kind of reminds me of dark oolongs in a way, except maybe a bit more mild? I’m not the biggest fan of other Darjeeling teas I’ve tried in the past for some reason, they often have this bizarre champagne like flavor to them, but this one is pretty good. Pretty easy drinking.

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90

Smells like a high quality, rich honey while brewing.
Taste: wow, quite unique in a good way. Different from the batch of other Assams I got recently. I’m not sure how to describe it, kind of flowery tasting? Maybe faint hints of something that almost tastes like amaretto? It reminds me very slightly of a Darjeeling. Gets kind of fruity tasting when sugared. Interesting tea.

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89

Smells rich in the bag. There seems to be two flavor profiles I personally usually experience with assam teas: one is a classic tea taste, like is found in most iced teas, and the second flavor profile has these subtle notes that remind me slightly of black olives and fresh linens, with a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Hot, this makes me think of the latter. Good tea iced or hot.

Iced and sugared changes things up and brings out rich, honey-esque notes that are relatively smooth and very pleasing to drink. It even makes me think of bourbon a little bit. The price is decent too, I’d keep this and the different TA20 around in the future for regular drinking, to compliment each other with their different notes.

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88

Smells very honey like. It almost smells like theres some spice notes in there, like cloves. Taste is malty and kind of earthy/mineral-esque. Medium bodied I’d say. Price is pretty good, would get again. Good hot or iced. Speaking of iced, when I sugared and iced it I’m getting faint notes that almost remind me of something like mint. Quite refreshing, good for hot weather or drinking after a workout.

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a young, as a way of relaxing before bed. I ventured out from bagged, mass produced tea when I tried some loose leaf Earl Grey at the old man’s house years back. I’m still not too proud for the occasional bagged stuff, saving my snobbery for hard to find craft beer.

I gravitate towards Chinese black-tea varieties, Japanese greens, unflavored oolongs from wherever, and the occasional “I cant sleep” type of herbal teas. I signed up so I can keep track of the teas I’ve tried, and what I want to keep in my cupboard on the regular.

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