Mark T. Wendell

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94

This is a bold brew! Slightly Malty but rich black tea. Mighty fine for those morning or even mid-afternoon lulls!

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73

This smells like green beans or fresh peas or both, citrus, and ginger. It’s a funky dark olive brown-green in color. Tastes JUST LIKE raw, fresh green beans! With a hint of citrus and a hint of ginger.

Interesting.

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89

Quite strong…perfect for mornings! Upping rating! YUM! 3 cups this morning!

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89

This is really malty and rich. The ‘leaves’ are more like granulates or pebbles and dark. It also ‘brews’ very dark! Excellent for mornings!

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77

I just received a HUGE box from Mark T Wendell from UPS and I’m jumping right in!!!!

This is surely Vanilla flavored black, indeed! The aroma is intense and the black tea and vanilla flavoring (to taste) is about medium strength in each area.

Overall this is an enjoying cuppa! I’m not a vanilla freak so maybe if you are you will find this to be just what you are looking for! As for an outsider looking in – I did want to try it to compare notes! This is very nice! And that’s coming from someone ‘middle of the road’ in the liking-vanilla world, so to speak! :)

Uniquity

Two packages in one day, eh? : )

TeaEqualsBliss

Actually…3 :)

Uniquity

Spoiled!

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87

Thank you to Mel for sending me a sampling of this tea.

This is a lovely green tea – very delicate and mild. A light note of vegetation that is more like leafy vegetable than grassy. Pleasantly sweet. Nothing particularly fancy, just a very good green tea.

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88
drank Cloud & Mist by Mark T. Wendell
4847 tasting notes

This tea brews to such a lovely, pale yellowish-green color. The aroma is vegetative, but the flavor is not quite as vegetative as I thought it would be. It does have a vegetable like taste to it (which is more like vegetable than grassy), and a hint of buttery sweetness to it too. This is an incredibly tasty cuppa!

I like this one!

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79

I could geekily nitpick that it can’t be a Keemun unless it’s actually produced in Qimen County, but I’m not in a purist mood this morning. The fact that it was a Formosa-borne black tea was merit enough for sipping. Unlike Chinese Keemun, it doesn’t possess the bitter foretaste. In fact, none of its flavor characteristics match up with Keemun. There’s no sweetness and no “orchid”-like comparison. What it does offer is an aged pu-erh’s earthiness coupled with a Formosa oolong’s nutty and pinecone-like flavor. It’s no Keemun Gongfu or Mao Feng, but it still does pretty well.

Full Review: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1985/tea-review-mark-t-wendell-formosa-keemun/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker arrived today, so I gave this tea a whirl to see if I liked it better prepared in a different way…

Boy, am I glad I did! I really enjoyed this. Steeped it at 185 for three minutes. (Well, probably more like 3.25 or so as I messed it up at first and had to restart the cycle.) It tasted like a different tea. I could taste a slight, mellow hint of floral… something. It tasted a bit woodsy at first, then developed into more of an almost mossy taste. Doesn’t sound as nice written down, but I did enjoy it. I didn’t get to steep a second time, unfortunately, but will try again soon. Really nice and light tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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93
drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
5 tasting notes

The scents of smoke and pine are perfectly balanced, but still allow the flavour of the tea leaves themselves to come through. The leaves are large for a relatively mass-produced tea; even fairly coarse filters will prevent sediment from passing into your cup. The tea will not go bitter no matter how badly you overbrew it. Overall, an excellent cup. Keeps well; order in bulk.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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86

5 grams to 12 oz. boiling water, 4 minute steep.

A great choice for those who like malty British-style teas for drinking with milk and sugar. Pungent but not bitter. One of my favorite CTC blends.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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72

the smell of dry leaves have a peppery undertone, which becomes more evident when contrasted with Wendell’s China Keemun – which happened to be sitting side by side with MTB at the time.

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72

perhaps the best way to define this would be “comfort tea” – snuggly, not overpowering or jittery, a good round-the-clock tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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86
drank Autumn Cranberry by Mark T. Wendell
291 tasting notes

This tea isn’t playing, it has cranberry! I tasted a touch of licorice. Very rich and strong in fall flavors and cranberry! I drank it iced, and it was so pleasing! I love teas with fruit flavors that are so juicy. This is it, my friend! If I could only find one like this with black current, I would be in tea heaven!

Thank you LiberTea for a yummy taste of this tea! This is truly a tasty cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

More swappin’ ammo…nice green cuppa! See previous notes :)

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83

I assumed this would be grassier tasting but it’s nutty-sweet with a little grassiness is the middle of the sip but then ends smoother. This is a good green tea!

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76

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for this beaut.

A no-nonsense, simple, light green with a great natural sweetness. A very pleasant green.

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75

I had this on a whim in the afternoon. I read up on it a little before trying. It apparently hails from the same region as Longjing. However, by the description, I expected a different flavor profile. And that it did. It was creamy, nutty, and quite vegetal…but the trifecta worked for the most part. When people think of green tea – and its strengths and weaknesses – this embodies those traits. But on the good side o’ the coin.

http://www.teaviews.com/2010/12/28/review-mark-t-wendell-triple-cup-green/

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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89

I think this finally convinced me that shou (cooked/ripened) pu-erh has its merits. Usually, I head for the sheng instead of its fishier sister, but this was a clean offering on dry sight alone. Taste-wise, it was earthy, woodsy, sweet…all things I don’t associate with cooked pu-erh. And it didn’t leave my stomach with a feeling of, “Why did I just drink that?!”

Good show.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/12/21/review-mark-t-wendell-organic-bold-leaf-pu-er-2/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Delicious! The cranberry and orange taste vibrant and juicy. The spices are very mild and are more of an accent to the flavor rather than a strong presence in the cup.

The black tea is fairly mellow with a bit of astringency – slightly drying. Pleasantly sweet without any additions but I prefer it with a little bit of honey. Nice and autumn-ish!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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72

This was ok. It says BOLD Leaf…I really don’t think it was that bold, but it wasn’t as harsh as some Pu-erh’s can be so I think it tasted nice. It’s wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t awesome either.

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84

I really love the aroma of this tea. The combination of the rose and the cranberry is enchanting!

Here is my full-length review of this tea:

http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/11/26/autumn-cranberry-from-mark-t-wendell/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

Very nice. The cranberry is sweet and tart. There is a floral edge to this tea that is quite surprising and pleasant, and seems to curb some of the tartness to a very enjoyable level.

The black tea is rich and delicious.

Overall, the tea has a very comforting “autumnal” feel to it (which I’m guessing Mark T. Wendall was going for). I’m really enjoying this. I really like this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86

I was rather surprised by this green tea. Most Chinese greens have a grassy, fruit-ish lean to them. This, however, had all of the flavor benefits of a Japanese sencha – almond-like, buttery, and lightly sweet. Definitely one for brewing on the subtle side, though.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/12/17/review-mark-t-wendell-cloud-mist-green-tea/

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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