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I decided to go for a round 2 today.

That impression of cinnamon is still there. It actually makes me feel like someone added a little ground cinnamon to the tea, including that hint of expected bitterness that would come with it.

I’ve got to get more of this, but man my pocketbook needs a break.

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From subscription box

You know, this might be a first. Yeah, I totally get cinnamon rolls. At least from the scent of the steeped tea. In that scent I can totally see cinnamon and bready and maybe some brown sugar.

I don’t taste it however. nor do I taste chocolate. But flavor is a combination of smell and taste so I can see where people are coming from in their descriptions. I don’t get any harshness in the flavor. Its very smooth and pleasant to drink.

I have only tried one other unsmoked Lapsang Souchong and I wasn’t too fond of it, but mostly because I found it too floral for my tastes. This one seems to just hit the spot. I think I really like it.

Stands up well to a second steeping western style. A little less cinnamon and brown sugar to the nose, but the flavor is still going strong.

I suspect this might be a good pairing with a spiced dessert of some kind. Would make a good complement. Like cinnamon rolls, spice cake, or fruit cake.

Oh! Nutmeg cheesecake!

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From subscription box

This reminds me a lot of Golden Snail in scent and flavor, which I am quite pleased about. I believe it does get a little more astringent, but not by very much.

I’ve never had the words to describe the flavor. Maybe bready? Could this be what people mean by malty? But that doesn’t make sense to me given how many wildly different teas that taste absolutely nothing like this. I think I’ll stick with bready. It doesn’t taste anything like bread, but that’s the closest description I can think of for the flavor.

There may also be maybe a very slight minerally taste, mostly as it cools down.

Anyway, this is the kind of thing I tend to enjoy. Another bump for Yunan black teas.

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H is for…Himalayan Golden Black

I thought maybe this was astringent but it’s not. It’s just brisk. Brisk and a touch floral maybe.

This is an award winning tea and I’m super underwhelmed. That said, I got Invisalign yesterday and everything seems wonky so maybe it’s that…

AJRimmer

Oh I was considering getting Invisalign, but I was a little worried it would make my tooth staining even worse because I’d be steeping my teeth in tea all the time? I’d be interested to hear how your experience goes!

VariaTEA

So far I’m still adjusting to them – feels like a lot of pressure and I’ve managed to stain them with Indian food but I switch them out weekly so I guess I can deal lol.

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Nooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do not like.
DO NOT LIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m familiar with all of the ingredients. I like and recognize them all. Yet this is just foul beyond belief.

Well I should take that back. The one ingredient I’m not familiar with is the Tulsi itself. Could that be the source of that overwhelming foulness?

Heading over to Google
“What does tulsi taste like”

Response: “Some types of tulsi may also have a clove-like aroma and spiced flavor”

Oh, my reaction makes sense now. Tossing the rest of this one out.

Shae

I’ve had tulsi teas from Organic India that were horrible, so I always thought I didn’t like tulsi. Then I had the opportunity to try it on its own, and it turns out that I love it. It’s similar to a light black tea. There are different varieties though, and I haven’t tried them all, so perhaps their flavors are vastly different.

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From subscription box

Thought I would give this a try as something I might enjoy iced.

Nope! uh-uh!

I’ll wait to rate it once I’ve tried it again hot.

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drank Black Rose by Tea Runners
11580 tasting notes

So smooth, but really delicious! Rose forward in a fresh way with a soft bit of vanilla and just a nice medium bodied malty black base. Not much to wax on about, but I liked the rose notes in it a lot!

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I owned the Spring 2019 harvest of this blend and Sil was kind enough to share a sample of the Spring 2020 harvest so I am trying the two side-by-side today.

I started with the 2020 sample, which is a sipdown. It is a very smooth tea. Smooth but no malt. A bit of chocolate maybe. Also like dark rye bread. It’s nice but a bit boring.

The 2019 harvest has more smoke to it, which was certain unexpected. Smoke and a touch of pepper. It also is more brisk but not astringent. Underneath all that, I get a similar smooth dark rye/chocolate. Weird how it varies from harvest to harvest but these are definitely different.

The 2019 harvest certainly had more happening in the cup but I am not convinced that makes it better. Neither is a favourite but I think I liked the simple smoothness of the 2020 harvest. Thank you for sharing, Sil!

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From subscription box

Given the heat we’ve had lately, I haven’t been able to stand the idea of anything hot, so my first try on this was iced. My first reactions is blech. Maybe I used too much leaves. Maybe I steeped too long or too high. there is very much an element I am not liking.

I’ll have to try again and pay more attention to what I am doing.

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I made a small pot of this one this morning and used the recommended lower water temperature. This is my second time having this tea and the first time I prepared it with boiling water. I’m still finding it a bit boring and I think I still prefer Townshend’s earl grey creme to this one. Unfortunately, that one isn’t available anymore since Townshend’s closed their doors. This one just needs more of something more vanilla maybe?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Yunnan Black Gold by Tea Runners
103 tasting notes

From subscription box

The last few days have been so hectic. Today is my third day trying this one out and I am finally getting a change to notice it let alone drink it while its hot or make any notes.

This one almost seems to have a toasty flavor, but its very subtle. Not normally something I enjoy, but its not getting in the way here.

It also has a bit of a drying affect in the mouth, more than I am used to in the black teas I have tried from Yunnan.

I’d say more, but I just slathered the lower half of my right leg with Icy Hot, so now everything tastes and smells like menthol. Not good planning on my part. I will have to return to this one another day.

Sierge Krьstъ

It’s amazing how smell and taste can mess with overall perception of tea.

Random

Of just about everything. Our perception of flavor is actually a combination of taste and smell. That’s part of the reason why things just don’t taste right when you get a head cold.

And why Icy Hot can utterly ruin a nice cup of tea :D

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From subscription box

I feel kind of guilty rating teas that I’m pretty sure I won’t like before I’ve ever tried it, so I didn’t. My preferences really just lean towards black teas. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to try new things out and that was the point of this subscription box.

Its got an interesting mouth feel. Almost thick in a way or viscous. And that’s the good things I have to say. :)

The smell of the dry leaves, wet leaves, or the tea itself just doesn’t appeal to me. It doesn’t really remind me of anything, its just unappealing. The flavor is very light, which I also find unappealing, but what is there also is just not my thing.

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drank Anxi Oolong by Tea Runners
103 tasting notes

From subscription box

The delicious toasted nuttiness is pretty much all I can taste. Its just too much for me this morning. I keep trying, but I’ve just never had luck with oolong teas. Now some years back I picked up an Amber Oolong that was also toasty in flavor. I didn’t like it on then first go, but was able to appreciate it more on later tries.

I’m not going to rate this right away as I want to give it another try or two down the road just in case my opinion changes.

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drank High Mountain Red by Tea Runners
103 tasting notes

Decided to make some more notes, as this is the last cup’s worth in the packet.

I am still enjoying it. A little astringent, but not bad, and similar as before, where its more pronounced when cold, but barely noticeable when hot.

Other than this, I haven’t really noticed as much as I did the first time. Part of that may be due to the fact that its my first cup on a Monday morning, my body does NOT want the weekend to be over, and I got stuck in an hour long meeting where my brain was fighting to string together 3 more more words into a coherent order.

But through the process I wasn’t sitting here wishing I had chosen something good. That happens some times. Good sign.

And, on the plus note, I screwed up on the subscription box after the one this one came in and chose this tea again. So I’ve got another unopened packet waiting for me. Not something I meant to do, but good luck it was one I really liked. :)

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drank High Mountain Red by Tea Runners
103 tasting notes

From subscription box

I think I am coming to realize I have a thing for black teas from the Yunnan province in China. Not quite 100%, but most I have tried I have really liked. This is no exception.

First thing I noticed was that the dry leaves had a pleasant smell. Don’t ask me what it smells like because I have no clue how to describe it. :D

As for flavor, I notice a flavor that kind of reminds me of stone fruit. Its not like stone fruit, but reminds me of it. There’s a slight sweet taste as well. There’s another component as well that, well, made me think of soap. Yeah, I know that doesn’t sound good. It didn’t taste like soap, it just kind of reminded me of soap and is likely something I don’t have the words to describe and that’s the closest I can come up with.

Note: This is not like the horrible lemon joy dish soap flavor I get from cilantro. That’s just disgusting and does in fact taste exactly like the liquid lemon joy dish soap we used when I was a kid before they changed the formula. And yes, I know exactly what that tasted like. I come from an age where every family had a dish washer. It was called whatever kid was available. I started hand washing dishes when I had to stand on a chair to reach the sink. And learned the hard way how important rinsing was. :D

There was also just the faintest hint of astringency. Not strong but just barely noticeable. As the cup cooled, this became more pronounced. Stick the cup in the microwave for a minute and its back to being just a faint hint.

I did a second steep later in the day. I don’t know if its because this was a second steep, or I just steeped it for a shorter time than I did this morning, but all of the elements are more muted this time around. I think the sweetness stands out a little more.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. Not quite in my top 3, but I will happily drink what I have an am considering ordering more.

tea-sipper

oh yeah, washing dishes at age three here. haha.

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Got this from May’s subscription box. I’ve been trying to broaden my tea horizons a but more. I’m also trying to be more detailed on my notes so 6 months or more down the road I know what the heck I was talking about.

And, of course, I start this new and improved note taking with a tea that I have absolutely no words to describe. Why do I have such a difficult time detecting flavors others get? I don’t get toasty at all. No stone fruit, no honey. I still haven’t the slightest clue what malty tastes like.

I can detect a little of the tannins, as after a sip, parts of my tongue get that dry feeling. Not unpleasant, but its basically a unexceptional inoffensive tea. I’ll drink what I have, but I’ve no desire to get more.

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Sipdown (1389)!

Thank you Sil for sharing this one – and VariaTEA for passing it along!

I think, under typical circumstances, I likely wouldn’t have been a huge fan of this blend as it’s very earthy and robustly spicy – so much turmeric and ginger and a crawling heat down the back of the throat, as well. However, I was watching a very emotionally charged episode of one of my favourites shows of the moment and there was a main character death during it that left me feeling emotionally WRECKED.

…and so what probably would have originally been an uncomfortably spicy blend actually ended up being the deeply cozy and warming hug that I needed. Plus, cardamom! I will very, very rarely complain about the use of cardamom in tea.

tea-sipper

which show which show

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drank Yunnan Black Gold by Tea Runners
6032 tasting notes

Y is for…Yunnan Black Gold

Another black tea that’s alright but nothing special. Stone fruit, malt and honey.

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This cup has a very strong medicinal-tasting raspberry flavor. Not a fan but it’s almost gone. It’s floral but not in a good way with the strange medicinal raspberry notes.

Flavors: Medicinal, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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