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Plum Rooster is the favorite so far out of the black teas from Teabento. It is a black Long Jing. The notes are of pomelo, butter, mineral, and various baked goods like eggy cookies and sourdough. This tea is quite delicate, so it gets bitter and dry in 5 infusions.

Full review, along with other Teabento black tea reviews, on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/black-teas-teabento/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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This is a unique black as it is a Yunnan black, processed as a Taiwanese black. Happy Panda has notes of blackberry, malt, and clover honey. The texture is super oily, which I love. This tea does get quite bitter and dry at the 4th infusion.

Full review, along with other Teabento black tea reviews, on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/black-teas-teabento/

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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Yes, I love unsmoked Lapsangs! This LS is deep woodsy, orange, creamy, and malty. It reminds me of a chocolate orange. It does get dry and bitter in the later infusions. I got 7 reinfusions.

Full review, along with other Teabento black tea reviews, on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/black-teas-teabento/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Are you gonna try the oolongs? I’ve been curious, but I am on the fence.

Oolong Owl

I have 5 of their oolongs. A review will be coming eventually.

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Beautiful golden mossy leaf.

I am steeping western style, my own variation of it.

Initially, the steeped tea felt a bit one dimensional, but as it cooled a bit, the maltiness and caramel and cocoa and breadiness came out in full. Lovely, just lovely. A very enjoyable cup. I look forward to the next one.

Third steep of caramel and sweet potato goodness and the tea is still going. It just might make a fourth steep flavourful enough to enjoy.

Thank you, teabento, for the sample of this engaging tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cocoa

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
teabento

You’re welcome! I often have the same expierience: after the tea (not only this one) cools down, it taste fuller, richer and more complex.

Evol Ving Ness

Good thing I prefer teas once they have cooled down a bit or even further than just a bit. :)

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Thank you to Teabento for the lovely sample! The reason why I haven’t been around to review teas is because I keep getting sick and have been avoiding caffeinated beverages, especially. Had a cold a few weeks ago, then my demanding, new boss was making it difficult to even drink any water throughout the day, which led to dehydration, which led to an ahem UTI. A week of antibiotics annihilated that, plus the cold went away. Ok cool, back on track. Then a few days after I finished those antibiotics (a couple days ago), I woke up with a sore throat that keeps getting worse. Went back to doctor very reluctantly, and sure enough, now I have strep throat. Just can’t win.

But at least I can go with caffeine again? So in walks Black Sheep finally, finally. Have been looking forward to trying this since I received my package.

Maybe it’s because I’m sick but these aren’t as chocolatey as I thought they would be. The mouthfeel is thinner with the most prominent note being honey, followed by some grainy malt. I’m looking forward to another cup of this soon, perhaps when I’m better, to see how the second round would go.

MrQuackers

So basically if you drank green tea, none of this would have happened?

Fjellrev

I do drink green tea, but the majority of this happened due to work stress and not being able to drink anything at all, even water, for the majority of the day for a week straight.

CrowKettle

Either one of those things is terrible, but to be hit back to back like that…! I wish you a speedy recovery so you can get back to enjoying tea, and life in general.

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I do not have a lot to say about this tea, for it is a straight forward brew. It’s a jasmine green tea. Therefore, it tastes like Jasmine and green tea. Hahaha. However, I will say that Jasmine pearls are an all time favorite for me. Actually, jasmine tea in general is almost always a win in my box, except some the very poorly executed greens that curl your tongue. This is not one of those tongue curling monstrosities. This is actually quite nice and quite meek. The leaves give off a very subtle and sweet waft of jasmine that is warm and feminine. The brew itself matches the subtlety and quiet approach with a tantalizing sweet touch of jasmine. the follow-through is filled with basic soft watercress tones. It’s good stuff.

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Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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In general, I really, really like the tea and animal graphics that teabento uses on their site but I think this is probably one of my favourites – I’m totally biased though as a rodent lover in general. I do have a rat and a hairless guinea pig at the moment, after all.

This was my last tea of the day today; I drank it Western style on the way home from work. It was smooth, light to medium bodied with a very fresh, aromatic and sweet jasmine flavour. A little peachy in the undertones, and pleasantly grassy. I thought the whole profile was very clean, and to the point without feeling flat/stale.

Jasmine green teas are actually probably my least favourite variety of jasmine scented teas; but every now and then as a really rare cuppa I can get into them. So, I wouldn’t order this again because I just wouldn’t want it enough to be worthwhile. I actually only got it because I was grabbing a bento anyway and needed one more tea to fill it; and since this is one of my favourite tea/animal designs on the site I figured why not? If I were going to order on of their jasmine teas again I’d probably go for teabento’s jasmine scented white tea, Silver Cat, instead. However, there’s definitely nothing I can fault this tea for – as far as Dragon Pearls go I thought this was a very solid option!

Higher rating, because even though it’s not my favourite profile in the world I don’t have anything negative to say about the cup at all.

MrQuackers

So we learn more about Roswell’s Strange tastes. White tea with jasmine tea check.

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drank Takumi - Yame Sencha by teabento
132 tasting notes

Thank you, @teabento for this one. It has been a while since I have had a green tea. This is nice and refreshing. I’m getting some nice seaweed and soybean notes, a little sweetness, and some nuttiness.

Afternoon pick-me-up it is! :)

Flavors: Nutty, Seaweed, Soybean

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So, normally I don’t really love EG teas so to be completely honest I’m not sure why this one spoke to me the way that it did – I’ll be honest, at least part of it probably boils down to teabento’s really cute marketing/imagery.

That said, when I cracked open the sample pouch of this I was pulled in by the sweet smelling, malty aroma mixed with the fresh bergamot oil notes. It actually smelled really, really good. As it was steeping, this stayed true – and the whole kitchen gradually started to smell of aromatic, sweet bergamot notes. Really inviting, and delightful!

I added some almond milk to the steeped brew; if I was smart I would have tried it straight first and then added my almond milk but I didn’t think that far ahead. What can I say, I’m sort of groggy right now. I went for the milk though because rarely do I drink my EG plain; I prefer some sort of creamy element in my EGs and milk helps a lot with that.

Flavour wise, I was a little taken back by how sweet this is! And I know that sweetness isn’t coming from my almond milk because it’s the unsweetened, not vanilla flavoured stuff. No, this is definitely like a French bread and honey kind of sweetness. Really warm and comforting and ultimately quite pastry like in nature. It’s also really, really pleasantly malty. Plus, of course, there’s the flavour of bergamot. I have to say, it’s a really fresh sort of bergamot and, true to the tea’s name, I think it’s pretty gentle all things considered. It compliments the honey and freshly baked breads notes quite well, actually – and the malt is just off set enough from the citrus to really pull out some of the brightness of the bergamot. It’s a very soothing profile overall; makes me feel relaxed and happy. Plus, now I kind of want to have a nap but like in a good way.

Yeah, I can get behind this one.

Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/AmIYWroqsyk

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Thank you for the sample teabento!

I feel a little bad that it’s taken me a while to get to my last two samples – however, I’ve been sick as of late and I wanted to be sure that I was doing the teas sent to me justice when describing the flavours. I drank this one tonight; Western style. Normally I Gong Fu oolongs, but I generally actually prefer Ali Shans western style as opposed to Gong Fu brewed so I just went for my taste preference.

To be completely honest; I didn’t love this one. I think it’s the first tea so far from teabento that was a bit of a miss for me. Not terrible or anything; just not great. I think the biggest reason I disliked it was because there was a VERY strong prune sort of flavour to it – I’m not really a fan of prunes. Apart from that very strong prune note, there was also a really robust nuttiness to the flavour. Sort of a grilled nut/barley kind of nutty flavour with a soft honey sweetness sort of tacked right to the tail/transition of that flavour note.

Apart from those two/three main flavours, there was also some grassy and floral top notes which were fairly smooth and pleasant. The finish was a bit fruitier; peach/nectarine rather than the unpleasant prune notes that take up so much of the body flavour. The peach note lingers briefly in the aftertaste; then swiftly dissipates.

I can see why this would appeal to people; and there are certainly aspects to it that I enjoyed – but the prune is a deal breaker for me. That said, I still have another cup worth of this left, so I’ll give it at least one more try before I completely make up my mind.

MrQuackers

Maybe try it iced? Ali Shan teas can be awesome.

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drank Jiri Horse by teabento
739 tasting notes

This is a good tea. I tasted a bit of marshmallow and malt. I like Prince Pengu more though. I still have more of their teas in my cupboard that I have to try.

Flavors: Malt, Marshmallow

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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To me this tastes like Big Red gum. If you have ever had it, then you know it’s a spicy cinnamon. That was my first steep of about a minute. My second steep was about 30 seconds and I still got some cinnamon but it was more mild with a bit of a peach like flavour at the end. It was really tasty and I’m really glad I got it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Interesting! Would not have expected that.

Helena

Honestly neither was I. I picked up a few teas from Tea Bento so there will be more notes coming…

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Another sample graciously provided by Teabento. This one is easy to enjoy. It reminds me of a quality “red” or Dian Hong style black tea. Very smooth, malty taste that lingers pleasantly.

My first cup was the initial rinse prepared at the suggested 1-minute, 205° pre-boil which produced a deep golden liquor. The second time around I jumped off the suggested trail and went a full 3-minutes. The resulting cup was darker, but still a beautiful golden-red, and the flavor was significantly more intense. Still smoothly malty, and the stone fruit in the aftertaste was much more pronounced.

Overall a very nice tea for black tea fans – but if you think everything called Lapsang Souchong is smoky…think again.

Flavors: Malt, Plums, Stonefruits

Daylon R Thomas

What-Cha’s unsmoked Lapsang is one of the best I’ve had personally.

ashmanra

Did I send you any of Teavivre’s unsmoked Lapsang? If not, come and get some!

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This is a nice white peony, very smooth and mellow. I taste white grape skins, dry grass, and floral aroma that reminds me of dryer sheets. Not the most complex or intensely flavorful tea, but very comforting and enjoyable.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, White Grapes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Thank you to Teabento for providing a generous sample in my parcel! This was a lot lighter than I would have expected. Almost crystalline in comparison to what I’m used when it comes to LB. By crystalline, I’m referring to the airy floral notes in here. There is only a faint dusting of cocoa mixed in with the grainy undertones in here.

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(made a few more cups and wanted to add onto my previous review)

There is a definite lemon/citrus flavour I previously missed.

I didn’t expect this to be good with anything added (no sugar/milk), however it is delicious as a soy milk latte. I was wrong, this is excellent with milk added.

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon Zest

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Thank you to Tea Bento for the free sample.

This tastes characteristically of a Ceylon black. Lightly tannic black tea (what you might expect from a straight ceylon), light honey and nectar notes that are emphasised by the tea flowers. The honey flavour is most prominent in the second and third steeps. The first steep is the most brisk, verging on bitter but never quite getting there. The liquid brews a beautiful deep amber, which matches the taste quite well.

This tastes more like a daily drinker than a “keep for special occasions” sort of tea. The flavour profile is not unique, although the tea itself is high quality. While it was interesting to try, I do not find it to be anything special. If you like straight blacks and afternoon blends, this is probably a great addition to your cupboard. If you don’t drink a lot of plain Ceylons, you might enjoy a sampler size, but I wouldn’t recommend a large pouch unless it’s your thing.

Flavors: Honey, Nectar, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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As always, thank you to Teabento for proving me with a killer awesome sample! I chose all black teas because that’s how I roll, and come on, tea in the shape of a red panda? Sold.

The description of this tea is bang on. It drank half my cup before revisiting the notes since I haven’t read them since initially deciding on my sample requests, and I automatically thought of honeyed fruits with a touch of malt. This has a thicker mouthfeel in comparison to the others I’ve tried so far, which is my jam too. It’s good!

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A big thank you to teabento for the sample pack! I will do my best to be unbiased and thorough.

Sweetly vegetal on the nose with just a hint of nuttiness. A sweet and delightfully floral, gently fruity oolong with a well balanced creaminess and ever so slight toastiness. An all around good oolong, particularly if you like your oolong heavier on the floral and lighter on the cream.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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Very herbaceous, almost medicinal tasting tea. Flavors of old dried herbs, specifically basil and mint, and also has an oatmeal-like smoothness. Very slightly floral and slight honeyed sweetness. A bit of walnut astringency.

Flavors: Floral, Herbs, Honey, Mint, Oats, Walnut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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A pretty nice Shuixian with strong minerality and notes of licorice, lily, and nutmeg with a peanut-like roastyness. Very lubricating in the mouth.

Flavors: Floral, Licorice, Mineral, Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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It’s been unseasonably hot where I live, so I haven’t been drinking too much tea lately. However, I’ve tried the last of my Teabento samples, Lucky Otter, both gongfu and Western style. (The power went out during my last session yesterday, which deleted my review.)

This Li Shan is sweet, floral, and fruity. In Western style brewing, it has a dried fruit quality similar to cranberries, while gongfu brings out tropical notes like passion fruit and papaya. The floral quality, which the website describes as orchids, balances out this fruitiness nicely. In both brewing styles, there’s virtually no astringency and an underlying vegetal character that gets stronger as the sessions progress.

This is a lovely oolong and I’m grateful to Teabento for the sample.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Floral, Passion Fruits, Sweet, Tropical, Vegetal

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0 OZ / 0 ML

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Tasty and unique black with sweet notes of ripe plum and honey balanced by savory notes of soy sauce, peppercorn, and toasted grain. So far this is my favorite tea I’ve tried from Teabento.

Flavors: Honey, Peppercorn, Plums, Roasted Barley, Soy sauce

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Inkay

Wow, that sounds really interesting. I hadn’t really been interested in teabento’s offerings that I’d seen so far but this looks like something I’d try.

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