89 Tasting Notes

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

This is a full-bodied black tea. The leaves are a lovely length, but I wouldn’t steep this for too long as I suspect it might become totally undrinkable. It’s earthy, malty and a little smoky. It’s got quite a few layers to it and I enjoy drinking it black as I think you can taste the subtleties best then. I would consider repurchasing it, but it’s one of the brand’s more expensive teas, so probably not.

Flavors: Ash, Honey, Malt, Smoke, Tannin, Wet Earth, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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My mother-in-law is the type of person who will save vintage tea sets, antique martini shakers and ancient appliances. Looking for some tea for breakfast at her house, I found this tea. I took a photo of it because the copy on the tea bag was incredible. I brewed it and was certain that it would be stale because I was certain it was old – but it was lovely. It was full-bodied, dark and a little smokey, not as malty as I usually like for a breakfast tea but totally drinkable.

Flavors: Tannic

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
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I picked this up as a stocking stuffer for myself and others at Christmas. I thought it wouldn’t be the most fragrant tea ever, but Twinings makes solid black teas, so I shouldn’t be disappointed.

But I was. This tea was so bland. It is so flavourless. It is so forgettable. All of the flavour notes? I could barely taste anything other than some faint orange flavour. It is not worth the price and there are plenty of other orange/spice/cinnamon teas that are far superior and cheaper.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Flat, Orange, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Black Currant by Tetley
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I kept this in the cupboard for years, for my mother-in-law. It’s a pretty solid tea! It tastes like black currant and has a base of orange pekoe, so it doesn’t just taste like Generic Black Tea. The one thing that I will say that is frustrating is that the taste / freshness seems to fade really quickly. This is not a problem for my mother-in-law as she likes her tea barely steeped, but it is sad when that flavour fades.

Flavors: Black Currant, Tannin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70

My mother-in-law loves this tea. It’s like the (1) tea she does actually drink. This tea is so elusive, though! I find it really hard to find on supermarket shelves and so I’ve tried a lot of similar Blackcurrant teas, but this one is probably the best. It’s the finest tasting, has a really smooth finish and a very delicate taste with nice body.

Flavors: Black Currant, Lemon, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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68
drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
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This was a pleasant surprise. I don’t normally love teas with spearmint. I find it too strong on the menthol and unable to taste anything else, but in this case, this tea seems to have layers. The spearmint, the peppermint, and I think lemon, all work well together. At this point it’s quite a few years old, but it still tastes lovely.

Flavors: Lemon, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Green Tea by Bigelow by Bigelow
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… this green supermarket tea on the other hand, is terrible. I’m not sure if this box that I got (from work for free) was just super stale or old, but it was awful. Flat, watery, burnt-tasting. I really did not enjoy it at all and it truly had no redeeming factors. Could be that it was old and stale, but it was an unopened box and very disappointing.

Edit: the tea expires in July of 2023, so 8 months away from now.

Flavors: Burnt, Dry Leaves, Flat, Green

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank Pure Green Tea by Tetley
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It’s a supermarket green tea but actually one of my favourites. Really clean, grassy taste and it never tastes flat or like it’s too old. Cheap and cheerful and a lovely tea when I’m sick. It goes really nice with honey or lemon honey also.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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60

I thought I would like this tea more than I did. I’ve enjoyed (and still enjoy) a lot of black teas with maple flavouring, but this feels a little too sweet and too creamy, and slightly artificial? The blend looks lovely, and it’s totally drinkable, but not my favourite.

Flavors: Cream, Maple Syrup, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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really, really love this tea!!! it’s so beautiful. i’d never tried a black tea with rice before (i’ve had a few green teas with rice) but this was just beautiful. it looks lovely when steeped. it’s very sweet and very aromatic (filled with berries!) and a pleasure to drink. i’m sad i only bought 50 grams. <3

Flavors: Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Maple, Nutty, Rice, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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