5 Tasting Notes
Bolder Breakfast was one of the first teas I tried in an effort to wean myself from coffee. This is a nice robust cup that stands up to a little sweetener and milk but is not bitter or astringent at all. The black and pu-erh teas compliment the chocolate and vanillaesque mallow petals but still retain their “teaishness”. The tea is quite nice black but a little sweetener and milk make it taste like a woodsy Yohoo drink. This is a yummy cup that even non-tea drinkers will enjoy.
I like Republic of Tea Milk Oolong fairly well prepared per the package instructions but it wasn’t memorable. However, recently I wanted tea and found a few grams of this in the back of the cupboard. I didn’t have quite enough for a full cup so I tossed about a gram into my cup and prepared it “grandpa” style. Oh my! It was a lovely way to bring out full fruity and floral notes. The milk and vanilla notes were largely gone after the first cup but continued steeping and more water brought out the flavors of spring and summer. I think that measly gram could last an entire day and still be flavorful in the last cup. I do recommend this tea but I think it best served "grandpa"style.
I have had this tea for a while but I wasn’t impressed at first. I think my tastebuds were baked by too much strong coffee and nicotine. Since I’ve given up those vices I am enjoying my tea much more. I am not in love with Taylor’s and Harrogate Earl Grey but I do like it very much. The tea base has always seemed a little light to me but the bergamot has a good amount of intensity. Over all the tea has a wonderful floral nose and a light citrus after taste. This tea also holds up well to a second steeping. The second steeping is lighter on the citrus of course but hints of vanilla and actual tea taste come through. Both the first and second steeping are good hot or cold but room temp might be the best of all.