14 Tasting Notes

84

I would recommend this tea (some people may be allergic to the porcini mushrooms). It is a nice dinner tea, light in caffeine because it looks to be less than half black tea by volume, and it has a nice herbal/bay and mushroom flavor. Goes very well with soups and stews. I simmer it for 5 to 10 minutes, sweeten lightly and add milk or half and half. It is very unique and different.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Toast, Clove, Cream, Earth, Forest Floor, Herbs, Loam, Mushrooms, Oak wood, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100
drank Pu Ehr Ginger by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Campfire, Dark Chocolate, Ginger, Loam, Oak wood, Peat, Raisins, Walnut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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48

This is not my favorite tea; it tastes too much like Lipton to me. However, I have some very good friends who love it. Taste is subjective.

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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16

I did not like this tea, as it was too acidic (tannins). I had it at a friend’s house, so it’s possible that it was brewed too hot or too long or something like that. It was okay after I dumped a bunch of honey and milk in it.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Tannin

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95

This is my favorite herbal chai tea. I wish it were a more esoteric, non-commercial, loose-leaf tea, but it’s not. I think maybe the carob in it is what grabs me. I love chai teas, but if I’m not careful, I can overdo on the caffeine. I don’t like rooibos, which many of the herbal chais are based on. The spice blend in this is well-rounded, not too much of any one flavor.

Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Coconut Assam by Zhi Tea
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Wow! This is a fabulous tea! I love coconut, and coconut with black tea turns out to be really good, particularly with milk and honey. Kind of like drinking a coconut macaroon.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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85

This is a delicious, fruity tea. I like it with milk and sugar or honey.

Flavors: Apricot, Cream

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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92

This is a nice afternoon tea, that tastes like a sunny spring day in the flower garden. The taste is predominantly green tea and rose, with a lesser component of jasmine. The peppermint is too subtle to taste. I like to serve it with green tea cookies or shortbread.

Flavors: Bamboo, Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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75

This is a fun tea for when you want an adventure for your palate or if you’re feeling chilled. You first taste the tea and smoke, but it is less smokey than a Lapsang, and it finishes with the sparks of a bit of chili pepper. I like to drink it with milk, which mellows the “spark”, and will sometimes sweeten it, sometimes not, depending on my mood and what I’m having with it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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100
drank Gong Fu Black by Zhi Tea
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Delicious black tea! I like to sweeten it and add milk, which helps the chocolate notes come out.

Flavors: Chocolate, Tea, Walnut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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