38 Tasting Notes

84

The liquid had a pale, golden yellow color. The aroma again is dominated by scents of cedar wood and smoke. The body is medium, with a very smooth, velvety texture. There is no bitterness or astringency. The taste is also dominated by notes of cedar wood and smoke, with an overall roasty character. The aftertaste is sweet and woody.

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Flavors: Cedar, Roasted, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 530 OZ / 15673 ML

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88

The color of the liquid was a deep, rich coppery red-orange color, clear and transparent. The aroma had robust scents of malt, pine, fermented dark red grapes, and a touch of dark honey. The body is full, with a luxurious texture. There is no bitterness, and a pleasant, well balanced briskness. The taste has notes of fermented dark red grapes, pine, malt, and a touch of dark honey. The aftertaste holds a pleasant combination of pine and red wine qualities, and there is lingering sweetness left on the breath.

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Flavors: Grapes, Honey, Malt, Pine, Red Wine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 18 OZ / 530 ML

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75

The Silk Tea from Araksa Tea Garden is a truly unique product. The leaves are beautiful to visually observe and handle in both the dry and infused forms. As mentioned above, it is obvious that the people at Araksa took incredible care of these leaves during production to not tear, detach, or otherwise damage the appearance. The taste is also unique, a blend of floral and corn notes. I cannot say I expected to find these characteristics in this tea, and although the combination was  a challenge to understand and interpret at first, the final description seemed to come rather easily. The aroma of the cool, infused leaves is spectacular. It feels as if I stuck my nose into one of the large blooming magnolia flowers in the front of my house. Overall, this was a fascinating experience, and I would recommend this more to fellow tea enthusiasts who can appreciate the specific qualities offered by this tea.

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Flavors: Corn Husk, Flowers, Hay

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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91

I have absolutely zero wonders as to how this Cacao Kisses Black Tea won the top prize for flavored hot tea at the Global Tea Championship. This product is seriously delicious, exciting, and unforgettable. If you happen to be a fan of black tea and dark chocolate, prepare yourself for a new addiction. The aromas of this tea at all stages is just packed with cacao and dark chocolate. The slight touches of cherry adds a whole new level to this experience. The texture is also perfect and comforting. This could definitely be considered a “dessert tea”. Although I think it is an excellent choice at any and every time of day. I have nothing but praise for this tea.

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Flavors: Cacao, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

An attractive, uniform dry leaf with a generous portion of tips. Dry leaf aromas of dark chocolate, malt, toasted grains, and a touch of raisins. Tea liquid has a beautiful rich amber color. Liquid aroma and tastes of malt, dark chocolate, and baked bread, with a full body, pleasant astringency, a layered, biscuity texture, and a malty aftertaste. This would make for an excellent breakfast tea, with or without additives.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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83

I have noticed with these wild grown Vietnamese teas, whether green or black, that they have a specific pure, clean, and refreshing quality to them. The Six Borders Black Tea certainly offers this same highlight. Additionally, the light tartness, which dovetails beautifully with the aroma and taste of cherries and dark chocolate, truly gives a unique character to this black tea. The tea liquid itself is not overpowering in taste or texture, and would be well received by those who prefer a mild black tea experience. For the reasonable price that this product is offered at by Rakkasan Tea Company, I highly recommend trying it.

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Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 18 OZ / 530 ML

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80

The liquid has a bright, pale yellow color, clear and transparent. The aroma has dominant scents of minerals, with touches of grass and pine wood. The body is medium, with a silky, light texture. There is a very slight bitterness, and no astringency. The taste has notes of minerals, wet stones, and touches of grass and pine wood. The aftertaste carries the dominant mineral character, with a lighter touch of grass. The liquid leaves the mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

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Flavors: Grass, Mineral, Pine, Wet Rocks

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 210 ML

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80

The liquid has a rich, amber-red color, perfectly clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of malt, lemongrass, and light touches of raisins and wild flowers. The body is full, with silky, fluffy texture, and a bright, lively energy. A pleasant twist of briskness and light bitterness round out the character. The taste has notes of malt, lemongrass, raisins, and a light touch of wild flowers. The aftertaste carries the lemongrass, light malt, and light wild flower notes.

Flavors: Flowers, Lemongrass, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 18 OZ / 530 ML

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83

The tea liquid has a pale, light gold-yellow color, perfectly clear and transparent. The aroma has fresh scents of lilac, vanilla, mineral, and light touches of pecan. The body is fuller than I expected, with a bright, lively character. There is a touch of astringency, and no bitterness. The taste has clean, fresh notes of lilac, mineral (wet stones), pecan, and a touch of cooked chard. The aftertaste carries the lilac and light vegetal character, and there is a fairly potent flowery essence left on the breath.

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Flavors: Flowers, Mineral, Pecan, Vegetal, Wet Rocks

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 18 OZ / 530 ML

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83

The tea liquid has a beautiful, rich yet bright amber color, clear and transparent. The aroma has potent scents of sweet wood (sassafras), dark honey, and stewed stone fruits. The body is surprisingly full, with a honey-like, very smooth texture. The liquid seems to coat the tongue and throat like honey does. There is no bitterness or astringency. The taste continues the notes of sweet wood (sassafras), dark honey, and stewed stone fruits. The sweet wood and honey also carries over to the aftertaste, and there is even a light, sweetly floral essence that can felt on the breath (at least in the first infusion).

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Flavors: Honey, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruit, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 210 ML

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