653 Tasting Notes

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I didn’t get much tangerine from this one, just lots of STRONG ginger flavor! It was a comforting medicinal-type herbal tea for when I had a cold or an upset stomach, but not really something I’d choose to drink for pleasure. Finished off my two ounces and won’t be re-purchasing…The London Tea Room has so many amazing blends I love more than this one!

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank White Mango Ginger by TeaSource
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I ordered this on a whim because it was on sale and I’m so glad I did. It’s quickly becoming a favorite! Great balance of the juicy mango flavor and a little kick of spicy ginger. I’ve been drinking it hot (because Wisconsin is ridiculously cold for May right now…it SNOWED yesterday!) but I bet it will also be amazing iced!

Flavors: Ginger, Mango, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Michelle

It’s snowing here today in Wyoming. At least its not accumulating on anything :)

Inkling

Yeah, same here. And today it’s getting up to 60 degrees, so maybe spring will actually be here to stay one of these days. :)

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95
drank Coconut Truffle by Fava Tea Co.
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This is one of my favorite blends from Fava! Add a splash of milk and you basically have a melted Almond Joy bar in a cup.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Golden Needle by TeaSource
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Many moons ago, TeaSource had this AMAZING tea called Golden Mao Feng that was the best black tea I’ve ever had in my life! Since then, I keep trying every tea they put out with “golden” in the name, trying to recapture that magic. While this one isn’t the holy grail, it is a smooth, sweet, easy-to-drink black tea with delicious notes of brown sugar and sweet potato. Also re-steeps beautifully! Sad to be finishing it off today.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I think all of us veterans have a tea grail to pursue :)

Mastress Alita

I miss Golden Mao Feng so much!

Inkling

@gmathis Haha, probably true!

Inkling

@Mastress Alita…So cool to find someone else who remembers that one! I feel like TeaSource isn’t as well-known on Steepster as they deserve to be. So many good teas!

Mastress Alita

Even though I’m in Idaho and TeaSource is in Missouri, it is the shop that my local coffee haunt (and the only coffee haunt in town that offers proper, loose leaf tea) wholesales their tea selections from. They don’t offer their whole catalog, but for a time, the Golden Mao Feng was on the menu, and since I love Chinese Blacks, I ordered it a lot. I daresay I may have been the only one that depleted Twin Beans of their stock, heh.

I do know that The Tao of Tea has a Golden Mao Feng, but I have yet to order/try it. I’ve been on order hiatus for a long time now until I actually clear out all the tea I currently have while it just keeps getting older.

Inkling

Thanks for the tip! I’ve never ordered from Tao of Tea, but may have to give that a try at some point. :)

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65
drank Bedford by The London Tea Room
653 tasting notes

I love a good tropical green tea, but this one was a bit of a disappointment. It’s not bad by any means. The green tea base is nice long, unbroken leaves that brew up smooth and sweet. But the flavor is just generic “fruit” without anything distinctively tropical. I’ll finish my two ounces, but this isn’t one I’m likely to re-purchase.

Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65
drank Mermaid by 52teas
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My sampler was packed with coconut flakes, so I’m surprised I’m not getting more coconut flavor from this blend. The primary flavors are lime and blueberry, with just a hint of tropical pineapple and coconut. The base tea has a seaweed taste that (to me) doesn’t go especially well with the fruit flavorings, but it does match the name!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank The Queen of Hearts Tea by 52teas
653 tasting notes

I’m not generally a fan of rose-flavored tea, so I was happy to find that the raspberry and vanilla flavors dominate this blend. The base tea is also present, bringing a maltiness and depth to the flavor that keeps it from being too thin. Overall, quite a pleasant dessert tea!

Flavors: Malt, Raspberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The name is lovely…but that’s the only thing this blend has going for it, in my opinion. I’ve never really understood coffee-flavored tea blends. I drink tea because it tastes better than coffee, so why would I want it to taste like coffee? And blending it with rooibos seems like an especially strange choice. I don’t like the flavor of rooibos to begin with and the addition of actual coffee beans to this blend means it’s an “herbal” tea that’s probably more caffeinated than black tea! I’ve never had Irish coffee, so I’m not really sure if the flavor is correct or not. To me, it smells like coffee and tastes like coffee and I am just not a fan. Hopefully I can find a coffee-loving friend to pass this on to!

Flavors: Bitter, Coffee

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

This is one of my favorite holiday teas from Bird & Blend! As the name implies, the blend smells just like a Ferrero Rocher truffle…and this time the flavor lives up to the aroma. It’s smooth and just sweet enough with distinctive notes of dark chocolate and hazelnut. I enjoy it plain, but adding milk really takes it over the top.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Snowball by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
653 tasting notes

This tea was the one in the Christmas gift set I was most excited about, as I love anything coconut! And this one delivers flavor-wise with strong notes of chocolate and coconut with a hint of creamy sweetness from the marshmallows. I do wish the base tea were a bit more present, as the flavor seems a bit on the thin side. It definitely needs a touch of milk to bring out its full potential. Not the best blend of this type I’ve ever had, but still quite good!

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Creamy, Marshmallow, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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