183 Tasting Notes

89

I guess I’m not the only one who liked this in my household, as I found a new unopened bag in our giant tea cabinet that someone else had bought and evidently forgot about.
I steeped some and went to review it, then realized I had already enjoyed and reviewed it 2 years ago.

Good re-discovery. Lots of honey like notes this time around in iced tea form. Smells almost like a Chinese tea in the bag.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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89

Got this in a sample. Nicely rich tasting, with notes that remind me mostly of honey. Excellent iced. One of the better Indian teas I’ve had in a long time actually, probably better than any of the other Indian teas in my cupboard at the moment. A bit pricey perhaps, but I’d get this in the future.

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90

This came as a sample. I knew nothing about it when I opened the bag, and was hit with a very nice scent of Bergamot, like a good Earl Grey. Maybe a hint of lemon scent as well? Not sure. Taste is the same, in my opinion like a solid Earl Grey with something resembling a hint of lemon perhaps. Pretty bergamot forward, in a good way, I think I like this more than upton’s extra/double bergamot.

Edit: Upping the score a bit, I haven’t had an Earl Grey type of tea that I enjoyed this much in a long time.

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87

I guess I reviewed this 7 years ago and forgot, anyways new sample, in addition to the old review notes, I’m getting some oolong esque roasty notes that remind me of hot rocks/hot spring mineral water.
old review:
“Doesn’t taste too vegetal or grassy to me, which is a good thing. Tastes smooth and smokey. I didn’t bother sweetening it; it is good just as it is. The people I shared it with enjoyed it as well, including people that “don’t usually like green tea.””

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85

I enjoy the other version of this with the smaller pieces, so I decided to give this a try. Great smelling in the bag, reminds me of molasses and malt. Taste is that of good all around Assam tea. Maybe a little smoother than the other version?

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88

Scents and tasting notes that bring to mind bubblegum, fresh jasmine, and a nice tea base. Everything is well balanced and great, it has this refreshing quality that uplifts my mood. I was careful to match the temperature recommended on the label. We got a bag of this some time ago and I kept forgetting to review it until I made a cup tonight. The only negative is it is kind of pricier than I generally prefer, but this is superb. I’ve had other Jasmine teas, and taste-wise this is about as good as it gets.

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88

This tastes like a wu yi / big red robe oolong to me. The flavor and scent notes that come to mind are roastyness, hot spring water rock/mineral, and wood. This has a decent price on it right now, and is actually quite a bit better than some more expensive oolongs I have sitting around. I’d get this again. I’m drinking the cup down pretty fast, thats always a sign of an enjoyable tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

I had this a few years ago, revisiting it with a new batch:
Scents: molasses, fig cookies, chocolate, hot spring mineral water
Taste: Similar to scents. I think the old batch had more toasty/roasty notes and this is a bit more earthy/mineral like? It might be slightly milder than last time too. Still a solid tea at a decent price worth keeping stocked in my cabinet.

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84

Smells like fruit preserves in the bag. Smells like honey and hot spring water in while steeping. Taste is the same, with some toasty notes that come through as it cools. Surprisingly mild, but I steeped at kind of a low temperature. Easy drinking, no weird aftertastes. Iced and sugared it gets kind of caramel tasting….I prefer it that way by far.

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a young, as a way of relaxing before bed. I ventured out from bagged, mass produced tea when I tried some loose leaf Earl Grey at the old man’s house years back. I’m still not too proud for the occasional bagged stuff, saving my snobbery for hard to find craft beer.

I gravitate towards Chinese black-tea varieties, Japanese greens, unflavored oolongs from wherever, and the occasional “I cant sleep” type of herbal teas. I signed up so I can keep track of the teas I’ve tried, and what I want to keep in my cupboard on the regular.

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