63 Tasting Notes

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I was given a sampler box of bagged teas by Rishi but branded for La Colombe, a coffee roaster. This was one of the teas. I followed the steeping guide on the bag packaging, though the temperature was approximate because my kettle isn’t that fancy.

The scent is mild, as is the flavor. It hints at some of the bitterness of black tea, but stays just on the edge of something that would require me to add some milk to make palatable. This I can drink without additives, and enjoy the flavor that is somehow simultaneously robust and soft.

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drank Earl Grey by Rishi Tea
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I was given a sampler box of bagged teas by Rishi but branded for La Colombe, a coffee roaster. This was one of the teas. I followed the steeping guide on the bag packaging, though the temperature was approximate because my kettle isn’t that fancy.

The bergamot whacks you in the face as soon as the package opens, and it doesn’t diminish with the brewing. I added some milk as I usually do with strong black teas, and it toned down a bit. Still stronger than I’d prefer.

Flavors: Bergamot

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drank Houjicha by Rishi Tea
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I was given a sampler box of bagged teas by Rishi but branded for La Colombe, a coffee roaster. This was one of the teas. I followed the steeping guide on the bag packaging, though the temperature was approximate because my kettle isn’t that fancy.

The scent reminds me of straw and grain. The flavor is like puffed rice, which is one of my favorite cereal grains. Very smooth and pleasant morning drink. No sweetener or milk required.

Flavors: Grain, Straw, Toasted Rice

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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This is currently my go-to office tea, after trying an array of English Breakfast style teas. It’s flavorful, but not too strong, and only requires a splash of milk. Great for dunking a McVities chocolate biscuit when I have a cup in the afternoon.

While I appreciated the convenience of tea bags for my “morning black tea, doesn’t have to be special” habit, I was starting to feel guilty about all the waste they produce, particularly if they are individually wrapped. Switching to a loose leaf and finally buying myself an office Finum filter helped ease my conscience.

Oh, and I had a resealable bag of this tea in sachets before I bought the loose leaf tin, and they were not as flavorful, so an upgrade in quality along with feeling more environmentally friendly.

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drank Ruby Oolong by Rishi Tea
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I was given a sampler box of bagged teas by Rishi but branded for La Colombe, a coffee roaster. This was one of the teas. I followed the steeping guide on the bag packaging, though the temperature was approximate because my kettle isn’t that fancy.

The scent of the brewed tea is light and floral. I was tempted to try sipping it while it was too hot, but I refrained. I can taste some fruit, but the tannin is overwhelming.

Flavors: Bitter, Flowers, Honeysuckle, Tannin

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hunwal FBOP by Carytown Teas
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Drinking my last cup. It’s grown on me — I may have to get some more now.

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Nice, grassy/earthy flavor. It’s got a little smokiness, but very mildly so. I like it better than the tuo cha.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Cinnamon Bun by Della Terra
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It tastes kind of like a cinnamon bun, but isn’t really what I was hoping for. I felt so uninterested in brewing another cup that I ended up giving away the rest of the bag at work.

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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I like mate, but the orange flavoring is just weird. Not my cup of tea.

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Just received a bag of this from Della Terra, chosen mostly because it was on sale and it sounded interesting. The peppermint is not as strong as I feared, and it’s actually a bit weak for my taste, possibly due to the mellowing effect of the vanilla. Pleasant and not overpowering, with the good black tea base I’ve come to expect from this tea blender.

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I started as a coffee drinker who appreciated tea. I mainly drank a few flavored bagged teas (and of course, Southern sweet iced tea). I pull out the Throat Coat and Breathe Easy when I’m sick, but aside from that, teas had never been a daily part of my life. However, my sister has exposed me to a broader range of flavors, and to loose teas, which was good when coffee started bothering me and I needed a new source for warm cups of caffeine delivery systems. I mainly drink English breakfast teas these days, but occasionally explore some others. Earthy teas that are low in bitterness are my preference, and I tend to avoid fruity teas in general, with a few exceptions.

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