70 Tasting Notes

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
70 tasting notes

This came stocked in my hotel room at the Spencer Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. I like it best with a shorter steep. I drank it plain. For a breakfast tea, it’s not overly bitter. I detect a slight malty note. Overall it’s pleasant and drinkable, good for waking up / staying awake when you need to keep to a schedule because of jet lag.

Flavors: Malt, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Gold by Yorkshire
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At the San Francisco International Tea Festival last year (2018), I received a sample box of Yorkshire black tea. I wanted to pick up something simple to make at work, and found they had regular Yorkshire, and Yorkshire Gold. I had to try the Gold.

The bags come two-by-two (have to separate them) and without strings, just like Celestial Seasonings.

The brewed color is very gold! I think it would stain easily.

This is an excellent CTC black tea. I taste some malt and molasses notes. It’s similar to their regular black tea, but a little naturally sweeter and brighter.

Flavors: Malt, Molasses, Sweet, Tea

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

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I’m coming off being sick and remembered I had this with my freebies from the SF Tea Fest. I taste strong citrus and ginger, feels good on my throat, even though it burns a bit. I don’t know how nice it would be if my throat weren’t a little sore, but it’s nice enough now.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
LuckyMe

It’s funny, I love ginger & citrus teas when I’m sick but can never be bothered to brew them otherwise even though they’re great on their own.

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80

Disclosure: This was a freebie from the company, promoted in the Steepster forums.
I added nothing to it. It’s very smooth, with caramel and floral notes. It has a nice complex flavor for a black tea brewed western style. Thanks for the free tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Floral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

I saw this for the first time today at the supermarket near my office. It’s a bottled tea, and it was set out on a shelf, unrefrigerated. The weather has turned hot, and there’s no refrigerator in my office. I thought about it, then stashed one bottle behind some larger refrigerated coffee bottles. I came back over an hour later, and it was still there, and nicely chilled!

It’s a very light tea at the beginning of the sip, and then the roasty flavor hits mid-sip, with perhaps a hint of mugicha. And then I’m sitting with a family at a road stop in southern Japan in the summer, cooling off with a refreshing beverage much like this one. And then there’s a citrus note at the end of the sip. I will be buying more of this.

Flavors: Citrus, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Tea

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drank Root Beer Float Black Tea by 52teas
70 tasting notes

The smell of the leaf is root beer perfection. I brewed this hot, poured a finger into another cup, and stuck it in the fridge. I tried it hot, and it’s pretty good, root beer with vanilla and wood notes.

Oh yes, I prefer it cold. This is a fun tea! It’s a bit more woody cold, which is a little odd, but I like it. Thanks, 52teas.

Flavors: Root Beer, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
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My friend went to visit her dad, and he bought this for her. Then he said he didn’t want it in his house and sent it home with her. She wasn’t a big fan and gave it to me. So I brought it to work.

It contains peppermint. That’s it. That’s also the only flavor I could pick out. It’s more pleasant and rounded than, say, a candy cane. Given that, it’s not bad.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

No caffeine. Boring work tea. Good for migraine nausea, though.

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drank To Captain Hook with Love by 52teas
70 tasting notes

Ginger and cardamom forward, this chai is nice. There are subtle cinnamon notes and a touch of coconut, vanilla, and lapsang souchong. I couldn’t make out any of the rum flavor.

I brewed it and added just enough vanilla almond milk to cool it down to my preferred temperature.

I’ve been sipping down teas from my Advent calendar at home and drinking bagged tea at work that I’ve already reviewed, mostly Steven Smith flavors. So this is my first tasting note in a while. Arrrr.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coconut, Ginger, Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank ImPeachMint Tea by The TeaBook
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Thanks, derk! Even though she told me there was an envelope on its way to me, and even though we had discussed this tea’s existence, I was pleasantly surprised to receive it.

The smell of the bag and the brewed tea is quite peachy. The taste is peach too, with a subtle mint note that’s a bit peppery. The flavors go well together.

For a political pun of a tea (which I enjoyed), this is quite a tasty tea. Thanks. I may have to buy more as gifts.

Flavors: Mint, Peach, Peppermint, Tulsi

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Todd

(I have already ordered more.)

Mastress Alita

I got some today to try as well! Thank you, Derk!

mrmopar

Looking forward to you and Derk having a brew session this weekend!

derk

I know you’re on a hiatus Mastress Alita. If you consider one of the bags as meme-orablia, and the other bag as a good chuckle, then I didn’t send any tea at all!

derk

Another humble Steepster gathering in San Francisco. I’m tickled.

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Today I was craving a good black iced tea. This… is really good!
I brewed it hot and poured it between a few containers to cool it down before pouring it over ice. It’s just as great of an experience, but different. I will need to make this more often, now that I have my own supply of wild unsmoked Lapsang Souchong! The malt is very strong, and so are the sweet honey notes. Mmm!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kawaii433

I can’t wait to try this one. I have it in stock. Working on sipdowns right now. >.<

Mastress Alita

It’s a good one. I haven’t tried it iced yet, but I’ve been sipping down an ice wine flavored black at the moment.

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I have enjoyed various teas most of my life, but have recently started exploring higher-end teas. Still, plain houjicha (loose-leaf or bagged) makes me feel like I’m in Japan.

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