10 Tasting Notes

85

I’m finding out that I really enjoy spiced teas. This was no exception. It smelled amazing even before I brewed the tea. The spices were a bit more subdued after steeping, but all in all a pleasantly spicy tea experience.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90

I love this spicy tea. It is warming, with almost a festive taste profile. I have never managed to over-steep it. I’m not compelled to add milk or sugar, it stands well on its own. Nice for a cold morning, and its assertive spiciness completes baked goods quite well.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 37 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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75

This tea smells really nice. I could enjoy that while the tea was still too hot to drink!
I appreciate the spice, striking the right balance between asserting itself and not being overpowering. The fruitiness is a nice complement to the spice.
This tea reminds me of Christmas, although that might be a result of the trauma of seeing Christmas decorations already on display in stores. A solid tea!

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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73

I didn’t add any milk or sugar to this tea. I wonder how that would have impacted the taste. I’m wasn’t immediately smitten, but the aroma and first taste were very autumnal. It’s like all the smells of fall distilled into a cup. I noticed a slight bitterness, that may have been from over-steeping and could be mitigated by the addition of milk and sweetener, if so desired. As I drank it, it grew on me. I began to notice some fruity notes. A complex tea that I grew to appreciate!

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Leather, Smoke

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

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65

I’m new with all teas except black teas, so this is really opening up my world. I enjoyed this tea, but I don’t have much with which to compare it. The nuttiness was a pleasant first note. The roasted quality came out later for me.

Flavors: Grass, Malt, Marine, Nutty, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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75
drank Black Cloud by Silk Road Teas
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I liked this tea. A nice change from my typical choice in black tea, darjeeling. Its pleasant smoky assertiveness is modified by a rich chocolate scent and taste. I also appreciate the nice alertness it provides in the mornings.

Flavors: Chocolate, Smoked, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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65
drank Ayame Kabuse by Kettl
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A nice green tea. I’m very new with the green teas, but I liked the buttery notes that rounded out the typical green tea grassiness nicely.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Marine

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50
drank Bombay Chai by Steepster
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A nice tea, but less flavorful than other chais I’ve tried. It is possible that I used too little tea for the amount of water I used.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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74

A nice, strong black tea with an appealing fruity note. I want to try it iced next. I bet it will be great.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Honey, Paper

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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45
drank White Peony by Steepster
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Very subtle. Almost to the extent that I wondered if I steeped it correctly. I did pick up some flavor notes.
I’m so new to white teas I don’t think I can recommend it or not.

Flavors: Almond, Cardboard, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My love for tea has grown quite a bit in the last ten years or so. The act of brewing is a exercise in mindfulness for me.

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