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80

I’m not a regular sipper of Darjeeling, I’ve had some I didn’t enjoy as much. To me this one seems fuller and silky, a small undertaste that’s pleasant but I can’t pinpoint exactly. It’s not rich or potent, but it’s pleasant. I don’t think it’s something I would purchase another container of, but it’s a nice cup of tea for this Sunday afternoon and I can’t find complaints about it. Earthy and comforting.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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74

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Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

Finally! I sample for affordable lapsang souchongs often. This is the closest I’ve found for a replacement for the strong and enjoyable Zen’s tea life from Canada. Drank two cups of this tonight, absolutely delicious. very smokey. I can finally stop my hunt again.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80

Better than I thought. since I’m sick, the pepper and nettles helped open throat and stimulates. I wasn’t sure on the turmeric taste but it was blended and nicely yellow. Drank hot and it didn’t need any sugar or additives.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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Samurai TTB #19

Not going to rate this, as I got distracted and MASSIVELY over-brewed it this morning. A splash of milk saved it from being undrinkable, but I definitely didn’t get to try it at its best. Totally my own fault!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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33
drank Lights out by The Tea Spot
143 tasting notes

Brewed the recommended seven minutes. Beautiful tea with a pleasant smell…but the taste took me by surprise. Sour notes and almost citrusy. Has strong lemon type flavor, although it has no lemon. Definitely a pucker inducing face expression. I drank hot, don’t think it’d be better cold. The color brewed is a deep purple, it’s a shame I didn’t like the tea taste.

Flavors: Sour

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Mango Tango by The Tea Spot
58 tasting notes

This tea is really fruity, sweet and tart in a way that I enjoy. The fruity/tart/sweet-ness doesn’t come out so much in taste though, more aroma. The black tea is very mild and tastes slightly earthy and like unsweet honey to me. It’s nice overall but seems too mild. The website says it should be dark red in color, but all I’m getting is a dull orange. I wonder if maybe I need to use more tea and steep longer than they suggest? I don’t know, will try again!

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Honey, Mango, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Morning Mojo by The Tea Spot
58 tasting notes

Really good black/pu-erh blend! Just wanted to make a note to myself to remember I like it. I’m a big fan of the orange-vanilla combination :)
Watching Joe Biden start to speak now – hoping it goes well!

Flavors: Orange, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

This is one of my favorite black teas from a sampler my girlfriend got me for my anniversary. After steeping for 3 minutes, it’s like an orange tourmaline in color. Very pretty. Not what I would think of for my usual black teas, though. I like this one a lot because it’s not really bitter at all, just a little astringent. The flavor reminds me of honey (without all the sweetness) but that might just be an association! I’m not sure what makes an orange pekoe different from any other black tea, but I’m a fan of this one regardless!

Oh, and Happy Halloween! :D

Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Smells like and tastes like cocoa powder. That’s pretty much the only smell/taste I get though. Compared to the Emperor’s Pu-erh this one has has hardly any flavor. Drinkable, though. I just find the chocolatey-ness annoying. Might be better with creamer/sugar.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I don’t enjoy hibiscus in my tea blends and herbal blends that I intend to drink unsweetened. I do enjoy it as a sweet drink. White Antlers recommended this one, so I bought it for myself and also bought some for my eldest daughter, Superanna, who loves it even plain. She had quite a bit of it in Mexico and really enjoyed “jamaica” as it is called there, and I wanted her to be aboe to make the real deal here. She drank cranberry and cranapple juices even when she was really little, whereas I just tolerated the tartness of those.

As a sweet beverage, made as I make my iced tea, I really enjoy it. The first time I made it I kept the first steep and second steep separate. I preferred the second steep. It was a little less tart but is a beautiful, juicy red color and very satisfying level of flavor. The first steep was good but it was tart, as expected.

Today I am making a gallon by steeping four teaspoons of dried petals three times and adding to sugar and water. I will update on how it turns out!

White Antlers

So glad you were brave and got this one, ashmanra. Let me thank you for reviewing Dragon Eye Oolong. Based on your review, I ordered a box and it’s extremely enjoyable. Fortunately we are having cooler weather (60 degree mornings and mid 80s days) but I made this as a cold brew and found it delicious and refreshing. Cheers!

ashmanra

White Antlers: We are having a little cool down, too! I am glad you enjoyed Dragon Eye Oolong. I am waiting eagerly to hear how my daughter likes her hibiscus, but she did drink a little of the sweetened resteep here yesterday and seemed to like it!

Mastress Alita

Oh, I loved cranberry juice when I was little too, I wonder if that’s why I like tart/tangy flavors now? (I too love unsweetened, plain hibiscus, and I never find that it makes tea blends “sour”, I tend to find any tartness “pleasant”, heh! On the flip side, I’m the biggest Spice Wuss in Spicy Town…)

ashmanra

Mastress Alita: Superanna loves unsweetened jamaica AND really hot spicy food! Restaurants have literally called the cook from the kitchen to see her because she is a tiny blonde who looks at least ten years younger than she is, and they are stunned with the things she orders. I have seen grown men cry while eating with her. I would dilute mild salsa if I could…

tea-sipper

Was WE ARE CLOSED originally a response from White Antlers? What happened?

ashmanra

Teasipper: yes, it was! But I don’t know why it changed.

Martin Bednář

That’s weird. WE ARE CLOSED was White Antlers indeed. But she lost who she was following. Weird. Weird…

tea-sipper

Yeah, my first thought is that it seems like White Antlers account was hacked into or something?

Martin Bednář

exactly tea-sipper; looks strange. I will write her an email later today :)

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
149 tasting notes

I have tried to like this tea as I got a whole bag of it when I ordered my Tuffy tea steeper. Alas, while I do taste the black tea and maybe a bit of creamy puerh, I get a weird chocolate aftertaste. I don’t mind the cocoa addition to this breakfast blend, just don’t appreciate the artificial taste it leaves in my mouth. In my mind I compare it to the Vanilla SF herb tea that is so very simple vanilla flavor that it doesn’t try to be something else. Bolder breakfast is a chemical aftertaste in a puerh disguise.

Flavors: Artificial, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Metallic

White Antlers

The name of this tea sounded familiar. I keep my own personal short hand note book in the kitchen and if I try a tea that is particularly, howlingly bad, I note it. Bolder Breakfast was on the list for that horrible, oily metallic after taste of robot tears.

Michelle

What are some other teas so bad you wouldn’t ask your worst enemy to drink?

White Antlers

There was an orange spice tea popular in the 80s and 90s, often found at health food restaurants. It had way too much cinnamon oil/flavoring in it. The name is blocked in my memory. It burned nasal hairs. It wasn’t Constant Comment. Any tea with moringa or valerian. There are others but if I mention the brand, I will be here for days, trading insults with the people who are fans. I would not ask my worst enemy to drink any of the aforementioned. I would, however, be sure these teas were in their cupboard or pot.

White Antlers

Ah! I finally remembered the brand of that gawd awful orange-spice tea-Good Earth. What really confounds me is that this stuff is still on the market. Ugh.

Michelle

I am hatching a plan to put some lipton in my enemy’s cupboard, and a video camera to watch her drink it. On second thought, I’d have to buy it first and I don’t want to encourage the company to make any more…

White Antlers

LOL! Sometimes thinking about these evil doings is infinitely more satisfying than the deeds themselves. : )

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72

I got a sample size of this tea when ordering the Tuffy travel steeper (which is quite nice I think, though I haven’t actually used it for travel yet. It does tend to leak tiny leaves in to the remaining brew, but is compact and easily washed so I won’t be too fussy bout floaties in my cup)
As a morning breakfast tea, its just ok. I guess I brew my normal Assams and Yunnans pretty strong, so this doesn’t stand up to my brisk morning cuppa. As an afternoon pick me up, its still just ok. I’m not sure how to describe it as generic black tea with a metalic aftertaste? I guess with a name like Shagadelic I’m expecting a bit more nutty or malty or astringent taste, and its just a bit of a muddled blend.

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50

I wanted to like this. I really did. I love pumpkin spice, and it smells wonderful. It remind me of pumpkin bread, all toasty and warm and full of spices.

Sadly, the pleasant smell is as far as it goes. The base is way too strong and astringent, overpowering all of the spices. You get all the nice pumpkin spice flavor, but pushing it’s way front and center is the bitter, astringent base, so it’s hard to enjoy it. Steeping it for three minutes or less tones down the astringency, but at the expense of the spices as well.

And pumpkin? Forget it, it’s not even there.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter

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94

The jasmine shows through more than anything, but this is a delicate and wonderfully floral tea. One of my current favorites. This is certainly a tea that you can sit back and relax with.

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Rose

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

This isn’t bad, but it needs more body to it. It is chocolate, and it is mint, but they both feel kind of thin somehow. I might try brewing it extra strong and adding some milk to it, and see where that gets me. There’s no real complexity here, it’s pretty much exactly as advertised, except that with a term like “truffle” I expect a richness that isn’t present. It’s not bad, but not great, either.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

one of my favorites, smoky, dark, rich

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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71
drank Mile High Chai by The Tea Spot
249 tasting notes

This is definitely nice and spicy, but I’d like a bit more actual tea in it. However, I’m so over weakly spiced chais that this was a relative delight! It does come across as a bit thin-bodied and astringent, which is why I think more tea would help. Adding milk helped with the astringency but then dulled the flavor too much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper

tea-sipper

No weakly spiced chais!!!

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drank Clouds and Mist by The Tea Spot
2074 tasting notes

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I think this may have been left over from a past Sips By box? Unsure though…

Anyway, it’s a very robust Chinese green tea. It has strong vegetal and umami notes that rival sencha, as well as a hint of seaweed. But there’s also the harsher mineral and smoke flavors that are also found in gunpowder green tea. And at the end of the sip, a dry apricot note that I often find among Chinese greens.

It’s a bit too heavy for me, as while I do enjoy vegetal green teas, I don’t often love the ones with smokier flavor profiles.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Mineral, Seaweed, Smoke, Spinach, Stonefruits, Thick, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Especially delicious with all the coconut clustered at the bottom though truly it was delicious throughout. I persist in wanting to call this Coconut Caribana. Honest sweet coconut delicious
regardless. Perfect for a winter day of leaping over slush rivers at the curbs leftover from the frozen snow/sleet/rain earlier in the day.

I had another travel mug of this that had gone cold overnight, but wow, super nice as a cold tea too. There was a bit of oily film on the surface, but nevermind.

Would welcome this into my cupboard again. A very tasty blend indeed.

And it’s a sip down!

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(9 of 2019)

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Ooooooh, YUM!

For some reason, I remembered it as Coconut Caribana—-hahhahhahhaha, yeah, well.

Anyway, creamy, coconut, floral, and delicious.

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drank White Wedding by The Tea Spot
41 tasting notes

Smelled fantastic but tasted weird and bitter. Not a fan. 1.5/5

Flavors: Burnt, Chestnut

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