1146 Tasting Notes

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I got this one as a free sample and one of my first from Enjoying Tea. It’s very similar to Tie Guan Yin, but not nearly as flavorful. This one is more vegetal than floral, and it’s pretty solid, but I personally wouldn’t buy it again.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Nuts, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rose Black by Enjoying Tea
1146 tasting notes

Another flavored one, oh boy. Well, I like this one a lot. Like the Cream Earl Grey White, this tea’s flavoring is potent, but to me it’s not quite as overwhelming though some might disagree. Sweet, candied roses fills my nose and my mouth, coming to linger on the tip of my tongue. But the rose by no means overpowers the black tea. I swear I can taste some Keemum, or that could be the rose making the Ceylon base taste like a Keemum. There are some cocoa notes, and little astringency with a smooth body kinda like a Keemum or a Ceylon.

This tea is also really sweet like I already mentioned. It does not need sweetener or cream, though by no means bad with it. I prefer this one straight.

I’d ONLY recommend this to people who like a lot of flavor and a lot of sweetness, and no one else.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Rose, Sweet

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

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71

Warning: this is only for Earl Grey lovers like the website suggests. When I am in the mood for it, this tea is great. When I’m not, it has way too much bergamot and it’s way to strong though it’s a white tea. The only bad angle about this tea is the potent, almost astringent flavoring.

It’s still a pretty good Earl Grey, and a decent white tea. I definitely taste the lighter Bai Mu Tan for the body which almost makes me prefer this one to a regular Earl Grey with Ceylon or Assam. There is also a herbaceous note that can be great, or a little bit overpowering. That’s why I drink this one only after two minutes. I never go above three for this one.

Tea purists be warned: this is NOT the tea for you.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Creamy, Herbaceous

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

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79

I was looking for an Almond Oolong that compared to one of the ones that I’ve had, and this one came pretty close to it. I tasted the wood, almond, and some smokiness with this one. Sweetness was there and I drank this without any sweetener usually, but I admit that it’s good with some stevia, agave, or sugar.

It’s pretty simple and I am glad I had some. I used to think this one was probably one of my favorites with the exception of Rishi’s Tie Guan Yin. Now, I’m starting to lean more towards Green Oolongs, but still, I really liked this one.

The demographic this tea might appeal to could be a newer tea drinker who likes almond or black teas since this is what this one resembles. There are better ones out there, yet this one is a good cheaper substitute.

Flavors: Almond, Roasted, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

I like this one, but again with a little bit of bias because of the blackberry leaf and the lotus flavor. It’s really fruity, and very refreshing after a workout. As for the recovery angle of this tea, it’s specifically talking about recovering IMMEDIATELY after training, and after breathing your lungs out and beating the crap out of your body. It only helps to build muscle by lowering inflammation and giving you a wake up jolt after wards. My muscles weren’t so sore after I drank it, but it’s no magic medicine or supplement like creatine (which you can argue whether or not such supplements are good for you).

It’s honestly better with honey, but not bad at on its own. The turmeric really brings out the flavors, and is the source of its body. Really, the quality and the ingredients with their health benefits are the reason for my higher rating. I’d recommend it, but not highly and NEVER to a connoisseur. Someone who likes to try something new smooth and fruity would like this one.

Flavors: Blackberry, Ginger, Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Best part is the hibiscus and the pomegranate. The green tea goes well with it, but the green tea quality is better in some of their other bagged teas.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

I have a love hate relationship with Yerbe Mate. I either think that it tastes literal butter mashed with land grass and perhaps some cannabis on the side (I hate the smell of it), or buttery greenness that can go with almost anything. They are good as chais. They are good with flavors and cream. They are also good with chocolate, which is what this is, and it is one of the closest teas that you can get to a mocha, yet not the first nor the best example to do so.

How they are near to accomplishing this task is by using a roasted mate and chicory for the base, which provides the coffee like aroma and taste. The cocoa umphs up the mocha parallel. So, what you get is a roasted, light herbal cocoa with an extra kick of caffeine.

Cream, sugar, and honey can work with this, but more so with the sugar. I personally think that it doesn’t need anything. Honestly, this is best as an alternative to coffee for those who want something different, want a light hot cocoa, or trying to give up their coffee. This is one of the tea drinker’s mochas, but one of many others nonetheless.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coffee, Dirt, Roast nuts, Roasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is a cool idea for bagging a matcha. Sencha is the leaf base of this tea, with the powder diffusing in the smaller pores of the biodegradable bag. I really don’t need to describe this tea in detail if you know what a Sencha and a Matcha taste like. If you don’t, it’s clean, green, grassy, and sea mist goodness. Matcha is probably one of the healthiest drinks out there without sugar and cream added, and you can definitely drink this one without those additives. It comes very close to Aiya’s ceremonial matcha in terms of taste, but only lighter and not quite as fresh though still good quality matcha.

I’d highly recommend this tea if you want to try Matcha, Sencha, or are looking to budget for a matcha if you can’t find a close, cheaper Asian market. Though 13 bucks may seem hefty, you are getting 50 tea bags out of it-A LOT OF TEA.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Seaweed, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Daylon R Thomas

One mistake on the tea base: on my sample of the tin, it says that the leaf base is Sencha. Online, it says China Green tea, so I’d maybe assume it’s a Dragonwell. Nevertheless, the taste is closer to a Sencha.

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I have to say, I didn’t think that I would like Rooibos plain, but I did. I especially wonder what it tastes like as a pure matcha now. This is the closest that I can get to it then, I really like it. If you know what a rooibos tastes like, then there’s really nothing further to add then citrusy, sweet yet partially creamy candy. With the added powder, the enhanced profile almost reminds me of the smell and taste of dates. I may buy it again, but otherwise I’ll be saving my money for other teas.

Flavors: Citrus, Dates, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

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