1179 Tasting Notes

79
drank Egyptian Mint by Novus Tea
1179 tasting notes

The closest tea that has ever gotten to what I had in Egypt. Purity in a cup. But that’s if you like mint. And when I was working at a coffee shop, I downed this constantly to freshen up my breath. If you ever want to try a good quality Egyptian mint, this is probably one of the better ways to do it bagged. Good on its own, or with honey.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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45
drank Pai Mu Tan by Novus Tea
1179 tasting notes

I thought that this one was too weak. Fragrant, yes, but I wanted to taste more. This company has changed in the last few years, so it might be better if I were to try it again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This is one of the only herbal bagged hibiscus tisanes that I’ve really liked. Pomegranate and apple are the perfect fruit flavors to blend it with because they resemble each other more. It almost reminded me of the hibiscus tea I drank with every meal in Egypt. Also, so sweet that this is practically a fruit juice. In my opinion, it’s best with honey, iced or hot.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

This Earl Grey is more floral than most, and also considerably lighter. Visual appeal and aromatherapy are the aims of this little pyramid, and the Malva flowers perfume open with the smoother Ceylon. The coffee shop that I was a barista to sold this company, and I was able to hook people on this one because of its mellow strength and soothing smell. I often recommended this to Earl Grey lovers and people who were willing to try something different. I suggest the same here on Steepster if you are looking for a unique bagged Earl Grey.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Flowers, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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42

I like hibiscus, but if there is hibiscus, it needs to turn into a fruit juice because that’s what it’s best as. The rooibos has more of a citrus taste, and it clashes with the natural cranberry like nature of the hibiscus.

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53

Drinking this is like drinking hot, spiced ginger cranberry juice. It’s good, and pretty decent for hangovers, though not as effective as say Pu-Erh or Egyptian mint…as my poor last roommate may attest. Nice when you need some detoxing, but not great.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cranberry, Ginger, Medicinal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

Good with honey, sugar, cream, and or straight. To me, every ingredient highlights the other: the chai spices complement the coconut, and the coconut really brings out the malty, chocolate like body of the Assam. As with any Zhena’s, you need to go through the tin pretty quickly to get the fuller flavor. This tea is very sweet, and pretty strong, so it’s astringency can be overwhelming if accidentally over steeped. When brewed in around three minutes, it’s smoother.

Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut, Dates, Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I’m totally biased in rating this: I love ginger, and tulsi has always helped me out with my stress. I don’t recommend it for people averse to spiciness. Organic India’s teas are more for than medicinal purposes than just pure taste, though the teas that I’ve had have always tasted good to me. The same mode of thought applies to the stress relief, might work for some people but not others.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

My medicine to force me to sleep and relax….and the sedative I frequently administer to my grandmother, my last roommate, and an a practical anti-depressant for one of my friends.

Rose, chamomile, and the grass dew background of the basil pronounce this tisane. It really can be a hit or miss for people, like most herbals usually are. The medicinal effects might or might not work for everyone, but when they do, they do. Sweet rose is also one of the only chamomile blends that I will ever drink.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I really like this tea. I love the sweet, light plum flavor, and the floral creaminess from the green and white tea. This one always helps me distress with the just the right amount of sweetness to not add any sweetener. I should note that I like more natural sweetness from flavoring over sugar itself, so sugar might be needed for some to full enjoy it. There are times were I added sugar and honey to help out the flavor for a greater craving, but normally I drink it as is. I do recommend to go through this tea quickly after buying it, because the flavors do not keep very long which is one of my main complaints about this tea in particular. Worth the price when on discount.

Flavors: Cream, Licorice, Plums, White Grapes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First Off, Current Targets:

Taiwan Sourcing Longhan Nectar Red Oolong
Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Jasmine Black Tea
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

Me:

I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

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.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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