1466 Tasting Notes

75

I was actually surprised with how well this tea held up on its own without sugar or honey, and that it was able to have flavor with the pure organic ingredients only (I bought the organic version of this one). The coconut and lemon grass naturally go together and definitely reminds me of Thailand, and the green tea, which is probably a form of Dragonwell, is fairly buttery. I would maybe buy this again, but not for the price that I bought it in the first place.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Lemongrass, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

If you know what Thai Iced Tea is, then you exactly what this tastes like. It’s naturally sweet and potent, with a little bit of spice from the anise, tamarind, and cardamom that’s blended with it( more crushed than anything else for flavoring). Like the label suggests, this is indeed authentic Thai tea, and is good on it’s own, but best with sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Tea snobs might either be offended, or occasionally indulgent in this cuisine staple. Someone new trying teas might like this and if they do, it’s more of a cultural experience than one purely for tea tasting.

Like I said before, this tea is VERY sweet, and the coloring is very deep, so clothes would be possible stained with a vibrant, orange. That’s the color of this tea, and becomes lighter and more beautiful with condensed milk. The first scent and taste that comes to mind is coconut, though the note is strong enough almost to be a flavor. The same can be said for the creamy, malty texture of this tea. Then there’s some leading vanilla, anise, tamarind, and cardamom in the background. A part of me is curious what this tastes like Gongfu because it’s so heavily flavored, but Western style might be better because it’s intended to be strong enough for sweetened condensed milk and sugar.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Malt, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Sweet, and thank heavens my meal plans come with this tea on occasion. Almost like honeysuckle.

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74

I liked this one iced or hot oddly. My roommate actually thought it was weed based on the musty Pu-Erh smell, but was pleasantly surprised by the chocolate. I had a similar reaction, and it was like a creamier, mossy light hot chocolate. The flavor profile was inconsistent with each bag, which is why I rated this lower than I think it deserves at its best. There were times were it tasted only like cocoa dirt water, or times that I got the full flavors that are already described on this page. Not worth close to nine bucks, though.

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70

Again, the product description is very accurate. It is malty with a seaweed, vegetal like taste reminiscent of some oolongs. It is pretty similar to their Keemum, but more minty and herbal. I am certainly glad I tried it.

Flavors: Malt, Seaweed, Toasty, Vegetal

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77

The description of this tea on the website is accurate. No astringency, smooth, mildly roasted and fruity with a cocoa background. I like this one, and it would have probably been better if I added a few more tea leaves to really get the full flavor. Otherwise, it’s a black tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity, Smooth, Toasty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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56

It tastes and smells like crab, and very musty. Pu-Erh is again one of those more particular teas, and I would maybe recommend this to a Pu-Erh lover, but be warned, it’s very overwhelming. I enjoyed it, but I would not drink it again.

Flavors: Fishy, Mushrooms, Musty

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51

Maybe I brewed this wrong, but I followed the instructions and I was kinda disappointed with this one. I did not taste the caramel notes it describes at all: it tasted like a roasted white tea. Yes, it had a fuller body, but it was like a less flavorful version of the Yunnan White Moonlight. It’s not bad, but not that great.

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80

It does what it says, and WARNING: THIS HERBAL TEA IS VERY SPICY. I got it more for medicinal reasons like stress relief and personal ritual, though it can definitely be used more as a culinary marinade. The scent and taste are also definitely as described on the website, like menthol. If you know what sage smells and tastes like, though, that’s what this literally is. If you like it you like it, you don’t, you don’t.

Flavors: Menthol, Sage, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

One of the teas that I enjoyed more from M&K’s. I gotta be honest, the smell and taste is very sweet, and very unusual. It almost reminded me of crab, or the cream cheese from a wonton. But really, it’s a highly buttery green tea with a magnolia partner. I thoroughly enjoyed this one for how sweet and buttery it was, but it may be very off putting to a lot of people. They would be overwhelmed and quite possibly disgusted. But, if they get over that initial reaction, or they like cream cheese wantons, and buttery and creamy things, this tea will satisfy that need and linger on the tongue. It is similar to jasmine green tea, which again, that one is a tea that people love or despise, but more sweet and less floral. I’d recommend it and again, people would either really like it or hate it.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nichole/CuppaGeek

I’m going to have to try this. Wait until you try some of M&K’s holiday teas. Those are the best!

Daylon R Thomas

Really? How’s the Winter Wolf? That one looked pretty good.

Nichole/CuppaGeek

One of my absolute favorite teas ever. One of the best I’ve ever had. It really impressed me. The pumpkin one is pretty marvelous as well.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Grand Crew Teas
Wuyi Origins Jin Jun Mei Sampler
What-Cha Jin Jun Mei
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
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. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. 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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