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drank Organic Atomic Gold by Artful Tea
480 tasting notes

ArtfulTea is an online retailer of traditional teas, blended teas, tisanes and teaware. They also have a tea shop in Santa Fe, NM.

I pilfered this from my aunt’s stash. This sold-as-loose tisane was made available as a sample in a large unbleached filter bag. Brewing instructions were to use 12oz boiling water and to steep for 5 minutes. I found the ingredients in this tisane to be very balanced, with each one moving through for an appearance. It was warming and earthy from the turmeric and ginger, bright from the lemongrass and citrus peels and oils and sweet from the licorice root which was at times a little too much. The licorice root also gave the liquor some texture.

I recommend this to those looking for a mild, balanced spice tea with just a bit of bite. The lower rating is a reflection of my personal tastes and I hope doesn’t deter anybody who might be interested in trying it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kirkoneill1988

I might try this someday. Thanks for telling me about this vendor.

derk

My pleasure

Mastress Alita

The ingredients sound similar to the Kotoko spice blend. So was this one less spice bomb but a similar flavor? If so then it might be just right for me.

derk

Less of a spice bomb, definitely. This one doesn’t have cinnamon or star anise, so I felt it lacked a bit of depth in comparison to the Kikoko sample. But if you couldn’t taste those through the coconut milk, I imagine this one would taste similar. It is quite sweet from the licorice which you might appreciate.

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Kirkoneill1988

I might try this someday. Thanks for telling me about this vendor.

derk

My pleasure

Mastress Alita

The ingredients sound similar to the Kotoko spice blend. So was this one less spice bomb but a similar flavor? If so then it might be just right for me.

derk

Less of a spice bomb, definitely. This one doesn’t have cinnamon or star anise, so I felt it lacked a bit of depth in comparison to the Kikoko sample. But if you couldn’t taste those through the coconut milk, I imagine this one would taste similar. It is quite sweet from the licorice which you might appreciate.

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Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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