790 Tasting Notes

69

Having been disappointed with most peach flavored teas, I was pleasantly surprised by this. I picked up one sachet in a gift store in a tourist trap, remembering a friend mentioning liking the Charleston teas. This was a good buy and I’ll definitely be buying more. Very strong peach smell and flavor as well. Nice honest, basic black tea as the base.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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55
drank Cucumber Fusion by 52teas
790 tasting notes

Smells like cucumber. Very clean and crisp smell. Tastes like cucumber as well. This would not be my favorite flavor for a tea. I don’t think I care much for the savory flavors in tea. But this is all it claims to be and I’d recommend that anyone at least give it a try if you have a fondness for cucumbers. Could be a good substitute in those cold winter months when fresh produce is only a snow covered dream. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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58
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by 52teas
790 tasting notes

Smells absolutely wonderful. I did not notice much pumpkin and no cheesecake at all. There was a hugely strong cinnamon flavor though which probably overpowered any other flavor notes there might have been. That said, it was a very tasty cinnamon tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Took this with me on a recent roadtrip. I oversteeped it and it was much, much more flavorful than previously noted. Still smells amazing in the sachet and nice when brewed this time as well. I do tend to like my teas strong and leaving the bag in the cup while traveling seems to have moved this tea up in my ratings.

Preparation
8 min or more

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70
drank Golden Wheat Head by Red Leaf Tea
790 tasting notes

Lovely, lovely looking tea. And it does indeed have wheat undertones – when dry it smells almost exactly like wheat from the field. Very delicate flavor and pale golden color.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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83
drank Golden Nepal by Red Leaf Tea
790 tasting notes

I like the mixed colors of the brewed leaves. Reminds me of autumn. Which is appropriate since this is compared to an Autumn Darjeeling, my favorite Darjeeling season. There seems to be a high percentage of sticks to leaves in the bag I have, though this is my first bag so it may vary with subsequent batches. I noticed no floral notes, though I suppose there could be an argument made in favor of a “sweet” characteristic in comparison to other blacks and Darjeelings. Very nice reddish golden brown color liquid with a thin mouth feel. Very low astringency. I would definitely keep this in my pantry.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89

A fabulous iced tea. Very fruity and with a natural sweetness but not overpoweringly sweet. Not sure what I’d think about it hot, but iced is very good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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35
drank Pomegranate by Bentley's
790 tasting notes

Smelled good out of the box. Once brewed, the flavor was very lacking. In reading the other reviews, I wonder if I got a bad batch or something. I will try another cup, but I don’t have high expectations.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Batrachoid

Bemtley’s is usually like that. I remember when I was a kid I couldn’t figure out why there was a dragon on the Ceylon tin when it tasted more like an aged newt. =P

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75

I thought this one smelled good, but the taste didn’t really follow through very well. Maybe I should have steeped at a different temperature or something. It was kind of plain. I’ll try again later.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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94
drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
790 tasting notes

Very nicely flavored. Good scent. I’m not a huge fan of apricot – I was trying it before giving it to my Mom. A good, honest basic black for the base and an unadorned apricot for the added flavor. I’ve found it somewhat difficult to find an apricot black without other spices like ginger added. This is a good choice.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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