798 Tasting Notes

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I’m a sucker for a good caramel tea, so had to give this new one from Fava a try. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work for me. Though it has a decadent caramel aroma, the flavor is just a vaguely sweet medicinal rooibos. And something (maybe the buckwheat?) is giving me a scratchy sensation at the back of my throat. It is a bit better with milk, but still not something I’d repurchase.

Flavors: Caramel, Medicinal, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

This is such a yummy dessert tea! It doesn’t taste specifically like chestnuts to me, but definitely has a nutty flavor with notes of caramel and vanilla layered over a smooth, malty black tea base. I’d definitely consider re-purchasing this one!

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

I love a good Earl Grey, so I was excited to see this one in my Rare Tea Company sampler. The leaf is very finely chopped, almost like a CTC tea and has a strong aroma of bergamot. It steeps up strong and hearty with a sharp bergamot flavor; a bit too aggressive on its own, but lovely with milk. It’s not the best Earl Grey I’ve ever had and I’m not sure its worth the premium price tag, but I’ll certainly finish and enjoy the 2oz I have!

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Lost Malawi by Rare Tea Company
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This was one of the teas I was most excited to try in my Rare Tea Co. gift set, as I haven’t had the opportunity to try many African teas. The leaf was much more finely chopped than I was expecting, almost like a CTC tea. It brews up to a rich reddish brown color with a nice malty aroma. The flavor is strong and earthy with notes of malt and stonefruit. Despite the torn up leaf, I didn’t get the anticipated bitterness or astringency; it’s smooth enough to drink without milk, though it’s also robust enough to take milk well. Overall, this is one of the best breakfast blends I’ve tried and definitely something I would repurchase!

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smooth, Stonefruit

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Leafhopper

I read the owner’s book on the teas she sells and a lot of them sound interesting.

Inkling

I read that book too, Leafhopper! Such a fun one. :)

Leafhopper

I found myself checking off the teas I’ve tried. I look forward to your reviews!

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65
drank Keemun Black Tea by Fava Tea Co.
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Having tried and loved a Keemun from The Cultured Cup, I decided to sample this (much less expensive) one from my local tea shop. Unfortunately, this just didn’t work for me. The flavor is very dark and earthy…it almost reminds me of puerh, actually…and too drying to drink straight. With the addition of milk, the flavor does smooth out a bit, with some notes of dark chocolate coming through. It’s okay with milk, but still not a favorite for me.

Flavors: Astringent, Dark Bittersweet, Drying, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Gu Zhang Black by TeaSource
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Just finished this one off and realized I had never logged it! TeaSource has a lot of Chinese black teas that I really enjoy and this one has been a favorite since I first purchased it last fall. The leaves are small and tightly twisted, so dark brown they appear black. The tea steeps up to a deep color with a rich and fruity molasses-sweet flavor. I can get several good re-steeps out of this one as well. Will definitely be re-purchasing at some point!

Flavors: Molasses, Stonefruit, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Market Chai by Market Spice
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I am on an ongoing (and thus far fruitless) quest to find a replacement for TeaSource’s old Reena’s Chai blend. Thus, every time I place a big tea order, I tend to throw in one of that company’s chais to see if it might be “the one”. This one is…fine. A pleasant, well-balanced chai with ginger and cinnamon and a malty assam base. It smells great and takes milk well. But it tastes exactly like a dozen other chai blends that I’ve tried for other companies. Nothing special or unique here and definitely not my dream chai that I’ve been looking for. The quest continues!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Malt, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

I hope you find the best chai!

Inkling

Thanks! Open to recommendations for sure. :)

Martin Bednář

Not sure what is your preference in chais, but I liked (from recently) Cha Cha Chai from Cup of Té.

tea-sipper

I have been drinking older chai, so have no idea what the hip new chai is… or definitely not the chai that stands out from the rest. ha

Inkling

Thanks for the suggestion, Martin! I haven’t tried that one, so I’ll have to add it to my list. :)

Martin Bednář

You are welcome!

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95
drank Yunnan Gold Bud by TeaSource
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Just finished off the last of this and am sad to see it leave my cupboard. This is one of the pricier black teas I’ve ordered from TeaSource, but the quality is excellent: lots of fuzzy, unbroken golden tips with a wonderful sweet, malty aroma. It brews up to a rich golden brown and sips down smooth and sweet with notes of brown sugar and sweet potatoes. Steeping Western-style, I can get at least 3 good steeps from these leaves without any loss of flavor. I’ll likely be re-purchasing this one in the future!

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

I got a Rare Tea Co. gift set for Christmas that included six different unflavored teas. This one is by far my favorite of the bunch and quite possibly my favorite white tea I’ve ever tried! The buds are very downy and brew up such a sweet, delicate fresh-tasting brew. It tastes like sugar-snap peas fresh off the vine and sips down super smooth with no astringency at all. It also re-steeps beautifully! This is definitely going on my wish list.

Flavors: Peas, Smooth, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Caramelized Pear by Market Spice
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I wish that Market Spice would offer samples of their tea blends or even just let you order sizes smaller than 4oz. They have some wonderful blends that I love so much, but I’m always leery about trying something new from them because I know I’ll have SO MUCH to figure out what to do with if I end up not liking it. Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of those situations. I love caramel and I love pear, but this tisane doesn’t really taste of either! I do smell a bit of pear in the dry leaf, but for some reason they added cinnamon and ginger to the blend and those flavors are completely overwhelming everything else. It’s not a terrible tea, but it’s definitely not what I was hoping for.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

Yeah, I like Market Spice’s Cranberry Creme and their Cinnamon Orange, and I think that is 2/2 of the Market Spice teas I have ever tried.

Inkling

Haha, well that’s nice that both of them worked out for you! I LOVE their Gingerbread Rooibos (one of my all-time favorites!) and they half a dozen others that I’ve really enjoyed. But there have been a couple of real duds too..

tea-sipper

Adding Gingerbread Rooibos to the wishlist!

Inkling

Would you like a sample of the Gingerbread Rooibos? I have a bunch and would be happy to share so you can try it out without committing to the full 4oz. :)

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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