73 Tasting Notes

drank Mauritius by Todd & Holland
73 tasting notes

Very rich and almost coffee-like – this is the closest any tea I’ve had has ever come to coffee without actually having coffee beans in it. I can taste a hint of vanilla, which tastes natural to me and not at all artificial. I also picked up a tannic aftertaste. The aroma is heavenly – almost chocolatey, with a hint of the vanilla! I brewed this in my Teavana PerfectTea maker and steeped it for 4 minutes, with a teaspoon of rock sugar added. Next time, I’ll see how it stands up to some cream!

Flavors: Tannic, Vanilla

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First let me say that, as a huge fan of Arthurian mythology, I had to buy this tea as soon as I saw its name. This is a great, robust black tea that’s perfect for morning drinking! This was my first cup. I steeped it for about 4 minutes in my Teavana PerfectTea maker, and added in a teaspoon of rock sugar for sweetness. The tea brewed to a gorgeous deep red. Taste-wise, I got plenty of maltiness from the Assam and a little undercurrent of smokiness as well, with a slightly tannic aftertaste. Overall, very hearty and enjoyable! Next time I might try it with cream :)

Flavors: Malt, Smoke, Tannic

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chamomile Citrus by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Bright and refreshing, yet soothing. Just had this tea for the first time the other night, as I was suffering from simultaneous bouts of anxiety and cramps. As I sat there trying to decide which tea I should drink before bed, I suddenly remembered that I had purchased a Mighty Leaf sample box a while back – this tea was the one I reached for, and I wasn’t disappointed. Typically, I’m someone who adds sugar, sugar+milk, or honey to every type of tea….with this one I didn’t have to add anything and it still tasted amazing. I will definitely be replenishing my supply when I run out!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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If you count the bagged stuff, I’ve been a tea drinker for a long time. I first discovered the joys of loose leaf on a trip to London in 2014, and it’s all been downhill from there. I’m still in the phase where I want to try everything, and I’m still developing my tea personality.

Types of tea / tisanes I gravitate toward: black, green oolong, Japanese green, flavored teas (sweet, floral, fruity, minty, complex, you name it), rooibos, roasted mate, and many herbal and fruit combos.

Teas I need to try, try again, or keep trying: white, pu erh, dark oolong, pure Chinese green, mate

I’ll update soon with my rating system!


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