371 Tasting Notes

83

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

I was excited to try this one because Republic of Tea’s more favorable blends, and blackberry and sage combination intrigued me. A delicious fruity tea – the blackberry does so well in both the aroma and the taste of the liquor. (It does come off as artificial, but I was fine with this). The malty black tea base is subtle but comes through enough. It’s paired well with the blackberry. I don’t I think that I could taste any sage, though.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
371 tasting notes

From the Caffeine-free/Decaf Traveling Box.

Mmmmm smells so much like a hot chocolate milkshake. It does taste like it too, but only if it’s freshly hot. I think it’s difficult for teas to combine with chocolate, but with this one it’s alright.

I was tempted to pick out and eat the caocao nibs.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

From the Caffeine-free/Decaf Traveling Box.

A nice dessert tea. The dry leaf smells like a pastry and looks pretty with the coconut bits. The coconut flavor stands out more when the tea is steeped, but I can’t taste any cheesecake. The texture is a little creamy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

I was excited to try this one. I’ve never had buckwheat tea before! There isn’t much to say other than it tasted like buckwheat… It’s also slightly sweet. And the liquor is a lovely gold. Overall, this a cozy tea.

I drank it while watching the first Hobbit film, and now, I think, each time I’ll watch it in the future, I’ll get the taste of buckwheat in my mouth.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

This has a nice aroma – the scent of vanilla is always pleasurable. As for the flavor, the vanilla wasn’t as strong as I expected, but it is well-balanced with the rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

A nice lemon-y rooibos. The dry leaf is wonderfully colorful and pretty. I put a little more water than I intended, but that shouldn’t have prevented the tea from not tasting peppery or spicy. That was a bit disappointing.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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56

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

An OK rooibos blend. Its flavor is too tart – the hibiscus overshadows the cranberry and orange. I can taste the rooibos in the background. This would probably be better off cold-brewed.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Tiger Monk by Temple Road
371 tasting notes

Inexperienced oolong drinker – especially Taiwanese roasted oolong – here. This one is startlingly complex in that the flavor and scent varies more than I assumed, but if I were a more experienced tea drinker, I’m sure I’d be able to sense more than I did. This review is based on the first cup I brewed.

The aroma of the dry leaf is seaweed and ocean, like gyokuro, one of my favorite kinds of teas, so I took pleasure in sniffing the leaves. Meanwhile, the aroma of the wet leaf smells of grilled brussel sprouts (wish I could put that in “flavors”), or some other bitter vegetable. The liquor is light gold; creamy; and light-bodied, yet flavorful; and has an intensely floral and woody aftertaste.

Thank you, Geoff and Max, for this wonderful sample!

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Ocean Breeze, Seaweed, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
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87

The aroma of the dry leaf is pleasantly floral and also smells creamier after being steeped. The liquor, a pale yellow, is full-bodied and rich with a peachy flavor that reminds me of eating freshly peaches in the summer. In this regard, it is evocative of sunshine with a “just right” intensity. The liquor’s texture is clear but becomes just a little creamy after sitting in the mouth for a few seconds. This tea has a tart aftertaste; the peach lingers for in a minute in the mouth.

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

A full-bodied and flavorful tea with a lovely golden liquor, which is smooth and slightly creamy. It fills one’s mouth with chocolatey and caramel notes, and is evocative a sweeter Chinese black tea. The rolled leaves smell of earth, and, after they’re steeped, of malt.

Today is cold and overcast and rainy. This is the kind of tea that gives one hugs and helps one get through days like these.

Thank you, Tea At Sea, for this sample!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Earth, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I began drinking tea because its complexity fascinated me. I love learning about its history, its manufacturing processes, and its place in various cultures.

Japanese greens were my first love and gateway into the world.

My favorite teas are leafhopper oolongs, pu’erh (shou and sheng), and masala chai. My favorite herbal tisanes are spear/peppermint, lavender and chrysanthemum.

I’m currently exploring pu’erh, and any Chinese and Taiwanese teas in general. I’m not much into flavored teas, unlike when I first started. The only teas I truly dislike are fruity tisanes and the ones that have too much fruit. I do like hisbiscus, especially iced.

I like to write nature essays. I’m a birdwatcher as well as a tea enthusiast. The kiwi is one of my favorite birds. I also like Tolkien, Ancient Egypt, and exercising.

IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: After two and a half years of having an account here, I will no longer will provide numerical ratings as an addition to the review because the American school system has skewed my thoughts on numbers out of a hundred and the colors throw me off. Curses! My words are more than sufficient. If I really like what I have, I will “recommend”, and if I don’t, “not recommended”.

Key for past ratings:

96-100 I adore absolutely everything about it. A permanent addition to my stash.

90-95 Superb quality and extremely enjoyable, but not something I’d necessarily like to have in my stash (might have to do with personal tastes, depending on what I say in the tasting note).

80-89 Delicious! Pleased with the overall quality.

70-79 Simply, I like it. There are qualities that I find good, but there also are things that aren’t, hence a lower rating that I would have otherwise like to put.

60-69 Overall “meh”. Not necessarily bad, but not necessarily good.

0-59 No.

If there is no rating: I don’t feel experienced enough to rate the tea, or said tea just goes beyond rating (in a positive way).

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