5 Tasting Notes

94

As someone who enjoys the bergamot flavors of earl grey, but in moderation, this blend is the perfect balance for me. It’s become my staple go-to tea for mornings and afternoons, and I’ll re-steep my pot multiple times. None of the flavors overpower, but instead all of them blend well into a nice subtle balance that can be drinkable at any time.

Flavors: Bergamot, Perfume

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

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100

This tea is to tea, what rauchbier is to beer. Tastes like a campfire in your mouth, but with balanced fruitiness coming through. As a lover of rauchbiers, it’s no surprise I love this smokey tea. It’s a great “sometimes” black tea for my mornings when I want something with a unique flavor to start my day.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Peach, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

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100
drank Shanghai Orchid by Teavana
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This became my favorite white tea for some time due to the amazing floral notes. But since the strong floral notes were so unique, it was only a “sometimes” tea for when I was in the mood for those flavors. I was sad when Teavana discontinued it, and have never found a suitable replacement since.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

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100
drank Shanghai Orchid by Teavana
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90

This was likely the tea blend that got me into loose leaf tea over a decade ago. Teavana often had this as a sample tea, and while I’m not a huge fan of either of the individual teas alone, they blend perfectly. As someone without a sweet tooth, it’s just sweet enough, and can be enhanced with some rock sugar if you like. Very refreshing for a hot tea, and was my staple blend for many years.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

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