103 Tasting Notes
I sipped this tea down a few days ago, and will miss having its reassuring, nutty presence in my life. Though this was a finicky tea, the slightest second of over-brewing leaving a pungent bitter taste, it was also a warm and welcoming one. I don’t usually go for flavored tea, but this tea was reassuring and comforting, in the same way peanut butter toast is.
Flavors: Nuts, Nutty
Just sipped the last of this tea down and am already missing this damn fine tea in my cupboard. Steepster gave me a non-caffeine related jolt when I visited this tea’s page and saw a huge ‘not available’ sign. Fortunately, I went to the official webpage and saw that the tea is alive, well, and able to be ordered. Steepster should be careful when claiming that teas are unavailable so that it does not induce heart attacks in its members unnecessarily.
Other Earl Greys I’ve tried have either had a high, sour bergamot note or a strong acidic note. This one is beautifully balanced – it is ultra bergamoty without overpowering the smooth black tea underneath.
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Smooth
I drank the last of this tea recently, and was sad to see it go. I think that it was the only rooibos I ever grew attached to. It was perfect for putting in a thermos when working late at night, or when feeling not quite up-to-scratch on a winter’s evening.
I’ll miss having a drinkable decaf tea in my cupboard. Does anyone have any other recommendations?
I’m tasting a flowery, sweet, happy cup of tea. It reminds me a bit of cotton candy – imagine drinking a lovely floral tea while standing within a mile of a cotton candy stand and being able to just barely identify the smell. Plus a gentle roasted note.
Nothing milky about this tea. It is very possible that I’m taking the title too seriously, and that the ‘milk’ in the milk oolong refers to its smoothness instead of any overt dairy flavor.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cotton Candy, Flowers, Roasted
Unlike most of the new years resolutions I saw posted on various discussion threads, my resolution this year is to spend more money on tea. In prior years, my tea budget has always been sucked up by practical things, such as ‘food’ or ‘gas’, but not this year! I vow not to be practical, not to live off of old tea from my mother’s cupboard, and not to try to make my Christmas tea last all year. I think I can safely say that I’ve started January on track by purchasing a Breville one-touch and placing an order for this tea from Mandala.
As I’m drinking this particular tea, I’m not really tasting the ‘milk’ in the milk oolong. I get the floral and some sort of sweetness, but not any sort of creamy taste. It is possible that the much lauded ‘milk’ flavor is actually the smooth feel of the tea – but I can’t be sure. Additionally, I’m picking up a distinct chlorine flavor, which I fear must come from my tap water and may be overwhelming some of the subtler flavors in the tea. I must try this again with filtered water – because I am very curious about how a tea might taste milky without milk.
Flavors: Caramel, Floral
I’ve had this kettle for over three years now, and it’s still working perfectly. My favorite feature here is that the kettle can boil water then cool it down to a specific temperature – which can be important for getting the best flavor in some teas.
Though I’ve been happy with this kettle, I’m hoping to upgrade to the Breville One Touch soon!
Though slightly watery, as bagged teas tend to be, this isn’t your standard CTC package. Instead of the bitter, short-flavored tea you might expect, you get a fairly well-rounded cup with a lot of chocolate and hints of barky, mossy, decomposing forest underneath. I like to pretend I’m somewhere exotic and completely elsewhere when I drink this tea.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Dirt, Moss
Here I am: so excited for tea-time (always a big occasion in our house) and I brew Red Jade. I take a sip, and do a double-take. What is that flavor? Is it the cinnamon, clove, or mint that the package speaks of? No. I freely associate the flavor and come up with: meat. Specifically, raw tuna fish. Yet, I love raw tuna fish. This tea? not so much.
This is a light, airy tea. I can imagine that it would be a great tea for meditating, so that one would have time to puzzle out its subtle flavors. However, with a long day ahead of me and a slight cold, I was hoping for a strong tea to wake me up.