156 Tasting Notes

80

I will add rating when on computer. I’m going with 75. For some reason I expected mint but this is an older sampler and I’ve remembered incorrectly. It’s not bad, just a little bland and basic. I detect a slight dose of almond and the black tea part is good quality to muster a flavored blend. With a name like White Christmas, I can’t help but want something more, something different, something special.

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87

My last sipdown of this sample pack.I have the cranberry touch already in my tin of Boston from Harney, but may end up ordering a tin of this too at some point. This one is as good in a different way – it’s warming, calming, strong enough, not bitter, the cranberry is light but noticeable off the bat. It is not multi layered in taste but that fits this cozy blend. Great for evenings cuddled under a blanket by a fire reading.

I prefer this one steeped 3 1/2 – 4 minutes

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

When you think of a bold breakfast tea or morning tea, this would suit. An afternoon pick-up when your energy is lagging? This would suit. An evening calmer with a pleasant, bold tea? That would suit. Good for anytime of the day, although it gets its strength during sunny hours for that caffeine kick and strong black tea taste. I steep at 4 minutes by taste, but 5 is fine if you want a stronger cup. Malty and honey filled, smooth and calming.

I just bought a new tin after a few years of being out of it. Rediscovering teas – new and old favorites – all over again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
ashmanra

I had this kne for breakfast today! I also like it at four minutes best, perhaps because I drink it without milk and sugar. Long live the Queen!

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85

Another I got for both of the tea and the tin. The tin is large and stands out, and it’s available in reasonably priced satchets. I am sampling for the first time today and have to say this tea is very enjoyable. The smell out of the tin is strong and fruity, and that doesn’t disappoint when sampling with taste. There is grapefruit but not any sourness, and a fruity undertone that stays noticeable but not artificial or overbearing. It’s mainly a pleasant, smooth, reasonably strong black tea with some fruit bites in it that give it a bright lift. I drank with some strawberry jam toast and scrambled eggs for afternoon food, which went together well.

IF it weren’t for the brightness of the fruit adding another layer, this black tea by itself would be a bit too weak to recommend.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapefruit

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
ashmanra

I have never tried this one! It sounds pretty good.

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My first time. I’m not sure what to think yet. It’s definitely different. First milky oolong from any company. They weren’t kidding on sweetness either. Extremely light cup. Will muse on it more with a second, larger cup

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83
drank Red Vineyard by Fusion Teas
156 tasting notes

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Yes, I got this for the tin. Yes, I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie and Poirot. Yes, I didn’t have high expectations for this chamomile tea that’s always in stock when I check. Yes, I was right. Not really my thing. I’m not a chamomile fan and this is basic, basic chamomile. But the tin…it’s collectable, and the smell is nice. I couldn’t resist using my points for this and the glass bee cup. I’d recommend only if you like chamomile

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

I continue to be impressed with the flavor blends from Plum Deluxe. I’m not a big peach fan in tea in general, but had to describe this was from the high ratings and description in a sample packet I ordered. The peach is there first and foremost as the front note, but it’s not at all artificial, cloying, or overbearing. This is a pleasant tea that does well with or without a touch of sugar. It does make you think of sitting on the front porch relaxing in mid-afternoon. I drank with the last of this good bread toasted with some butter and strawberry jam – the combination of the jam and this tea = yum!

I made a mini pot of this, not a single brewing cup, so it still came out strong without feeling weak or diluted.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

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