285 Tasting Notes

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drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
285 tasting notes

Grabbed a single sachet from the TTB 2022.
This one brewed up nicely fruity and malty for an easy travel cuppa. Not astringent for a 5 minute brew in about 16 oz of water. It’s nice to be able to count on a good cup of tea in stressful travel times as I’ve been stuck in Denver for a while :(

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I don’t know why you need to add caffeine to tea, but here it is, this was gifted to me so I’m writing a note. I’m not a fan of the extra caffeine kick, but the toasted coconut is mellow, not bitter and quite drinkable. Taste is ok, extra buzz un-necessary.

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This was a sample from an order. The first steep wasn’t bad, a fair example of a golden Yunnan with some chocolatey notes, but the second steep is rather weak so I don’t think I’d seek this out for purchase.

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I pulled this one out to add to the TTB. Its nicely roasty, slightly nutty and not astringent or bitter. I don’t mind it but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to purchase. It’s not quite boring, but not too exciting either. The first steep became a little bitter as it cooled, and the second steep was much the same as the first.

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TTB 2022
I was surprised that this was a raw puerh when I looked it up, I would have pegged it as a ripe. It has some camphor notes and a nice earthyness. The leaf is very hard packed, tough to get a sample without a pick. I am enjoying this brew, but wouldn’t be inspired for a purchase or to add to my wish list from W2T.
Thanks for adding it to the box and encourage the next folks to try this very smooth raw puerh.

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drank Magic Aloe by Oxalis
285 tasting notes

TTB 2022
Not getting a pineapple or fruity vibe from this one, neither last night when I brewed it hot, nor this morning when I’m finishing the leftover second now cooled brew cause I fell asleep before drinking my tea! I’m getting more of a thistle herbaceous taste, its not unpleasant but not something I’d reach for again.
Thanks for including it in the TTB!

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TTB 2022
The first steep reminds me most of honey, with tobacco undertones as it cools. It reminds me of a much smoother version of Upton Tea’s Old South Meeting house blend. The second steep is all honey, did someone put sweetener in my tea when I wasn’t looking? The third steep was mostly tobacco, but still smooth and easy to drink. Very interesting tea, thanks for adding it to the box Martin!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Tobacco

Martin Bednář

You are welcome. I still have some left in my office, I should finish it soon. But recently I have no mood for that even in the colder mornings. But certainly more on the sweet-side.

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TTB 2022
I brewed this up strong and got quite the caffeine buzz from it!. What a nice blend of nutty hay like notes from the dandelion and sweetness from the spearmint. For a non camelia senesis brew its quite nice and I would find myself adding this to an order. I’d have to do a head to head taste test, but I think this one is a bit better balanced than the strait yaupon/spearmint blend.

Flavors: Grassy, Hay, Spearmint

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drank Golden Yunnan by Fava Tea Co.
285 tasting notes

TTB 2022
First steep is subtle chocolate malt with a slightly bitter dark chocolate finish. This first steep is disappearing fast! Because the first steep was subdued, this second is even moreso. I like this tea but am disappointed that only the first steep is so yummy.
Thanks for including it in the TTB!

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Malt

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TTB 2022
The first steep was a bit nutty but this steeps twice and the second is a bit more apple-cinnamon. It is nice and warming, its a rainy cooler morning here in IL so a good time to try this tea. I might add this to a plum deluxe order if I didn’t have way too much tea already.
Thanks for adding it to the box, a good one!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nutty

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
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