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drank Apple by Doğadan
624 tasting notes

Enjoyed tea service with this bagged Turkish tea over dinner. It was a great compliment to the meal and enjoyed by my wife and I. Fruit and mellow ceylon black tea notes. I would drink again although I have no intention of seeking out and buying it.

Flavors: Apple, Fruity

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drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Doğadan
2142 tasting notes

This is very tart and fruity. The blueberry tastes more interesting than it sometimes does in blends like these. Cold, it’s really quite refreshing.

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drank Gizli Bahce by Doğadan
2142 tasting notes

This is decently hearty, but not delicious. It’s missing the maltiness I enjoy in breakfast blends. It has strength, but it leans almost grapey at times. But that’s also muddled with some other black tea that doesn’t really go with it well. This is just far from my favorite breakfast tea.

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drank Nane by Doğadan
2142 tasting notes

I’m drinking this cold, and even though I made this tea two days ago, it’s still not murky. I taste lovely, clear mint with no weirdness. I’m enjoying this much more than I expected to. It’s a decent plain mint tea.

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drank Lemon Fruit Tea by Doğadan
2142 tasting notes

My boss bought me a collection of teas with packages that were designed to look like books because they made her think of me, which is so sweet. The lemon here is slightly candy-like/artificial and quite tart. It has a bit of a lemon peel tang. It’s best cold with a slightly shorter steep.

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drank Apple by Doğadan
15107 tasting notes

I didn’t manage to drink a lot of teas outside the advent ones and, when I did, it was usually in the evenings as I was writing my tasting notes. This is one I snuck into the middle of a work day though in between all the advent teas. It was a little easier to manage because it’s a bagged tea. I have a coworker from Turkey and she brought in a box of this Turkish apple tea that her family usually drinks around the holidays to share with us. It was very sweet!

I was honestly a little surprised how much I enjoyed it! The apple flavour was quite sweet and juicy with like an almost effervescent quality to it and a really brightness to the top notes. Not something I would probably personally go out of my way for but I can very easily see why this would be a go to flavour for a lot of people – especially during the holidays as it was very much like a sweet cider!

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drank Anason by Doğadan
1714 tasting notes

Just a random tea bag from huge bags. And as it is evening – caffeine free.

Herbal… fennel and anise. It’s not that long I said I can’t imagine anise in tea, right?

Steeped for suggested 3-5 minutes. I think I did around 4 minutes steep.

What is this tea? So fennel strong (I know, it’s in). It’s as well so drying, earthy, some resin a bit I think. As well somehow tart. Average I guess

Flavors: Anise, Drying, Earth, Fennel, Tart

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Again, I wanted something simple and this worked well. I feel bit I can’t inhale properly, so herbs are always good for that. I don’t know which Sage was used, probably common sage, but whatever.

Even it is a teabag, I prepared it rather like a grandpa brewing. I just kept bag in all the time.

Turned out quite well, it is pure herb – so naturally there are mostly herbs in aroma and in taste, quite earthy as well. But it was enjoyable, clean taste; no dirt or whatever. It wasn’t much woody as well, so probably they used indeed only leaves, not whole “branches”.

It’s not perfect, but as it is probably old (I don’t know where I got it), it made its job well. Mostly because it is something simple :)

Flavors: Earth, Herbs

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

That sounds interesting!

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Received from derk. As caffeine-free alternative, I took this.

Let’s see. Do not expect anything. Just nice, easydrinking tea.
Mug, 300 ml. Boiling water.

Uh, the smell is well known, but not really linden like. Rather wax paper or something. Certainly not what I would like.

Unfortunately, I have to agree with derk. Yep, it is musty. Paper-like. Weak. Even I kept it in all the time. Not even close to something more than hot water with funky notes of linden. I had only a few linden teas, but this one is one of the weakest I ever had. It barely tastes like tea (mean tisane of course).

Bleh, it is below average. Not even good for evenings.

Flavors: Musty, Paper

Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Purchased from the Mediterranean store. One whole wall is dedicated to tea, mostly Ahmad but also a handful each of 5 or 6 other brands. They also have a few neat electric samovars which are a tempting purchase but I don’t have enough people to drink tea with.

These are paper-wrapped teabags in a thin plastic wrapped box. No bueno for retaining freshness and flavor and it shows. The linden is light in flavor, enough so that I use 2 bags per mug.. It’s floral and sweet, a bit musty and I can taste some paper from the bags. No matter how long I steep them, the brew never develops a thicker texture, which hangs around in the light-medium zone. No linden tisane has yet to top Dammann Frères sachets.

Butbutbut, 1 bag of this combined with 1 bag of Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion is divine.

Flavors: Floral, Musty, Paper, Sweet

Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

Here’s to experimentation and alchemy!

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Incredibly soothing tea. Great tea to unwind with in the evening. An unexpected favorite which I want to keep in stock.

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probably it’s a quite strong blend for the ones who are not used to this kind of tea. for sure not the very best example of Turkish tea but still kinda ok if you don’t have a turkish style tea pot, if prepared quite light and sweetened.

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A very kind surprise from Mel (meliorate) and I wanted to love it. Real turkish tea! the oh so nicely exotic. But sadly it turned out to be way too much hibiscus for me. Interesting apple flavour, pretty strong and in your face, but the hibiscus was just too much for me.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

One day… one day!! There’ll be a fruit tea that contains no hibiscus!


I found a few, but admittedly it is difficult for dried fruits to stand up on their own! Speaking of turkish tea I got some authentically-turkish apple tea which of course is instant granules ;) and I was served some delicious but really artificial apple green at a kebab restaurant the other day. And a tea shop I got to has a turkish apple tea which seems to be just dried apple – maybe one of those days I will try it!

Hibiscus, it´s just not for me!

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For someone who doesn’t like eating apples or drinking apple juice, I’m a complete sucker for apple tea. Up until my friend gave me this some months ago I’d only known about Turkish apple tea as a myth, but I was surprised to find out it’s not ‘tea’ but an infusion… still, delicious!

Most apple teas I try are usually a sweet, candylike green apple flavour, but this one is much more red apple! Stronger than most apple-based infusions in my opinion, sliiiightly malty, so strong and bold and juicy that it’s not entirely far off from eating an apple… Without the nasty bit where the skin gets stuck between your teeth.

As far as night-time brews go, this is definitely one of the sweeter ones! <3

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Stolen from my hotel room in Istanbul two days ago. I felt like I wanted some “turkish tea” to wake myself up the first day back, so I found this bag in my luggage and brewed it in a half-full teapot. The result: rather tasteless actually. Deep brown color, but that’s all it’s got going for it. Sugar didn’t help either. I’m realizing that what a person really needs to do to have real turkish tea (besides bringing home some tulip-shaped glasses to serve it in, which I did, but they’re in the dishwasher) is to use loose tea and the double-decker teapot method. (Haven’t found the tin of loose tea in the luggage yet…and I’m working on getting a double-decker teapot, but it’ll be awhile!)

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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My girlfriend got this tea for me when she was in Turkey =) Yum! I love trying different tea, and this one is definitely unlike anything I’ve had before. The tea almost tasted/felt like it was mentholated, but it obviously isn’t. I think this tea would be great for a cold. It’s also great for relaxing for bed, since it doesn’t have any caffeine! I’m glad to have this one in my cupboard!

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drank Sade by Doğadan
8 tasting notes

It’s OK, but not great… The aftertaste is more dark..

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Found this tea on offer at my local TFC (Turkish Food Centre) so had to pick it up. I have never really thought about the Turks as being big tea drinkers but I then realised I don’t really know that much about Turkey.

Anyway to the tea. Its a very light and pale tea that would seem to better suit the warm climate of Turkey more so than the sporadic sunshine here in the UK. However I do really like this tea its a nice refreshing alternative to my usual black or green teas.

The first time I tried it (and the times till about half way down the bag) I just made it as if it were regular black tea. Although I stumbled upon this gem as I was trying to research this seemingly elusive tea, instructions on how to do it the ‘right’ way.

‘How to make Turkish Tea?
Measure a dessert spoon of Turkish Tea per person per tea cup
Add enough water to the large kettle based on how many cups you plan to serve
1) To make the Turkish black tea like the Turks do you will need a teamaker with two kettles of different sizes. Fill the large kettle with water and place it on the stove.
2) Add the black Turkish tea on the small kettle and place in over the large one. Please note that there is no water in the small kettle at this time.
3) Bring the water to a boil. Add a portion of the boiling water (1/3rd) to the small kettle at this time.
4) Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes for the tea to cook to the right consistency
5) Using Turkish Tea cups, serve the tea by pouring about 1/3rd from the top kettle and filling the rest with hot water. This ratio totally depends on your taste and can be adjusted. Use sugar to taste.’

Both ways tasted fine and there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between them.

Will be stocking up on this in the future.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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