17 Tasting Notes

drank Supreme Ceylon by Dilmah
17 tasting notes

Dilmah is delicious!
Clean and well-balanced, this premium black tea is very easy to drink. It tastes great all the way through the cup, with the just the right amount of strength and tannin.
After tasting it plain, I like to add a little milk and sugar to my black tea… just a pinch of sugar went a long way to really brighten this one up.
If I had an everyday black tea, this one would be my top choice.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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The pineapple/guava combo is a winner. Though I can’t really distinguish much of the guava, the pineapple really comes through. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. The pineapple tastes just like a traditional pineapple-jelly Korean Moon Cake.
The fragrance is awesome, and gets stronger over time. The taste is slightly weaker than the aroma, as I taste it more in the nose than the tongue. But nonetheless, it’s sufficiently strong for a white tea.
No tannin taste after the cup, just sweet goodness.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I was rather disappointed with this tea.
The jasmine flavor is difficult to detect when hot, but it gets better as the tea cools. Otherwise, it simply tastes like hot water.
However, the high quality of tea leaves does come through, as well as yield a pleasant jasmine flavor, weak as it is. Yet most drinkers wouldn’t normally look for a high-grade leaf taste, but rather overall presence. Because Republic of Tea suggests steeping for only 30-60 seconds, the flavor ends up rather weak and seemingly under-steeped.
If you’re really looking for SUBTLE flavor, this might do the job. The mouthfeel and lingering flavor afterward is nice, with no sensation of tannin.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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The bergamot is stronger in this one than other Earl Greys. It’s definitely more interesting than other Greys due to the additional flavors coming through, like peach. The black tea flavors aren’t as prominent, due to the strength of the floral bouquet. Also, most of the tannins at the end of cup were masked by the bright flavors.
Overall, a pretty darn good Grey, especially for those that are looking for more blooming flavor in their tea.
I steeped this one for about 2.5 minutes to avoid potential bitterness, and it seemed to work. Even as a write this note, well after I’ve finished my cup, I taste only bergamot, with nothing to complain about.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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White teas seem a bit weak for my taste, but the orange top note on this one is wonderful.
My favorite white tea, hands down, and one of my favorites overall.
Enjoy this in a mug without handles, in both hands, directly under your nose, so you can enjoy the aroma until every drop is gone.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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AMAZING! This tea has attitude!
Wow. I have to say, it has a super strong aroma, but the taste is NOT overpowering as one might expect. Rather, it’s perfectly bodied. Let it rest on the tongue and swallow slowly to enjoy it’s lingering flavor.
If you haven’t tried Lapsang Souchong, go to the local tea shop today and do so. This is my first ever tasting of this variety. I’ve smelled it before in loose leaf jars, but the barbeque aroma never appealed to me. Until today.
I have a feeling that this tea will replace a lot of my coffee drinking. Like coffee, it’s full, incredibly strong, and leaves you tasting it later, long after you’ve finished the cup. But it’s wonderfully spicy, smoky, and satisfying.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I wasn’t really fond of blends when Starbucks started carrying Tazo. But this morning my wife and I shared a cup of AWAKE at a hotel in Pismo, and it’s pretty good! It’s a nice blend of black teas with an earthy-fruity bouquet. I detect oil of bergamot. But it gets bitter, so lower temps should work better.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Guess what. Starbucks, in the next couple weeks here, is going to all loose leaf teas!


Nice! It’s about time. I look forward to it. But I look forward to us opening a coffee/tea house together.

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