524 Tasting Notes

Pumpkin Spice black tea Seasonal. I don’t feel like adding it. Republic of Tea. Sample tea bag from their flyers. Pumkin and spice, neither flavor is strong. Not a tea I would purchase. It’s fine.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

S.G. Sanders

Republic of Tea has a tendency to have bland flavors.

hawkband1

I do like some of their loose teas. I agree that some of their blends don’t have much flavor.

S.G. Sanders

Especially their bagged teas.

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79

Nice non astringent black tea, smooth
Flavors:malt cocoa
It’s a good tea, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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80
drank Ginseng Oolong by Mandala Tea
524 tasting notes

Followed Mandala’s directions for steeping-
1st steep 30 sec- leaves only started to unfurl, most still balled up. Taste- oolong with sweet chaser.
2nd 1min- some leaves still balled up, wet leaf smell much more like oolong, more creamy oolong up front sweet chaser comes out more as water cools
3rd 1 min 30 sec – lost end sweet, nice light oolong
4th 2min- sweet more in front, then creamy oolong, then sweet again
5th 2min 30sec- tea still good
I really like this tea.
I’m ready to move onto another tea, though I think I could get several more steeps out of this tea. Downside, filter of gravity steeper required thorough cleaning. I really need to get a gaiwan.

Flavors: Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
S.G. Sanders

Gaiwans are good for steeping your tea in and cleaning the tea out. I think it allows for the tea to open up more, and the flavors to expand as well as the tea leaves.

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88

Dry leaf smells super awesome. Maple syrup and pumpkin. Chai comes out more in smell of wet leaf. I don’t think I used enough water the first steep. I only used about 6oz. With 8oz, the 2nd steep was much better. Like TeaTiff I find that 2tsp and 8oz to be the correct ratio.
I was able to get three steeps out of the leaves though the 3rd steep was definitely the weakest. In the 3rd steep, I lost the maple but got pumpkin chai.
When I’m ready to reorder, I’ll need to get some more. The taste is true to the smell of the tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Maple Syrup, Pumpkin

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

I get jasmine but not much else. It tastes okay. It might be getting old and losing flavor. Unfortunately, I have a lot left being as it is one of their blends with the ridiculous minimums.

Flavors: Jasmine

S.G. Sanders

The Body & Mind is a light tea. There isn’t a huge amount of jasmine even with a “fresher” batch. If you’re expecting a light white tea, then it’s well suited for it; however, I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking solely for a jasmine tea.

S.G. Sanders

Now Jasmine Pearls are always good, though.

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82
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
524 tasting notes

subtle malty cocoa notes and nice and smooth to drink

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

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Dry leaf – smell cider, clove and vanilla
Wet leaf – smells very cidery
Taste – very creamy mouthfeel, but I don’t like the finish
2nd steep – very potpourri taste. I don’t get cider anymore. Creamy.

I don’t know that I like this tea. I still have some left so I will try again to see if I like it any better. Maybe I overleafed?

Flavors: Apple, Clove, Cream, Flowers, Vanilla

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66

Spicy chocolate tea. I like it. I remember the spice being present but not overpowering.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy

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73
drank Cream Assam by Gong Fu Tea Shop
524 tasting notes

Honey creamy comforting black tea. It has a little astringency, but it’s oh so good. I’m completely out of it right now and need to restock. Also upping my rating because I keep going back to it.

Flavors: Cream, Honey

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
TeaTiff

I had this over thanksgiving again, I agree there is some astringency with this one, but it is so good!

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75

Bought this tea for when I feel sick because it stands up well to honey. I don’t normally sweeten teas. Pretty much only when sick. Don’t want to waste good tea when I can’t appreciate the flavor profile.
I have a cold and possibily a tad bit of a sore throat.
Brewed 2 tea bags in 16 oz of water with organic honey. Smell lemon, lots of lemon. Tastes primarily of lemon. I only get a little ginger and honey.
I feel this tea does the job I bought it for. However, I wouldn’t drink it on its own. 75

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

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I started my tea journey with Stash/Celestial Seasonings tea bags years ago. All loose leaf, unless I’m sick or traveling.

I like black, oolong, white, herbals, and raw/ripe pu’erh. I don’t drink green tea often.

I play video games, read, and do pottery. My current favorite tea mug is one I threw and glazed.

I generally review teas twice – initial and final steeps.

My cupboard is completely out of date. I have a spreadsheet (it’s current!!!) that’s over 300 teas. Pretty equal amounts of black, white, oolong, raw, & ripe with a little bit of green/herbal.

Ratings
85-100 are teas that I loved and want to keep in stock.
71-84 are teas that are good. I may or may not get them again. Source for daily drinkers/work teas.
60-70 are teas that I didn’t like. I’ll finish what I bought.
Anything less than 60…nope.

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