89 Tasting Notes


If there was ever a tea made for winter nights this would be it. I seriously feel like I’m sipping bourbon rather than tea. The level of smoke is just right to give a bit of tongue tingles. I love that a fit of fruitiness still peaks through.

Flavors: Fruity, Scotch, Smoke

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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This stuff is full of chocolatey awesomesauce. It goes the distance in my gaiwan too. I got it as a sample with my recent order. It’s rare that I find a tea I like this much that is so inexpensive.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Nutty, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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This tea came very, very close to beating Wild Monk as my favorite offering from Mandala Tea. The notes of vanilla and mega floral sweetness were a real surprise after an astringent first couple of steeps. Definitely worth checking out!

Flavors: Asparagus, Citrus, Floral, Green Pepper, Vanilla, Vegetal

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

i liked this quite a bit as well.

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This tea is really hard to describe. I tried it today at the tea festival for the first time and had to buy a tin (even though I promised myself I wouldn’t purchase anything, let’s just say that resolution didn’t last long). Their tasting notes sound very strange but they are accurate. Morning mist, yellow cake and peaches. The top note is a really refreshing vegetal note that I’ve never experienced in a black tea. It reminded me of what the grass, wet with dew, smelled like when I went camping as a kid. In the middle it really does taste like yellow cake batter. Yum! Each sip ends with a peachy note. I rarely buy whole tins anymore but I’m looking forward to playing around more with this one.

Flavors: Cake, Moss, Stonefruit

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

Oh man I might have to get some of this!! Did you happen to try the Ruby 18?

Tea for Me Please - Nicole Wilson

I actually didn’t! Things were a crazy at the expo so this was the only one that grabbed my attention.

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How’s this for three words that I never thought I’d see together? An Instagram follower asked what it tasted like. My response was oak smoked peaches.


Flavors: Oak, Smoke, Stonefruit, Sweet

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

Gorgeous leaves!

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These leaves are so pretty! I’ve never met a Jun Chiyabari that I didn’t like, although it always feels a bit like I’m cheating on my love affair with Darjeeling. This one was all fruity, nutty, spicy yumminess. It stayed strong through a second infusion.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Nutty, Pepper

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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There has been a lot of buzz about this tea and I finally got a chance to break into my brick tonight. Is it the best puerh that I’ve ever had? Of course not. Is it the best $15/100g puerh that I’ve ever had? Absolutely! The taste was thick and earthy with lots of camphor and even a bit of piney smokiness. In a way, I’m reminded of the rosin that I used to rub my violin bow with back in grade school. It’s been too long since I’ve been able to indulge in a halfway decent puerh and this one went straight to my head.

Flavors: Camphor, Resin, Smoke

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

I too was curious about this one because of all the chatter (but I am a big fan of Paul’s selections anyway). Just picked off my leaf for the first time last night and I am enjoying a session with this little guy right now. Initial reaction - I like it very much!

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Holy cow this stuff is awesome. I originally sampled it at Satemwa’s booth at World Tea Expo but it was towards the end of the last day and the leaves were just about done. Now that I was able to properly steep it I’m pretty blown away. The level of complexity is crazy, especially for a tea that is made entirely out of stems. I could drink this all night (in fact I think I will).

Flavors: Cream, Honey, Spices, Vanilla

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m a tea writer and consultant based in New Jersey. I’ve been blogging about tea for over a decade. Puerh and oolong are my weaknesses but I love everything tea (except herbals, bleck!).


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