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29 Tasting Notes

83
drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
29 tasting notes

I really enjoy this one. It’s a very nice balance of mint and green tea. I was afraid it’d be too minty but it’s just right. The gun powder green tea is very smooth too. Plus the leave are fun to watch unfurl more with each steep (I usually get 3 good steeps out of this).

It’s a great refreshing tea for the afternoon. Might even be nice with sweetener if that’s your taste. I just prefer my green teas without any.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
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Love, love, love this tea! This is a refreshing, tropical version of the usual chai (masala) and does it very well.

In addition to the usual chai spices (cinnamon, ginger, and I think it has cloves), there is lemon grass that adds a nice brightness. Then there is more ginger than in a typical chai giving it a nice bite. The star here though is the coconut, which bring a wonderful creaminess that takes you to an exotic vacation spot. I also love that it’s real dried, unsweetened coconut shavings instead of flavoring, which can taste artificial.

This definitely needs sweetener to bring out all the flavors. I don’t usually put milk or cream in my tea but I’d love to try this with coconut milk!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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59

I got this as a free sample with my SpecialTeas order. I wouldn’t have ordered it otherwise but was glad to try something new.

It’s… eh. I think the cardamon flavor is too strong, and I’m not a big fan of the spice anyway. The cocoa flavor comes through too, and is pretty smooth.

It’s not a terrible tea, I just don’t think it’s my taste. I might drink it when I get low on the teas I really like.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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90

This is a nice, smooth Assam. Plenty of nice malty notes (which I love). It’s got a great creamy mouthfeel and tastes good with or without sugar. Second and third steeps have definitely vanilla notes. Very good Assam all around.

I did notice a little more of an astringent taste as the tea cooled. I might try steeping it a little less next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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53

I really wanted to like this. I’m very picky about rooibos in general so that’s probably what I don’t like about this one. It’s hard to pinpoint though.

Something smells off about the dry leaves, which is probably the rooibos. The taste isn’t terrible when it’s really hot but as it starts to cool, it got harder and harder to drink. I get the “lemon chiffon” quality b/c there’s definitely a creamy/vanilla flavor with the lemon. It just has a sour flavor that reminds me of sour cream. On nachos – yum! In my tea, not so much.

Still, I think it’s ultimately the rooibos that’s ruining this for me. If you really enjoy rooibos, take this review with a grain of salt.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97

I love genmai cha. It’s a nice crisp, clean, almost savory contrast to the sweetened black teas I like to drink in the morning. I always need to have genmai cha on hand.

This is a really nice, smooth genmai cha. It’s close to Adagio’s, which I had been drinking, but I think it’s a more well rounded cup of tea. The dry leaves are also longer, brighter green, and have a fresher scent. I ordered 1/4 lb… great price for it too!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas
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Amazing. The dry leaves smell so incredible. My boyfriend, who’s not into teas, was impressed with the amazing scent.

And it tastes like liquid cookies. That’s all I kept saying while drinking the first cup. It’s full of the sweet, warm taste of almonds and vanilla. Also reminds me of an almond bear claw. Or french toast! I drink this with sweetener but no milk. It’s almost as great after a second steep (slightly astringent, which isn’t present on the first steep).

This is the first ‘100’ I’ve rated on Steepster so far. I wish I had ordered more than a sample. I think I’ll be placing another order with SpecialTeas real soon (by the way, quick shipping and beautiful packaging are icing on the cake with this company).

UPDATE: I tried a 3rd steep… still has the wonderful almond flavor! I think I taste a hint of cinnamon in this 3rd steep that wasn’t there before. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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38

I tried to like this tea but it’s just not for me. I normally don’t care for fruity teas but Teavana had several fruity samples in the store and it made me want one. On top of that, when I asked the guy behind the counter what he thought, he said he “lives off that tea all day.” Ok, sounds good to me!

First of all, there is way too much going on. You’ve got green rooibos, jasmine pearls (which seem like a waste b/c I can’t taste them), hibiscus (which I can’t stand… didn’t realize it was in here when I bought it), and a whole assortment of dried fruit.

The taste is too tart. I do sweeten some of my teas, but never very much. I felt like this needed a ton of sugar to balance the tartness. But then I was left with a super sweet tea, which just isn’t my taste.

If you like strongly fruit flavored teas, this might be nice. Just not my taste. Unfortunately I have close to 2 oz of it (I think I’m done buying from companies that don’t offer smaller quantities). If anyone is interested in a swap, let me know. Just don’t offer me anything with hibiscus! ;)

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56
drank White Tropics by Adagio Teas
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95
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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I haven’t tasted other genmai cha’s and I imagine they’re all an acquired taste. The green tea used in this one is pretty strong, which I like. It helps balance the also strong taste of toasted grains. I find the toasty quality to be warming. This would be great on a cold, rainy day.

It needs no sweetener (I cant even imagine how that’d taste!) and can be re-steeped once. I’m sure the taste isn’t for everyone but personally it’s one of my favorites.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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