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Okay so I read all the reviews and was impressed by it’s award and decided to order Golden Moon Coconut Pouchong I was so excited to get it in and when I opened it to smell it it smelled wonderful. I will start by saying I have never had “pouchong” I love me some oolongs and I love coconuts so I thought hey I can’t go wrong. My first sip and I think buttery and almost a salty taste to it and as I continue on I realize that what I am drinking tastes just like movie theatre popcorn. I find myself disappointed I was looking for a sweet coconut feel but this is more hardcore like unsweetened coconut water but I just can’t stop thinking that it tastes just like popcorn with butter on top. Not my cup of tea. I have read other reviews on GenMai Cha (I think) and they describe a popcorn taste well it never appealed to me and now I am left wondering if Gen Mai Cha tastes like popcorn how does this too not taste like popcorn? Hmmmm…..

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YUMMMMM……I read the other reviews before purchasing this tea and someone said that it is comparable to the White Avuyredic and Samurai Chai mix from Teavana but better I could not agree more it is like a stronger version with more intense flavor. I am loving this tea right now it is like you went in the kitchen and poured redhots in a pot and melted them on the stove and drank them (a little less spicy) it is good. Not only am I loving this tea I love the steepster reviews where I learned about this tea and soo many other great teas. Thanks steepsters!

Updating: I had this cup just now and was not disappointed it’s great for a dreary, rainy winter day like today. It’s a warm pick me up.:))

UPDATE 2: Having this one iced today, I made it this morning and let it cool and then stuck it in the fridge it is YUMMY. This iced tea doesn’t even require sugar!! I am really hopped up on caffeine today I’ve had about 6 cups of black tea from am til now and a bowl of matcha and a bit of coca cola while out at lunch. I hope I don’t have problems going to sleep tonight or weird dreams of fighting with Matcha :).

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
111 tasting notes

Mmmmm. A very good cup with a wonderful nose to it. It smells strawberrish mixed with vanilla in the tin and then once it has had time to steep it smells more flowery to me. It is very smooth going down not so much as creamy or silky just that it is not as strong or bitter as some blacks that I have tasted do (I love black teas).
The more it cools off the more flavors I am able to pick up I definently taste berries but not necessarily strawberries more like maybe a black raspberry sorta taste and a very soft floral taste it tastes like the black coffee is going to come out and try to add a bitter taste to it but the berry/floral won’t let the black come out and bite you with it’s bitterness. Almost like the black and the berry/floral are at war but a good war… not that wars are good in any sense but I guess I should say flavor war in my mouth and I am enjoying their war. As I near the end of my cup I get a taste and smell of something familiar yet I can’t quite place it….hmmm I’ll try to figure it out in my next cup! A very nice cup. I can’t wait to try it with some La Madeleine Strawberry Napoleon for dessert YUM.

Gander

Every time I read a tasting note, I want to try Mariage Freres (esp. Marco Polo and Wedding Imperial) more and more. I wish it was a bit easier to buy in US, but as much as I am excited for it, I hesitate to buy a pricey whole tin before I get a chance to try it!
Your description was… very tempting!

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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I agree with the other posters in that this tea is chocolately and nutty but not too chocolatly more of a dark chocolate taste and smell. I mixed mine this morning with Matevana for an extra morning wakeup and I enjoyed it but my tongue is still pretty badily burned from my panera tea experience yesterday so I can’t be sure but this tea tasted really smooth. I will update when my palate has had time to fully heal.

Gander

Oh my, I’m sorry for your tongue. I burnt my tongue yesterday, and though a day later it’s fine now, it makes me cringe. It hurts, and you can’t taste as well, and that’s just a horrible feeling!

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drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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This is interesting for it being a black tea. It is sweet with a bit of a malty flavor and the smell is unusual and wonderful… it ‘s a sweet smell like a honeysuckle mixed with a fresh made bread if that makes since. It’s quiet nice.

Update: Totally bumping this one up because I seem to crave it more and more and only had one tsp left.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Just had a cup from Pandera Breads and enjoyed very much except it smelled wonderful so I took a big sip and burned most the skin off the tip of my tongue Ouch! I agree with the other reviews it smells peachy and taste peachy but the more you start to drink the more you realize it’s a green tea. Nice tea!

Cofftea

I’m in search of a ginger peach green tea, thanks for posting! If only it was loose.

SoccerMom

Cofftea, it is so funny you should say that I was just researching the Numi chocolate that I know you love and I was thinking the same thing if only it were loose!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

Cofftea

AngieL, they DO have loose Chocolate Pu Erh- YAY!=D

SoccerMom

YAY!!! They sure do.

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drank Cocomint Green by Adagio Teas
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If you have ever had junior mints (candy) that is exactly the nose and taste of this tea. So if you enjoy junior mints you will probably like this tea.

Update: I am sending some of this out to Meghann and when I opened the little tin it smelled heavenly so I decided hey while I am packing this up for her I’ll go ahead and enjoy a cup myself. Anyway on to the tasting note I still get the mint but today I did not pick up on the coco part as much it’s is a very smooth mint flavor, soft and I want to say that the mint did not out do the green tea which it is blended with but unfortunately I don’t recall actually tasting the tea itself. I definently enjoy it but can’t wait to compare to some other mint green tea mixes to see where this one will fall.

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drank Pu-Erh by Ten Ren's Tea
111 tasting notes

This pu er reminds me of what drinking a cup of folgers coffee might be like. I don’t drink coffee so I can’t say that with 100 percent certainty but it’s what I would imagine it to be like. It steep light amber and then gets magically darker and darker till it becomes black blacker than any black tea I’ve ever had it could be mistaken for a cup of coffee.
It smells like it is going to be hard to get down in terms of it has a bitter smell to it not fishy like some pu erhs I drink. It is fishy on the rinse though, It has a smoky almost a bit of a tobacco/nicotine smell to it but the taste is not so bad not something I would ever crave like my beloved oolongs but it is definently an appetite suppressant when I drink a glass of this I’m not hungry for a couple hours.
A family friend brought this from China he lost 80lbs last time I saw him after drinking this tea for 6 months he says he’s just not hungry when he drinks a couple cups of pu erh a day. While I don’t need to lose 80 lbs I thought if I could lose 5 or 10 lbs drinking tea why not.
So while it is not a tea I would recommend it makes me interested in trying more pu erh until I find the right one (or two or three) to suit my palate.

Cofftea

I use coffee-ish to describe the liquor of black teas often, but cooked pu erhs are above and beyond that IMO. I call that “cola-ish”.:)

Cofftea

Any tea will fill you up and, if it has caffeine, will speed up your metabolism- not just this pu erh or even just pu erhs in general. So drink whatever you like:)

SoccerMom

Thanks for giving me my tea drinking freedom and I’m not being sarcastic! Just glad I don’t have to force drink my way through this pot!

SoccerMom

I think I’ll order some samovar maiden’s ecstasy and place an order for Teavana strawberry slender. I can’t go back to Teavana that lady is to aggressive in her sales tactics and I end up with stuff I don’t like!

Cofftea

Most true teas have all same health benefits, but I am finding that Pu Erh helps metabolize fatty acids and oily foods, is believed to reduce cholesterol, and is also cleansing and detoxifying to the bloodstream. These benefits seem to be Pu Erh specific. But keep trying, you may find a Pu Erh you love! I never thought I would.

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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I totally agree with Luthien (the first post) on this one. In that it is a pretty good oolong but you can’t beat a good Formosa Oolong! Formosa Oolongs are my current favorite so I maybe biased. I will continue to drink my monkey picked until it’s all gone but won’t rebuy Monkey picked from Teavana. It’s not worth the price when their are better oolongs at more reasonable prices.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Tropica by Teavana
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I have only had one cup but found it to be one that smelled great but taste was kinda medicinal. After reading all the other’s reviews I’ll revisit it and if I still don’t like it hot I’ll try it iced.

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New to the world of hot tea, being born and raised in Texas we typically only drink lipton black tea, sweetened and iced of course! I recently discovered the world of hot tea / flavored teas and am thoroughly enjoying my new little world of tea!

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