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135 Tasting Notes

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drank Yerba Mate by Samovar
135 tasting notes

When I first opened the sample packet it smell of rolled oats. After brewing it the smell of oats intensified but with the added grassiness. When tasting it I get the grassiness wright off the bat followed by the oatmeal taste. The licorice root follows soon after with a bit of sweetness. This is an acquired taste for sure. I would not mind drinking this with a hot muffin or scone. In the past I have always had a lemon or berry variation of yerba mate. It was nice to go old school with almost nothing added to it, just straight.
I will say that it gave me a nice shot of energy.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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92
drank Jasmine Pearl by Samovar
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Wow! Just opened the sample packet, smells amazing. I used my duck eggshell gaiwan and filled it with 12 pearls. Nice and sweet. In the past I have had blends with jasmine pearls in them, but never buy themselves. Samovar is in the lead for being my favorite tea place.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Orange Ginger by Samovar
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This is a very light herbal from Samovar. I’m used to them being a little heavy on the hibiscus or licorice root that they use as a base or to “sweeten”. With some of their other herbals the licorice can sometimes over power the tea. With this herbal it does not over power. This tea reminds me of my Aunt when I was little. She would always cut up some fresh ginger root and lemon peel and simmer it on the stove for hours. It would make the whole house smell great. I swear that just the smell would help me get rid of the cold that I had. This tea taste just like it without the ginger BURN in your throat and chest. Although I do like the BURN…:)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Vanilla Blossoming by Samovar
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This tea is very simple. Yunnan tea and vanilla bean=amazing. I have had black tea and vanilla bean before that did not taste like this. I guess it is the quality of Samovar’s ingredients. This is a tea that you can give to almost anyone and they will like it :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Papayarama by DAVIDsTEA
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So this is the last of my samples from Davidstea. I could taste more of the lime and other citrus flavors over the papaya. I thought it should have been a tad bit sweet. I had it hot, since I’m really not a ice tea person.

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42
drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
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I received this as a sample with my purchase. I was uber excited because I have never had a tea with bamboo leaves. I was a bit disappointed. I had only one piece of strawberry and one red peppercorn. It was pretty weak. I guess I just did not get a good sample.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a great summer tea. I received a sample of this with my order from last week. The dried smell was the smell of sweet melons. When I brewed it it smelled distinctly like watermelon. As I took a sip I could taste the honeydew more then watermelon. It is a change from what I have ben drinking lately. Usually if I have an herbal it is rooibos, or it has a lot of hibiscus in it. I know this would be great as an ice tea. Sadly I’m not a big fan of herbal ice teas….but this might be a good one.

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88
drank Ancient Gold by Samovar
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Bought a sample of this. It diffidently has a raisin sweetness to it. I did not believe the description when I first read it, but it stands true. I have been getting used to the honey, and musky undertones from other black teas. This was a surprise. I will probably order again with my next samovar shipment.

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88
drank Black Needles by DAVIDsTEA
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Just bought this tea from DavidsTea. I had a hard time deciding which straight black tea I wanted. I usually like dark musky black teas that can stand with a little milk and sugar. I even did a little taste test with my favorite black tea. Copper Knot from Teavana. I brewed both for 3 minutes, same amount of water and same temp. The Black needles had a sweet smell, and very light color like scotch. It had a smooth honey taste, no astringency from it .

I have been drinking it without milk or sugar, its that smooth. love it

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a whimsical tea. I love it.I was trying to figure out exactly what it reminded me of. There it is…..Liquid

POP ROCKS!

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I’m a lover of all teas. Open to almost anything,but my favorite are oolong, black, and green. I have recently been trying to get into pu’er .

Other then tea, I’m an Apple fan girl and a fan of basketball and tennis. My favorite teams are Spurs,Celtics, Thunder, and …Lebron (LOL). I have a degree in Anthropology, which at the moment is not being used.

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