499 Tasting Notes

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drank Fiesta Fusion by Teajo Teas
499 tasting notes

I’ve had this iced a few times and the rose is what hits me the most. The sweet fruit flavour is a bit generic for me, but it’s not a deal breaker.

It’s a tasty, refreshing iced tea with no bitterness, but I’d rather reorder Teajo’s Tropical Mango or Raspberry Chocolate Bark. I don’t think I’m the biggest fan of black/green mix blends.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Iced
TheTeaFairy

I so agree with you! I don,t get why green and black tea should ever be paired together. As much as I love Most of Teajo’s teas, this one did not impress me at all.

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drank Coffee Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
499 tasting notes

A scoop of matcha, an overripe banana, a glass of almond milk, a scoop of ice cream, and a tablespoon of chia seeds= super decadent.

Out of the three coffee flavours from Sil I think this one is my favourite, although the mocha was good too. The coffee smoothly creeps into the finish and aftertaste, leaving a vibrant mouthful. I’m looking forward to drinking the two last servings of this.

Well, this is the last flavour from the generous package from Sil. Thank you so much; I never thought I’d get through so many of Red Leaf’s flavours so quickly (maybe a little too quickly). Also a huge thanks to Fjellrev, who organized and distributed everything on this side of the country. I’m extremely grateful.

Sil

Yay! Glad you had fun with them :)

TeaBrat

sounds yummy

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70

I mixed the rest of this into some vanilla ice cream and let my roommate try some; we both could taste the mandarin orange (the finishing flavour). Pretty tasty, and no fluoride reminder.

I wish I’d tried the rest of Sil’s flavoured matcha in an ice cream batch, as it seems to reduce the variable of bad mixing on my part.

Stephanie

ice cream matcha? ooooooooh that sounds good

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drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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I finished the rest of this off tonight as a cold brew. The juicy mango flavour really shines when it’s iced.

I think iced tea is my new temporary favourite thing.

Also, I hope everyone had an awesome St. Patrick’s Day!

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Yes, this one is fabulous iced! :D

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82

I cold steeped this last night, and I honestly wasn’t expecting much from it.

Now I am eating my preconceived notions as I sip away at this magical something that tastes like dark chocolate raspberry truffles and liqueur. This teas is so satisfying and better than what I deserve right now (I need to get myself working).

I’m not sure if the deliciousness will carry through on a hot steep but this iced beverage is top class.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Cocoa

Preparation
Iced
keychange

aww, not better than you deserve. We all need an unexpectedly refreshing and delicious cup.

CrowKettle

Thanks, keychange! I feel like I’m rewarding myself for being unproductive with this one.

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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
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I got three flavourful, dynamic western steeps out of this sample yesterday (didn’t try for a fourth). In all of them the lychee was prominent and vivid, although it was starting to blend into the floral and the “greeness” oolong notes on my last steep.

I’m not crazy for lychee, but I do appreciate how smooth this tea is and how artfully this flavour was captured- and I almost hesitate to say flavour because it tastes and feels just like eating lychee.

I’d consider picking this one up again, although not before the the Flowery Pineapple one (the memory of that tea is growing on me daily).

Flavors: Flowers, Lychee

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I tried a sample of this one awhile back, & I found it to be so nice & juicy, & a very natural lychee flavor as well. It’s on my list, for my next Butiki order.

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I requested another sample of this because last time I tried it I oversteeped it, then tried to drink it before heading to the airport at 5am, THEN attempted to make a note 6 hours later after not making our connection flight. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy the tea at the time, or the two awesome books I finished at the airport (not even Jon Snow or allomancy can make waiting at an airport for two days fun).

The looseleaf smells and tastes like a pineapple with cream and florals. This fills the massive citrus fruit cravings I’ve been having recently. Seems like a perfect multisteeper for the increasingly warmer weather here. Thank you for the sample, Stacy!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I guess I sent more of this to Heather than I thought, because I only had enough for one cold steep investment last night (10hrs).

I don’t know what I was expecting, but it’s refreshingly fruity and definitely on par with the fruity black blends here at Silk Road. I’ve never had passion fruit but this is almost a peachy grape (although not really) and quite floral. There’s also a bitter saltiness that hits the back of my tongue (calendula?). Overall, not bad at all!

I’m starting to get a hunch that the quality of the water comes through a lot more in cold steeps.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Iced

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Today this has the usual taste of fresh hay, but with the added bonus of sugar crystals. I’m not sure if that’s something that just comes out as it cools, if it is Greek yogurt cross contamination, etc., but you won’t see me complaining.

This is a very nice white tea but our relationship is still on the shallow, acquaintance side of things. I have high hopes of getting past that soon! I need to send these Wanja teas out to a few people who are long overdue for receiving packages.

Tea notes always become so much more appealing when I have deadlines and appointments to keep.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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That recommendation is for Earl Grey lovers. Individuals who have long since established a general horror for The Earl know what’s best for themselves in this situation.

Crazy backlog sipdown combo from four days ago. Why I’m posting it now when I’m sleep deprived, I don’t know. I hypothesize it has a lot to do with procrastination and little to do with logic and self-preservation.

When I smelled this one for the first time I was a bit worried; the bergamot is like a slapstick puck up the nose (except my nose and skull remain gratefully intact, could you imagine the actual damage that would do?). Err.. however, I found as long as I didn’t add milk, this would usually turn out to be a pleasantly fresh and fruity evening pick me up. I guess I don’t mind bergamot and Earl Grey teas after all (as long as milk is absent). Possibly a repurchase for the summer season.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

So sorry about your sleep deprivation :-(
This is most definitely one of my favourite Earl. Don’t know if I’m crazy, but I get hints of blueberries when I drink it, it’s very on the fruity side.

CrowKettle

I was delightfully surprised by the amount of fruitiness in this one; it reminded me of berries too but not a specific kind. I never would’ve guessed there was cocoa in this either.

Have you ever iced some?

TheTeaFairy

Funny you should ask, Teajo teas are amazing iced! This one is delicious and surprisingly, the bergamot is even more subdued when chilled. You should also try Raspberry Chocolate Bark and Juicy Peach. (If you like peach, that one is simply FANTASTIC iced!)

CrowKettle

That’s good to know! I have about another 12 Teajo teas in my drawer right now, opened up a few and had a feeling I should wait for warmer weather (now I wish I had picked up the juicy peach!).

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..

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