74 Tasting Notes


This arrived in the mail today and I am using it to brew my tea this evening. It is certainly easy to use. With a press of a button, I can control the brewing temperature of my tea. It heats up very fast and keeps the water heated (if desired) with a “keep warm” setting. So far, so good.

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drank Golden Mojito by Teavana
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This brews up to a light tan color. It tastes like citrus and mint. I am not tasting the “three types of pineapple” or any pineapple for that matter. I do taste the orange in the finish/aftertaste. Not bad. Not very inspiring either. Might be a good one for me to try iced. Won’t buy more after my “sample” is finished (in quotation marks because Teavana won’t let you purchase less than 2 oz)

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This one is certainly beautiful to watch. The brewing process was more exciting than drinking the tea for me. I do not taste any jasmine in this. It has an intense vegetal flavor and tastes like a plain green tea. I did not like drinking it very much (just my tastes, not because the tea was bad). However, I enjoyed watching my first flowering tea “bloom”

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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The coconut smell is making me think of summer. The flavors of coconut and oolong blend well together and nothing is too overpowering. There is a slight floral note to the whole tasting experience that is difficult for me to characterize. Anyway, it is tasty!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This definately has a distinct somewhat vegetal honey smell which is pleasant. It is a light black tea with a subtle honey flavor to it. I am not sure that I brewed it with hot enough water so I don’t think all the flavors came out fully. I am going to try this one again before I give it a rating.

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I received a sample of this with my Verdant tea order that arrived yesterday (Yay!). The tea pieces are large and substantial – largest white tea I’ve seen before (although, I’m pretty new to this). Previously, I had been on the fence about jasmine, if that’s possible – I see on these boards that most people either love or hate it. Once I added a touch of sugar which really enhanced the jasmine flavor, this was wonderful! Very smooth with the white tea flavors and jasmine blending well together. I steeped this 3 times, adding a minute to each steeping, and all were excellent. Yummy!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

one of the best jasmine white teas that I’ve had…kids love it


Is it good cold for the kids? Or hot?

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This is warm, liquid dessert! I made this as a latte with some sugar and it tastes like a creamy caramel treat. It’s smooth and more caramel than chocolate, although the chocolate flavor is definately there. The sea salt keeps it from being sickeningly sweet. Instead, it’s drinkable dessert heaven. Yum!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Backlog from yesterday. I’ve got to admit that I had some expectations before trying this tea based on reading the steepster boards. I was expecting a small miracle in a cup. Too be honest, this tea pretty much lives up to it’s repututation. It is super smooth and really does have a luscious choclately aroma and flavor that is full and substantial. It also has a touch of comforting maltiness. Mmmmm….

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As I am sipping this very bland cup o’ tea, I am seeing the other tasting notes suggesting that perhaps you need two tea bags to get full flavor. Perhaps there simply isn’t enough tea in this tea. I do not taste 20 herbs. I am primarily tasting the rooibos, anise, mint and cinnamon. Perhaps I would like this in the loose leaf tea.

I am very excited because I’m pretty sure my tea order from Verdant teas will be sitting on my front porch when I get home this evening. Yay!

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drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
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Dearest Dragonfruit Devotion,

I am sooo tired and feeling uninspired to push through the last stretch of writing this infernal presentation. Can you possibly come to my aid? Might you be able to cheer me up with your rosey pink color and rich fruity taste? I could really use a morale boost right now and I think you are up to the task.

P.S. Are you available to help me with my taxes this weekend also?

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I am a mother, wife and physician who recently discovered my long lost love of tea. I swore off all coffee at the beginning of this year and have been a much happier person ever since. I have a lot to learn about tea, but I am very enthusiastic!

So far, I like black teas, flavored teas and herbals best. I’m currently working on developing my palate for oolongs so that I can better appreciate their subtle complexities. I’d like to start getting to know matchas next.


Ann Arbor, MI

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