777 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Tea Soursop by Tea of Life
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Samurai TTB #38

I’ve never had a soursop, so I have no idea what it’s supposed to taste like. The green tea base is brisk and slightly bitter and the fruity flavor reminds me a bit of lime, but with an edge…kinda like eating a lime with the rind and peel included. I didn’t really enjoy it, but it was an interesting experience!

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Sour

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Unitea by Vahdam Teas
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Samurai TTB #37

I love Assam and don’t love Darjeeling, so I was curious to try this blend of the two. Unfortunately, I didn’t really get the distinctive qualities of the teas; it just came across as a somewhat mediocre breakfast blend. Fine with milk, but nothing I’d especially care to drink again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #36

This was a strong, malty breakfast blend with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not very enjoyable straight, but it smoothed out nicely with a splash of milk.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Four Seasons-Mingjian by Lupicia
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Samurai TTB #35

This was a lovely green oolong…smooth, creamy, and buttery with notes of asparagus and lilac. It also re-steeped really well. I’m sad there was only enough in the box for one cup, because I’d gladly drink this again!

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Creamy, Floral, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Kentucky Bourbon by Adagio Teas
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Samurai TTB #34

I’ve never had bourbon, so I can’t comment on whether or not Adagio successfully captured that flavor here. But I really enjoyed this blend…I’m super into smoky tea right now and this one is the perfect balance of smoky and sweet. So glad I got to try it!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #33

Not much peach here, just lots of soapy, perfumey rose. Not a fan!

Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Rose, Soap

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #32

Light green apple flavor layered on a smooth green tea. This was easy to drink and I’m guessing would be lovely iced!

Flavors: Green Apple, Smooth, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #31

I’ve been LOVING The London Tea Room’s “Churchill” blend, which is a smoky Earl Grey, so I was excited when I realized this was a similar blend. While I do enjoy the combination of the lapsang souchong and bergamot, the addition of puerh and beetroot add an earthiness to the scent and a tartness to the aftertaste that mar the experience for me. (Though I do appreciate how appropriate the red color is to the author who inspired the blend!) Overall, not a favorite like I hoped, but I’m still glad I got to try it!

Flavors: Bergamot, Earth, Smoke, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #30

This is definitely an intriguing blend of flavors, but the resulting tea just tasted of clove and pineapple to me. Pleasant enough, but nothing I’m dying to drink again.

Flavors: Clove, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #29

This one exceeded my expectations! There were about 2 tsp left in the bag, so I went ahead and overleafed my cup last night. The resulting brew was so delicious! Super sweet and fruity with none of that nasty medicinal flavor I sometimes get from rooibos. I definitely tasted the papaya and maybe a bit of mango, but I was also weirdly getting banana, even though that isn’t listed in the ingredients at all. Overall, one of the nicest fruity rooibos blends I’ve had in a while and something I’d consider purchasing next time I order from S&V!

Flavors: banana, Fruity, Mango, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Yum, I’ll have to try this one! S&V does typically have very good rooibos blends.

Courtney

Agree with Cameron — I love that they use green rooibos in many of their blends. This one may be good chilled too!

Inkling

Yes, I’ll bet it would make a lovely iced tea!

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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