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18 Tasting Notes

89
drank Auspicious Ayame Wulong by Teavana
18 tasting notes

Complex is the best way to describe this one, and it’s my favorite Oolong from them. When it’s hot, it has a taste of barely, but in the back of your mouth you can detect a tobacco/smokey-ness that lingers on your tongue between sips. It’s sweet, and as it cools you’ll begin to taste the ‘rich full orchid’ hidden in the complexities. Stronger than most oolongs I’ve tried.

I plan to re-steep this one to get my moneys worth.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jesse

Complexities held up after second and third steep, quality tea!

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78

I’m usually not a fruity tea drinker, but this one was pleasant. Very smooth, fills the mouth with fruity smoothness, no overpowering flavors. I have no idea what a Maracuja is, but it’s tasty in this tea.

Sort of peachy, but mellowed by.. the Maracuja perhaps? Try it, one dollar sample pack. I DARE YOU.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Darjeeling Vidyaranya by Teavana
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My first time trying this in store left me in shock. It was a tad astringent, malty.. but as the more it cooled, the more it revealed. It took on a peachy/floral taste. Peach up front, honeysuckles on the out(or orchids as everyone tells me). So, I bought a tin. Bought some clay-ware in order to solidify my commitment with what seemed to be ambrosia.

Unfortunately, trying to recreate the drink I made in-store has proven to be… impossible. It’s a very temperamental tea, going from weak and flavorless to bitter and astringent within a 15-30 second window.

So far best result have been 1 teaspoon, boiling, 2 minutes. But I’m still not satisfied. I blame my thermometer, and my other tools. DAMN THESE HANDS.

Any tips would be helpful, how do you know when your water temp is perfect? How do you manage the loss of heat when transferring water from kettle to brewing receptacle?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
xhado123

try 2 minutes @175. Due to the tippiness of the leaf, try it at white tea temp/times.

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98
drank South African Rooibos by Teavana
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Long time no post.. Like, long LONG time no post. So I got a job at Teavana, and I’ve been taking full advantage of the discounts/on the job free-tea.

This came in a gift pack I got for cheap, but so far all the teas in this gift pack have been absolutely amazing. I’ve never had a plain Rooibos tea before, and I Kick myself for not doing so.

I can’t seem to describe the taste sufficiently. I prepared it without any additives. It’s sweet, tastes like some dessert I’ve had before. I’m deff. lagging on the descriptions, but it’s a 10/10 and if I can think of what it tastes like, I’ll update.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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22

I’ve heard people describe drinking white tea as being no different than drinking plain hot water. Normally I would explain that the white teas I’ve tried were more flavorful than green teas, but this tea is probably what they were talking about.

So boring. It’s sweet, kind of floral tasting, but it was still boring even after doubling up the amount of leaves per 8 ounce cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88

Odd, This tea smells like ginger (which also translates in taste). It’s smooth kind of buttery, barely able to detect the vegital taste or the honey suckle sweetness I’ve found to enjoy in (Teavana’s) Silver Needles. But it’s different, and I like different. It almost has a starchy/rice taste….

Now I want sushi.

I’m actually enjoying the ginger-ness in this. I’m wondering if thats the toasty note the description describes.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jesse

Second steep — same leaves — added 2 minutes: Sweeter but same surprisingly the same. Cool.

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100

Amazing, absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Tastes like the inside of a warm gooey Cinnabun, but with ginger and some woody tastes too! What makes this stand apart from most teas is the fact that the cup tastes exactly (if not better) than it smells. Probably going to buy this in bulk; I went through the 15 gram satchel in under 3 days.

Try it, all of you.. TRY IT. If you’re apprehensive, just spend a dollar on their 15g sample packs like I did. But be forewarned… you will crave it.

:)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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57

This will be short: My roommates love it! To the point of bragging about it to random people coming in and out of the house. I liked it, not love. It definitely tasted like coconut but I had a hard time detecting the cheesecake part. It reminded me more of a Pillsbury graham pie crust + coconut.

Overall it was nice. Not too much’a fan of Rooibos or Honeybush, and I s’pose that’s because I’ve just become so spoiled by other teas.

Also, I was disappointed that the contents of the satchel was spilled out in the shipping package with an apology note from postal service. I guess they must of wanted a cup for themselves? Oooorrr they thought it was some form of “incense?”

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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89

Another from my 15 gram satchel extravaganza. And whhhhaaatttt the crap. Foremost, this is my first Pu-erh tea. Everyone suggested this route should be taken by anyone serious in tea, so I was unprepared.

Firstly, the tea smelled similar to many of the oolongs I’ve tried, so my hopes were not high (I like oolongs, but I was expecting something weird/different). Though after steeping, I was taken by surprise. It was perfumey yet earthy. To me it smelled/tasted a little like leather scent, mixed with fish sauce, and something even more aromatic tickling the roof of my nose/mouth… Like incense. I asked my roommate to verify taste. He said it reminded him of his relatives farm.

All that being said, I loved it. Since it’s my first Pu-Erh, the rating might change as I try others. But at current: I like this tea a lot. It’s sweet, earthy, aromatic, and it’s viscosity is thicker than most teas. I will definitely re-steep the crap out of this tea, and will post my findings as the progress.

A new world has been revealed to me, and I am excites. I AM EXCITES.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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74

Smells and tastes like an orange creamsicle. Thats all I can really say about this tea. My girlfriend loves it, and it tastes as good as it smells.

If you know anyone who likes orange creamsicles, I would recommend this tea without question.

That is all.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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