1230 Tasting Notes

70
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
1230 tasting notes

This tastes much better this morning once brewed in my Gongfu Teapot. Using ‘1 minute, 2 minutes and 3 minutes’ steeping times it has a much stronger taste and brings forward more grass, cabbage and butter.

I still have yet to use the glass method of brewing Dragonwell, has anyone tried it? Notice any difference?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kff7OxaWhM

CHAroma

Hmm, I don’t know. That all seems really unnecessary to me. I’ve brewed Dragon Well in an infuser basket like all my other teas and it comes out great, just like all my other teas. I think whoever made this video just really likes to watch the tea steep.

K S

that is why I use a French Press. I love to watch the leaf ‘dance’. I don’t notice a flavor difference. It is just part of the experience of tea.

Shelley_Lorraine

I have tried it just for the sake of the experience. I didn’t notice much difference in flavor. The only notable difference were leaves hanging out in my way (most of them do go to the bottom, but a few stragglers insisted on interrupting my sipping). I suppose the glass brew method is popular for dragonwell partly for the visuals and also because it isn’t so prone to damage from over-brewing and could potentially be a quick and convenient way to steep your tea in a hurry (throw them in a thermos and go kind of thing).

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
1230 tasting notes

I have a lot of White Peony on my shelves from different companies because it’s my favourite white tea and it’s high time I started to drink it up. From Adagio I only have a 9g sample to try.

I was disappointed to see that my leaves are no where near as fresh and green as they are in this picture. Instead they are brown and almost completely broken down, dry and brittle. There are some silver tips amongst them but also a lot of twigs/stems. It has a strong peony scent that is very thick.

Once steeped the tea is amber in colour and has a mild sweet floral aroma. Flavour wise it’s nutty, woody, floral and sweet. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be but it’s by no means good quality. It lacks any real peony flavour, it’s not as sweet or delicious as it should be.

I’m glad I only bought a sample pack of this. I think I will stick with Teavivre and NothingButTea when it comes to White Peony.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
1230 tasting notes

More green tea please. I’m not usually a fan of Dragonwell, usually a bit too dry and perfumey for me. But if I have it then I might as well drink it..or at least try it.

The leaves are crisp to the touch with green/light green combination of coloured leaves. Some have a yellow tinge to them so not the best of quality. They have a strong floral perfumey scent, like a very strong peony.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a delicate, soft and sweet floral scent.

Flavour is quite gentle, more so than I remember. Grass, honey and peony are the three main flavours I can detect, all in subtle form to create a very refreshing green tea. The dryness and perfume after taste is at a minimum also. Maybe I can also say it’s vegetal in a cabbage sort of way.

The quality is acceptable but I was hoping this tea would be better.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Another pot of tea please and more fruit. I’m loving the fruit teas today. My stomach is a little off today so a caffeine free fruit tea has to be a winner right now.

This blend is mostly Rooibos with a large pinch of lemongrass mixed amongst it. I only see a couple of tiny raspberry pieces and something light yellow like perhaps lemon rind? So far it’s not looking as fruity as I had hoped for. Scent is quite fruity and sweet but the lemon dominates the raspberry.

Once steeped this tea is coppery in colour and has a sweet and very thick Rooibos scent. No real fruit scent to speak of.

There is supposed to be raspberry in this? I can’t taste any at all. It tastes like plain Rooibos with a hint (a very very delicate hint) of citrus fruit. I can’t explain the flavour of Rooibos other than it has an ‘ick’ factor about it, some chemical/weird flavour amidst a light and sweet tea. In other words a Rooibos fan might love this tea but for me it lacks flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Time for another pot of tea me thinks and I have happily acquired a fair stock of Davids Teas thanks to you wonderful Steepsterites. Perhaps it’s time I use a few of the smaller samples up, after all there is no time like the present. So they say anyway.

This blend has a lot of lovely blueberries, small but whole and very sweet smelling. So much so that it really does have a blueberry jam essence about it. :) Yummy.

As soon as I poured the water onto the mixture a strong aroma of blueberry came drifting up, it smells incredible! Exactly like blueberry jam. What does jam smell like? Well I don’t really know… thickly fruity and sweet?

Once steeped the tea is brown in colour and still has the same delicious blueberry jam aroma. Based on the smell alone I imagined the tea would be a red/purple colour but oh well.

Flavour is thick, fruity, sweet and oh so good! It’s blueberry, it looks like blueberries, it smells like blueberries and it tastes like blueberries. What more could you want from a blueberry tea?

The black tea is at the perfect balance for this blend, it’s not strong but you can taste a subtle earthy somewhat wooden taste but only for a second or two. The stevia balances that out I imagine and leaves you wish the sweet goodness of blueberries.

Simply delicious!!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

hmm. me thinks I should try this!

KittyLovesTea

I would definitely recommend it. I think it’s the strongest and nicest blueberry tea I have tried yet. :)

Ozli

2nded! Best blueberry. :D

Sil

i didn’t like this one, but maybe it was my experience at davids. ie how they brewed it.

KittyLovesTea

Usually I brew my teas strong (2-3tsp per pot which holds 2.5 cups). For this one I only had a small sample of 1.5-2tsp max so I really wasn’t expecting much flavour but it was beautiful. Perhaps if I used double the amount like I usually would it would cause the black tea to be too strong? Like you said it could be the way they made it.

Lindsey

I wholly agree with Ozli & Kitty. Out of the 3 blueberry teas I’ve tried… this one is by far the best! It has the strongest blueberry flavor, whereas others seem to just have hints of it :)

Kittenna

This one is hit or miss… I think it’s the stevia that causes problems. I had one amazing batch of it, and then my second batch makes me gag. :(

Sil

i really like black-n-blue from uh…seredipitea. Used it to make blueberry infused vodka and it was amazing.

TeaBrat

ewww, I’m not a fan of stevia

tea-sipper

I love this one.. I think I have a cup left…

Nxtdoor

I did not get a whole lot of blueberry. Wtf ? I must have done something…

Lariel of Lórien

Does it work as a cold brew?

Sil

nxtdoor….not necessarily lol i don’t like this one either so different strokes for different folks :)

Nxtdoor

Omg. Lariel’s a genius. Cold brew!! I’m gonna try

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73
drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
1230 tasting notes

So much work, so little time. At least that’s what it looks like for me today. But hey I’m working from home today so I have access to my entire tea cupboard so I can drink tea and whistle while I work.

This tea consists of small, thin and twisted black tea leaves with a scattering of yellow marigold petals. I think most blends from 52Teas have marigold petals in, or the ones I have tried that are black based have anyway.

It has a sweet and dark toffee like smell, not quite butterscotch. The black tea is quite strong and woody which tones down the sweetness quite a bit.

Tea is golden brown in colour with a sweet cinder toffee scent, similar to butterscotch but just not quite right. Flavour is honey sweet and malted with a creamy and slight chemical taste like vodka but not as sharp. The ‘butterscotch’ is not as strong as I would have liked and the more I drink the stronger the black tea base is becoming. So much so that the second cup is more woody, leathery and much less sweet.

This calls for action, stevia sweetener to the rescue!!! Much better. The black tea has been toned down and replaced the wood and leather with sweet sugary goodness. Still picking up more of a light toffee flavour though rather than butterscotch but it’s a nice pot of tea. Plus it has bought me some good luck, at the start I said I have a lot of work to do…well the website I needed to work on is having a technical glitch that needs to be fixed before I can do my work so my day just became free. Good = I can now play Skyrim. Bad = No work, no pay.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
1230 tasting notes

Goodbye Goji Pop :( This is my last pot of you.

You kept me warm and quenched my thirst tonight while I play Skyrim. So it’s like finishing you off in style.

May God bless teas with melon in them.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Organic Long Zhu by Infussion
1230 tasting notes

I have been craving green tea as of late but unflavoured green tea instead of my usual favourite jasmine flavoured greens. I’m sorry to hear that Infussion is closing down (if they haven’t fully already) but I have a stack of their teas here that will keep me busy for a while.

The Long Zhu balls are cute and have some silver tips to them and the quality looks good. They have a thick grassy and floral scent.

Tea is burnt yellow in colour and has a toasted grass scent. Quite strong similar to it’s raw state.

Flavour is grassy and crisp clean with hints of flowers, toast, honey and broccoli. Altogether it creates many different layers that all blend into one refreshing and delicate cup of tea. It’s very similar to my Jasmine Pearls but just literally has less of the jasmine flavour but all of the green tea goodness.

Yummy yummy yummy green tea in my tummy = me to go :D

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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One of the many Tea Moments blends that I have had for a while but never got around to trying..until now that is. My husband chose this one at random from my cupboard which is good for him because he loves apple tea.

The blend doesn’t look special in terms of quality but it was only a cheap tea, something I thought was worth trying for an every day tea. The Sencha is dark green with a fair amount of twigs while the chamomile is completely dry and almost brown in colour. As for the apple they are small pieces that are very dry and a little rubbery. it smells like grassy cinnamon which is actually quite nice.

Once steeped the tea is orange in colour with a sweet and spicy apple aroma.

Flavour is light and quite refreshing with sweet apple and spicy cinnamon tones but also a kind of clove coolness. Also picking up a little bit of a floral mist.

Overall it’s alright and I will experiment with stronger steepings and also cold steeping. For now it’s drinkable but unfortunately this blend is nothing special.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Thank you very much NofarS for this sample.

After my manic cupboard searching which was made much easier thanks to yesterdays cleaning I came across this Darjeeling sample. Just what I have been looking for.

The leaves are crisp and pungent with thick floral and perfumey musk tones. Certainly one of the strongest Darjeelings that I have sniffed.

Once steeped the tea is light brown and orange in colour and has a musky floral and fruity aroma.

Flavour is delicate in terms of flowers and fruit but thick on wood and musk. It is very perfumey with some dryness but light enough to still be refreshing. It also has a slightly sour tang but it quickly subsides. I actually brewed this one a little weaker than I usually would based primarily on it’s very strong raw scent. I’m glad I did because the levels are ok, it’s not as floral as I was hoping for but nice by all accounts.

I am still on the hunt for the perfect Darjeeling….

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

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.

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