863 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Buckwheat Tea by Tiger Line
863 tasting notes

Super excited to receive this in a swap from Sil.

My granparents are farmers, so growing up I would often eat raw/whole wheat, barley, buckwheat, etc. To this day I love chewing on raw, fresh grains. Hello (natural) carbs!

This tea smells and tastes like heavy bread or pretzels. Definitely a buckwheat taste. I actually ate the buckwheat after it was steeped. So good. The tea is also slightly sweet on its own which is nice.

I have been looking for wheat/barley teas like mugicha and soba cha at asian/international grocery stores. Haven’t found what I am looking for just yet. Although I am sure I could call up my grandpa and source it for free…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha magic mystery tea win! On a side note lupicia has some barley/wheat type teas that aren’t bad and i think Azzrian had found a couple a while back as well.

Lala

ha ha thanks! I will have to check that out. Harneys also have/had a soba cha tea I will have to check into. I wonder if drinking carbs is better than eating them ? ;)

Sil

LOL you let me know…except in this case you also ate them :)

Lala

Hmmm…you have a good point. Damn carbs get me every time!

jessiwrites

I ordered a sample of the Soba Cha from Harney & Sons… sounds delicious!

Lala

I look forward to your tasting note to see if it is good or not.

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drank Blue Ginger by Harney & Sons
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Totally bought this tea solely due to its name. Marketing works! Ha ha.

The dry tea smells like those little gelatin type desserts you can get at asian restaurants. Definitely smell ginger and floral lychee. The floral scent is not perfumey, more like what candied flower petals taste like. Also sweet, like candied ginger. The ginger is not overpowering.

The tea tastes strongly of sweet, candy like lychee flavour. The have never actually had a lychee fruit. I would like to buy one but have no idea how to eat it. Ha. So I avoid them at the grocery store. But I have had lychee flavoured foods and desserts and I would definitely say this is lychee flavour. There is definitely a ginger flavour but it is very light. Blends well with the lychee. There is a sweet taste to the tea. Moreso sweet like how fruit can be sweet and not sweet like sugar.

Glad I tried this one. Am impressed with the tea, even after falling for a brilliant marketing ploy! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I got this in a swap from Ellen.

I love blackberries. This is the best time of year, because they tend to be “in season” in the grocery store.

The dry tea bags definitely smells like blackberries. More on the tart side. I don’t smell any sage.

The brewed tea smell reminds me of sweet tarts. Definitely get that not quite ripe blackberry taste.

The liquor has that kind of sweet tarts taste. There is sage in the background. There is a sweetness to the tea, but more of a tart sweetness than a sugar sweetness. Mostly, you can taste the black tea base. It is a bit artificial tasting.

This tea was on my shopping list for a long time, so I am happy I had the chance to get it in a swap. Thanks again Ellen.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
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The smell of this tea is intoxicating to me. It is like sweet dried apples, but not too tart.

The smell of the brewed tea is amazing. I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like. It is almost like those sprinkles that you put on hard sugar cookies, the ones that look like glitter. I can smell apples, peach, vanilla, white chocolate, very sweet but not overpowering. Almost like icing.

The taste of the tea is similar to the smell, but not as complex. You can taste the strong black base, the apples and possibly the apricot, or it might be peach. You can also taste the vanilla.

I think I like this one better than Marie Antionette.

I find that Nina’s Paris teas taste best when brewed for shorter periods of time, around 2 min. Otherwise the black base gets too strong.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

This sounds seriously delicious. Wow!

Lala

Of the few Nina’s Teas I have tried so far, this is my favorite.

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92

So super excited. Came home from a week long vacation, to this tea waiting for me. I had an awesome vacation but I was trying to play “tourist” and some family members that were with us thought everything was too expensive. Sigh. Its been a long week.

This is actually March’s handmade tea, but the shipping took a bit longer to get to me. So far I am super impressed. It came well packaged, a tin with a unique label. And there was also small tins of each individual ingredient so you can smell and taste each ingredient individual and together. And the best part, there was a card, and the envelope had a wax seal on it. Yup! Awesome.

So the tea. It smells like a basic breakdast tea with very faint sweet citrus smell. I would say there is a “kick to it”, which would be the peppercorns.

The tea is a strong breakfast with mild citrus flavour, there is definitely a spice/peppery-ness to it. But it is not a strong spice. It is also slightly sweet.

As it cools, it tastes creamy.

I am not normally a breakfast tea drinker, what I mean by that is, I don’t usually drink breakfast blends, I drink Earl Grey in the morning.

Looking forward to many more months of handmade tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89

Mmmmmmm. So good. Mmmmmmm. I feel like I should be sitting out on a patio somewhere.

The smell of the dry and brewed tea is very much peach bellini.

The taste reminds me of peach bellini but it not exactly like it. It is like sweet candied peach. Like fuzzy peach candies but with no sour. Or like Tim Horton’s “peach drink” No need to add any sweetener to this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yay for peach drink teas lol

Indigobloom

Darnit, another blend I want to actually try from Teavana!! :P

canadianadia

That sounds tasty. I go crazy for Peach drink and fuzzy peach candies! Slurp!

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97

This one smells and tastes delicious. The dry tea smells of sweet mango and peach. Almost like candy.

The brewed tea has a light black tea base with sweet peach and mango flavour. Both peach and mango are present but I find the peach is more predominate.

Overall is very delicious. The black blend does not overtake the fruitiness, but the fruitiness is also not too sweet or fake. Impressed with the flavour profile of this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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89

I brewed this one hot, and then iced it. Turned out wonderful. Very light, thirst quenching. I added just a smidge of sugar to sweeten it up, but it was good without sweetener as well. It was almost like drinking a glass of water with a peach slice in it. Mmmmm.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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92

This tea has a beautiful earthy, floral smell.

The tea is crisp and light. I am not sure of the right words but it is not malty, and not roasty. It has a bit of an earthy taste, its sweet and rich, almost creamy.

Very good tea. As always, impressed with the quality of Teavivre teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Rachel J

I drank this today too! Yum!

Lala

Your post reminded me I had to try mine!

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86
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
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This tea is crisp and clean. It smells very strong but actually is nice and light tasting. Not quite malty, but I think if I would have steeped for longer it would be malty. It tastes a bit roasted. There is a floral fragrance smell to the dry tea and taste to the brewed tea. I would say it reminds me of burnt caramel. But not burnt as is scorched, burnt as is when you are cooking caramel, and the longer you cook it the darker it gets.

I brewed this one up my version of western style. But I can taste in the tea how it would be great for drinking gongfu style.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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