861 Tasting Notes

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
861 tasting notes

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.

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I was a little concerned becuase the outside of the sealed package smelled very sweet and fruity. It was contaminated from all the other teas I had bought. But once I opened the bag and smelled, it was sweet green tea and lemongrass. The tea itself was not contaminated.

The brewing tea smells of very sweet green tea and slight lemongrass. Not sugar sweet, but how vegetables can be sweet, like sweet carrots. There is a strong smell of peach.

The tea tastes like a vegetal green tea base with a light lemongrass flavour. You can taste the sweetness from the carrots and peas. There is the sweetness of the peach at the end of the sip.

Overall I am surprised. I was expecting this tea to taste more like a soup broth base. But it is actually a good tea. The vegetables in this blend add more of a sweet flavour than a vegetable flavour. I am quite impressed and am thinking I will have to keep this blend around. I think it would make a great after meal drink.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
MissLena

I need to have a cup of this today since it’s Easter! Thank you for reminding me :)

Lala

Ha ha. I had to think about that for a minute. Because its a rabbit tea. Ha ha. Still not fully awake yet. I agree. Great Easter tea!!

MissLena

Yeah it just occurred to me it was an Easter tea as well! Don’t worry, I’m still waking up as well, although matcha is helping with that!

Sil

neat. this one didn’t seem like something i’d enjoy but maybe now that i’ve read this i’ll give it a try

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drank Jelly Bean Dream by Della Terra Teas
861 tasting notes

Free sample from Della Terra.

The tea smells very good. Almost like sweet, rose, strawberry, candylike and of course, hibiscus.

The brewed tea smells like sweet and kinda of spicey, hibiscus, very faintly reminds me of jelly beans.

The tea tastes like sweet hibiscus, some strawberry taste. I didnt want to add any sweetener because there was a jelly bean in it, but it could have used a bit more sweetness to bring out that real jelly bean candy kind of sweetness.

My pet peeve about this tea is that the mix has a bunch of different sized peices in it. There are real large dried strawberries, whole jelly beans, and very small chopped peices. There was a lot of settling in the bag. It was hard to get a decent scoop with everything in it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 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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