373 Tasting Notes

87

This another type of black tea I haven’t tried yet. It smells nice, like honey wheat bread. That is also what I get in the flavour. The sweetness is nice and subtle. I think this should really be a breakfast tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86

I’ve not had this tea on its own before.

It smells like dark caramel, and maybe plum. The flavour is more malty chocolate though. This would good for the morning instead of coffee.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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96

My Teavivre sampler came in the post today, so I had to try this first.

It smells fantastic… like sweet potatoes and honey wheat bread. The flavour is smooth and a bit malty. I do get some yam as well.

Thanks to Angel for picking this one for me to try.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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81

Since I had more coffee than tea today, so I had this.

It’s called extra green… and it really is. The colour is green, the scent is green, it even tastes green. There is an interesting green flavour. I like both sencha and matcha, but I’m not sure how well it goes together.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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93

Today I brewed this with the Strawberry Oolong. It smells sweet, and creamy, with hints of berry. It tastes a little like those strawberry milk candies and oolong. I’d say that turned out pretty well. Hybrid brew- 94

Flavors: Berries, Cream

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75
drank Ceylon Pekoe by Tea At Sea
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I’m still trying to decide if I prefer ceylon or assam black tea. This one has a nice sweet and earthy scent. It tastes like a smooth, black that goes well with my brunch. Would be good with some added spices. Will try it again with my cinnamon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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93

Last of my samples from Teavivre. So I saved this one. Had a cup with lunch and an episode of Ounce Upon a Time. (Which doesn’t have enough genies.)

Anyway… this has a great scent. I so enjoy the smell of roses. There is a really good floral black tea flavour as well. Would be a good tea for a tea event.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Lariel

I made this for my mom yesterday (to go with the Mother’s Day bread), and she really liked it.

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82

This came in the post today, which was totally when I was excepting it. Yay! It smells like many an orange spice tea I’ve had before. There is a nice scent of orange (made stronger ’cause I just had an orange), cinnamon, and a little cloves. Mmm… spice. The flavour is a bit like an orange chai. I like this one a lot. Thanks Just Organic Teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Hunan Dark Tea by Tea Source
373 tasting notes

This has a nice, dark brew colour. (It’s like the Petite Sirah of tea.) The scent is kinda of malty caramel. There is more of a molasses flavour. I only get a hint of the grapes. Not a type of tea I’ve had before, but this is really good. Went well with my French toast.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Molasses

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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97
drank Rare Orchid Oolong by Tea Source
373 tasting notes

I really need to have more oolong, it’s becoming one of my faves. This one is from the Steepster Select box. It has a sweet, floral scent I can’t quite place. The flavour is honey, mildly fruity, and some orchid. I rather like it.

I’ll have to try it again when I’m not having oatmeal.

Flavors: Honey, Orchids

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
darby

Ooooo! I’m going to have to get this one. I just picked up their Rhubarb oolong the other day and am blending it with the strawberry oolong and cold brewing it

Tealizzy

Mmm, that sounds delicious!

Kaylee

Looking forward to reading that review! I’ve never blended my Butiki teas but it sounds like a great idea!

Lariel

There is such thing as Rhubarb oolong?

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Rooibos/ Honeybush, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple

Ratings-
unrated: still unsure
69 and below: meh
70- 74: it’s okay
75- 80: like
81- 84: really like
85- 88: it’s fantastic
89 and above: my favourite

Location

Beach, California

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