454 Tasting Notes

79

Tried this in the store. While I did the like the chocolate/ nut/ coconut combo, I didn’t really care for the extra sugar. It would be fine as chocolate nut blend.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

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70

I tried this at the Teavana store. That might have been a bad idea, given how much they like the rock sugar. It did smell nice though. The ginger came across way too much in the flavour (I do like ginger, just not that strong), and none of the others spices really seemed to come forward.

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93

I tried this in the Westfield Center store. It was mildly fruity and delicious. As I was there just to pick up something, I don’t remember much beyond really liking it.

If I am able to visit a store again, hopefully I can get another sample.

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78
drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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I got this as a sample from the Santa Clara location last month. It smells like these muscat gummies I really like. The flavour is sweet, and floral. Too much jasmine though.
Still glad I got to try this one.

Flavors: Flowers, Grapes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

I finally get to try another of this tisane type, hurray! It smells so good- like toasted brown rice cakes. The flavour has is a bit roast nutty. Went well with my Thai soup.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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82

I’m not sure I like chamomile, so I had to try the Eastern version. This still has that “I fell into a meadow” scent. It has a sweet, mild flower flavour.

Now I feel very relaxed. But I might not have brewed it long enough.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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88
drank Wild Jujube by teasenz
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This is the most interesting sounding tisane I’ve ever has. It certainly smells like dates, except slightly more baked (date bread maybe). I ate a couple. This is fruit, right? Pretty good too, tasted a little more like berries (of the goji variety).

Brewed- it does smell more like bread now. There is a sweet, fruity flavour.
I have a feeling this would be good iced… or as a snack.

Flavors: Berries, Dates

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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86

I’m the first person to try this tea… hurray! My package says honey orchid.

It smells so good, sweet and floral. Honey does come out in the flavour, and a little clover (perhaps the orchid too.) Will have to try it again later.

Flavors: Honey, Orchids

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Stephanie

I love Dancongs :)

Lariel of Lórien

It’s pretty good cold too.

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drank Libra by Nina's Paris
454 tasting notes

Why are the only people who’ve had this tea ones who don’t like rooibos?

I picked this for one of my samples because I like orange flavour in teas, especially in the red bush blends. It has prominent citrus scent (which is really pretty nice). The flavour is a nice blend of orange and vanilla, but more on the orange side. Having this with some orange cranberry bread was really good.

Since it’s nearly summer, I will have to try a cup iced.

Flavors: Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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85

My very first roasted oolong. I brewed this in what I call the "western electric kettle, single mug method’. It smells earthy, and a little smoky. The dry leaves have a more earthy scent. Iget a little chocolate in the flavour, but that’s more like dark chocolate or roast cacao beans. There is some of the roasty oolong flavour, but it’s more subtle.

Thanks to Chinese Tea Shop for letting me try this.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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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), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
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-
95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure

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Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

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