342 Tasting Notes

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
342 tasting notes

This was part of my Steepster Select box. It’s rainy here, so I needed some black tea. The scent reminds me of a breakfast tea blend, except a little sweeter. I enjoyed the malt, and honey flavours, but that is a little hidden under the black tea flavour.

I’d probably enjoy this on Winter mornings with oatmeal or something.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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This is from my oolong sampler. My first milk oolong.

Nose (brew)- sweet, slightly floral
Colour- pale gold, hints of green
Flavour- creamy, lightly vegetal

This was very good, glad I finally was able to try it.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Lariel

I made this again with Tea Source’s Rare Orchid Oolong. Now I have a cup of milk, floral goodness.

Tealizzy

Mmmmmm!

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drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
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This came in my Steepster Select box.

It smells vaguely vegetal. The flavour is mellow and sweet, and semi-fruity. Not bad, but I much prefer to cold brew my white teas.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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93

It feels a little wrong to brew this with an electric kettle, but I don’t have a gaiwan (yet).

I’m really liked the scent of these Teavivre greens. This one smells mildly of jasmine, and slightly sweet. There a little bit of peach in the flavour, it’s mostly jasmine. For some reason jasmine makes me crave steamed rice dishes.

Thanks to Teavivre for sending me this sample. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lariel

Uh, could somebody explain what dragons have to do with pearl teas?

Stephanie

Good question!

TeaVivre

Thanks for your concern. About the name of this tea, it should not be separate dragons and pearl, they should be dragons pearl. In China, it’s called dragon pearl that something with ball shape. So we named our teas with dragons pearl that have ball shape. Hope this is useful for your concern. :)

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Green tea steeping… successful! I made a cup of this while watching Castle.

This smells so good. The scent is a bit fruity, which I really like. It has a nice, mellow green and fruity flavour. Thanks to Teavivre for letting me try this sample.
If it wasn’t so late here, I’d have another cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Veronica

I love the way Castle doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are some really intense and dramatic shows, and then there’s last night with Esposito wearing an afro. :)

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83
drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
342 tasting notes

Thanks Steepster Select, I might not have tried this otherwise.

The scent reminds me of brown rice, or toast. It has an interesting flavour, like a mild coffee and houjicha hybrid. Which is actually pretty good.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Roasted Barley

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
342 tasting notes

Thanks Teavivre for letting me try this sample.

This is my breakfast cup. As soon as I opened the package, I smelled the straw berry. Which is a fantastic scent when you’re waking up, or any other time. The scent carries over to the brewed tea, along with the nice green scent of the leaf. I like the strawberry flavour a lot, and I really like the light flavour of the oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Thanks for the free sample, Tea at the Sea. It comes with a cork sailboat? I’ll need to make that for my bookshelf. I do like the little sample bags.
It’s something that would look nice a gift shop of a port town.

It smells lovely. I really should have more unflavoured black teas. This has a sweet, malty flavour. Shall have to make some again in the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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73

I made this more my evening cup after school a few nights ago.

It smells like fruit punch. I did like the strawberry/ fruity flavour, but I don’t really like hibiscus in my tea. That always seem to come across stronger than I’d like.

Went with whatever show I was watching though.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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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, Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Indifferent- White Tea

Ratings-

70- 74: it’s okay
75- 80: like
81- 88: really like
89 and above: favourite

Location

Beach, California

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