263 Tasting Notes

73
drank Rose Sencha by Den's Tea
263 tasting notes

I received this as a sample with my order. I love the sencha in it. I was unsure what to think of rose. Now I know, I don’t like rose if it’s a dominant flavor. If it’s a background flavor, I can take it. But straight up rose? I can’t do it. I still gladly drank the sample. I have requested they make a coconut flavor, since their flavored sencha are all top notch.

You must LOVE rose to enjoy this tea. It’s still good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
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I agree; it is flavored excellently so if you like rose, it’s great; but I don’t love rose that much, so it’s my least liked of theirs.

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45
drank Eastern Beauty by Teavana
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I received this from a swap. It’s just an okay oolong. It does have a natural pinching sweetness. It has a mint like taste that white teas have, too. Interesting. I am greener oolong fan, so I am slighted. But compared to other darker oolongs, it’s not a standout.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Berry Truffle by Art of Tea
263 tasting notes

Thank you LiberTeas for a taste of this! I brewed it for a hot drink with cream. I added a little sugar.

It just isn’t me. I like hibiscus if it’s iced. I couldn’t taste the red tea as well. I tasted a little white chocolate, and I am not the biggest fan of it. I love black currant, but I prefer it iced, too. I don’t think I would like this tea iced, either. The flavors together just weren’t for me.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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82
drank White Acai Luminesence by SpecialTeas
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It has an great balance of fruitiness and white tea. I love the addition of black currant and everything in this blend. Naturally sweet, and stands up for 3 rebrews, probably more. This was fantastic iced, too. The fruitiness comes out better.

Oh SpecialTeas, why did you have to leave us? I love this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100
reviewed Norbu Tea Glass Gaiwan by Teaware
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I bought this from Norbu after a month at looking at every gaiwan possible. It’s everything I wanted in a gaiwan. Light weight, glass, and around 4 oz. It’s actually 5.07 oz. It came with a sample of their oolong tea, which was an extra perk. I use it weekly. It was shipped fast, too! Plus, it was the best price, including shipping! I just hope I never drop it! :)

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100
drank Gyokuro Kin by Den's Tea
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How can I be so blind? You know you have too many teas when you forget you have a gyokuro hiding around. I received this from Christmas as a gift from my mom. I finally found it in my green tea shelf. This has been an awesome week in tea for me. I had my first silver needle, first milk oolong, now the first gyokuro.

WOW, this tea is so beautifully green! When brewed, it just smells and LOOKS like fresh spinach. I let it cool a little, and this is truly a cup of perfection. It’s just so tasty, grassy. I really don’t feel experienced enough to give a description, it’s beyond words, too.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This is my first milk oolong. I’m onto my 3rd brew…this is some good stuff! The rebrews aren’t getting weaker…yay. Very smooth. I didn’t get the milk flavor until it cooled down. I let it sit til it was cold, and it came out even more. I think for the price, I am not sure it’s worth it. This style is likable, I wanted to taste more butteryiness to it!

I am glad I tried it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Purple Rain by Todd & Holland
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I had to bump up the rating since it is very tasty iced. The sencha in it was so tasty. If only I liked grape!

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78
drank Black Currant Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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I LOVE black currant in teas. It’s my favorite in black. So this being paired with white tea intrigued me. I got it with the V-Day sampler.

At first, I didn’t know what to think. I had to kind of just sit back, and enjoy the tea. I would of loved more black currant! But with every review I write with black currant flavored teas, that’s my complaint, so nothing new. It is very delicately flavored. Stood up for 4 rebrews.

This reminds me of another tea called Brazilian Delight, which I prefer to this one. It just has more fruit, and the black currant was more pronounced. It’s sold by Todd and Holland, but I googled the ingredients and saw other places selling the exact tea.

I like this tea, but I would of enjoyed more fruit. Though more black currant would probably hide the actual tea flavor, which it nice and light. Very nice iced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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97

This is my very first experience with silver needle. Well, I am a fan now! This ranks up there with having REAL sencha. And that changed everything for me.

I received this sample from Doulton. This tea is quite amazing. I got 4 rebrews from it, adding 1-2 minutes to each brew. And it’s great both iced and hot. It’s just so perfect, it has such an elegance to it. For being such a light brew, it produces such a loud flavor.

Thank you Doulton for this tea. It is quite amazing, and I am now addicted. I want to marry this tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I love cooking, sleeping, reading, reggae music, and tea. I also enjoying reading about tea, the culture and ceremonies, and the diverse types.

I think most the teas I drink are 80% iced, but on some days, it’s opposite that, especially days off! I can’t believe it took me this long to try different teas. Better now than never!

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