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236 Tasting Notes

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Ok, I don’t have a Valentine, I got myself the Valentine sampler for myself, that’s ok, right? Actually, I got two of them! I started off with this tea. I’ve been wanting a way to try 52 teas, but not buy the entire 2 oz bag. So this deal was perfect! This sampler should stay, since it’s a great way to try teas without forking for a whole pack! Now I see why others say this place could hurt your bank account.

I love my chardonnays buttery. And I love the buttery tea of certain green and oolong teas. But this tea has the actual taste of butter! Love it! I can’t eat bread anymore, but this tea allows me to still have it in a way. 52teas is my answer for my gluten cravings, yay!

I made it was cream and sugar, but was great naked, too. I love the small hint of toastiness. Raisin was nicely there, and I am not always a fan of raisins. I would of liked more cinnamon, but I’ll probably add more when I brew it next. I wonder how this tea would taste if made with houjicha, though it’s great the way it is.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Absolutely ok!

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
236 tasting notes

I bought this after receiving a gift card for William Sonoma. I have had this tea on my shopping list since I first joined steepster. And I finally cracked it open. The smell that came out was amazing. Smells of strawberries, freshly baked chocolate cake, deep vanilla, and some floral. What a perfect Valentine’s Day tea! :)

The brew wasn’t as strong as it smelled. Still a lovely black tea, very enchanting. With the name Marco Polo, I was thinking more spices in the tea. I love the ending taste of the tea, that has to be the flowers. This is a very original flavor. I just wish it was more affordable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Pu-erh Chai by Golden Moon Tea
236 tasting notes

I haven’t had pu-erh loose yet, just from Numi. This tea needs to grow on you, it seems. I am with Cofftea were I was nervous to try it. I kept all the Golden Moon samples I wasn’t sure of for last. I brewed it in 1/2 milk and 1/2 water for 4 minutes. I could drink this again, but I wouldn’t buy it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Kashmiri Chai by Tavalon Tea
236 tasting notes

Thank you LiberTea for sending me some of this chai. It is a lighter chai, I like the almond background. I would loved more almond to it! The green tea base was hard to taste. The blend of spice were different and nice. I brewed it in 1/2 milk and 1/2 water, and later added sugar and honey. Overall, a nice chai tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I ordered a glass 5oz gaiwan from Norbu. It is so wonderful, and I totally recommend checking it out if you are consider buying one. I don’t use it all the time, but it’s quite handy. A sample of this tea came along with the gaiwan, which was a great surprise.

I was hesitant to try since it was charcoal roasted. I can’t stomach smoky teas for the most part. The dry leaf smells refreshing. Yay, roasted, not smoky! It has a small sweet wood flavor and chocolate hints. I prefer greener, but this is quite nice. It’s complex, so make time for this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you Doulton for this tea, first of all. It is truly an experience! :)

I have saved this tea for a special occasion, but nothing special came up except a day of doing nothing. I used 10oz of water per ball. I used Morgana’s perimeters for each steep, but I added a minute to each steep. I’m drinking my 2nd steep as I type this.

The first steep was a light amber brew. I used a butter knife to pry it more open, by the second brew, it was a beautiful loose mess of leaves. It smells sweet and floral. I get a small pastry like taste like a cookie. The 2nd brew got darker, and not as sweet.

This is a fun tea! It just wants to be shared while it’s brewed. The taste is good, but the experience heightens the tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Marani™ by TeaGschwendner
236 tasting notes

I am loving pineapple and green tea together. I love the floral and pineapple flavor. It’s nicely blended, and makes for a refreshing iced tea. I never had a tea with sunflower before. Not sure what flavor it is suppose to impart. The rose flavor is at the perfect amount for my preference. It is a beautiful tea in its dry state.

Really enjoyable. I would of liked more pineapple. It’s hard to beat Den’s Pineapple tea. Rebrews nicely. I really like the green tea in this. It’s a blend of different greens.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
236 tasting notes

Holy crap. This is yummy to the yum degree. I first tried it hot, and didn’t think much of it. It was good, but just ok. But iced? The flavors came out better, to me. I brewed it double strength, added sugar, vanilla paste, and a touch of cream, and poured over ice. Just creamy goodness. I would of enjoyed more crustyiness flavor, but still, this is just a delight. I bet this would be enjoyable with coconut milk.

I truly enjoy this. Thank you LiberTeas for an ample sample.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

Ooh, I’ve never tried this iced. I’ll have to try that the next time I sip on this tea. Sounds delicous.

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76
drank Moon Palace by TeaGschwendner
236 tasting notes

I got this iced to go at my local TeaG, and I found out it’s closing. :( This really sucks. But the tea doesn’t! :)

The tea produces a chartreuse brew. It has a bold lemon flavor, zesty. The vanilla made it creamy like. It was refreshing iced. I would of enjoyed a little more creaminess to it. It reminds me of that character from Strawberry Shortcake, the Lemon Meringue one. It tastes like that one smelled. The green tea is a nice mix, it’s bright flavored. If you like lemon bars, this is your tea.

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This tea reminds me of TeaG’s Bossa Nova, minus the hazelnut. I would of liked more caramel to this tea. Very easy to drink. Slightly roasted flavor. The oolong in this is quite nice!

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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!

Reading the reviews help guide me to the right tea. I have been turned on to so many delightful brews.

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