1349 Tasting Notes

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Ah…. see, after a not-so-great tea experience, I should just reach for Teavivre. This is the lovely chocolate honeyed goodness I truly adore, with a hint of floral sweetness, and a bit of… crunch?… that I just can’t get enough of. Will definitely re-steep.

Used three balls in 12 oz of water, for a 2.5 minute steep in 185F water.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Thick

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Coconut Cocoa by The Republic of Tea
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Bleh. Why did I make this for myself last night? Oh yes, because my house sitter moved all my teas, including the ones in the swap box — so I forgot this was a “someone else will enjoy this much more than I ever will” kind of tea.

It smells very strongly of coconut, both brewed and in the tin. It tastes more like coconut than anything else – which is lovely, if you like coconut. In fairness, this is truly very, very coconutty… a honest to goodness coconut, as opposed to artificial. I drink and eat a lot of coconut products though these days, so perhaps that’s my bias…. I just want the real thing.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaNTees

It’s odd…I love coconut, but I don’t much care for this tea! :)

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Grabbed this while in Montreal six months ago and promptly mailed it back to myself to enjoy at home – which is now. ;)

Interesting tea, quite a bit more subtle than I was expecting. As the instruction say on their website, this is meant to be enjoyed Moroccan style, which means heavily sweetened. While I can see this reasoning, it’s just not how I like my tea. And so…

Very grassy green tea, with only the breath of mint in there (you know what I mean – where you inhale and can feel the coolness of the mint, but not taste it). There’s something making this creamy as well as very smooth – I think the creaminess is the actual green tea, whereas the smoothness is from the absinthe. Which, just now, I only realized was an herb.

Doubt I’d drink this again, yet can see how a green tea lover might really appreciate it.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Mint, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Liquid Proust

Is there a absinthe taste or it is more of a marketing word?

MissB

I don’t know what absinthe actually tastes like, but this is a spice company that also blends their own tea. So the ingredients are only green tea, absinthe, and moroccan mint. Sometime who has had the absinthe drink would have to taste it to tell me… I really haven’t a clue.

Kaylee

Allow me to volunteer for that task!

MissB

Sure! Send me a note and I can send it your way.

Liquid Proust

Shoot, me too! I have a few alcohol inspired teas to swap with.

MissB

There’s enough for two Liquid Proust, and I’m happy to share. I don’t want any tea back though.. Unless maybe it’s something being amazing. I just have too much tea.

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Hm. Weird tea. Got it as a sample in their Kickstarter campaign, and it’s…. better cold. A bit floral, juicy berry (can’t tell what exactly), and definitely hibiscus. There’s something in here though that’s giving me an allergic reaction, even though the ingredient list seems solid. I’ll pass off the last cup to someone else who might enjoy it more.

Flavors: Berry, Floral, Hibiscus

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Phenix MF by Mariage Frères
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Had to try this again before sending off the last two teaspoons to folks who requested a taste. Yes, it’s just as good today… Chocolaty with no chocolate in it but more of a milk than the chocolate you get out of a Yunnan, if that mashes sense.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Honey

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drank Purple Pu-erh by Majesteas
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Purple puerh had me instantly intrigued as soon as I heard about it, however the tea making conditions in Europe left a lot to be desired, so I brought this back with me and am currently sipping it, cooled, on a blisteringly hot day in the Kootenays (BC, Canada).

It tastes very different cold than hot, although still pleasant. I get earthiness, almost a damp mossy earthiness, with a honeyed sweetness and then…. camomile? Huh? I’m positive it’s chamomile, as I only get this odd feeling in my throat when I drink chamomile tea (like all the cillia in my throat are at attention). Interesting.

Aha! Rarity was the one who gave this to me during our Edinburgh “meet for tea and swap tea” first ever, face-to-face visit. Yes! Thank you so much for your time and gracious sharing … I have so much tea here that I would’ve only had the opportunity to try because of you. Merci!

Flavors: Honey, Wet Earth, Wet Moss

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
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Got this ages ago as a gift from Stacey, am only trying it now as I threw it into a bag with a bunch of other samples to taste while traveling to see family. So…. not sure what the deal is with this, but it was just a meh for me. Nothing special, nothing amazing, no special flavors that popped… just tea. Really. A bit shocked to be honest.

MissB

Oh. Crap. JUST noticed this is an oolong, which is likely why Stacey sent it (normally I feel violently ill within minutes of drinking oolong tea). This might explain why I’ve felt like death warmed over since I had this yesterday?

Indigobloom

Oh no, feel better soon!!

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drank White White Cocoa by T2
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This smells amazing, both in the bag and steeped. Very creamy, chocolatey, and yes, definitely white chocolate… normally not my favorite, admittedly, but that’s another conversation. It tasted better cooled than hot, and I’m a bit surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Hm. Who sent this to me? I thought possibly OMGsrsly (but see no reviews from her of it), then I see VariaTEA has shared a bunch… or perhaps it’s from my colleague in Australia who sent me a box of Aussie tea about a year ago? I really need to start writing down people’s names and handles on my incoming swap bags. :) Thank you to whomever shared this though! I love it.

Flavors: Creamy

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Real Black by Informal Tea.
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Got this as a sample when I bought a huge box full of these New Zealander teas, and I wish I’d tried it when I got it! Smelled like rich, unsweetened chocolate out of the bag. Tastes more like a piece of chocolate that fell into the BBQ charcoal, minus the smokiness. A bit malty, too? Super complex straight tea that I’m curious about resteeping.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt

Sil

oh man…sounds delicious!

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drank Ginger Peach by Market Spice
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Grabbed this in Seattle, gosh, a year ago? Still love that it’s one of the few places I’ve visited the world over where I van buy tea in as small or as large quantities as I’d like. So in this cae, it wwas $0.59 worth, which ended up being about, uh, 4 tablespoons.

I’ve had this a few times, and it depends on the day how much I like it. Yesterday, I got peach without question but no ginger. Today I’m getting a ginger aftertaste, with a slight peachy flavor, mostly (decent quality) black tea.

Flavors: Ginger, Malt, Peach

Preparation
12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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