272 Tasting Notes


I have been craving a smoky tea all day and I finally got to make a cup of this! This is a really nice smoky tea, it’s not bitter, gross, or overwhelming. It actually seems to be pretty mild as far as smoke in teas go.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
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I made a cup of this, and then accidentally fell asleep, oops…
When I woke up, it was cold but still tasted nice so I took it to class with me as an iced tea. Not quite as flavorful as it is hot, but still a lovely unflavored tea.

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I’ve tried this now hot, iced, and cold brewed, at least a few times each way. This is a really nice flavored tea in my opinion. It’s not too sweet and doesn’t overwhelm the tea itself. When brewed hot, it has an interesting milk chocolate flavor (not sure where it comes from though?) with some rose in there. Cold brewed, the chocolate flavor gets even stronger, in a good way. Iced is where the pomegranate really shows up in my opinion. The tea takes on a tart tanginess that you really don’t get with the other methods.

Flavors: Chocolate, Rose, Tart

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I was lucky enough to receive some generous samples of black tea from Teavivre, and I can’t wait to try them all. This was the first one I went for, and seems to be a good choice (though I’m guessing that they all are!). I’ve been tending toward flavored teas lately, and haven’t had a good unflavored black tea in a long time. I always seem to forget how much I love them until I happen to have one and I’m reminded all over again.
This tea was really lovely. It was very smooth, and I didn’t get any bitterness or astringency at all. I got some dark chocolate notes, which I always really love in these kinds of teas. I look forward to trying this tea out some more, and seeing what parameters give me the best results

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drank White Rose by Zhi Tea
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I visited Zhi Tea this weekend and picked up a couple of teas to try. I love the store, I just wish it was slightly closer to me.
I cold brewed this tea overnight and brought it to class with me this morning. I thought I had added too much tea, but this still tasted great with no astringency. My suspicion is that this holds up very well to being oversteeped. The flavor is very light and delicate, with just the hint of floral rose. It is not an overwhelming rose flavor, and that’s due to the fact that this tea is not actual flavored, but instead gets any rose flavor from the roses mixed in with the tea leaves. Another bonus to that is that this is quite a beautiful tea to steep up, with the roses floating around. I’m really happy with this one!

Flavors: Floral, Rose

Iced 8 min or more

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This is a tea that I picked up on my recent visit to the steeping room. Lately, I’ve found that I’ve mostly been sticking to flavored black teas, so I’m trying to get myself to branch out a little bit more. I really love jasmine green teas, but for some reason I never seem to go for them. I happened to pick this one up to smell, and it was AMAZING. I knew I had to get it. I tried it for the first time yesterday and ended up having about three cups of it.

The jasmine is the main flavor here, with the blueberry adding a nice sweetness and some dimension to the flavor. One thing that tends to make me shy away from green teas, is that I tend to oversteep them and make them bitter. This one, however, seemed very resistant to oversteeping, which is a nice added bonus for me!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
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My boyfriend is starting to get into tea more, and he’s willing to start moving away from his beloved Earl Grey Creams and try some other things. While out at a local restaurant, I ordered a pot of this to share.

Turns out, he loved it! He said that he liked that it was a more delicate flavor than many of the teas he’s had before. This was also my first time trying this one, and while it was nice, I would have personally steeped it a little longer. I was able to get the white tea, but I couldn’t get a lot of the other notes, such as coconut. I plan on introducing my boyfriend to more white teas.

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I saw the little sampler pack that contains this, Raspberry Earl Grey, and two others that I don’t remember at TJ Maxx for about $5 and decided it was worth a try. The Raspberry Earl Grey was really what drew me in, but I’m interested in sampling all of the flavors.

This one is such a strong mint smell dry, it will definitely clear your nose out. I steeped this one up, and really all I’m getting is the mint. While not bad by any means, I can’t tell a difference taste wise between this and a mint tisane/herbal. The only benefit I see of drinking this one over an herbal is if you want the caffeine, but otherwise there doesn’t seem like a lot of difference.

So not bad, but it doesn’t stand out either.

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This is another older tea that I’ve had for a while. It still smells great, smoky and foresty, but unfortunately it seems to have lost a lot of its flavor at this point. I still get a weak smoky flavor but that’s about it. I definitely need to go through my stash and clean out some of my older teas and refresh my stash, since I believe a significant number of my teas are on the older side.

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Holy moly it’s been as while since I’ve really posted on here very much. I’ve just been so busy, but I’ve missed this community and definitely want to make time to come back and review the teas that I’m drinking anyway.

The tea: I’ve had this stuff forever. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I always skip over drinking it, I think because I always get to it when I’m looking for caffeine. Well I needed something warm more than I needed caffeine today so I went for this. I added in a splash of this half almond milk/half coconut milk stuff I just got. While the milk is awesome, this tea was just kinda eh to me. There was a weird fake taste that I couldn’t quite place. There is a chance these are just old, because I feel like I remember liking this more in the past so take this as you will.

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I’m a premed student at a university near Austin. I’ve recently started getting very much into tea, but I’m still learning. I’ve lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Colorado, Maryland, and California, and each place has it’s own charm, but Colorado was definitely my favorite place. I also knit quite a bit and sell things on my etsy when I’m not busy with school.
I really love swapping, so if anything in my cupboard catches your eye, please let me know!


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