303 Tasting Notes


I only have a little of this left, and no tea budget to buy more with! :(
I noticed today that this had a kinda weird smell when dry. I’m not sure if it smelled like that last time I made this. However, it still tasted just as delicious as last time! One thing I’ve noticed to watch out for is that this one shouldn’t be allowed to cool very much. It wasn’t astringent at all when hot, but as it cooled, the astringency came out and got stronger and stronger.

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I think I enjoyed this one best at a warm temperature too, although not necessarily astringency-related.

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Drank this last night. I really didn’t taste much flavor at all. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but next time I will try spicing it up with some of my peppermint, to see where that goes.

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Thanks to Teavivre for this and the other generous samples!

I’ve been really scared to try this. Back when I first got into tea, I had some bad experiences with green teas and jasmine greens in particular. I’m sure it was mostly due to my lack of brewing knowledge, but it still made me shy away from green teas. But for some reason, I saw this today and just really wanted to try it. I’m definitely happy I did.

I’m used to overly floral, intense jasmine teas. Some people may like those, but they just give me headaches. This is not overly strong, in smell or taste. It smells great. I was tempted to not even drink it and just smell it instead.

I wish I could thank this tea for giving me hope. It tastes so good that I want to try more green teas now! It was sweet, which I wasn’t expecting. Most green teas I’ve had have tasted kinda like burnt grass. The jasmine is light, not overpowering.

I’m not really sure what else to say about it, as I don’t know what to look for in green teas, but this is really great! If you’re looking to get into green teas, give this a try!

175 °F / 79 °C

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drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
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Mmm I’m liking this one a lot more this time. The rose scent seems a lot stronger than I remember. All the flavors seem stronger. I guess this one just needed a while to sit around and get awesome or something.

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drank Kamiya Papaya Oolong by Teavana
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Wow, a month sense my last note! I’ve been drinking tea, but too busy to write anything.

Anyway, I thought I wrote a note about this a while back, but I don’t see it any more. :(

Well, I wasn’t very impressed when I first had this. I decided to make this iced today. Based on just the taste, I really like this. However, I KNOW that this is supposed to be oolong. I really can’t taste any tea in this. I wish this was just some sort of herbal tea. Then it could be cheaper and I would be happy with it. If that was the case, this would have a nice high rating. Unfortunately, it’s not holding up to what it claims to be. So it has to get a lower rating.

I will enjoy the rest of this as iced tea, but until it becomes an herbal blend, I doubt I will buy it again.

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Even though I seem to have tasting problems, I was really interested in this and wanted something to keep me company at work. I was really concerned at first. This smelt like grapefruit while it was steeping. I really DO NOT like grapefruit. I got another tea from here as a sample and it had grapefruit in it. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was definitely gross to me. Luckily, this looses the grapefruit smell after steeping.
I tried to make this iced, but ran out of time before work, so now it’s a kinda weird lukewarm thing. I feel like I can taste more with this than I have been with the other teas. It tastes and smells like the orange sherbet ice cream that my dad would always get me. Hopefully I can taste more when I get back to normal.


Oh…. yeah, Midsummer Night’s Dream is definitely grapefruity for me. I think I had similar thoughts about Pink Flamingo too. I like grapefruit though.


I’m not getting the grapefruit in the flavor at all, which makes me happy. It’s pretty much vanilla orange ish for me. Do the gooseberries taste/smell like grapefruit maybe?


I’m honestly not sure! I’m glad it doesn’t taste like grapefruit for you though. I actually liked it because it did for me! But I haven’t had it in ages. Drank down my sample and haven’t picked up more yet.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmm, I think something is going on with my mouth. I tried four different teas yesterday and they were all weak and meh. Then I tried this today, and it was meh. I do have these weird little bumps in one spot on the roof of my mouth, that I just noticed today. Maybe I somehow burned myself really bad or something. I hope it’s just my taster that’s not working, because I really want these teas to taste good!
As far as I can tell, I couldn’t really taste much chocolate or peppermint with this. I’ll definitely give it another try later.

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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In the bag, this smells like Starburst to me. I was really excited for that taste. I drank this yesterday, so my memory isn’t completely accurate but I just remember a sort of general sweet taste, and nothing spectacular. I’ll wait until I can give a proper reveiw to rate it though.

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I got a big box of teas in from greatlin yesterday! Thanks so much! After my successful go with the mandarin silk oolong the day before, I was craving even more oolong. I knew that this was one that she was sending, so I hunted through the box for it. Unfortunately, I can’t remember how it smelled dry, but after steeping it was like wonderful banana heaven. I was expecting this to have the fake banana flavor, but it tastes like actual bananas. The creamy banana goodness and the oolong go together so perfectly! Definitely getting more of this!

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This smells really sweet, like bubblegum, when dry. It gets a bit more minty once it’s steeped. Unfortunately, it just tasted like a weak peppermint tea. I think I’m much happier just putting my own peppermint in, so I can get it as strong or weak as I like.
Don’t let my low rating scare you off though. I like really minty teas, but if you like yours a bit more subtle, you might like this. I have some left if anybody would like to give it a try.

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I’ve lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Colorado, Maryland, Texas, and California, and I’m currently in Oklahoma while the boyfriend gets his grad schooling on.

I’ve been into tea for about five years now and my favorite thing is that there is still so much to learn! I personally prefer black and oolong teas, though I love trying new teas whatever they may be.

I also knit quite a bit and sell things on my etsy when I’m not busy with school.

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