160 Tasting Notes

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drank Rosengarten by JagerTee
160 tasting notes

This is one of the teas that I brought back from my latest trip to Europe. I found it in a neat little tea shop in Vienna called JagërTee. First of all, Vienna is an incredible city. It was really hot when I was there and I found this tea shop walking towards a museum from the hotel. I was with my entire family at the moment, so I decided to come back on my own because I knew that I would be taking a while looking through their teas. They had a huge variety as well as a nice little shop with a tea room adjacent to it. I took my time and chose a few teas. This one was love at first sight.

The dry tea is beautiful, no doubt the prettiest and most feminine I have yet to encounter. The elegant black tea leaves are decorated with tiny rose buds, rose petals and slivered almonds. The scent is breathtaking. It smells like fresh made marzipan with rosewater, mouthwatering and delicate at the same time.

While brewing, it truly fills up the room with a freshly baked pastry scent that mingles in the air for quite a while. The brewed tea is amazing. It tasted rich and has a thick sensation to it. Almost as if you were drinking almond milk. I had it slightly sweetened and it was one of the most tantalizing tea experiences I have had so far. The marzipan flavor with the rose water scent make it a delicate tea with a rich involving flavor while the thickness of the almond makes it creamy.

The black tea base was well chosen. It gave it the right amount of bitter to keep it from being an overwhelmingly sweet blend. It has a honey aftertaste that works well with the flavoring of this tea.

I regret not buying more of this tea… I doubt I will ever get a chance to get it ever again… If you ever go to Vienna, I highly recommend going to JagërTee and looking for this blend. If you happen to get enough to share with me, that would be even better!!! :)

On an unrelated note, my boyfriend’s brother who lives in Spain and hasn’t been to Ecuador for the past 5 years showed up for a surprise visit to be here for their other brother’s wedding (next Saturday)! It was a neat surprise and I have been busy going back and forth everywhere with them. Last night we went to a magic show that came from Las Vegas (I think…) called “The Illusionists”. It was incredible!!! I have seen magic shows on TV, but being there and seeing it live was a completely different experience! I really enjoyed it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
inguna

“marzipan with rosewater” – that sounds great!

Nik

This sounds lovely. And I loved your tasting note, too. =)

Ysaurella

Surely you went at Demel’s in Vienna? Did you go for a cup of tea with a Pastry ?

Terri HarpLady

Beautiful review, Nina, & the tea sounds amazing!

fleurdelily

soooooo romantic, I love the way you describe it …. sigh :)

Ninavampi

Thanks everyone!
@*Ysaurella*- Yep! It was spectacular! I loved the pastries! Everything in Vienna tasted sooo good!

@*Fleurdelily*- Thanks for the link!! Now, I only need to find someone who speaks German to guide me through it1! :)

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I was really excited about this tea. I was a bit worried about the honeybush, but decided that it was too good to let my worries get the best of me, so I went ahead and ordered it. I do, after all, really love 52teas blueberry flavoring. So, here I am with a peculiar smelling cup of tea.

The dry tea smells like blueberry pastry through and through. Then all of the sudden BOOM honeybush. If you like honeybush, this should be by no means a problem. Sadly, I’m not a huge fan. But I like blueberry enough that I am willing to risk it!

Once brewed, the light liquor smelled deliciously buttery with the sticky blueberry creeping through the creaminess of the scent. The taste was smooth and sweet. The honeybush was a bit strong for my taste, so I decided to sweeten it. It was deliciously blueberry and pastry with the right amount of sweetness. Sadly, the honeybush was still too present for me. If I actually liked honeybush, this tea would be a favorite. I don’t like honeybush… So I am sadly going to have to pass on it.

If anyone is interested in swapping some or all of it (I only have used 2 teaspoons of the brand new pouch) just let me know! It is delicious and completely worth a try! Just beware of the honeybush! :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Ugh, if I had the time to set up a proper swap, I’d be all over this :(

fleurdelily

LOL, you’ve really got blueberry on the brain lately, haven’t you? :D maybe I should say, blueberry on your tastebuds. I await your verdict for the ultimate blueberry tea :)

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drank Blueberry Zabaglione by 52teas
160 tasting notes

To be fair, I have to warn you that my favorite tea is 52teas Blueberry Cream cheese Danish… All blueberry teas will be compared to that masterpiece of a tea. So, I am sorry to say, that while this is delicious, it isn’t quite at the level of mouthwatering mastery of Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish!

The dark leaves are 52teas new black tea base. I find it to be a little stronger tasting than the previous one. I smell the blueberry with a hint of tartness followed by the scent of black tea which mingles in your nostrils for a while. There are quite a few whole dry blueberries surrounded by the tea leaves. 

Once brewed, the liquor is dark brown and strongly scented of blueberry. I still find a bit of tartness in the scent, but the is a creamy note that I couldn’t find in the dry tea. 

I first tried it unsweetened… and wow was it astringent. Immediately sweetened it and obtained a tasty cup of creamy blueberry deliciousness. The blueberry flavor was the first thing to stand out. 52teas has a particularly delicious blueberry flavoring! The creamy note came second as more of a sensation than a flavor, but it was very definitely there. Finally a delicate wave of astringency and black tea rolled across my tongue.    

I recommend this to any one who hasn’t had the opportunity to try 52teas blueberry flavoring yet. It really is spectacular. If you like this tea, then I think that you will love Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish! 

Fjellrev

Still not quite as good as Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish though, eh? :D

Veronica

I need to know how to bribe Frank into re-blending the Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish. I. Must. Try. It. Not that I’m obsessing or anything. :)

Ninavampi

@*Incendiare*- Nope… No quite!

It really is a must have! :)

OtherWillSmith

i highly recommend the Berry Blue Berry from http://www.theteaexchange.com
i’m normally a straight plain tea guy and don’t go for most of the fruit blends, but i have to say this one blew my mind :-)

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I have officially increased the rating of this tea… It has been a while since I brewed it last, and wow… it really has become delicious! I was in the mood for something sweet and fun to drink tonight. I had a good day at work and picked out a nice dress for my boyfriend’s brother’s wedding. So, time for frivolous tea enjoyment!

The scent was pure cotton candy with a hint of the smell of the black tea base. While it brewed I stood over my cup and sniffed at the sweet promise of a good cup of tea. It made me smile as my mind was reminded of all of the time I have had cotton candy. Cotton Candy, at least for me, is entirely related to positive happy times. The smell of this tea captured it perfectly. 

Once brewed I sweetened and enjoyed. Deliciously sweet and reminiscent of Cotton Candy. My only complaint is that I couldn’t sip it slow enough for it to last me long enough… I guess I will have to brew another cup! … Why do I decide that this is delicious after it is sold out!?!?! Ah well… I will enjoy what I have left of my original little package. 

This is best described as a sweet and happy tea! :)

Azzrian

One of my favorites!

CupofTree

Ok I’m sold lol

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Work has been so stressful lately… I believe it is driving me crazy. I have a big project in the making and I coincidentally found out that there is another company who seems to be doing the exact same thing. So, I have to work harder and faster to make sure my project gets out there first… The most stressful part is that I am not entirely sure when they intend to launch…. All I can do is my best! Wish me luck!

On to the tea… This tea smelled incredibly creamy today. It was great to just sit and sniff it while relaxing. I love how creamy it smells and the green tea  scent that mingles behind completes the deliciousness profile of this tea. 

I still get hints of citrus in the flavor. The aftertaste reminds me a bit of lemon. What makes this tea great, more than the flavoring itself, is the creamy mouth feel. The smell, with the sensation of smooth cream is enough to make you wonder if cream has somehow been hidden in this blend. If only it had a bit more vanilla it would make it into my favorites… 

I love that matcha has become a night-time tradition for me. For some reason, I get no effects from the caffein… In fact, it helps me wind down and relax!  Thanks Red LEaf Tea for making it possible for me to get matcha delivered to Ecuador and for fueling my nightly matcha habits! 

Hesper June

Good luck! I know you can do it:-)
So glad you have tasty tea to help you unwind at the end of your stressful days.

Ninavampi

Thanks Hesper June! I can use all of the motivation I can get! :)

Indigobloom

Best of luck with that project! this sounds yummy

Veronica

Good luck with the project! This tea sounds terrific. I should probably just give up and give Red Leaf Tea my money. :)

Sil

Veronica – it’s inevitable lol

Ninavampi

Thanks indigobloom and Veronica!

Helena

Good Luck!

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Weekends always seem too short… Weeks should be four work days and three rest days!! It makes perfect sense doesn’t it?? Well, since that won’t be happening any time soon… I might as well enjoy delicious tea in the mean time!

This matcha is tasty. No doubt about it. I love that I ended my Monday with a nice frothy cup of hot blueberry matcha. 

I felt that the blueberry flavoring was stronger this time around, but it didn’t overcome the matcha flavor so it was perfect. I love how versatile matcha can be. I added a tiny bit of milk to the last few sips and I had a green tea blueberry milkshake! (except it was warm…) 

Well, a good way to start my tea week! I will need to repurchase this one soon (and I purchased a large!…) I am having a hard time deciding which Red Leaf tea Matcha flavors to try next! :) So many yummy ones to chose from! 

Sil

MMM another flavour I need to think about picking up.

Ninavampi

If you like blueberry, it is really worth a try! :) There are so many good options to pick from… I am having trouble on deciding which ones should be in my next order.

Veronica

Oooh, I love blueberry. I’m going to have to give this one a try. Sounds delightful!

Sil

I have pear and uh…cheesecake on the way :) I really want mocha and then every fruit under the sun haha

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Something really important happened this weekend… Something important enough to keep me away from tea and Steepster for a weekend! … It was my 27 birthday!!! 27… Wow… I feel like I was just graduating from University… Time flies… In celebration, my boyfriend took me to a resort at the natural hot springs here in Ecuador (Papallacta) and we spent a great weekend there. We even got massages and champagne! I think it was a surprise worthy of a tea break, though I am thankful that I got to have my cup of birthday tea today! 

Pancake is such a happy flavor. This tea captures it perfectly. I have bought it so many times, and I will keep on doing so until Frank gets tired of making it. I go through it too quickly. Sweetened it fools your mouth into thinking you are eating pancakes. It never fails to amaze me. 

I sipped my cup while sitting with Sencha (my dog) and just enjoying the tea. I got no bitterness, just a tiny bit of astringency. The tea flavor shines through the pancake flavor just the right amount to make it a tea and not just a cup of hot water that tastes like pancake. Tea is wonderful like that, it magically turns a cup of water into a delicious beverage that makes every moment brighter!

Now, off to have my second cup of tea for my birthday after a long and positive day at work! :) Happy Birthday to me!

momo

Happy Birthday!

Ninavampi

Thanks Amanda! :)

Fjellrev

Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Nik

Happy birthday! =)

Indigobloom

Happy Birthday!!! sounds like it was a fun one :)

Sil

Woot! Happy birthday!

Alphakitty

Happy birthday! ^^

Bonnie

Happy 27th youngster!

Azzrian

Happy 27th!!

Missy

Happy Birthday!!!

Kittenna

Happy birthday! :)

Michelle

Happy birthday!

ashmanra

Happy birthday!

Dinosara

Happy Birthday!!

Mélissa

Happy birthday! (P.s: Awesome name for a dog.)

Helena

Happy Birthday!! your a little older than me :D

TheTeaFairy

Bonne Fête Ninavampi!

DaisyChubb

Yay Happy Bday!

tigress_al

Happy birthday! You chose a wonderful bday tea!

LiberTEAS

Happy Birthday!

Ninavampi

Thanks everyone! It was like having a second birthday celebration from all of my friends here on Steepster! :)

Angrboda

Happy birthday. :)

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Blueberry is one of my favorite flavors, second only to vanilla. Unfortunately for me, blueberries don’t grow in Ecuador. We have “Mortiño” which is a type of blueberry, but it is tiny and sour. So, any time I am able to get something blueberry flavored, it is a no brainer. I MUST have it. This tea was no exception. Since Red Leaf Tea is amazing and ships to remote corners of the world (ex. Ecuador) I placed my order immediately!

Blueberries are native to North America. The flowering end of the berry (the one that isn’t connected to the stem) is a perfect 5 pointed star. Because of this, some Native American cultures referred to it as the “Star Berry”. They had many uses for it, including relieving persistent coughs! In modern day, it is known that blueberries are incredibly high in antioxidants. Also, it is one of the few naturally occurring blue pigments in plants. How can you not love blueberries? They taste delicious, are good for you and are interesting too!

Since blueberry is one of my favorite flavors I am very picky about it. There are delicious blueberry flavored things and not so tasty artificial blueberry flavors. I had my fingers crossed and hopes high for this Matcha. So far, Red Leaf Tea has been nothing but positive surprises. This Matcha was an incredibly delicious experience. I have downed 4 cups of it so far, and fear that I will have to order quite a bit more soon! Oh blueberry flavored Matcha… My wallet laments that you are so delicious!

As soon as I opened the big golden packet (I went ahead and got a large…) I smelled blueberry. It was like taking a fresh blueberry pie out of the oven. My mouth started watering and I couldn’t wait to have it in my cup. The green powder smelled so much like blueberries that my brain kept wondering how it could still be green rather than blue!

Once prepared it frothed perfectly, the foamy surface was delicious. I prepared it hot and nice and thick. Each sip was smooth and sweet, even though no sweetener was added. Its thickness made me imagine a sip of blueberry smoothie in my mouth, it even made me feel full after finishing the cup! It is a delightful experience. I also tried it iced which was delicious and refreshing. I think this would be delicious to sip by the pool with a good book, or even better, by the ocean! Yumm… I think I will have to do that one day!

This Matcha is now permanently invited to live in my tea cabinet. It is a staple that I can’t imagine living without now that I have tried it! If you would like to try it (and trust me you should!) you can find it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/blueberry-matcha.html . (Just keep in mind, that after one try, you will be hooked!) :)

Geoffrey Norman

I actually had this one, and I hate to say I got no flavor out of it. Nothing even remotely resembling blueberry.

Ninavampi

@Geoffrey- that’s too bad! I really loved the blueberry in this matcha! To each his or her favorites. :)

Sil

Glad you are enjoying the matcha nina :)

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It has taken me way too long to get around to reviewing these samples that FONG MONG TEA graciously sent me to review. Sorry FONG MONG TEA! I really wish that I had gotten to this tea sooner… It is amazing… Really!

The little gold sample packet was nicely packed with dark green rolled leaves. The green was so dark and deep that it looked almost black, like a forest in the moonlight. The scent was deliciously sweet. It smelled of hints of honey with pine-nuts. Just in case you aren’t familiar with pine-nuts, they smell and taste nothing like pine trees, but more like a mix of walnuts and cashews… It was nuttier and smoother smelling than most oolongs. The scent was thick and inviting with undeniable sweetness.

Once steeped, the tea was a golden color with a tint of olive green. It smelled delicious, with the honey notes becoming more prominent without overcoming the nuttiness of the oolong. I couldn’t wait to sip it. Something about it seemed almost magical.

The first thing that struck me the most was that as soon as I sipped it, my mouth was filled with a sweet nutty flavor. It is the sweetest tea I have tasted so far. Absolutely surreal. I really had never experienced a tea that could fool me into thinking that sugar had been added… I am pleasantly shocked by the sweetness in each sip! I taste a tiny hint of smokiness towards the end of each sip, adding depth to the natural nuttiness of the Oolong.

Also unique and worth mentioning is the cooling sensation at the end of each sip, almost like what you feel after sipping peppermint tea. It is a great combination of flavors and sensations. It is by far the most unique tea I have tasted so far. Delicious and surprising all at once.

My taste-buds feel like they just came back from a SPA all pampered and relaxed. I think that this Oolong should be tasted by anyone who is a fan of Oolongs or sweeter teas. You really need to try it… Trust me… :)

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I love tea and have since I was a little girl. Once I could buy my own tea, I began to explore and learn about the extensive and delicious world of tea!

Also, love my French Bulldog (named Sencha…) and my tea oblivious boyfriend. I enjoy ice skating (I am a part time coach), reading, writing, baking, running, and lots of sweets!

My favorite teas tend to be on the sweeter side. Both flavored and plain teas are great to me. Currently going through a flavored tea phase. Enjoying it greatly! : )

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