158 Tasting Notes

74

I bought this a while back, and have had a few times now. I keep putting of reviewing it because the experience was so different to what I was expecting. Either way, I bought a bunch of it, so it is about time that I write something about it.

The tea comes in little individual serving packages which in turn are double packaged to protect the tea inside. Like most people have already mentioned, it is quite a shock when you open the little package and are faced with a moist and sticky little bunch of tea. When Teavivre says honey, they really meant it. The odd part is that I expected it to give off a rich honey scent, but I only smelled Oolong. I even ventured far enough to taste the sticky liquid, but it lasted like a vaguely sweet Oolong, still not getting any honey.

Also, each little packet is good for a 8oz cup of tea. If you add any more water than that it is too watered down for my taste. So I used two little packets for my 16oz teapot and ended up with a yellow golden brew. The scent was rich and mineral. To me Oolong scent is similar to smelling a lake, that is the sort of mineral that I am hinting at. It still had a tiny bit of latex to the scent, like the last Oolong I had from Teavivre, but it was definitely less prominent. Surprisingly, a bit of honey scent snuck into the brew. I was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely need for something called Honey Oolong that is actually sticky to smell like honey, at least when it is brewed!! :)

The first brew is mostly mineral with a hint of honey. But more than a honey flavor it is a vague honey sweetness (I hope that made sense). I was expecting the honey to be in your face yelling “Here I am!” but I got the honey saying “Oh, hello, I am here chilling with the Oolong…”. I feel like the honey aspect is more of a hint of sweetness when the tea first hits your tongue more than a flavor itself. The aftertaste is more mineral than sweet. Though towards the end of the cup I got a bit of the sweet aftertaste that I love in Oolongs, just not very strong.

The second brew had no added sweet from. I actually enjoyed it more than the first. The taste was smoother and the transition from mineral to sweet aftertaste in every sip was

very evident. It is this magical transition that makes me love Oolong so much. I love the fact that the flavors transform as they travel through your mouth.

The third brew was a bit bland, I chugged it down mindlessly. It wasn’t bad, just not much there to sip slowly through.

Overall, I dis enjoy this tea. I had super high expectations, that just weren’t met. It is a tasty Oolong, and worth trying. I love the originality of it and the surprise you get when you first open it. I have had it a few times now and I still enjoy opening the small packets of sticky leaves. So far, I have loved Teavivre’s green teas, but their Oolongs aren’t quite my favorites. I really need to try their blacks teas! The sound sensational!

Bonnie

Same here. It may be that the taste profile was lost in translation for American palates. (U.S. and Canadian) .

Cheryl

My thoughts are similar… and due to expectations perhaps.

Skulleigh

What an interesting tea! I might have to remember it and order some to try once I work my way through the current motherload of a shopping spree I just received.

Kittenna

I feel similarly to you – that my expectations were really high by the time I tried this tea, and that hurt my views on it a bit. Doesn’t help that I recently tried Verdant’s amazing tieguanyins, so probably was expecting something along those lines.

Ninavampi

Yeah, expectations strangely can play a huge role in how much you enjoy something… Glad to know I am not the only one :)

Bonnie

It’s the honey. Who knows what the taste in honey is in different parts of the world? The biggest honey producer is the U.S. Maybe what the bees snack on is different too.

Ninavampi

Bonnie- Perhaps… I live in Ecuador and so far the Honey I have tried in the US and here are pretty similar. I need to try Honey in more continents!

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drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

I love artichokes. They are my all time favorite salty food. Green tea with artichoke? Sounded promising… Must try it. Tonight, finally, I get around to this sample. It has been a very busy couple of weeks and I have managed to get carpel tunnel in my right hand from typing… So I believe my tasting notes will be a bit shorter than usual for a while. 

The dry tea smells vaguely fruity. It reminds me of a mild version of Adagio’s Guanabana tea. The leaves are bright green and inviting.

Once brewed it smells a bit like artichoke, but not enough. It is tasty, but not quite artichoke tasty. It has a pleasant sweet aftertaste, similar to the aftertaste of an artichoke. Still taste a bit of fruitiness.

I have to confess that I decided to add a dash of salt to see what happened. Turns out it was a bit more savory, but also reminded me a bit of drinking sea water…. So probably won’t be doing that again. I rather not feel like I am sipping watered down ocean… 

Adagio gets points for coming up with this amazing idea. It still needs some work before it is perfect, but I enjoyed it plenty. 

Enough typing for now. Time to rest my aching hand… Argh… Why did I work so hard!!! : (

Preparation
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Bonnie

I love the IDEA of artichoke too! I hated the big worms I had to pluck off my plants…they were inches long and were bright green with what looked like Red eyes and horns at both ends to scare off preditors and me! Krystaleyn knows what they are probably! (maybe she eat’s um!) I love, love artichokes though!

Kittenna

Tomato hornworms! Disgusting, nasty things. At least that’s what I think you’re talking about. I confess I’ve never actually seen an artichoke growing to my knowledge :)

Mercuryhime

The artichoke my MIL grows are full of earwigs. They love those crevices… Good thing I’m not a huge fan of artichokes.

Bonnie

Earwigs eeks maybe the hornworms ate um! No earwigs evah! Perfect soil …Monterey Coast not far away is sandy and lots of artichokes are grown in Castroville (Amy Oh knows) .But those worms get really long and you have to pluck um off ick!

TeaBrat

Yeah, we were down there about 6 weeks ago but I’ve never gotten up close and personal with the bugs. ewww!

Mercuryhime

I’d rather worms than earwigs. Shudder. Maybe I should move out to where you are to plant my dream garden and forget about California.

Bonnie

No! I have no idea if you can grow artichokes in Colorado? There are tons of organic farms here though and one of the locations of the World Seed Banks is here in town. I love the NO GMO availability.

TeaBrat

I think artichokes like the sandy soil and the ocean air…

Michelle

H,… Interesting?

Bonnie

I think Amy is right! Here we grow mean melons, cabbage and root veggies, corn, peaches, vines and we grow BEER!

Missy

I grew up in Nevada. We had them on the canals and drain ditches. Any where there was standing water or water that kept the soil pretty moist. No one really cultivated those. We were just careful when we harvested them.

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100

This is officially my first tea to be rated 100. It is, in my opinion flawless… The only issue I have related to it is that it isn’t in stock. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that Frank is willing to revive a tea if you order a pound of it. Is this true? If is, well Frank, I think I need a pound of this! I am in love with it! I saw that it had been revived and for sale on Iheartteas.com, so I couldn’t resist ordering it to try. It is by far the best dessert tea I have ever tried, and believe me, I have tried a whole lot of them.

The dry leaves are black and accompanied by the occasional huge luscious looking blueberry. The tea leaves are large and beautifully unbroken. The scent is… majestically scrumptious, temptingly delicious, absolutely indulgent… A think scent of blueberries is surrounded by a heavy sweet pastry scent. It is the supermodel of all blueberry tea scents. 

Once brewed the tea keeps most of its scent and the blueberry will invade an entire house. My brother actually woke up and wandered down to the kitchen to ask what I was making that smelled so much like blueberry. He was shocked when I told him it was tea! We don’t have blueberries in Ecuador, so anything blueberry flavored is a great and rare treat for me! 

The taste is amazing. It tastes like a blueberry danish. Heavy on the blueberry, just the way I like it. The flavor is so smooth that there is no need for any additives. I added sweetener just out of curiosity and I barely even noticed it was there. This is one of the rare teas that taste sweetened without actually being sweet. It is, in my opinion, the sign of a truly well made dessert tea. 

I am so happy I have found you blueberry danish tea! Where have you been all of my life? Frank, I have to say that this actually managed to beat the tastiness of your pancake tea (which is super super tasty!)

Everyone who likes blueberry HAS to try this. You have no idea what you are missing!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

Happy 100th note!

Missy

Yay! Go you!

Ninavampi

Ooops… I meant it was my first 100 rating! 3 to go till 100th tasting note! : )

CHAroma

AHHHH!! I want this soooo bad!! If you buy a pound of it, think we could do a swap?

Ninavampi

CHAroma I will let you know! I would gladly swap some with you! : )

ScottTeaMan

Nina, glad to see you back….hope all is well. :)) Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits, and one of my favorite flavored teas (I don’t drink that many flavored teas). I had a good blueberry tea quite a few years ago, with a Ceylon based black tea. Can you taste the black tea well enough? Even though I love blueberries, I don’t like the flavor to overpower the tea itself.

Ninavampi

Thanks ScottTeaMan! All is good, just was very busy at work the past few weeks… The tea does shine through. It is a well thought out blend. The astringency and suttle elegance of the black tea shows up at the end of every sip.

I am definitely ordering a pound of this, so I am willing to swap a bit of it. :)

shneebo

Hey I just thought I’d let you know that I’m selling two unopened pouches of this tea on eBay in case you still want it.

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74
drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

It has been a while since I have written about a tea… This one is worthy of the attention! I have had a tough tough week. I am in charge of the marketing in my company, and with mother’s day coming up, all craziness took place. It is finally over, and now I get to sit back and watch things happen (if I am lucky, watch things sell)! It feels great to see your work finally all come together. So for now, time to go back to relaxing with my tea!

The dry leaves are a beautiful mix of coconut and black/brown tea leaves. It smells smooth and coconutty with hint of bitter tea which in my opinion rounds it up pretty well.

Once brewed the dark liquor retains most of its smell. It tastes smooth and creamy. It would be better with a hint of vanilla, but thankfully that can easily be arranged. It is a bit astringent for coconut tea, so I added a bit of milk and sugar and it was delicious. Creamy and sweet coconut tea is exactly what I needed this morning! So yummy in my tummy!

I finished this cup too quickly… I wish it had lasted longer. It is a tasty tea, but I can’t see myself drinking it too often due to the milk requirements I seem to not be able to do with out. Worth trying if you are looking for a coconut tea that will stand up well to milk!

Now back to tea sipping and relaxing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Michelle

I love making this into a latte, with a little bit of chocolate sometimes. Delicious <3

Erin

While I don’t add sugar to my tea, I do add milk to this one. I completely agree about your review :)

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drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
158 tasting notes

This is a sample that I received from Auggy in swap, thanks Auggy! Being a rooibos, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own, but I am really happy to get a chance to try it since I do love coconut. It is pretty to look at with the red rooibos and abundant coconut pieces. I sniffed it, and it smelled super coconutty with an aftscent of feet… Sweaty feet… Needless to say very confusing and unsettling. This didn’t stop me from continuing with my brew… The show must go on…

While it brewed the scent was creamy and coconut filled. The odd rancid scent was still there in the background. Now I start worrying… Is the tea going to taste like that? Oh dear…

First taste, unsweetened, was awful. It was pure rancid coconut. I sweetened it and it was bearable, but still had the rancid aftertaste. I added milk, still undrinkable. Since I was in my Mom’s company while I had my tae, I let her try it. She didn’t taste the stinky feet, but didn’t love it eather. I sadly ciuldn’t drink it and had to be dumped out.

While it was a disturbing tea experience, I am still happy I got to try it! Who knew that something that everyone loves I wouldn’t like at all… Oh well… There are still a bunch of things on my list to try! : )

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Stinky feet….MMMMMMM…sounds delicious! :))

Azzrian

Eweeee lol

TeaBrat

I was not fond of this either…

Scharp

Custard Tea in and of itself does not sound appetizing for me. YUCK!

CHAroma

Hahahaha, sweaty feet! I love it! :D

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51
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
158 tasting notes

I followed Bonnie’s suggestion and tried this as a latte. It is a beautiful rainy day today. I love rain and most of the time it makes me smile more than sunshine! It is so relaxing to watch it rain, also the cold makes it a great idea to curl up and have a nice hot cup of tea! Somehow I stumbled upon this sample (Thanks again Indigobloom!) and decided it was time to finish it off.

I brewed it strong (almost 3 teaspoons that I had left of it for 10oz of water) and added my homemade latte mix. Most importantly, this tea is strong enough to peak through the milk and sweetener. I tasted the white tea and smiled, it held up to the black tea! I realized that I had never had a white tea latte before. I can’t see myself doing it too often, but it was an interesting experience. I tasted a bit of chamomile, the black tea and the creamy coconut flavor. Sadly, no chocolate.

All in all, it is much better as a latte, but still not a tea that I would buy! Tasty experience nonetheless… : )

Indigobloom

glad you like it, as a latte! :)

Lynne-tea

I wish it was raining here – it is so relaxing. Especially with a warming tea for comfort.

CupofTree

Rain makes me smile more than sunshine as well. Its actually raining right now :)

Ninavampi

Yay for rain lovers! :)

Hesper June

LOVE the rain!

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82

It has been a strange week so far… To start off, on Monday I assisted in my boyfriend’s endoscopy (I studied medicine…) and the Doctor found a huge hernia (it was the biggest I have ever seen…). So we now have an operation that needs to be programmed… Tuesday and Wednesday bunched together in my mind and I am glad that it is almost Friday… I can’t wait for the weekend… Thankfully I get to go the Roxette concert tomorrow which should make Thursday easier to digest… Now to actually review this tea.

I love rose flavored things so when I received this from Indigobloom in a swap I was super happy. The black leaves had a few rose petals scattered amongst them. The scent of the dry leaves wasn’t very rosey… It reminded me of a Pu Erh without the fishiness. I got a pleasnt leather note in the scent.

Brewed for 3 minutes it was a bit weak, so I brewed it for an extra minute. It smelled of new leather with a hint of rose. Somehow this appealed to me. The extra minute of brewing made it a tad bit bitter, but it wasn’t bad at all. A touch of sweetener fixed it all up. The flavor was leathery with the perfect amount of astringency. The after taste was a mouthful of delicate rose. Sweetened the after taste was enhanced for a delicious tea experience. It really was like a Pu Erh with all the fishiness removed leaving behind leather and sweet smootheness. I really enjoyed this.

I would recomend this to anyone who is looking for a lightly flavored rose tea. Yum… I wish I had more. : )

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

ooh – safe and speedy healing to your boyfriend!

Kittenna

You’d probably like the new Rose Congou from DavidsTea. Or Three Wishes Tea (if you haven’t tried it already). Very rosy!

Indigobloom

Amy: leather, that is an excellent way of putting it!! glad you like it :)
Kristaleyn: Have you tried the congou already?? you’re quick!

ScottTeaMan

Hope everything works out well. :))

Ninavampi

Thanks for all of the good wishes! : )

Kittenna

Indigobloom – It was just really excellent timing :D

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80
drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
158 tasting notes

This morning I woke up early, for no reason in particular. Since I was up I decided to make myself an early breakfast and a nice big cup of tea. My tea of chioce was this one (yes… I still have some left from my 12 days of Christmas boxes… In my defense, I did have to boxes…). Some people (Angrboda in particular) loved this one, I enjoyed it, but definitely not loved it).

I brewed it nice and strong and added some of my home made latte mix (delicious if I may say so myself…). Since this was the second envelope of it that I opened I got the chance to compare them. There was more flowers in this one, and even though it has sat around a while, I got a pretty strong vanilla smell.

The tea was dark and creamy, and once I added the home made latte mix is was a pretty enjoyable cup of tea! No sparks are flying and no hearts are floating around the room, but I am happy with how this brew turned out.

Right after I drank it, it was time for ice skating training. Yes, even after not being able to walk for a few days, I decided to go back and train once more. I did more than last time, so I am probably am going to be even more sore than last week, but it is really worth it. I feel so free on the ice. Ice skating and tea all in one morning and doggy and boyfriend in the afternoon. I loved this Satrday!

Angrboda

Omnomnom vanilla! The opinions appear to be very divided on it though.

Scharp

I love Assams. I’ll have to try this one.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
158 tasting notes

I am glad I am sitting at home with a hot cup of tea. I had a very productive day that was as tiring as it was productive. I am happy to be unwinding and digesting everything that happened. Today I received my order from 52teas that made me smile quite a bit. Then a bit after that I received an e-mail from a friend of mine who has a 1 year old son asking me to be his godmother at his baptism! I was honored and very happy to be asked. While not very religious and not particularly fond of kinds, I do really love this kid. So, I had multiple reasons to continue smiling throughout my busy day.  

Now I am unwinding with a cup of this tea, which dry smells like what I would imagine clouds would smell like if they were made out of coconut. You can smell the cream and the coconut perfectly. I actually had to sigh when I first sniffed it. It has large coconut bits in it that make it beautiful to look at. 

Once steeped, the dark brew still smells distinctively of coconut and cream, though a little bit more subdued than the dry tea. Unsweetened it was a little bit too astringent for my taste, but it was still delightfully creamy. Sweetened the coconut flavor really stood out and the astringency was covered up nicely. I made a second cup and added my homemade latte mix to it. Yum… it was like a creamy coconut milkshake! It reminded me of a coconut cream cake y Mom made me as a little girl. Wow… A guilty pleasure tea. Perfect to relax after a tiring but great day. : ) 

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

sounds so good! glad you found some reasons to smile today…

SuperHrefna

Wow, that sounds so yummy! I will keep an eye peeled for it.

Kittenna

I got this one in my order today! So excited to try it :D

ScottTeaMan

Sounds like a great tea!

CHAroma

How ironic! My mom always made me a coconut cake for my birthday too. :)

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74
drank Honeybush Vanilla by Teavana
158 tasting notes

This is hard to review… I generally don’t love honeybush, there is something floral almost soapy in the aftertaste that makes me generally avoid them. On the other hand, I am obsessed with vanilla… So given that this is actually really cheap for Teavana (and in general…) I figured it was worth a try. It has sat in my cabinet for a while, I think I even sent some off in a swap at some point… But today is the first time I actually taste it.

I have had a long day, and I have an even longer day ahead of me. Tomorrow I have to give classes (I volunteered to do it for 4 weeks…) to a class of 5th graders from low income families at 7 am and then go to work, somehow live through the day (with tough meetings, of course…) and then get home at around 9pm… I am not looking forward to it… Caffeine usually has no effect on me, but to be on the safe side I took it as an opportunity to try this herbal tea…

Dry, it smells delicious. Very vanilla and very creamy. The honeybush floral notes are in tail end of the scent, but not too strong… All in all a pleasure to sniff at. The redish bits of honeybush have a few brown pieces mixed in, I assume that is the natural vanilla pieces that it supposedly has.

I brewed it in a dark mug, so I couldn’t really sea the color of the brew. It still smelled very good. The vanilla and cream were predominant with the honeybush in the background.

Tastewise, plain there was too much honeybush going on for my liking… Sooo…. I made it a late! And it was delicious. It tasted just like vanilla Nesquick I used to drink (or rather still do once in a while as a guilty pleasure…) when I was a kid. The honebush was still there, but it was played down and almost covered up by the vanilla and cream.

I am happily sipping the rest of my tea while I dread waking up super early tomorrow… Well… It’s for a good cause! : )

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Michelle

I agree, I’m not huge on that one, but I bought a bunch of it and actually ended up blending it into Teavana’s Earl Grey, which I find to have WAY too much bergamot for me. But it was good that way because it smoothed out the black tea.

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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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