165 Tasting Notes

88
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
165 tasting notes

My first Teavana tea of the day that wasn’t a disappointment…this one was a decidedly mellow, reasonably balanced black that lacks the salty notes I’ve had issues with in others. It lingers in the mouth, leaving behind an almost honeyed aftertaste and a soft sensation that makes it a decidedly pleasant cup to have on hand while watching tv or working online.

I’m still not likely to run out and buy this one – because it’s still Teavana, y’know – but it won’t be a problem for me to drink what’s left in the bag.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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40
drank Spiced Apple Cider by Teavana
165 tasting notes

I’m really not sure about this tea…it’s definitely spiced – tastes heavy on cinnamon and possibly clove – and I saw the apple bits go into the infuser, but I’m not getting the apple cider that I think they were going for.

Final verdict on this one is that it’s just okay. Like many, many other Teavana blends…I’ve had better elsewhere. I’ll likely not even drink what’s left in my cup – much less the rest of the bag – so it’ll be going into my swap drawer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60
drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
165 tasting notes

Much like the other Teavana blends I’ve tried this one just fell a little…flat. Despite overleafing by 1/2 tsp it still came across as a little thin and weak. The flavours are definitely as expected – fruity peach and a little over-ripe – but there’s a back taste on the end of each mouthful that leaves me feeling a little astringent.

So it’s okay, but not something I’d rush out to buy, since there are others that are better – Ginger Peach by Teajo springs to mind – though I’m not going to complain if I wind up drinking all of what’s currently in my cabinet.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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76
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
165 tasting notes

I wanted to like this tea…I really did. The pastry notes, however, fall decidedly flat and overall it was a slightly underwhelming cup.

It might be worth trying again, but I’m not sure I’d be rushing to purchase it anytime soon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
sherapop

It’s funny that, for me, 76 is a high rating!

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36
drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
165 tasting notes

This tea is very heavy on the mint – a heady rush of peppermint that lingers on the palate and in the nose – but there’s also a slightly unpleasant taste on the back of each sip that I find decidedly unappealing.

I’m not particularly picking up on the citrus flavours, to be honest, and there are definitely many other mint teas that I would choose to brew over this one…so (as many teavana teas go) I’m not all that enthusiastic about this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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88
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
165 tasting notes

This one brews up nicely sweet due to the generous amounts of shiny sugar sprinkles in the mix…it even has soft hints of honey and clove layered over a comfortingly nondescript black base.

It’s not the best tea I’ve ever had – nor is it the worst – but it’s one I’d go back to in a heartbeat as a sure thing. I approve.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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63
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
165 tasting notes

This strong tea brews up a bit too heavy for my tastes – I’m not sure if I overleafed or what, but it was far too thick and powerful for my palate. If I decide to have another go at brewing it I’ll definitely try cutting the leaves down by half.

So it’s an interesting tea, but not for me…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

This tea smells like candy…a little like jolly ranchers and a lot like that sour gel you can buy in little squeeze tubes. Just opening the bag was enough to make my mouth water, so I had to brew up a cup to accompany my creature-smashing evening in Torchlight II.

The pungently fruity scent persists after brewing…and the tea lives up to the smell! The black base is relatively quiet, but the combination of freeze dried fruit and flavourings results in a surprisingly natural tasting cup. I’m primarily getting raspberry (and a little watermelon, strangely enough) in addition to a bunch of fruits my palate isn’t sufficiently well-developed enough to discern.

I think it might be a little better cold, but for today’s purposes a nice hot cup was exactly what I needed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Tea Sipper

I know the sour gel squeeze tubes you mean! :D

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88
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
165 tasting notes

T&C TTB Rd2

I’ve had a serious desire for tropical teas lately and this one totally fits that bill…it’s fruity and purple with hibiscus – although I know some of you heathens don’t like that sort of thing – and it takes to sweetener well.

This cup was tasty hot and cold, so I’d gladly buy more to restock once I pass on the TTB.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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62
drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
165 tasting notes

T&C TTB Rd2

This is a very spinach tea…the leaves steep up to a delicious looking light-green and the resultant liquid is lightly grassy and tastes somewhere between collard greens and cooked spinach. That’s a good thing, by the way. :D

One cup of the stuff is more than enough, though, and I’m not a big fan of it overall…so that’s going to have to lower the rating somewhat. It’s interesting, but not something I’d like to keep around.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Overstressed college senior…tea is what gets me moving in the mornings, calms me down at night and fills all the moments in-between.

I’m still in the everything is delicious and I want to drink it all phase of my exploration, so I’m open to swaps, TTBs and trying new things.

My cupboard is things I have and am willing to swap (either I didn’t like them that much or I have a lot of them) and my wishlist is mostly things I’ve tasted and want to buy or swap for in the future.

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