247 Tasting Notes

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drank Kamiya Papaya by Teavana
247 tasting notes

Yesterday during a trip to the mall, I visited Teavana. We don’t have a lot of dedicated tea stores around here, so it’s always nice to go in and be surrounded by tea and other fun tea stuff.

On a whim, I picked up the Kamiya Papaya Oolong. It sounded different and I was in a fruity mood. Last night I programmed the Breville and took a sniff of the tea. It smells candied and not so tea-y. Still, I was looking forward to it knowing that many teas taste so differently once brewed.

195/3 minutes as on the package. (Thanks, Teavana, I love that the recommendation for all teas are printed right on the label!)

When ready, the tea smells heavenly. (Teavanaly?) It’s a true papaya scent, not sugary. The taste is fruity without being over the top. It’s a delicious wake up cup of tea. The tea itself is minimized by the fruity taste. It’s still nice, but difficult to discern from the papaya. I can taste a hint of cinnamon, but if there are other fruits, they take a back seat to the papaya. This is what I was looking for, though, this morning and I’m very pleased. I also think this would make a very nice summer iced tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m so thrilled to FINALLY have some tea from Joy’s Teaspoon! A week ago, a mangled package arrived on my doorstep. It had been opened and I ended up having to pitch the tea as even some containers had been opened. (You never know!) So, the tease came through smelling these wonderful samples going to waste. I’ve been pining for the Sunny Passion as it has the most amazing tropical scent. I literally found myself thinking about it during down times… driving home from work, in bed at night…

So, today I finally have it and am really drinking it! (175/3 min) It’s delicious! The smell, even once brewed is still there. Like papaya and mango. Tropical. The taste is not overly fruity, but is a good balance of a fresh tasting green tea with fruit. It’s pleasant and refreshing and almost juice-like. I feel lighter, just as this tea tastes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

Your package was opened?? Beyond that, your TEAS were opened??? That’s crazy! I don’t take tea tampering lightly, I think I’d be in a fury. : )

teawing

I have been thinking about this too, was it UPS, or Post Office?
Either should have better control than that…

QuiltGuppy

It was the post office. I was really upset, but when I went to file a complaint, they apologized, but didn’t seem shocked at all. I get the impression that this stuff goes on more than we know about. Yes, one of the tins was opened and emptied, so I had to dispose of them all. When I emailed Naomi at Joy’s Teaspoon, she immediately sent me out a new package. (Thanks, Naomi!). The second package arrived unharmed.

Uniquity

I can imagine that this sort of thing does go on – Presumably that’s why they’re so pushy about insurance “in case something happens.” So if they decide to destroy any package that catches their eye we can afford to have it replaced…

Here’s hoping that the post people leave our stinking tea alone!

teawing

I am still lost though, they (the Postal workers) did this…they thought it was drugs or bombs or something???

QuiltGuppy

No, it wasn’t officially opened. I’ve had things opened for Customs before, but not like this. The exterior box was shredded apart and the tea containing box was slit open. It was deliberate. And it wasn’t covered by insurance, so it was just a complaint.

teawing

That restores my faith a little…but for goodness sakes…we had a rash of stolen packages delivered by UPS on porches around Christmas…it is a cruel world.

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Hmm… I’m not certain what to make of this tea. First, let me say that I’m discovering I really love oolong. So, having had a few different silk oolongs, I was really expecting to have my socks knocked off… well, I didn’t. That’s not to say that it’s not a bad cup of tea. It’s simply that I had hoped for more.

First, the scent. I was a bit wary as I’m normally enticed by the aroma of the open bag. That didn’t happen this time. When I opened the bag and sniffed, I actually recoiled because it was so different from what I was expecting.

Okay, so I went with 195/2min steep using the Breville. The color was kind of a light yellow. Lighter than I expected, but I decided to give it a go. Mmm. It is good. I can smell that silk oolong scent that I had been hoping for earlier. It’s very nice, but doesn’t have that creamy heft to it that other silk oolongs seem to have. It does taste creamy, though, but with more earthiness to it. It’s interesting. I’m happy with it, but surprised by the experience all the same.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I recently discovered not one, but two loose tea fans who work with me at school. We decided to swap some of our faves. This morning, courtesy of one, I’m drinking Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons.

The scent of this tea before brewing is extraordinary. It’s such a rich, fruity (in a very berry way) and delicious smelling tea.

I went lightly in allowing it to steep. Boiling for 1 minute using the Breville. (It was ready and waiting for me when I awoke this morning.) I’m so glad that I chose the light setting this morning as it came out beautifully. Its taste is very similar to its scent… simply amazing. It’s nice without being overwhelming and the tea and berry tastes are combined so well that I can’t help smiling. What a beautiful tea!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Apricot Fusion by 52teas
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It was so nice waking to Apricot Fusion this morning! (Thank you, Breville, for adding a timer!) Last night, when I opened the package, I could smell the fruitiness. It was a clean scent that mingled nicely with the grounding smell of tea. I was really excited about this tea, having tried another of 52Teas’ flavors, and not having been disappointed.

I wasn’t sure at all how long to let it steep, or at what temperature, so I picked one between green/white tea and oolong temps. 180 for 1 min 30 sec. When I came downstairs, my kitchen smelled heavenly.

So, I take a sip, expecting fruitiness, but it was quite muted from what I could smell. I take another and the same. I almost get a vegetal taste mixed in. Kind of asparagusy. Not a great mix for apricot. Still, something compels me to continue sipping. As I sip, I find that I’m enjoying it more and more. It’s nice. It’s not what I had hoped for, but it’s still good. I’ll try it again with a lower temp and a longer steep time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Peanut Butter Toast by 52teas
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Okay… I have to admit that I signed up for the six week trial with more than just a tad of trepidation. I was really doubting my decision when I saw that the first tea I’d be receiving was the peanut butter toast. I love peanut butter, but somehow, the thought of peanut butter tea just didn’t do it for me. The sight of peanuts mixed in with the tea… uh…

Boy, was I wrong! This tea is smoky, slightly nutty, really, really good tasting. It’s a surprising tea. I expected something more juvenile, but this most definitely was not! I made it with the Breville One-Touch, 205 degrees for 3 minutes. It was really strong, and I probably would cut a minute off of the brewing time as I do not mix it with milk or sugar at all. The taste and scent are smoky, deep and comforting. I feel calmer. I’m really glad I went out on a limb and tried something new because this is excellent. Thank you, 52teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a very strong black tea and I’d definitely recommend a steep time of 2 minutes or less. Yes, I allowed it to steep too long at 2 min 30 sec and it is slightly bitter. I really love the crisp, fresh scent that envelops you literally upon opening the bag. This is a whole sensory experience! It’s amazing!

I used the Breville to make this. It’s outstanding. A little bitter, but not too much. That’s more my fault. I generally prefer medium to light cups of tea. The lemony bergamot is most definitely present, but you can still taste the black tea. When I think of Earl Grey tea, this is exactly what I think of! Captain Picard would be proud… :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I really love drinking tea right before bed, but cannot tolerate any caffeine at that time. So, I was absolutely THRILLED to receive a sample packet of Zzz from ATR with my latest order. Last night, I tried it out.

First, I couldn’t use the Breville One-Touch because the packet only contained 4 g. and that’s not enough for the minimum size. So, I boiled some water and used my Bodum teacup with strainer to make a cup. 5 minutes later, I still couldn’t sip it because it was so hot! However, it smelled amazingly delicious. Tantalizing, like a fresh lemony meadow. (Okay, I know most meadows aren’t lemony, but it was as I would imagine a lemony meadow to smell.) Some of the tea did fall through the strainer and was a medium green color. The tea brewed up to a golden yellow and the colors mixed together just like, you guessed it, a lemony meadow.

A little while later, I ventured a sip. Beautiful, refreshing (but in a perfectly appropriate bedtime way) and delicious. The lemon is bold, yet the undertones of mint are present. The chamomile, too, is there. It’s a charming, comforting bedtime tea that doesn’t taste blah like so many others.

I actually tried a second infusion with this, hoping that my strong first cup could be replicated. I let it steep for 7 minutes the second time around and wasn’t disappointed. Had I not been so tired, I might have tried for a third, but the tea did its job and I drifted off to a sound, relaxed sip with my empty teacup on my nightstand. This morning, I awoke to the scent of a lemony meadow in my bedroom and rushed to my computer to buy more only to find it hadn’t yet been listed yet. I have to say one thing about ATR, each time I’ve had an issue (this was only the second time, the first was a coupon code that wasn’t accepted by their system), it has been resolved literally within hours. So, I’m thrilled to see that this tea is now available on their website and it’s delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Dong Ding by American Tea Room
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I really feel something for this tea. It’s a good, robustly flavored tea.

It smells kind of nutty, like roasted nuts. I used the Breville at 195 for 3 minutes. It smells heavenly. I really love this homey, grounded scent. It’s warm and inviting and I take a sip. Aaahhh! Lovely. It’s toasty good, kind of woodsy, a hint of smoke. It’s very, very good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m a middle school teacher of French, Spanish, ESL and reading intervention. I’m also a mom to two young children.

I’ve always been a tea lover. When I lived in France during college, I really loved the tisanes. Over the past couple of years, I’ve branched off into loose teas. I’m not very knowledgeable about teas, but I’m really loving the learning process!

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