268 Tasting Notes

Another sipdown! I am slowly making my way through samples. I haven’t had a green oolong in a while and this hits the spot today. Exactly what I wanted – smooth, floral, and rich.

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Another sipdown! I think I’m going to put this on my reorder list. It’s just so fresh, even after I’ve had it for awhile, and easy on the tummy. The jasmine taste is flowery and sweet. It tastes very real, unlike some jasmine teas that taste almost artificial or perfumey.

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I wanted to compare these with Teavivre’s black pearls, and I think I prefer Teavivre’s. These pearls have 2 good steeps in them and then I find it quite weak. I find myself just wanting more with these. Good enough, but could be better.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Youthberry by Teavana
268 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea in my cupboard for a ridiculously long time, never opened. Fruity tea just isn’t usually my favorite. However, I find this tea surprisingly pleasant. Pineapple and mango are the predominant flavors, and it’s kind of peachy as well. This tea is quite sweet and doesn’t need anything added.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Just finished up my last bit of this. Certainly one I want to restock! I love this roasted tea. Looking at my previous note, it’s apparently grown on me! I didn’t like it as much at first.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lately all I’ve been wanting is black tea, so all my other teas are sadly neglected. This was a nice change this morning. Fragrant, creamy, floral, and delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

This is my first time trying this tea! I have high expectations, since I love their green and black versions so much.

The brew smells sweet, and distinctly reminds me of the smell of acorn squash with butter and brown sugar on it. It was literally my first thought- this tea smells like squash! And something more, something resembling barley.

You guys, it tastes like it smells. I am a bit blown away here! This tea tastes like I’ve sweetened it with ….hmmm I having a hard time pinpointing it. Not honey, not brown sugar. Something like caramel most likely, to produce that incredible buttery-squash sweetness.

It’s not just squash I taste. That grainy taste is there – so good! Also the familiar chocolate I love so much in Laoshan Black. It’s just so much sweeter in this version, guys. I LOVE this tea. Mr. He hit this one out of the ball park!

Second steep 45s. This steep most of the squash is gone, followed by a roasted grain flavor. This steep is hearty. I feel as if I’m eating a meal! The sweetness is later in the sip, and is more like raw sugar than caramel. As the cup cools the sweetness just bursts into your mouth.

I’m probably going to be steeping this out for awhile!

I can tell you right now that I’m going to be carefully hoarding the 1 oz I have of this. This tea is not cheap! I don’t hold that against it though- this is a truly handcrafted, artisan tea. If you enjoy roasted oolong with satisfying grainy notes, you should absolutely try this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m almost out of this. :( This is one of the few flavored teas I like and can drink without getting a headache. I’ve had this tea for awhile and I can taste a little difference in the favor as a result, but it’s still creamy and definitely worth drinking. For the first time I’m tasting a fruity note; perhaps a result of age? At any rate, as far as milk oolong, this one is my favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
268 tasting notes

I am delighted I bought some of this. I’ve been drinking more herbal tea lately and I had none left, so I had to get a bunch from Verdant I haven’t tried before. I hope they’re all as good as this one!

This is a deliciously warming tea. Cinnamon is the dominant flavor (which equals happiness, by the way). The toasted rice and carob add the ‘comfort factor’ for me. Even though Orange peel is the first ingredient, it doesn’t add to much citrus flavor. I think it just adds some brightness.

Even better, this is good for several steepings! I’m currently on my third cup and the flavor has only increased. (45s, 1 min 30s, 3 min).
This is one to keep around!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Dry leaves smell lovely. Floral, creamy, and green.

First impression is very floral. I unfortunately scalded my tongue so now I need to wait awhile until I can taste this.

After it cooled a bit, this tea is very much like other high mountain oolongs I’ve tried. Long lasting floral aftertaste, going down green and creamy. It also resteeped really well.

Thank you Angel for this tasty sample!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love tea. I first tasted loose leaf when my grandpa brought some back from Russia and I remember just savoring it. Not sure what kind it was; all I remember is that it was loose leaf and it was good. =)

I really enjoy oolong, jasmine tea, green tea, and white tea. I have been getting more into black tea, especially those with chocolate notes! Also, chai is a constant favorite.

As far as tisanes go, I enjoy chamomile and occasionally a mint. I am interested to try rooibus and honey bush. I do prefer teas without artificial flavoring but I’m willing to try most things.

I know next to nothing about puerh, but I like what I have tried so far.

I am consistently amazed at the flavors contained in one leaf. I am on a quest to discover all of them! Slowly, though. Good tea is expensive. :P

Other things I enjoy: Books. My family. Truth. Campfires. Animal Rescue. Gardening. Sushi. Mountain biking. Documentaries. Trees. Music. Culture. Sour cream raisin pie. Not necessarily in that order. :P

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