26 Tasting Notes

75

Smells like Bassett’s Jelly Babies sweets; which is a good thing in my opinion. it isn’t that sweet to taste though. Very nice on a hot day. Plus it has the cool gizmo thingy. My son loves opening these for me.

For an on the go drink, this one is a keeper. For the health nuts out there it says 2,188 mg antioxidants and 40 cals per bottle. 10g sugar.

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85

Been hanging onto this for a year or 2 now, time to give it a little taste.

10s rinse.

15s: Colour is peachy; reddish/gold.
Green taste, like grass, and straw. Javan was spot on with the observation of artichoke.

30s: Deeper golden colour. has a slight smokey aroma; like tobacco.
Taste is more astringent; not overwhelmingly so. Leaves a great mouthfeel.

-Mouth cleansed with ice water.

20s: Same deep golden red colour and smokey aroma. taste causes an increase in saliva. Getting the melon flavour Javan spoke of is like pulling teeth, but it’s there. Cantaloupe specifically. Empty cup smells sweet.

30s: Pale golden colour, the red seems to be leaving, as does the smokey aroma; both haven lessened noticeably. Much of the same flavour with an increase in bitterness.

35s: Slightly darker brew, with the same colour scheme; reddish gold. The smokey aroma is back. but the pleasant mouthfeel is gone. I’m left with a dry mouth and a thirst for more of this delicious tea. Just wish it wasn’t making my mouth dry..

- Many leaves in my gaiwan are still pressed together, I’ll agitate them and poke at them a bit with the lid to see if I can expose more leaf/flavour.

-Fresh pot of reboiled water cooled to 195F. Same leaves.

40s: Woah Surprise of the session – Colour has gone almost darker than the initial steep and has toned down the smokey aroma, Which can be good or bad depending on how you like your sheng. The taste is bitter-ish still, but vegetal to boot. I like it. Drank this one down like a blonde on spring break getting free shots.

50s: Getting quite bitter in these longer steeps though the colour is very appealing. Tossed this one out .

35s: Much better. Think this is the sweet spot steep time for me. No discernable change from my previous 35s steep. I’m feeling this tea’s calming effect quite well.

4 more steeps at 35s yielded much of the same, albeit slightly weaker.

40s: trying to get a little more life out of this tea with a slightly longer steep. I’ll do a few more of these 40s steeps and then I think I’m done.

Good tea. Could mature a bit more, I’ll try again early next year. I bought a few of these touchas so I’m glad to be only tasting off of 1 and waiting until it’s just right to tear into the others.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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75

Went to the Padres game last night ( 5-0, Suck it Giants!) and visited the concession stand. Sure, I could’ve paid $10 for a $2 Coors light, but why when I saw this little guy? It has that nice “Wow” factor when activating the Gizmo that drops the tea into the purified water and mixing it all together, and the flavour wasn’t half bad. It’s a sour pomegranate flavour and not much else. Says white tea on the label and I’m sure it’s in there somewhere, but the fruit flavour is very strong. All in all it quenched my thirst at the ball game and I got a a new iced tea experience out of it.

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88

Found a box of this for 3 bucks whilst out shopping with the missus at big lots. Figured for 3 bucks “don’t expect much, just enjoy a bagged white tea on a hot day”.. I actually really like this. It’s got great flavour, not too bitter or sweet; I’d say mild but that doesn’t do it either as the taste is very present.
All in all its a steal and I’ll probably go back for the rest of their supply just to fill up a tin and enjoy every now and then, especially on hot days, which seem to be every day here in San Diego.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

Nice iced tea. Had the pre-brewed bottled version. It wasn’t bad at all.

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80

This is a delicious blend. I’m not terribly keen on chai tea or blend even, but this hits the mark on both for me. A nice spicy chai. Add a splash of milk and and a little honey, and oh yeah, I’m there!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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89

This oolong is brilliant! It really does inspire thoughts of camping fireside drinking a nice hot tea after a long chilly hike. For me, teas that can bring back specific memories are invaluable.
This tea is very fragrant, has a toasty, roasted, woodsy scent. The taste isn’t bland, but not as strong; still satisfying. An all around delicious tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tea junkie

I love teavana. Even though that puts me in the minority but can’t help it. I’ll be looking to get me a cup of this next time I am at the mall to try it out myself.

Christopher F.

Same here. I don’t particularly care for the brand label,it’s the tea leaf inside that I care about what it tastes like to me, if Teavana sells a tea that I like, then I I will definitely buy it. I am sure that I got the better end of our last swap, so if you want I can send you a small sample of mine.

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76

Received this and a few other goodies for Father’s Day.

Opening the 4oz bag immediately filled the room with the titular caramel toffee aroma. I just HAD to try a cup right then and there! The pu-erh base tasted earthy, musty, and well…dirty, but I dove right in; baited by the powerful English toffee notes, your humble narrator’s Achilles heel.

I felt the base just wasn’t good enough for the flavour added by the toffee pieces and is the main reason for a lower rating on a recommended tea. The addition of a splash of milk and a tsp sugar help tremendously. I don’t feel it lives up to the name of “dessert in a cup” but it definitely smells like it. I enjoyed it and will have no problem getting through 4oz, but it could’ve been so much better.

Flavors: Caramel, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Got as a free sample with my Father’s Day gift teapot.

Upon opening the bag you are instantly smacked with a lemon citrus aroma wafting in your face; it’s pleasant. The brew is a glowing red as the lemon scent continues to fill the room. The taste, though not living up to the expectation built up based on the smell, is also pleasant; though the typical chai flavours are subtle. So subtle in fact it’s like pulling teeth to get the to reveal themselves, but they’re there.

Now I rarely do this, but after half a cup of unimpressive tea I opted to add milk and sugar; true chai fashion. Night and day difference. The lemongrass flavours burst forth and the chai spices jump out at you! I enjoyed this tea so much more with this addition.

The missus isn’t a fan of tea, but she did enjoy the smell of this one!

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Cloves, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tea junkie

I’ve had nothing but good experiences from enjoyingtea.com. Not a big fan of chai tea myself but very interesting note from you on this tea.

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