23 Tasting Notes

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

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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50

ahhh… The PBR of the tea world.

Nothing complex, compelling, or even interesting to this tea. It’s brews your basic crowd-pleasing iced tea. It suits my needs by taking the place of my after-work beer as I try to get healthier, and at $4/8ounces you cant go wrong as it doesn’t try to be anything it’s not…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 7 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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89

This is brilliant. Light notes of honey and sweet chocolate. I’ll definitely be ordering more when I’m out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Good stuff. Not the best Jin Xuan I’ve ever had, but a bargain for the price.
A sweet buttery aroma from the tin, almost like Caramel popcorn.
Taste is milky and smooth. Very enjoyable, don’t steep too long.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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