530 Tasting Notes

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I got my pound on order of this from Ovation last week and trying it out for the first time now. On my last cup of this pot that I made and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Which is good because I have a pound of tea to get through and I like to switch it up a lot.

This is a very pretty tea to look at and also to smell. Lots of big raspberry pieces as well as raspberry flavouring to this, according to the ingredients. There is a nice bright flavour to it, citrusy from the bergamot and orange peel and also the tanginess of the raspberries. This is a nicely done earl grey and I don’t like a lot of earl greys so I’m glad that I like this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76

Got this in a trade from Alphakitty. Perfect amount for a pot at work to end the day.

The aftertaste on this tea, after I take a sip and put the mug down again, is lovely. Tangy strawberries and rich chocolate lingering on my palate. Unfortunately I don’t like the upfront sip all that much. Even with sweetener and milk it tastes slightly bitter to me. I guess this is one to drink fast for me and then enjoy the aftermath. Perhaps I steeped it badly, this is the first tea I’ve had from this company so I was just making a guess based on where I normally steep black teas. Perhaps 2 minutes would have been better. Or possibly 195F?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Their black bases are a little astringent, I’d recommend a slightly lower water temp.

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86

Got a pot’s worth of a sample of this from Alphakitty, thanks!

I brewed up a pot earlier this morning and poured myself a mug. Then I got distracted and it went cold. So I warmed it up again. Then I got distracted again and it got cold. At that point I decided to just drink it. So that’s why I’m reviewing this as a room-temperature tea rather than a nice hot one. And I can’t stand ice in my tea so it’s not even iced, just room temperature. Which is about 70F in the office today.

Anyway, adding a bit of milk and sugar to the blend and this tastes pretty great. I get the chocolate, quite a lot of the caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. I’m proud of myself about the nuttiness though because I really really wanted to just eat the hazelnuts out of the dry tea leaves because I love hazelnuts. I may eat them anyway now that this has finished steeping a while ago and with the caramel melted, I won’t go for another steep. I generally don’t for flavoured teas.

I’m glad I got to try this and this is another reason why I’m sad that Ovation has gone out of business. I have 4 lbs of tea from their going out of business sale, but this is not one of them. Oh well, onward and upward!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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61

Got a cup’s worth of this as a sample from Alphakitty when I told her to surprise me for our trade. So far it’s worked out pretty well!

The taste of this is interesting. I’ve never made matcha before so making it at work with a mug and a fork and some hot water is not the ideal circumstances, but I tried to make do. It was green, certainly, and not clumpy so there’s that.

This does taste like peanut butter, though I’m not sure about the ‘pie’ part. I also picked up a sort of…almost salty flavour, from the green tea itself maybe? Tasted almost like seaweed, though that must be wrong. It made the whole experience vaguely unpleasant. I have some black matcha at home that I will try soon so I hope that next try will be better.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Alphakitty

Green matcha can have a vegetal/seaweed note, I think if you don’t like green tea much black matcha will definitely be more pleasant!

Starfevre

Interesting, I hadn’t encountered that in regular green tea before so I didn’t know to expect it. I hope my black matcha experience will be better. Thanks for sending the sample though, better to know these things before I go out and spend money on it.

Alphakitty

np, glad I could help you on your matcha journey! I think you’ll really like black matcha, it’s got a cocoa/chocolate quality that is really scrumptious.

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Thank you alphakitty for this sample.

Though green teas are not my favourite, this is a pretty tolerable green tea. The green is especially forceful at the beginning of the sip with the caramel coming in toward the end and strong in the aftertaste, which lingers briefly. The flavour is stronger and brighter when cooled, sort of smothered when hot. I don’t want to drink this again, but I’m glad I tried it. It’s been a green tea day.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Got a cup’s worth of these in a trade from T.C., thanks!

So far, this is one of the only green teas I’ve liked so far in my entire life. I keep trying them and they keep being not good for me, but this one is pretty nice. Not something I’d normally seek out, there is still that essential green tea flavour that is not my favourite, but as a specimen of the green tea genre, this is the best I’ve ever had.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
T.C.

Glad you didn’t spit it out :)

Starfevre

Two steeps so far. The pearls haven’t entirely unfurled yet so I’m going to try for a couple more tomorrow. I have to leave to go home now.

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
530 tasting notes

Thanks to T.C. for this in our swap.

This is an amazingly average Earl Grey. Not too strong. Not too weak. Nothing offensive. Just very average. Maybe slightly better than my go-to Earl Grey, which is the Stash double bergamot. Blah.

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

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91

smooth smooth smooth! This is an absolutely creamy dreamy vanilla black tea. Despite the almonds, I didn’t pick up much nuttiness, maybe because my little sample didn’t have many. This isn’t an in-your-face vanilla, but rather blends thoughtfully with the medium strength black tea base. I brewed up some to drink before going to work and some to drink on my way to work and I’ve been enjoying my mugfull right now but we’ll see how well it stands up to a travel mug. I added milk and sugar and it made the tea even better! Brought out more vanilla notes and creaminess, as one would expect.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I have no idea why there is no entry for this tea until now, when they are going out of business. Did this company really only last for so short a period of time? Most of their teas only have a few ratings on them, if any. Strange.

Anyway, this tea looks and smells awesome. The smell is particularly potent right out of my one pound bag. There are so many large! caramel drops in this and the tea steeps up all murky because of it. I added milk and sugar because this is a dessert tea and I’m craving something really sweet.

This tastes of burnt caramel and vanilla all right. Very strong flavours. This will be a great tea for me when I want something sweet and POW in your face!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I think Ovation was around for many years, but they had SO many blends that not all of them got put in the database. I think most companies, unless they have a small selection or update tea entries themselves, don’t have 100% of their stock uploaded here!

Starfevre

ah, that makes sense

Tea Sipper

Sounds awesome — I can’t wait to try some!!

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Didn’t feel like cleaning any more pots today before heading home from work so put a couple of bags of this in my mug to steep. Tastes as good as ever and I like having it as a standby for when the rest of the pots of tea go wrong (like today). Hopefully tomorrow’s tea will be more successful.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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