539 Tasting Notes

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
539 tasting notes

I picked this up on a whim because it was very cheap ($2.50) and displayed by the cash register at my local health foods store. The flavor is actually very close to Kusmi’s caramel. The burnt sugar notes are the most prominent flavor. It’s a great deal if you want a good dessert tea.

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Thank you Angel for this sample! When I first open the package for this tea I was reminded of the sparkling apple cider my family drinks every New Years. The rose and chamomile buds are very beautiful and the tea itself has downy, full buds. I was expecting this to taste more of the white base, but it is more given to the other flavors. I was able to pull about seven equally good steepings from my first try with this tea. I really love the flavors and they all balanced together very well. Since school started this has become my go-to relaxing tea and I am excited to try mixing it with a few of the others in my cupboard. I think this might be one of my very favorites from Teavivre!

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I saw this on clearance yesterday so I picked up a box! My first steep was much better than this one! At 4min. the stevia becomes very overpowering. At three minutes I was able to taste more of the spices. I’m not sure this is a great boxed tea, but I’ll have to try it a bit more! I actually think it would be a bit better if the black base was more evident. It would balance out this sweetness a lot.

TeaBrat

this stuff was definitely too sweet for me!

Tamm

I actually poured out this second cup. I guess shorter steep times are a must! And I noticed that the stevia is probably what made me really hate another recent tea.

TeaBrat

When it comes to Stevia, less is definitely more!

gmathis

I’ve done it halvesies with plain black tea and it’s much better.

Tamm

Thanks for the advice! I’ll try it when I steep it again.

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drank Lime Blossom by Jade Monk
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I’m glad I gave these another try! I picked up the $1 sample today just in case I liked this one more. I still think that I wish these tasted more like matcha. The flavoring in this one does not have the same strange aftertaste that the peach one had. I still think it might be the chicory. The lime is very tasty and I thought that I would like to kick back with a cuppa this on a hot day! The mix blends very well, even with very cold water. For what it is, it’s pretty tasty!

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I had been suffering for the past 5 days with a stomach ache, so I thought I’d get herbal and try this one. I have tried ginger as an addition to a tea, but never the main flavor. This was intense! It is very sweet and herbaceous. I always buy those little ginger sweets at the Asian markets, and that is exactly what this reminded me of. It probably will not be for everyone due to the simple fact that it is intense, but I really enjoy it. It also is very good with lemon.

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drank Palau Peach by Jade Monk
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They had small trial pouches of these for sale at my fresh market and I thought I’d give this a whirl! I was surprised that the first ingredient was sugar. There were also no instructions, so I simply mixed it with cool water. The peach itself is very tasty and aromatic. I was surprised how juicy it was! But this does not taste much like matcha and that’s a real shame. The chicory is weird and keeps reminding me that there are additives to the mix. I’m very iffy about this one for now.

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I just found my sample of this floating around in a drawer so I thought I’d finally crack it open! I’m surprised by how savory the liquor smells. I really like the laoshan green, so I was expecting to really enjoy this. This is very good! I like the savory aspects with the green being the undertone. I was surprised that the mint is more evident in the smell than in the taste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Tigre Blanc by Nina's Paris
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Thank you Ninas Paris for this sample!
mmm it smells just like peachy rings! This brewed up much darker than I expected given the name, but it’s not really an issue. This is a very smooth tea. I love the peach flavor! I think I would rather drink this than actually eat a peachy ring (all that sugar!). Very excellent midday pick-me up too!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Doesn’t Nina do beautiful things with fruit? :)

Tamm

Sorry this took so long, but yes! I really loved all 3 of my samples. I really wish I could make a tea order!

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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
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Thank you for the sample Ninas Paris!
This was very aromatic. Strawberries and vanilla were the main flavors. Very smooth and has a really great base tea. I would love to have this one in my cupboard!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I guess this one has been lingering, forgotten in my cupboard for the past few months. I got it while I was trying to avoid caffeinated teas. This is pretty decent for a grocery store tea I guess. It reminds me a lot of the Cha Yen Thai from Teavana (but cheaper!). It would actually be a good, cheap substitute for this imo.

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