539 Tasting Notes

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Ah. Somehow I managed a perfect cup of this one. Its main flavors are slight floral, deep greens like spinach, and roasted bread. I really like this one for its light, honey like flavors that slip in every once in awhile. This is a really solid Tie Guan Yin.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
539 tasting notes

1st steep (3 sec.): Amazingly fragrant steep. This time it tastes of sesame, pepper, and very light hint of caramel.
2nd steep (4 sec): Wow, it is much darker this time! This cuppa was so smooth! It had a very creamy taste and the sesame really died down. Mainly tasted of burnt sugar.
I’ve had 4 more steeps so far and they were all similar to the above. This is a wonderful, long lasting, and complex tea. A really great tea for people new to plain blacks.

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drank Berry Mint Cassis by Teavana
539 tasting notes

I’m almost done with my tin of this! I noticed I’ve been saving all the large orange slices for last. The tea it super potent and pretty flavorful. I’ve really liked it in the past; see previous notes.

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Thanks Teavivre for the sample! I love the shape of dragonwell tea. This tea smells of young spring greens and peas. I love that crisp taste and smell that green teas have. I’ve been drinking mainly blacks and oolongs so this is a nice departure. I brewed this for 2 min. and it is very clear with light yellow hints.
Oh wow, this is such a good tea! The taste is bright, smooth, and just a bit nutty. I’m surprised by the mouthfeel of this one. It is much thicker tasting than I would suspect from such a light tea. I can understand why so many people love dragonwell! This one is a superb example of this type of tea. I would suggest it to tea newcomers and green tea enthusiasts alike.

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I know that the reviews are pretty half and half on this. I think that this tea would be slightly better if they had added a black tea to anchor this blend. It is pretty flavorful and chocolaty to boot, but a bit thin. I have cut just about all chocolate/general snacks out of my diet at this point, so I drink this for fun. I have a whole lot of it so it’s good I love it!

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drank Zingiber Ginger Coconut by Teavana
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I saw someone on here saying talking about loud sipping in China; so I tried it today and for some crazy reason, it does taste more flavorful. I can’t tell if it’s all in my head or what! It’s still pretty early, but I’ll be doing this more.
I love this tea. It is perfect for nighttime and has notes of spice, coconut,and an overall creamy flavor. It reminds me a lot of colas. The cardamom is very prominent in this blend. I love this one blended with the Fig Rose tea as well. ahhh.
Today is my final for Geology, so wish me luck!

Indigobloom

I heard they do the same with wine tastings, as it sprays the mouth with the liquor, spreading it all out etc

Tamm

Huh. It makes sense! It might just be making up for my less-than-impressive sense of smell.

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100
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
539 tasting notes

This is such a good milk oolong! It is super flavorful, unique, and easy to make. I love how powerful this one is. You really don’t need very much to make a cuppa; which I really like. This milk oolong is far less floral than other varieties that I’ve tried. This tea lends itself to at least 4-5 steepings, even at the 3min. steeps I’ve been doing with it. This is on my must try list for new tea people.

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drank Pheonix Mountain Dan Cong by Teavana
539 tasting notes

I feel awful that I haven’t been around lately. But that seems to be how it is during finals! I’ve still been drinking plenty of tea so I will probably be back soon.
I got this during the winter clearance sale and I got it for such a steal! They ended up giving me much more than what I think they anticipated.
This is actually a really solid dan cong; too bad they aren’t offering it anymore. When steeped under Teavana’s parameters, the liquor is a darker brown/yellow color than other dan congs. It is instantly sweet, mainly a honey flavor at that. The roasted notes are much lighter today than I can remember them. This first steep does not really produce the rock flavors that I was hoping for, but that could be that my water was slightly cooler.
Overall, this was a really good plain/unflavored tea. I think it’s a shame that Teavana doesn’t focus as much on plain teas at a competitive price. I think that David’s milk oolong is comparatively good and it is much cheaper.

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So I only have 3 of these left!
Overall I haven’t been too impressed by it. Some steeps have really captured the tart, pineapple and floral goodness that is this tea. Others were light, vegetal, and too subtle to warrant such a high price.
The bloom itself is beautiful. I am steeping this in a small, ~6oz. teapot. I think that this tea is much better if you use a smaller vessel to brew and use slightly higher temps. This time I got a light yellow brew that smells mainly of pineapple. It is pretty dang good on this steep, so I hope I can keep it up!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
539 tasting notes

So this is my #1 most favorite plain black tea. It really isn’t much of a contest as it is regularly a type of tea I actively avoid. This tea smells and looks wonderful when dry. It has lots of barley/chocolate/subtle spice notes when dry. The flavors of the liquor are very similar to the dry smell. It is extremely tasty and reminds me more of an oolong than a black tea. I got more vegetal flavors this time, but they are very light. I was brewing this in a more western style and may have gone over the intended 4 min. but this has added a very interesting layer to the tea’s complexity. It is lacking in any bitterness. The extra long steep seems to have brought out this kind of crunchy-type bread quality pretty aggressively. It’s pretty interesting and I did not experience it on any of my other steeps.
Oh! It is almost sesame. That’s the descriptor I was searching for.

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