536 Tasting Notes

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by 52teas
536 tasting notes

It took a bit for me to warm up to this tea, but you know what? It is perfect for this time of year. It has been a bit rainy today and I had to trudge through my last readings of the semester today; but now I can relax with a nice, fall inspired cuppa. This tea has some good spice flavors that are less of the mainstream hot cinnamon and clove and more of something that reminds me of nutmeg.

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I’m so happy so far with my finals results! I even got 100% on my presentation last night and I’m not one for public speaking; so that was a miracle!
This tea was another of Teavivre’s generous samples. Unfortunately, my lid fell into my cup when I was poring so some leaves got more steeped than others. This steep reminds me mostly of deep greens like spinach. It is just a bit sweet. There is also a back flavor of a bit of barley like baked-ness that reminds me of Rishi’s Tie Guan Yin. The major difference between the two is that this one exhibits more creamy flavors than the Rishi version.

gmathis

Woo-hoo to you. Such a relief to get finals overwith!

Tamm

Oh I’m so excited because I don’t actually have any tests this semester. It was all presentations and papers so I don’t even have to go next week! >:)

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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mmmm. This tea is saving me from finals weeks stress! I know I’ve been absent, but I appreciate everyone on here so much and all their wonderful tea notes! I have exciting news! I am going to Peru for an Archaeological dig summer 2014!!! So I raise a celebratory cuppa caramel.
I purchased this over the Black Friday weekend so I got free shipping. Who could resist 3oz of tea for almost the same price as shipping?! I think I’ve mentioned this before, but price wise this is a wonderful tea. At $6/3oz it is my favorite “cheap” tea. This requires a much shorter steep time when compared to my other blacks. But when done correctly this is a creamy, sugary tasting caramel tea. When I use extra leaves the black tea notes come out a bit stronger than other caramel teas I’ve tried. This tea is great with or without milk/sugar.

Ysaurella

congrats for the Peru – you’ll come back with wonderful memories and you’ll probably drink Peruvian blended teas to share ideas with us

Tamm

Thank you!!! I will be sure to link to my photos once I get back! I’m thinking that there will be a lot of days and nights filled with coffee and tea drinking!

Ninavampi

Ooooh!!! You are going to be right next to me (as in Ecuador and Peru share borders!) hope you enjoy!!

Tamm

That’s so cool that we’ll be close! I’ve never gone out of the country before, so that part is getting me a bit nervous!

Ninavampi

Don’t worry about it! I am sure you’ll do great! Feel free to pm me if you have any questions or need advice on anything! :)

Tamm

Thank you for the encouragement! I’m so glad that I’ll be travelling with my professor because: (a) I trust him and (b) he spends tons of time there. Right now I need to figure out how to learn decent Spanish in a year.

spearmint

This is delayed but where in Peru are you digging? One of my arch classmates did his secondary field school in Peru last summer near Nazca.

Tamm

I’ll be in the Pomac Forest working on the Sicán project. :)

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Sipdown!
What a wonderful sample. Seriously Teavivre, thank you for the sample! I have decided that currently my favorite milk oolongs go: Teavivre, Teavivre (flavored), and then David’s. This is mainly due to the fact that I like the floral/sweet/fruity notes in Teavivre milk oolongs as compared to David’s more creamy version. All are wonderful though.
I normally do 3, 3min brews of this tea and it stands up quite nicely. This is a very sweet, smooth tea that would be great for anyone looking for milk oolong.

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The leaves unfurl very quickly in this tea! It smells primarily of jasmine to me, with some orchid-type notes sneaking in. I do really enjoy this one. I accidentally oversteeped it and although it did not become bitter/astringent the flavoring of the leaves comes off a bit stronger than I’d like. I only have one more tsp of this one left, so I should probably enjoy it at a lower steep this time! It may be the fact that I just ate an orange, but the last notes that I get on this are fruity and kind of dry (dry? I don’t really drink wine, but something in this is bringing something like that back).

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Thanks Teavivre for this sample!
This is not something I would have picked for myself, but gosh, I love this one. I love the sweetness paired with the roasted flavors. It matches really well with toast. :3 I think that this one is great to have with lunch and I really enjoy its uniqueness.

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sigh So I totally burned my lunch (a grilled cheese sandwich). So back to tea then! I haven’t mentioned this, but my tea shelves are a mess. A total black hole of piles of assorted bags, near empty jars, and just not fun to look at. Maybe that’s why I have been drinking less tea lately. But this is the very last of this tea! I got this in a contest, and like I’ve mentioned, it may have not been stored in the best way possible. So although it smells quite nice, the flavor really isn’t there.
There are lots of buttery notes in this one and it is the predominate flavor in this cuppa. Besides that I get lots of sweet, green tea flavor which is really good. Other than that I don’t have a lot to say about this one and I don’t think that it is fair for me to rate the tea off of the sample I was given.

gmathis

I have a black hole basket like that myself…but isn’t it fun when you reach in and pull out something you haven’t seen for a while? Kind of like an unexpected birthday.

Tamm

Oh totally agreed! I found the last, sad little bit of one of my favorite teas (it’s discontinued); so finding that was a joy! I think that I’m going to try and finish off quite a few teas in the coming weeks so I can have it a bit more organized.

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Thank to Teavivre for this very generous sample!
I feel crummy today and I still have almost 2hrs. before I have to start my homework so I thought I’d relax with some nice, pure tea. I’ve been in quite the flavored tea stint so all this plain tea tasting has brought me back to what I really love to enjoy.
Dry, this tea smells almost similar to a Bai Mu Dan; especially the light hay notes. There is also an almost nutty smell coming through. I’m not sure how much to add to my tiny cup, so I’m just eyeballing it as covering the bottom. I’ve only had one other Dragon Well and to be honest, I hated it. It smelled and tasted swampy.
Wow! Even though I only steeped this for 2min. the smell is very strong. There are lots of pea notes in the front of this brew. It is very crisp and I’m really loving the nutty notes. This particular steep is reminding me a lot of sencha. There is almost a milky-ness to this tea, as I saw other reviews state. Compared to my last run in with Dragon Well this is amazing! This is easily one of my favorite greens and I would really recommend it for anyone new to green teas.

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What a wonderful tea! I forgot that this little beauty was hiding out in the back corner of my cupboard. After a long day of shopping and eating, I’ve been left feeling really dizzy. I think that this is the one thing keeping my mood up! It is very sweet, milky, and I love watching the leaves unfurl. I do prefer the un-flavored version more, but this is still a very amazing and flavorful tea with lots of great floral and green notes as well. Highly recommended.

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drank Queen of Babylon by Teavana
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So this tea has been lingering in my cupboard. I think that as the days grow cooler I’m looking for spice and heaviness that can’t be found in lighter blends like this one. I have so much of this one left and I’m not surprised as the dry smell is very overpowering; in a more chemical than natural way. When brewed this takes on some more delicate qualities and I like it a lot more than other apple-esque teas that I’ve tried. I’m lowering the score just a bit because, to be honest, I think that had I tried a sample I would’ve skipped this one completely.
Notes of carrot and crisp apple.

Alphakitty

I want to try this one just because of the name, but the flavor combo just doesn’t seem to fit for me.

Tamm

I would totally trade/send this one out if you wanted it. I am very busy, so it would take a bit, but if you’d like to try it I really have not been drinking this one.

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