536 Tasting Notes

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I’m starting to realize that my package of this tea is almost out. This is a very sad realization because out of all of the flavored teas I’ve tried this is the one that takes the cake; literally. The mouth feel on this is even perfect. I think I noticed someone mention that sometimes these blends taste even better over time as the flavor “settles.” I think that this is true and that this tea has actually gotten better from the first time I tasted it. The smell itself is enough to make my mouth water and waiting for it to cool is tortuous.
The most interesting flavor pulled off here (to me) was the butter. I think that the maple is not as prominent as I would have expected. But, there is still that thick, carb loaded awesomeness.

Ninavampi

I really, really like this tea… I love how it actually tastes like liquid dough… yuuuummm….

Tamm

mmmm yes! I think that is a good way of putting it! :p I think this is one of my favorite purchases.

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80
drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
536 tasting notes

I got this from DJBooth. I have to say it’s been fun to swap with him because I just told him “send me a surprise!” and he did deliver, lots of different things! This is the first that I’m catching up with as I back-log.
The liquor on this is very dark! I was pretty surprised. The smell is coffee, chocolate and somewhere in there I smell a warm caramel type smell. If I was rating on smell alone this would score pretty high.
The chocolate in this is very different than the other Teavana chocolate I’ve tried (the new oolong). It skipped the chocolate-oil flavoring for something much more natural tasting; to me at least! I feel that the only thing that could have gone better is that I was expecting a kind of fullness in the mouth feel that is missing in this cup. I think that this may be a personal preference when dealing with chocolate flavors, but there needs something to back it up so it doesn’t end up being so watery feeling.
Overall, a pretty nice cup.

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85
drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
536 tasting notes

I decided to make this to relax before cleaning some more! :) I think I would be hard to find a strawberry that could stand up against this one. I think that the flavoring is quite nice. I over-steeped this one but nothing wrong with it! It’s actually a pretty forgiving blend. Excellent.

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90

2nd steep of this. Beautiful. I can’t say this enough. I added a very minuscule amount of Savannah Bee Company’s raw honey to this and it just added so much. This honey has been hidden in the dark part of my cupboard waiting for such a moment. I’m so glad I did a second steep because the flavor on this has only gotten better. It is very smooth and still has no astringency. The very back of the throat flavor is very delicate and has a lasting tinge of sweetness that I’m coming to savor. I’m changing my rating on this one to something higher.

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90

I’ll be honest. Non-flavored whites freak me out. The dry smell of this one especially! I got this as a gift. I’m feeling a bit guilty for not getting around to this sooner. The hardest part of brewing the small amount I did, about 150ml, is that I only added as much as I guess-timated would be the best.
The smell on this one is very, well, dry. I find it has a lot of hay like notes. The liquor itself is very light and surprisingly has a very strong smell.
But oh my gosh. I’m so glad I tried this one! I think the water should have been heated just a bit higher b/c this is already cool and it’s only been 2min. But it is much sweeter than I thought it would be! The sweetness is actually in the forefront of this cuppa.
I actually really enjoy this tea! Coming from someone who avoids this type of style generally I am floored. This is an extra silky, extra sweet liquor with a small amount of dry/hay flavor that right now I’m willing to overlook.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

It sounds nice! I agree that plain white tea is also difficult for me to brew properly and appreciate. :)

Tamm

It is almost sacrilegious for me to be saying this, but something tells me that this very special honey I’ve been hoarding would be very nice in this. (Savannah Bee Company)

TeaBrat

I say you should go for it!

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80
drank Iron Goddess of Mercy by Rishi Tea
536 tasting notes

Long time no see Steepster! To be honest, this is only my 2nd cup this week. I was very very sick and couldn’t even smell tea without getting a little woozy. I picked this up at a local shop yesterday after looking through some pretty awesome cheeses.
This is my second look into Iron Goddess; my first being from Chinese Tea Shop.
I have to say the overall smell of the dry leaf on this one is less floral and far more barley or some kind of grain. I think that this was the small downside to this one. I find myself surprisingly drawn to the more floral of the two.
The liquor is very smooth with some very creamy notes that are highly satisfying. I find that this is a more vegetal offering of Iron Goddess. I think I will play with steep times some more to find that proverbial sweet spot. Until next time, I hope everyone is doing well!

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60
drank Queen of Babylon by Teavana
536 tasting notes

MMMMmmm I decided to have a late night cuppa and this fits the bill! It was my little splurge for Black Friday weekend.
This is so, well, crisp! I think it reminds me more of grapes and green apples than pomegranate. I know they mentioned cherry in there, but I was not able to find it. Maybe on the next brew. The mouth feel of this is very different. It has a kind of heaviness that can only be explained as somewhat like juice as compared to plain water. Very interesting. This is not a punch in the face flavor, but it is nice and light.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Hashiri Shincha by Den's Tea
536 tasting notes

Thanksgiving day tea! :) Semi-gongfu style. The dry leaves have this really distinct luster.
1st steep (1min 30sec)
The liquor has a distinct pea smell. It is very light and has that sweet tone I love. Oh this would taste perfect with melons or strawberries paired with it. This is actually stronger than I was expecting it to be. It’s very smooth and has no bitterness. This steep really woke the leaves up! They smell so different after the 1st steep. Very verdant smelling.
2nd steep (2 min)
Still very light and green. This time there was a bit heavier taste on the palate. It is still very sweet and reminds me of spring. This time it also seems to be begging to be paired with green fruit. I’m totally sad I don’t have any of these things lying around. Good thing I have a lot of this left! :)
3rd steep (2min 30 sec) final steep for now because I have to get going to Thanksgiving!
Light and sweet. I love this tea! I wouldn’t have picked it for myself, but got it for free from a member of another board. It really hung in there and I think it could do more steeps if time permitted.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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100

I’m doing something new this time! Since I just finished up my sociology class I decided to celebrate by trying to do some kind of gongfu. :p I’m not experienced so these were all guesses on my part. I was using my tiny 150ml houhin shaped random piece I found at the Chinese store at my local mall. It could be something else, but I have no idea. It was just cute!
1st steep (1 min)
Buttery, soft and much more green than other times I’ve had this. My last sips were very sweet!
2nd steep (1min 30 sec) p.s. ouchies my fingers! lol
The liquor is much more yellow/green this steep. The smell is far more grassy and less sweet. Brighter flavor this time and the grassy notes are really peaking through this steep. Very, very soft mouth feel; almost silky.
3rd steep (2min)
The leaves have completely unfurled now! So very pretty! I’m really liking this method. It’s giving me time to relax. This time it smells much sweeter with almost no grass. The flavor is full on sweet; my favorite cup so far. Small amount of something almost spicy in the very back of this. Just as buttery as ever!
4th steep (2min 30 sec.)
Starting to mellow down again. Stronger hay smells with this steep. Much lighter liquor. So. Very. Tasty. Still very sweet and light (getting lighter!)
5th steep (3 min) Final steep
The smell is so light on this steep. Sweet, but fading. Very light and creamy as the very 1st steep. Lovely tea, really, I think this is a great introduction for people to unflavored oolong.

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67
drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
536 tasting notes

Ah late night tea time! :) I seem to have run out of rooibos and that Swiss Vervaine still hasn’t been sorted out; so this will be my night time cuppa!
I noticed this time that the color on this is actually quite…swampy? Maybe it’s the hibiscus in this. Still, it is my go to sleepy time mix. :)

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