536 Tasting Notes

100

I took a break from playing Skyrim to take a sip!
This stuff is awesome. Simply amazing really. I think that I’ll up my rating on this because it is really exactly what it is described as. Smooth, sweet chocolate without the guilt. There is some nutty notes this time around. I think that out of the Teavana teas I’ve had this one would top my list for something to give to newcomers to tea. It’s simple to brew and it is pretty much foolproof flavor wise.

Ninavampi

Argh… My aunt just came from the US and bought me two of the new Teavana teas. I guess trying this one is going to have to wait for me! ….

Tamm

Oh very lucky still though! Which ones did she bring you?

LuvMySquiz

I have a tea warmer on my computer desk, so I brew a pot, and drink it while playing Skyrim.

Tamm

:O Skyrim is AWESOME for teatime! lolol high five for Skyrim tea buddies!

Honey

I used to drink tea like you, then I took an arrow to the knee.

Tamm

LOLOLOL high five another buddy!!!

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95
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
536 tasting notes

Mmmm I brewed this to try an combat my inability to get temperature correct in my house today. I kind of overdid it this time! I added a few too many leaves/too long brewing/too high temp and somehow this still turned out nice. It is incredibly smooth; despite the temperature issue. I think that I need to watch my stupid pan like a hawk so that my water doesn’t do this again. This is darker than some coffee I’ve had, but so much nicer!

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90
drank Sun Kissed Jasmine by Joy's Teaspoon
536 tasting notes

I got this sample in my swap with DJBooth. :) The dry smell has an almost alcoholic note to it. Needless to say, it smells interesting! I needed something to celebrate since I just did so well on my test! This seemed to be sweet and citrusy so this will be my cup of celebration.
The dry leaf is very fragrant. The name says jasmine, but I can’t smell any jasmine; which is fine with me b/c I don’t always like jasmine.
The liquor is just as sweet smelling as the leaf was. I’m actually looking forward to this because it is not something I would pick for myself, but smells very nice. Holy cow! This stuff is super super tasty!!! The sip I took has so many different flavors. I can’t exactly tie any of this down, but dang! It has a very light and bright flavor profile.
Even though the end of my brew was done at a higher than usual temperature this tea has no bitterness. Very solid citrus-type flavor. No jasmine to be seen! >:)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Congrats on doing well on your test! Glad you chose an appropriate tea to celebrate!

Tamm

:D Thank you!

The DJBooth

Congrats and glad you enjoyed :)

Tamm

This tea is a good example of why I love surprise type of things when I trade for tea. It’s because I’d have never picked this myself!

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50
drank Spice of Life by Teavana
536 tasting notes

This is a tea that really has to suit my mood. Since it is pretty bold on the citrus overtones I tend to take it slow. What it almost reminds me of is chocolate oranges, which I hate, without the chocolate. I love the spicy/citrus-ness. (It’s the chocolate that I dislike..)
But on a cool night like tonight, closing in on the holidays, it is a nice cup. I think I feel bad because this is an obvious B list tea for me; despite my liking for it. I think that the reason is the flavor can be just too powerful at times. Occasional sipping is where this one gets points for me.

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65
drank Yunnan Emerald Buds by Teavana
536 tasting notes

This is another tea that I recently was able to get 2 free oz of at Teavana. These were not picked out by me at all and so far the flavors of these free teas are…well..meh. Not great, but not bad either. Even though I adore green tea I don’t see myself picking this one on my own.
The buds have a very peppery smell. Very interesting to say the least. They also, to me, remind me of the smell of say, a bai mu dan. I’m not a big white tea person. So before I overly judge this tea on smell alone lets get to tasting!
The liquor is very light. The suggested steep time was only 1 min. The liquor still has that peppery smell and also a bit of something almost floral.
Hm. This is interesting. It does carry that pepper flavor into the tea. The flavor is a lot more full than I expected due to short steep time/liquor color. It has a pea overtone in the end of the sip.
Overall I think it’s okay. This flavor isn’t really what I’d be looking for in a green. I think that if I needed something in a pinch this would be fine, but overall I’m not overwhelmed.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
The DJBooth

Dude how do you keep getting these free samples?

Tamm

:p I’m sneaky! About the first 2 weeks after the new Teavana teas hit the stores they were liquidating some of their old stock. They had at least two boxes of 2 oz samples like this one just sitting in the store. So I tried to go a few times over a couple weeks and every time they gave me something extra!

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100

2nd steep!
I just realized what the color reminds me of; apple cider. I stepped up the temp. and time on this steep. (190F/4 min)
The smell of the liquor is just as floral as the last one. I am amazed! If I’m thinking correctly this isn’t flavored at all/perfumed. Which is what is so awesome to me. This smells and tastes like no other tea I’ve had and all that is included is tea leaves!
This steep is much sweeter than the first one. The floral taste is much more subdued, but still present. It is still very smooth and has no bite. This cup has almost no vegetal flavor in it; which was surprising. I am getting a lot of creamy notes. I love that this one just, in it’s own way, melts in your mouth.
Really solid 2nd steep. More to come!

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100

I’ve been lacking in some of my updates..I got this quite awhile ago from Chinese Tea Shop as a sample. It arrived very, very quickly! I got this package before I got some of the ones I was expecting from in the states.
This is my first infusion of this tea. I used lower temp. water for a lower time. I’m a bit unfamiliar with oolong steeping; so this may have been a strange guess on that aspect.
This was my first excursion into Iron Goddess teas. The leaves were just beautiful. I have a certain love of oolong leaves and this one was just nice to watch.
The liquor is this beautiful yellow/gold color.
The flavor is so smooth and relaxing. I can taste very slight floral notes. I can’t quite explain what they are though! Shame on my young palate. :p But there is this distinct almost, hm, buttery note to it. It is very pleasant. There are some vegetal notes but they aren’t overpowering or unpleasant in the least. This blend gets high points for me because none of the leaves’ smell is lost in the liquor. That subtle floral aroma stays with it.
I highly recommend this tea; especially for people like me who are new to unflavored oolongs. It really is a nice oolong!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

that sounds wonderful…

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34
drank Swiss Vervaine Melange by Teavana
536 tasting notes

Much better! I finally seem to have done 2 things to straighten out the flavor on this a bit.
1) Low, low temp. I’d say 170 or lower
2) mixing the leaves a ton before spooning into the water.
I still am disappointed; as I’m still not tasting lemon. I’m getting lots of flavors in this now. I am tasting far less of that scary popcorn overtone I was getting before. I think what this needs is more mint. I think I’ll start adding my own since I have it on hand. A strange flavor appeared at this tempt. though, pepper. O.o Again, this stuff is excellent for making me sleepy. I think I’m enjoying this more now than before, but still don’t think I could really suggest this to anyone or purchase again.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

sounds fairly vile… :-P

Tamm

Oh I agree! If it looked ugly and swampy I think that my tendency to drink it would be even lower.

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85
drank Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong by Teavana
536 tasting notes

Mmm I made a cup of this to unwind after a pretty nice day. I got all of my work finished for one of my classes! Which means now I’m a whole month ahead. :)
This tastes nothing like brulee, but very much graham crackers. Tasty, sugary graham crackers. It has this certain note of flavor that instantly links the two to me. Maybe graham cracker doesn’t sound as fancy as toasted nut brulee. shrug But either way I love this to relax. I’m also starting to think it’s strange this is labeled as an oolong blend when it is predominantly rooibos. Oh well!

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34
drank Swiss Vervaine Melange by Teavana
536 tasting notes

My first try at this was met with some interest. I may have added too much and boiled it too high. It ended up tasting like…mallow? I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t citrus at all! Later that night I got stomach cramps. I don’t know if it was the teas fault; so I’ve waited a bit before trying this again.
non-brewed leaves: lemon/citrus
brewing leaves: no citrus/weird mallow-sweet smell : /
steeped smell: popcorn?
This is very perplexing. But the popcorn smell/taste may have been what turned my stomach a bit. I had a bad run-in with an artificially flavored popcorn lollipop when I was a child. My guts never forgave that flavor!
This time the flavor is toned down, but still no amazing citrus! I feel so sad about this. :( I was really looking forward to some lemony bite. This stuff smells overwhelmingly strong when you smell it but it is not present at all in the flavor. Maybe I should try mixing my batch more or something. But there is also no mint flavor; which was mentioned to be in there somewhere.
Until further notice this tea is under intense scrutiny!
edit Three things must be noted before I nod off. First, the lemon started to appear at the end of the tasting. It was subdued and kind of lack luster but there. Secondly, one of the more promised effects is that it supposed to be kind of a relaxant. That part is indeed holding up. Lastly, I noticed something this time that worries me just a tiny bit. My tongue feels tingly. Not in a nice tasty way; but in an itchy way. I’m not allergic to anything but bunnies (that I know of) but hopefully this isn’t a side effect of one of the ingredients.

KeenTeaThyme

I know what you mean on this one – I got a couple ounces of it, didn’t care for it, and ended up mixing it with something else. Maybe their Strawberry Lemonade? I can’t remember. Anyway, I hear ya!

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