540 Tasting Notes

60
drank Queen of Babylon by Teavana
540 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
540 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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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