156 Tasting Notes

85

On smell I get vegetal notes. Taste is earthy, nutty, and mineral like. Kind of reminds me of their roasted oolong, with less of a coffee note in the background. All in all this is a pretty solid oolong.

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86

This tea smells like milk chocolate and honey, with maybe a hint of molasses, and basically tastes the same. Has a little bit of an aftertaste with a faint tanginess to it that kind of reminds me of green grapes. I prefer this with a short steep time and lower temperature. Good taste and great price makes this a good Yunnan for every day use.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93

Smells pretty vegetal, like boiled greens. I don’t detect a lot of that on taste though. Kind of roasty and rich compared to other oolongs I’ve had. One of the better ones in fact; I’m really enjoying each sip. It is reasonably priced at the time of this review. This is something I could drink on a regular basis…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
156 tasting notes

I was going to wait awhile to review this one, but the bag smelled so good I couldn’t resist. Before adding water, it smells like really good oatmeal cookies. Steeped smell is cinnamon and pumpkin. On taste I get the same, and it’s pretty well balanced. After I was halfway done drinking it I added milk and a little sugar. With milk the pumpkin taste is a little stronger. This is really good. The best home made chai latte I’ve had thus far actually.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83

First time tasting it: The tea base is a little more robust than other rose teas I have tried, and there is also a faint hint of a smokey taste to it for me. The second time I made it, it seemed more mellow, and I did not get any smokey notes. Everything is pretty well balanced on taste and smell. I really like rose mixes for iced teas when the weather is hot, and this is a good option for that.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Lynxiebrat

Smoky in a Lapsang Souchong kind of way? The one LS I had, I DID NOT care for, so if the Rose Congou is kind of like that, probably won’t like it. Generally I adore flower teas, taste and smell wise, particularly rose.

El Monstro

Nah it’s wayyyyy more subtle, in fact when I just had it again after it had sat around and aged a few months I didn’t detect any smokeyness at all. It’s worth a try if you like flowery teas.

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81
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
156 tasting notes

In the bag it smells sweet and citrusy, like orange candy. After steeping, the smell kind of reminds me of some black teas with rose I’ve tried. I mostly taste black tea in the forefront here. I also taste a hint of orange rind in the aftertaste. This is decent hot, but iced and sweetened is how I prefer it. Hot score 79, iced and sweetened 84.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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84

Scent: Reminds me of the fresh seaweed and cucumber salad served in sushi restaurants. I also get a perfumey, sweet scent as it cools, which the seaweed smell takes a back seat to.
Taste: Unique, I cant quite think of anything similar to compare it to . Fresh, a little sweet, and floral (kind of makes me think of lavender) is the best way I can describe it. I like this with long steeps and no sugar.
Update: the most recent time I had this I got some hints of cinnamon-like notes after it had cooled down quite a bit.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
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I have to give this tea recognition, it is what got me started as a tea drinker way back when, along with their peppermint, spearmint, and orange spice flavors. I still drink it once in awhile before bed, pretty relaxing with a little honey in it.

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91
drank Jasmine Pearls by Adagio Teas
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I got this as a free sample with a bigger order. I was surprised how fast the bag perfumed the air after cutting it open, smelled really good. Tastes strongly of jasmine, but not TOO strong, just right. Also reminds me of bubble gum, in a good way. This is now my top jasmine tea, until something else can dethrone it…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

The smell of osmanthus fragrans trees/shrubs (aka sweet olive) has always tickled my fancy (ok I’m a horticultural geek, what of it?) When I saw this I had to try it. I guess I’d describe the scent as an orange or peach lollipop. Maybe a little vegetal and minerally oolong smelling as well.
It tastes like it smells. It seems like the cooler it gets, the more the osmanthus comes through. This would probably be excellent iced.

I just made this again and steeped it for quite some time. This time the osmanthus is quite a bit more noticeable and sticks around in the aftertaste, giving the tea a much more floral vibe than the first time I had it.

Quite good iced.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a whipper-snapper, as a way of relaxing before bed. I ventured out from bagged, mass produced tea when I tried some loose leaf Earl Grey at the old man’s house years back. I’m still not too proud for the occasional bagged stuff, saving my snobbery for hard to find craft beer.

I gravitate towards Chinese black-tea varieties, Japanese greens, unflavored oolongs from wherever, and the occasional “I cant sleep” type of herbal teas. I signed up so I can keep track of the teas I’ve tried, and what I want to keep in my cupboard on the regular.

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