359 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Blush Rosé by Teavana
359 tasting notes

I got a heap of this tea for Christmas along with the tea tin and beautiful travel mug:
http://www.teavana.com/tea-gift-center/tea-gift-sets/p/strawberry-blush-ros-oolong-tea-collection

I think if I love artificial flavoured teas I’d probably be raving about this one. It certainly does smell and look delicious. The dry mixture is sooo pretty. Loads of fruit & rose buds in there. The oolong is a bit hard to find.

Brewed up it does taste strawberry & rose. I couldn’t get much oolong taste in it but I think it was mostly just meant as a base to give it some body. Yes, the strawberry flavour is somewhat artificial but there are actual strawberry pieces in there (along with apple, pineapple, tangerine, peach, grapes, grapefruit, rhubarb). The artificial flavouring is not too strong and I could definitely pick out the citrus and grape with the other fruits. The rose petals mixed in with it all giving it a natural rose aroma.

Did I love it? I don’t really know. It was a bit strange for me. Fruity and floral at the same time. I would have liked more oolong , less artificial flavour but overall it’s pretty good. It seems like one of those teas that would be amazing iced.

The tea tin and travel mug are sooo pretty.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Grapes, Rose, Strawberry

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84
drank Cacao by Tisano
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This is one of those teas I’ve read great reviews on for ages. Then one day I just decided to order some anyway. It came just before Christmas and I’m having it now. The instructions say 1 tps to 8oz of water at 210F which I did. However, I notice that most other people here used a lot more tea for the 8 oz.

It definitely is hot chocolate like (without the milk and the sugar both of which I can’t have). I think this brew is a little thin so might try it with more tsps. next time like others have had. I also want to try this with some black teas I have. Is it worth it just ordering the one tea? I’d say so. This looks like a versatile tea to have on it’s own when I want a hot chocolate or to mix with other teas. I’ll enjoy trying out some different things with it.

Flavors: Chocolate

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90
drank 7th Heaven by Tealux
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Here I am sick with a cold before Christmas and I can’t taste any of my teas. What a bummer especially since I got those nice teas from The Finest Brew yesterday. So yesterday and today have been all peppermint or medicine teas. I’ve even had the dreaded ginger tea which I hate.

Today I’m having my Lapacho tea. Even the flavour on this one is a bit lost on me today. It’s coming through kind of dull. I’m picking up the citrus (which is the added flavour) but not the woody flavour of the lapacho. I changed the rating on this tea. I still think it’s pretty fantastic because of the health properties of lapacho and it tastes pretty good but it’s not a 100 rated tea. I would love to find other lapacho teas out there. Anyone know of other lapacho teas?

Terri HarpLady

Bummer that you’re sick. Sending hugs & good vibes to you :)

Tealizzy

I’ve had a mild cold for a few days too. Tea makes it better even if you can’t taste it! Feel better!

Ubacat

Thanks so much Terry & Tealizzy. Tealizzy, hope you’re feeling better too. December is always such a busy month. I almost always get sick at this time.

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I love this tea! I didn’t really leave a proper review last time so I’m doing it now. Just finished my kickboxing workout this morning so it’s nice to relax with a wonderful cup of tea.

Dry the leaves are tiny twisted dark green and I could smell spinach from the dry a bit.

Brewed at 185 , 8 oz, 2 min, 1 tsp. Mmmmm. Sweet, buttery and spinach. I can smell the spinach in the aroma. This tea to me seems like it borders between some Japanese teas and the Chinese teas. The spinach seems to give it that umani that the Japanese greens have. Then there’s the rich nutty, butter flavour. I only have one little package left of this which is 2 cups so this is one tea that I will definitely have to order more of. It’s like a cup of heaven.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

Yay! Rizhao’s are my favourite green hands down:-)

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90

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I’ve had this tea twice but have held off leaving a review. That’s because I think it’s strange I get chocolate notes off of a white tea. Yet I do.

Dry, the leaves are a bit fuzzy with white green to light green colour. It brews up a honey yellow and has a good body for a white tea. I picked up hay, honey and of course the chocolate notes. I really quite like it but I’m curious if anyone else gets chocolate notes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hay, Honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yummy! :)

The Finest Brew Co.

This sounds tasteful, thanks! There is indeed a frail note of chocolate that I too pick up.

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79
drank Creamy Lemon Drop by My Tea Brew
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I had this tea a few years ago and loved it. The lady who sells it has here own website but I always buy from here when she comes to the craft shows in Dec. I remember loving this soooooo much. I picked some up this time wondering how I would feel about since I drink mostly straight tea now.

It’s still a good tea but the flavouring does cause some tongue tingling. I don’t know if this batch is different from ones she did in the past or it’s just me. I remember it smelling just like the name “creamy lemon drop” from the bag. This time I don’t get that. It is lemony and some cream but it doesn’t smell sweet along with it.

Brewed it was okay. Citrusy with that creamy note added to the green tea.

Sadly it’s just not my “Cup of tea” anymore. I’m trying to get that same feel, flavour I felt a few years ago when I had it but it’s not there anymore. It’s probably just me that’s changed and not the tea.

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drank 2014 Jingmai Raw by Mandala Tea
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Had this tea awhile ago and I remember it being really rough with bitterness in the first few steeps. It did not appeal to me at all. Around steep #5 it mellowed out. The bitterness was gone and it was a strong apricot taste. I didn’t try too many steeps after that. Next time I have this I think I will start drinking it at Steep 5 and see where it goes from there. It just kept getting better!

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100
drank Mandarin Silk by Tea Lux
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Ah, here is an old favourite which I rated 100 before. Unfortunately , I am VERY sensitive to so many flavourings now. This was one that didn’t bother me before. I’m still okay with it but now just a bit sensitive to the flavouring. It’s still good but I wouldn’t rate it 100 anymore. My tastes have changed a lot over the last year.

Enjoying this while listening to Terri’s Christmas album I downloaded off ITunes. Such beautiful music.

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What an unusual green tea. The little leaves are rolled so tight in straight little sticks that look almost black when dry but turn green when infused. Those little leaves still did not unroll even after the first infusion and only barely on the 2nd!!!

I was really wondering what this tea would be like. As much as I love green teas, I’ve been becoming a little bored always with the similar profile of chestnut, smooth & sweet. First infusion was for 2 min , 185F, about 4 oz water, 2 g . It was pretty light. I’m not really good at describing notes or flavours but it seemed to taste a bit like hay with chestnut notes that sometimes would be light and other times strong. It was a bit astringent as well.

2nd brew : 3 min, 185F, 4 oz. This was a slightly stronger brew. Still hay like. Chestnut notes a bit more pronounced and definitely more astringent. At the bottom of the cup, a bit bitter.

I really don’t know how to rate this tea because I’m not sure how I feel about it right now. I don’t love it but did enjoy this tea. It’s so different! It was certainly fun to try it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Cheri

Sounds really different.

The Finest Brew Co.

It certainly is very unusual, the leaves are indeed big and handrolled so tightly it is a mystery. Glad you enjoyed and had a bit of fun with it, and this review is very helpful, thanks!

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Got this as a sample with my first Aliexpress order. I was mostly interested in a black tea that yyz had reviewed but the most amazing teas to me have been this white and a green.

This tea tastes pretty much like a green. It’s sweet , nutty, slightly astringent. It brews up a medium amber colour which is quite dark for a white. I think I read somewhere that this tea is really a green but called a white in it’s name. I have no idea but it is very “green” tasting. It’s very good and I would consider buying more of this. Delicious!

Flavors: Astringent, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

I’ve liked his greens too!

Anji bai cha is called a white tea not because of it’s processing but because of it’s appearance. As a result of genetics it produces less chlorophyll and therefore appears whitish next to other cultivars. As well the tea has been said to help suppress cortisol and help you relax due to it’s unique biochemistry. Http://www.teaspring.com/An-Ji-Bai-Cha.asp

Ubacat

Thanks for the info yyz! That’s good to know. I think I had too much caffeine to notice if this was reducing cortisol but it would be good to put it to the test one afternoon when I’m working and stressed.

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.

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