266 Tasting Notes

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drank Tigre Blanc by Nina's Paris
266 tasting notes

Thanks to Nina’s Paris for sending this free sample. I warmed up my tiny teapot and added the tea into the hot pot to take a wiff before adding the water. I could smell the delicate peach scent and just a bit of roasty oolong. Brewed at 195F for 1.5 min. A tasty peach and a mild roasty flavour from the oolong. A very nice tea but like Terri Harplady I also got a tingling on the tongue. I finished most of mine though only because it does taste good and I’ve had worse reactions (most from David’s Tea Blends).

Flavors: Peach, Roasted

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Not the best tasting tea. I was hoping the lemon myrtle would dominate but it doesn’t. I think it’s the burdock coming through. Hope it helps with my allergies.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75

This one has a creamy mouth feel. Quick rinse and then 10 sec steep. Very smooth and did not detect any bitterness. 2nd steep, Still creamy but with a bitter edge. All other steeps stayed the same as the 2nd.

Preparation
Boiling
mrmopar

I drank this the other night but didn’t rate it. I don’t think it has enough “Punch” for an old arbor cake like some of the rest I have tried. Maybe with age it will open up more.

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drank Milk Oolong | Jin Xuan by Tealux
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I just got my Bi Luo Chun from Royal Tea Bay yesterday. It doesn’t look like the picture on this one. It looks like Teavirve’s Bi Luo Chun. In comparison, it is excellent! Buttery , nutty, sweet grass. It has that same wonderful sweet mossy grassy smell. Love it. I’m giving this the same rating as Teavirve’s.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Nutty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
mrmopar

Royal Tea Bay have always been impressive sellers. I remember when I was like the 6th or 7th feedback on Ebay they had. I still buy from them because they perform extremely well.

Ubacat

I know what you mean. I feel I let them down a bit because I left such a great review on Teavirve’s Bi Luo Chun and this one was very short. It was only because I had that one first. They pretty much are exactly alike. I really love the free shipping too. I only ordered the one item. I’m sold on this seller! Thanks for recommending them.

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drank The des Muses by Nina's Paris
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This was a free sample from Nina’s Paris. I brewed it at work so I don’t know if I got the temperature exact. The base seemed to be a basic green: astringent with only light buttery notes. It picked up the citrus flavouring but not any strawberry. There seemed to be a slight bitter edge to it but that might have been me getting the temperature off. Overall, it was a decent cup but nothing stood out.

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Backlog. Had this tea a few days ago. This one is definitely better than their Pi Lo Chun but not the best quality dragonwell I’ve had. As far a I remember it had a clean astringent taste but lacked the freshness. Again this is last year’s crop. I am a bit annoyed that they are selling last year’s teas when all of the new spring ones should be in. I am also a bit disappointed in Tea Emporium. None of their teas have been very good so far.

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drank Pi Lo Chun by The Tea Emporium
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Backlog. Okay, stupid me. I love the Bi Lo Chun sample from Teavirve. I figured I would try out a local one and see if it’s okay because I didn’t want to pay for shipping. I got about 25g of this tea. I thought it would at least be somewhere close to the tea I loved from Teavirve. This tea is like a very very faint muted flavour. There is not the same freshness or buttery flavour. In some ways it’s not even like the same tea. How sad. Overall , not a bad tea but nothing like Teavirve’s.

This tea will get demoted to the early morning cup when I’m too sleepy for my taste buds to wake up. As well, I think I will just order the tea I love from Teavirve.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I tried a ginseng oolong from a local-ish tea vendor and it was terrible. Nothing has been able to match Teavivre’s for me. And their dragon pearls are the best to me as well. There have only been a few companies with jasmine flavor that I love, Teavivre and Nina’s being the main two with excellent jasmine.

Ubacat

I learned my lesson. ;-) Now the hardest thing is what to put in my on line cart at Teavirve. I had too much and had to step away and rethink it. Once I go to order a tea, I can’t keep it just one. I wish they had 50g size on all their tea. That would help.

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Had this tea early this morning. Gave it a quick rinse and then brewed for 10 sec. Dry it has a hay smell to it. I had about 3 small cups of this early this morning and can’t think of much to say about it. It’s not smokey or mushroomy. It does have the light pu-erh taste to it (maybe it would have been stronger if I brewed it longer.) . There was a honey sweetness that was light too and would hang on the tongue. I never noticed a good energy rush with this one. I didn’t pick up any fruity or floral notes either but I plan on having some more later.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Green Raspberry by The TeaCupany
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How strange. The TeaCupany sent me this one with my monthly tea membership but i can’t find it on their website. I wonder if it’s too new or discontinued…

I already had one cup of this tea so far but nothing stood out for me. It was a pleasant cup . I brewed at 185 for 2 min. I figured i would do a 2nd infusion at the same temperature for 3 min. There is slight raspberry flavour that comes through and I’m picking up even more slight the rose from rose petals. Again , it’s okay. Perhaps I’m expecting too much? It’s a just fine raspberry green. The flavour doesn’t come across as artificial and the green base is med astringent green. Maybe I am trying too many teas and looking for those ones that’s going to blow me away. There’s nothing wrong with this tea. I will finish this cup and put it away for another day. Sometimes it’s the ones that don’t impress too much in the beginning that end up being favourites down the road.

Flavors: Raspberry, Rose

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

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I’ve loved tea since I’ve been a kid. Back then it was Old King Cole black tea with milk in it. As the years went by I added in all kinds of teas and moved away from the blacks to more green, white,pu-erh rooibos,& herbal. Just recently I’ve started to enjoy a few blacks again along with oolong. Mostly I would just get my teas from the grocery store, Whole Foods, craft shows with small tea vendors, or when travelling. I did order online from a company years ago but only did the once. It was just in 2013 I joined Steepster and have started some online orders. Love love love Tealux but am hoping to try some different places.

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