257 Tasting Notes

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When I opened my sample pack of this tea and smelled it : HEAVEN. I don’t know really how to describe the scent. It’s like rich sweet nutty grass in a forest. Brewed it still has the same scent but sweet buttery, nutty smoothness . It goes perfectly with the song playing on my Itunes right now: Lovers – from the House of Flying Daggers soundtrack.

This is one tea I will definitely have to have once my samples are gone.

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

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I love it when tea companies capture a fruit flavour so well making it seem it just naturally was part of the tea. That is so with the peach flavour in this tea. It really does taste like peaches and even though it’s the prominent flavour, it doesn’t seem to overpower anything. The jasmine notes were very subtle and hard to pick up. I see someone here solved that problem by combining straight jasmine pearls with these one. I’ll have to try that on my other sample. The green tea pearls were on the astringent side with a slight bitter edge near the bottom of the cup.

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

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Dexter3657 sent this sample my way so I’d have another sheng to try. I wonder why there’s only one review on here for this tea…
I brewed it up, quick rinse and then 20 sec. It was strange but I didn’t taste much of anything (like Sil in her review). I tried another infusion but still wasn’t getting anything. By the 4th infusion, I figured I would use up the other part of the sample and do gong fu brewing like on the Tao Tea leaf website. I thought I must be doing something wrong. On the website they say this tea has complex flavour with hints of chocolate , vanilla and the tartness of raspberries and a bit of white wine. It sounds wonderful. Maybe i don’t have a refined palate for tasting but to me all I got was a weak pu-er earthy flavour with a bit of bitterness. I suppose there MIGHT have been a hint of chocolate. Even doing gong fu brewing didn’t bring out all those flavours for me. I’m puzzled that a tea described sounding so wonderful was nothing like that for me.

Glad I got the chance to try it though. Thanks Dexter3657!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Dragon Well by Tao Tea Leaf
257 tasting notes

I had this tea yesterday. I took it in my Timolino. Don’t know why I made that crazy decision since the Timolino is not the best thing to brew and drink tea in. I usually stick to mildly flavoured teas that I’ve had before. I had never had this one before. It was a sample from Tao Tea Leaf. Even from my Timolino I could tell this was an excellent tea: buttery , mild vegetal. I don’t think it’s from 2014 crop but it’s still good. Wish I had brewed this up properly as it’s all gone now but I still enjoyed it for the day.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I still have some Design A Tea samples in my cabinet untried! So this morning pulled out Chestnut Raspberry Oolong. Not bad! Definitely the chestnut flavour is prominent followed by lighter notes of raspberry. I’m not getting much of the oolong base because the chestnut is pretty strong but overall it’s still a pretty decent cup. It is after all my own weird combo. Definitely nice to try but not a winner for buying more. Of course Design a Tea makes it so easy to try out many different combos.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
257 tasting notes

This is one of the samples i got from my Teavivre order. It’s very similiar to Tealux’s strawberry oolong. I would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two.

It has a very subtle strawberry flavour that just goes perfectly with the nutty buttery oolong. The strawberry flavour becomes a little stronger as the tea cools but nothing overdone. It goes perfectly in my fine bone strawberry coloured china cup I bought today at the flea market. I am so spoiled.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86

Garret put this sample in my last order with him. On Friday, I had little sleep and needed something that would give me energy but clear headed. I tried this one for the day. It being a few days ago, I can’t remember the exact taste experience but I do know I was impressed it wasn’t bitter or smokey. It was very close to a green tea with just that bit of earthiness. It did do a great job of getting me through the day. I didn’t even feel I was tired until the evening when I crashed early. I have one more sample of this but think I might order more after that.

Thanks Garret for this fantastic free sample!

Garret

The pleasure is all mine, my friend! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I fell in love with this mao cha fast. The pu’er cakes I had pressed of this have all arrived and I am very excited about them. Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience with this tea! I am grateful!

Ubacat

I’ll have to order one of those cakes before they’re all gone!

Terri HarpLady

This is one of the ones I want to try too!

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32

Where is the hibiscus in this tea? Again this is like a cup of hibiscus but there’s no hibiscus in the blend. I thought I would really like this fruit tea but another fruit tea from Teavivre that I hate.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

It’s roselle, latin name Hibiscus sabdariffa. I find rosehips give me the same nasty experience as hibiscus does.

Ubacat

Oh, so that’s what it is. I’ll be sure to avoid that one in the future too. Thanks for letting me know.

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32

How strange. All the reviews on this tea were good and I hated it. It was like drinking a cup of hibiscus. Yes, I could detect the apple but around the hibiscus. It was so sharp I just threw the cup out. Bleh

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Hojicha by New Mexico Tea Company
257 tasting notes

This is my first hojicha from a sample Dexter3657 sent me. Dry it looks like nothing i’ve ever seen before. It looks like dark bark but has the shape of sencha. I brewed 1 tsp, 185F for 4 min.
It reminds me a bit of the roasted oolongs since there’s no typical green tea flavour. Definitely a roasty toasty tea. Thank-you Dexter for another great sample!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 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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