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34 Tasting Notes

93

I was given this one by TeaVivre, so thank you again!

I drank it this morning after an almost sleepless night to calm me down a little bit. While steeping, the chrysanthemum flower came of and blossomed in the pot, which made the act of brewing so much more fun :)

The color was really thick and dark, just the way I like it. At first I thought I oversteeped it, but it turned out to be just right. The taste is really earthy, with some wooden touches. On the second steeping, the floral hints are becoming more apparent, which I like very much. And is leaves a great sweet aftertaste, but I still added half a teaspoon of sugar to help that floral taste to be richer.

A great tea, I will be looking forward to ordering this one and maybe trying some of the other TeaVivre Pu-Erhs.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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99

I just got this one from TeaVivre and I was really excited about the sample package! I was surprised by the generous sizes of the samples, thank you again, TeaVivre!

I steeped this one for 1 1/2 minutes and it smelled amazing right away. I’ve never tried a Lapsang Souchong before, so it’s my first experience :) The dry leaves do smell so intense that I took a deep breath and then coughed for a minute or two! It is amazing.

When I took the first sip I didn’t feel anything, but a split second later a wild smoky taste blossomed in my mouth, but I still could feel a great deal of good black tea leaves. A really nice sour’n’sweet aftertaste is also present and gives a good strong finishing touch.

Overall, it is an amazing tea and I don’t really have the words or skills to properly describe it. It is just the most surprising tea I’v ever had and I am totally going to buy some more.

This is so far one of the

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

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89
drank Genmaicha by American Tea Room
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This is the third sample that Will Work For Tea was so kind to give me!

I finished the last of my final exams today, so I figured I would treat myself with this great tea! The smell of dry leaves is very interesting, I even couldn’t resist eating a small crunchy nut piece :) The smell is a pretty wild mix of sweet nuts, really roasty aroma and green tea.

The taste is very different from the smell. But it still has that really nice roasty taste. And for some reason it reminds me of a cereal from my childhood :)

Overall, I didn’t expect a green tea to turn out so nice in a combination with nuts and roasty taste. I won’t be buying it soon, but it sure will be on my list.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

Oh I love Genmaicha! And I too eat the tea lol :)

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85

This is the third and the last sample I got from the great Fong Mong Teas. Thank you once again!

This one is very soft and creamy, but has a nice butter hint to it. It doesn’t surprise with a variety of taste or a wild bouquet of taste nuances. But it is surely a great tea, the smell is very full and rich, especially the one of dry leaves. And the buttery/earthy touch gives a nice warm sensation.

I will consider having this one as a dinner tea or a great tea for eating sweets and snacks!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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81

This is the second sample I’ve been given by Fong Mong Teas

I really like watching oolongs steep, that’s why I made it in a transparent glass :) A really meditative experience

The leaves had a very usual generic smell, so I thought it won’t be really good. But the taste has a heavy floral side, with a creamy aftertaste, which I find pretty unusual in greens/oolongs. I added a little bit of sugar too, to help that flower-y thing develop a little bit more.

I won’t be drinking this one much I suppose, but it is surely a decent tea, maybe just not strong enough for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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81

I’d like to thank Fong Mong Teas for sending me this sample!

I’m not a big fan of greens and oolongs, so I was not really sure about this one at first. I added a hint of sugar since the initial taste was a bit too strong for me. But then it got better – I could feel a nice bouquet of flavors – mint, floral hints and a decent strong roasty base.

This tea leaves an interesting tingling sensation in the mouth which I like very much, reminds me of mint candies. But the best thing about this one is the base. It’s deep and solid and is filling the whole spectrum of taste, so to say.

Overall, it’s not the best one I’ve tried, but it is definitely good and the mint-y hint is a really great touch to the taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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91
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

Made this one for my whole family today. Everyone was impressed and really curious about how in the earth are nutty teas even possible :) A good evening it was

I personally tried it with milk this time and I have to say, I liked it more without milk. It doesn’t have enough nutiness to carry it brightly through the creaminess of the milk. However, I’m not saying it was bad, it was just not as nutty as I expected but overall, a great experience!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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98

This is the second tea that Will Work For Tea was so kind to send me as a sample!

As soon as I opened the bag I was blown away by the heavy smell – thick and dense, really heavy on the nuts. I expected some rough pepper-y smell, but it surprised me with a creamy sensation. So it was a great surprise, smells delightful and reminds me of Christmas somehow :)

I steeped it for 4 minutes to get more of that taste out in the cup. For the first cup I used bit of sugar and it was great. Really great taste, filling all corners of the mouth and leaving a nice tingling sensation in the end. But super-creamy and soft.

For the second cup I used milk, and it was even more great. I’m not a big fan of dairy products in my tea, but this one was outstanding. Usually I enjoy a cookie or some other sweets with my tea, but it was so good that it was a meal itself :)

Overall, this tea is really great, an unexpected mix of spicy and creamy. And my room and kitchen did smell of spicy nuts for at least 3 hours after steeping. Amazing tea, I will be looking forward to buying this.

Again, I have to thank Will Work For Tea for this great sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
34 tasting notes

This is the first tea from the sample pack that was sent to me by Will Work For Tea!

The smell was great, I loved it instantly. The nuts are very “present” in the smell, but not dominating the whole picture.

I was so exited about this that I almost oversteeped it, but it turned out I held it only for 30 or so more seconds than I wanted. Good luck for me :)

The taste was very, very mild, really creamy and dessert-y. I added a hint of sugar, will try it with milk next time! Overall, one of the best dessert teas I’ve drank, a really good one for evenings with a book or some good music.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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91
drank Pure Black by Cha Teas
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I’ve been drinking this one all day long and it’s evening now and it’s really hot, so I decided to try it iced. Haven’t tried an iced tea in a long time, so this was a refreshing experience for me. And I must say, this one works great when iced.

I added some lemon slices and sugar. Tastes great, really bright, cheers me up in the pre-exam evening!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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