221 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Luo by Harney & Sons
221 tasting notes

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100

Wow. Just, wow. I tasted the dark version first, then this Pure one and it completely knocked me out. Which isn’t an easy task for an oolong! The flavour is incredibly rich and full, fuller than any oolong I’ve ever tasted. Its like Tung Ting on crack. Seriously. I don’t even want to sully my mouth with Tung Ting after tasting this lush oolong. Wow. Do yourself a favour and try this tea, especially if you are a fan of oolongs. My god.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Rabs

By chance do you know how someone in the US can purchase this? I checked out Zealong’s website (which is amazing) and saw nothing about international shipping. Am I just being utterly dense?

Miss Sweet

Contact them and ask – a lot of comapnies I order from overseas don’t specifiy international shipping but can send to me if I ask :)

Rabs

Thank you so very much!

EntireTea

Rabs – you can buy Zealong from Chicago Tea Garden. They even sell $3 samples that will give you enough for a decent-sized pot of tea. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the directions to use boiling water though…

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40
drank Earl Grey Supreme by Rishi Tea
221 tasting notes

A fairly basic earl grey, far too mild for my tastes and best drunk sans milk. Where is that ass-kicking, face-slapping bergamot explosion that my mind conjured up with the word “supreme”? This earl grey succeeds in being supremely mild.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Rabs

Well, pooh :(

AmazonV

mild is better than asprin taste?

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67

Hurrah! An incredible oolong with fantastic floral notes, a bright flavour with a subtle sweetness. Rishi has upped the game with this Iron Goddess – a tea worthy of rolling in the Oolong gang with my homie Tung Ting.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Rabs

And the streak is broken — hooray! :D

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50
drank Assam Gold Rain by Teavana
221 tasting notes

A very simple breakfast tea to drink in the mornings, perfect for when your tea situation is particularly dire and you are in need for any loose-leaf tea you can get your hands on, so you find yourself turning to the Starbucks of the tea world and paying too much for a mediocre product. Mmm mediocrity.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Egads! Triple sadness :( :( :(

AmazonV

where are you picking up all these awful teas in las vegas so i can avoid it when i go!

Miss Sweet

Hahaha well the Teavana is just from the Teavana stores so I suspect its a given their teas are terrible, the other teas were served at the World Tea Expo!

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
221 tasting notes

Oh silly me, expecting my insanely high expectations of What An Earl Grey Should Be to be met or exceeded in Sin City. This earl grey sounded promising (no flowers or weird shiz), smelled average (if not slightly strange) and tasted even worse (perhaps the tea base). Yep.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Oh no! Double tea fail :( :(

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40

What am I doing drinking a blend with both peppermint and rooibos in it? The word “bergamot” drew me in, much like the glittering windows at Tiffany’s did the other day. Also they were out of earl grey and I was desperate. Anyway, peppermint rooibos. Eh. I think the addition of bergamot is a little pointless to be honest – as per usual the peppermint overwhelms and the rooibos gives it that piney rooibos aftertaste. Yep. Regret in a cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Oh so sorry! :(

AmazonV

aww :( sneaky bergamot bribe

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67

It took me a while to decide whether or not I liked this tea, but after several cups I realized that yes, I do indeed! The aroma of the dry leaf is sweetly fruity which ends up mellowing out or “chillaxing” in the cup. The end result is this lovely smooth black tea with honey notes and a hint of bergamot. Best enjoyed plain, with a piece of shortbread on the side.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78

Oh boy am I getting supremely bored with the tea selection available in my hometown. This is where 52teas rides galliantly to my rescue every week or so, my almost-regular knight in shiny packaging to save me from the dull, the uninspiring, the gross, the dragons!
The dry leaves have this fabulously buttery vanilla aroma, with the pecan becoming more apparant once its brewed. This tea is surprisingly tasty plain but adding a bit of milk brings out this lovely creaminess, perfectly underlined by the pecan flavor.
I can see how this would be amazing iced, but I really cannot bring myself to brew it any other way but piping hot yet! Perhaps I will save some for a mild winter day…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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