2722 Tasting Notes


I’ve had this around for a while and evidently forgot to log it… and I think Teavana seems to have discontinued it because I don’t see it on their website anymore.

So those of you who follow my tealog may know I’m not such a fan of jasmine tea, I believe it has taken me a few months to fully realize this over time after trying it a few different ways and with a few different kinds.

This blend is not too bad though, it’s a nice medium bodied black tea which I think helps to disguise some of the jasmine for me. :) It is very nice and smooth going down but then I get that kick in the end where I feel like I’m drinking soap (seems to happen all the time to me with jasmine).

This certainly smells nice but I feel like I need some soymilk to help me get it down. I will certainly finish it off someday but if any jasmine fans would like to swap for it, you will probably appreciate it a lot more than I do.

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I really enjoyed trying this one although sometimes I still am confused about what a pouchong is; however I keep reading it is somewhere between a green tea and an oolong so let’s go with that for now. :)

I steeped this for about 3 minutes around 180 F. This steeps up to be a very nice light yellow. At first I did not notice much flavor but it really seems to build up in your mouth a bit over time. The front notes are very mild, melony and a bit earthy but the finish has a real kick to it where you can sense a lot of the classic darjeeling type spice, along with a lingering astringency. Definitely a fascinating and unique cup to try although I am not sure I will need to restock when this amount runs out.

I might try steeping this at an even lower temp or for the recommend two minutes instead of three to see if I can kick the astringency down a notch or two.

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Pouchong teas are fermented betwwen 8-10% and some Jasmine teas are referred to as Pouchong teas. Here’s a small bit of info:


I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard of a Darjeeling pouchong before. In 2009 I ordered a Darjeeling yellow tea 2nd FL from Thunderbolt Tea, but I wasn’t home to sign for it, and eventually it got returned to India! I was so peeved off!!


that’s annoying…

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2722 tasting notes

It’s another sipdown!

At least I have been finishing off some stuff which makes me less guilty about buying more. :-D This one is tasty, see my previous tasting notes if interested.

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I have to admit it was kind of a shock for my palette to go from Almond Sugar Cookie to this… lol. But see, I don’t discriminate, I drink almost anything. :)

First steep – this is very nice for a shu, smooth rich flavor with a bit of sweetness in the finish, but a little dark for this much time. More coffee like than anything. And I probably oversteeped this just a tad for my tastes… it was at least 2 minutes at 208 F but I also lost track of what I was doing.

Then the second steep I did for around 45 seconds and that seemed better. It definitely has a bit of a roasted quality as well as some fruitiness coming through. This one makes me feel kind of mellow and happy – I take that to be a good sign.

Third steep – about the same as the second. This definitely has the quality and richness I have come to expect from a Bana tea but I don’t think there’s anything overly exceptional about it that would make me want to buy an entire cake.

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Thomas Edward(Toad)

:) sounds good to me


I’ll send you some if you want the rest of this sample.


Sounds interesting….. Do you perhaps know of any other teas that give the same effect as/taste similar to coffee?


Ian – pu-erh is the most like coffee that I know of but it isn’t as bitter as coffee.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Pu-erh is awesome! Amy I got my order in of the Sticky Rice green puerh if you wanted to try it i can send some your way :) also Ian some of the CTC teas that i have been drinking here lately are nice bold teas with a strong maltyness that i would consider almost coffeelike.


sounds like a plan…

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Cool, Im sending some things off friday i’ll get some out to you :)


I have never had a sheng. Recommendations, anyone?


Both Bana and Verdant Tea have sheng samplers, that is what I would recommend if you’re new to shengs.


@ashmanra, the Ziyun Moacha by Harney is a sheng.


KS – that is true, it is a sheng. I guess what I am looking for is an aged sheng. The descriptions sound amazing. I really enjoy the shu so I think I would like it.


Amy, I can’t remember where, but at some poit we steepies got into a discussion about breaking Pu-erh cakes. Here’s a great video about it from Teavivre-for all who are interested. :))


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I almost feel kind of guilty for liking this…

Like I should have advanced so far in my tea-snobbery by now that I only drink 50 year old aged tea that was plucked by virgins, hatched by Chinese monks and brought over here with a pedigree and adoption papers.

But I. don’t. care.

this is yummy!

I’m usually disappointed by any tea that promises it will be like a pastry or a baked good. This is an awesome blend of black tea, almond flavor and safflowers. It definitely is a dessert tea, it’s pretty good for what it claims to be. It’s a bit much for this early in the morning, I’m drinking it with soymilk right now. But I think I will be happy to have this in my stash for when I do want something dessert-like.

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Hahaha… I love indulging in “tea guilty pleasures”! In fact, they are my favourite!


I agree, they are fun when you find a good one. :)




white tea used to be picked by virgins for the Chinese royalty. I swear I am not making this up…


It’s true! Or if not virgins, at least by folks who only ate bland food so that garlic oil or some such didn’t seep from their pores into the fine tea.

But seriously- the truest tea lovers all know that there’s no reason to feel bad for loving the tea. Tea is to be enjoyed, and since it made you happy- mission accomplished! An open heart almost guarantees a good tea time.


Oh yeah I remember hearing that somewhere, but it just sounded so funny in your review. :))


Oohh lala this sounds delightful. I understand what you mean about dessert tasting tea’s being disappointing, the amount of cherry pie and and chocolate tea’s that have left me feeling queezy over the last few years have started to add up. Thanks to your notes it looks like I shall be adding this scrumptious sounding and looking tea to my shopping list _ Enjoy.

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I really wasn’t expecting much from this one, but I am always open to trying teas from new regions, plus if it helps the Bolivian farmers at ChaiMate earn a decent living, I am all for it.

Then I saw this news article from 2009 on it/them and I’m very happy about buying this. Aren’t these people cute? lol. http://www.newstimes.com/business/article/Rare-flavors-suit-Simpson-Vail-to-a-tea-276653.php

Anyway onto the tea, I steeped mine at 3 minutes at 212 F. It’s a dark amber cup with a slight bit of cocoa in the nose and a definite plummy taste. I found this quite easy to drink neat (without any sugar or soymilk). It is very smooth with a slight sweetness and only a tad of tannin in the aftertaste. Very, very good! This might become a new breakfast favorite in our humble abode. Thanks to Simpson & Vail for introducing it to me. :)

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What an interesting tea. Nice article too…….I’m glad you shared it. :))

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2722 tasting notes

If I don’t order from Harney & Sons again I will certainly miss this one… an excellent black tea with just a touch of fruit and vanilla. We have almost gone through a 7 oz. tin in a short amount of time.

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There aren’t too many red rooibos blends that I have liked in the past but this just sounded so intriguing in the Simpson and Vail catalog – plus peach seemed like it might have gone really well with the roobois…

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It did still have that slightly weird rooibos smell when brewing but after I steeped this for 5 minutes and let it cool down slightly, I was delighted to discover the marigold and the peach flavor seemed to complement the rooibos so nicely. I can even drink it plain without any additives which is something I don’t often do with a red rooibos tea. It’s peachy! :)

I might even try some other S & V rooibos blends after this!

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drank Coconut Euphoria by ONO Tea
2722 tasting notes

another sipdown!
I had problems finishing this, for some reason it kind of lost its’ appeal. I had only a little bit left so mixed it with some of Teavivre’s silver needle and it’s not bad but I won’t be restocking it.

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I just have a few dregs here and there from different teas my Tea from Taiwan sample packs. It’s tempting to throw the bits together in one giant teapot but that almost seems like a sacrilege, doesn’t it?

I always enjoy a nice green oolong from Taiwan, they seem to cheer me up somehow. this is very smooth and sweet- see previous tasting notes.

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You could throw them together, but do it at your own risk and let me know how it turns out. :))


I’m skeered.

Charles Thomas Draper

It may be delicious.


Someone on Steepster gave me some sage advice. Drink it!! ;))

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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