2339 Tasting Notes

65
drank White Ayurvedic Chai by Teavana
2339 tasting notes

okay, I guess I like my tea spicy! This one’s a real eye-opener…

It is a pretty nice blend from Teavana, it’s a bit different because it uses white and green tea. Smells very aromatic and cinnamon-y. The lemongrass is a nice touch and I adore the pepper. Comparisons with red hot candy are pretty well on the mark… It’s a good afternoon tea for me. However I doubt I will buy this again because it just hasn’t made that much of an impression upon me.

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97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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My, my, this is quite a tasty tea. You should know that I actually hate red rooibos which is in this blend, so I’m even more surprised that I like it. The predominant notes here are the yummy spices, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom especially. They overpower the rooibos – I’m excited! I did use a lot of tea per water here, probably about 2 tablespoons. That makes it a bit pricey for the sampler but it is so worth it. A fabulous dessert tea. I added soymilk and a pinch of sugar to mine. I’ll be getting more of this to keep me toasty in the San Francisco rainy season… :)

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I am actually upping my rating on this today. I was having a wussy cup of tea and thought to myself, where is that Laoshan black stuff? I must have some now!

Good morning world!

Well if this tea does not wake you up and make an impression upon you, you are probably dead.

Very chocolate-y, malty and dark. Pretty delicious! I am loving this with some soymilk this morning. Definitely a great morning cup of tea if you want something a bit stronger. Thankfully I do not detect any bitterness here which is a great thing for moi. If you miss the taste of coffee you will most likely adore this.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

It’s a shame you cannot buy more….

David Duckler

@Charles- You will definitely be able to buy more if you are willing to wait one more week. The new harvest of the Laoshan Black is supposed to be excellent, and is on its way. The progress can be tracked on the new live tracking page: http://verdanttea.com/november-shipment-live-tracking/

I will post an update note on the teas that are out when they get back in. (This, Tieguanyin, Cornfields, etc)

I like the tasting note- I am glad that it was strong enough to stand as a morning cup with soy milk. I will have to try that some time.
Thank you!

TeaBrat

@David – Hurray! I’m sure we will all be keen to try the new shipment of tea. :)

Geoffrey

Nice to see that it got you, Amy. This one gets me every time I try it. I brewed it up this morning again, and remembered just how much I love the stuff. Even when I’m away for a while, indulging my affections in a fine golden needle black, this Laoshan tea is always there in my mind – confidently and quietly saying, “You’ll be back…”

TeaBrat

@Geoffrey I will be getting some more when it comes in… oh yes…

David Duckler

Nice- I just went through 10 samples of golden needle today for fun and found myself thinking the same thing- where is that Laoshan Black? I am excited to see how the family perfects this with their second batch this autumn, though I am not sure how they will improve on the first.
Happy tasting,
David

David Duckler

Hello tea friends,
I will be sending an official notice in the next day or two, but I wanted to let you know that the Laoshan Black is in stock again. We now have the new autumn harvest. The tasting notes will be updated soon, but I can say that it is pretty phenomenal so far.

TeaBrat

Hurrah!!!

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18
drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
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Uggg. Teavana I am sorry. I like several of your offerings but this one was just not to my taste. I am usually a fan of fruit tisanes so I had high hopes for this one. It is just kind of tart and tastes artificial like bubblegum. I did not like it all when I brewed it up hot. Finally I decided to cold brew it in the refrigerator with a couple of chamomile teabags from Trader Joe’s to mellow out the Kona Pop. Now it is like a barely drinkable watered down pineapple juice. Oh well. I guess they can’t all be winners.

Honey

I’ve never tried this tea alone, but it’s decent mixed with their blueberry bliss tea. This may help you finish it off!

Ninavampi

It is also pretty decent mixed with Teavana’s Youthberry : ).

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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80
drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Verdant Tea
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I am having this as my morning brew today – it is a bit lighter than the black teas I am used to drinking. It seems medium bodied- sort of like a Ceylon but with different flavors. It seems very full with rich honey or buttery tones. I am picking up a bit on the spiciness as an aftertaste. Sadly I will not have time to infuse this more than once this morning, my verdict is an elegant and mild tea which seems suitable for anytime drinking. I hope to add more notes to this as time permits.

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90

As you can see I got my package from Verdant so you can expect some more reviews from me in the next few days as I am babbling away due to caffeine overload. :)

I fear this tea may have spoiled me for life. It is lovely, lovely, LOVELY! I do not have a gaiwan and have been admonished many times for this whenever I go tea tasting. I did brew the leaves in a mug for about 60 seconds and then transferred to another mug. I believe it is practically the same experience but I could be wrong.

In any case, this is an exceptionally fine oolong tea (at least to my novice palate), amber color, smells of cherrywood and has caramel and stone fruit smooth richness which is practically melting in my mouth. Vaguely reminds me of bourbon but I think this is actually an insult to the tea. :) It is hard to find words to describe this!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I am planning on putting together another Oolong sampler plus gaiwan soon, if you are interested.

LiberTEAS

PS: really glad you enjoyed this one. I enjoyed it too.

TeaBrat

I might be interested, depending on what they are. And yes, this one was fab…

LiberTEAS

I will be using any of the Oolongs that I have in my stash … if you have any suggestions … please feel free to PM me with a list, and I’d be happy to customize it for you.

TeaBrat

Right now I have a lot of my own I need to drink….. :)

Jenn

Amy oh This oolong sounds fantastic!
LiberTeas I may be very interested in that package you’re putting togther if the lovely Amy isn’t :)

TeaBrat

Jenn – I can send you a sample of my sample… ;-)

Jenn

\o/ YAY!!!!!!!!

Charles Thomas Draper

Truly a great tea….

ScottTeaMan

Lots of people use Yixing teapots for Oolongs, and not Gaiwans. I’ve been using my Bonjour tea press alot lately, only because I like to watch the tea brew. Your method of brewing is fine, if that is how you enjoy doing it. :))

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90

Very unlike any other green tea I have tried. A delicate, soft blend which reminds me of meadows, clover and hay. Very soft finish and sweet aroma. I will need to be trying some of this cold brewed as well. Very happy with this purchase!

TeaBrat

I’m going to wait until the weekend so I can truly savor it. :)

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64
drank Mate Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
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I picked this one up on the way to work. Due to it being Monday morning and my overwhelming feeling of tiredness, I thought I’d try this mate blend. These flavors go well together. I adore lemon myrtle and that is the predominant flavor of this tea – VERY citrusy. It feels refreshing and cleansing. Sometimes mate gives me a headache so we’ll see how that goes!

THis was a tea bag and my tea is pretty weak, it could have used more tea and less water. I think I’ll check around on Numi’s website to see if they sell loose leaf tea.

Overall, not bad, I would probably drink this again.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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96

The Red Blossom Tea Company is a fabulous place to go in San Francisco’s Chinatown for tea tasting. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I knew when I went in that I wanted to try an oolong that was more oxidized than the ones I have been trying. We sampled two wuyi oolongs which were both very good, the Tie Luo Han and this Heritage Rougui.

This is a nice woody tea with hints of cinnamon. It is very creamy and has a smooth finish. The spicy flavor comes out a little bit better with the second steeping here. The tea “liquor” is light and amber-like with a hint of smoke. This is a very nice tea for fall!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Dragonwell by Leland Tea Co
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This is a very nice dragonwell tea which I picked up at Leland Tea Company a few months ago. The leaves smell of spinach and it brews up to be a slightly nutty green tea. I much prefer the mellow taste of this dragonwell over something like Sencha (personal preference). Nothing spectacular but certainly great for every day/anytime drinking. Organic is definitely a bonus. If you’re ever in San Francisco you must stop by the Leland Tea Company which has an unpretentious atmosphere and a very friendly staff.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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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!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

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

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

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