2665 Tasting Notes

Sample provided courtesy of Teavivre…

I think I’m going to hold off on rating this for now because I really don’t love jasmine tea for the most part, however I did like the jasmine pearls from Teavivre a lot. This pretty much tastes like the jasmine green tea I got from Adagio and I really feel like I don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s pretty much like any other decent loose leaf jasmine tea I’ve ever tried. It is pleasant enough but very floral and a bit drying.


Sometimes shorter steeps lessen the floral intensity.

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This came as a free sample in an ancient Teavana order I placed months ago but I decided today was the day I needed to try it. I kinda knew I was in for trouble when I opened it up and it looks like a bag of dried fruit, yeah I think i saw one or two leaves of white tea in there… lol

This is really not my thing.
1) I do not EVER use sugar in my tea so this sample is instantly way too sweet.
2) It tastes like warm fruit punch.
3) No tea flavor whatsoever
4) If I want to drink a fruity tea I would prefer less hibiscus/rosehips/tart-ish crap

I decided to pour it over ice and it is better as a cold drink. I Teavana should really market this as a cocktail, mix it with rum and stick an umbrella in it.


They seem to have a hard time on the marketing department.




I really didn’t like that the chai/chai blend also came with sugar pre-added to the mixture. Then whenever you ask about the tea in shop they instantly want to sell me sugar. I never use it so I get sick of getting bothered about it.


as soon as I got that sample, I opened it up and removed all the sugar. I think I weighed it and it was around 7-8 grams


Sugar that is pre-added is a very bad idea…


I like the cocktail idea! :))


Did they use rock sugar? I have a sample of this and was contemplating just picking the sugar out, since I don’t sweeten my teas.


yes – mine came with rock sugar already mixed in


I think that Teavana’s youthberry is the most disgusting tea I’ve ever had. The wild orange blossom is decent on its own though, but nothing can make youthberry taste good :(

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I cold brewed this is the refrigerator overnight and it is absolutely divine! Buttery lilac nirvana! Upping the rating a tad. :-)

Charles Thomas Draper

I told you cold brewing oolongs brews out the flavor…


you were right! It was good when it was hot but even better this way!


Amy, since you’re not over excited about scented teas…….did you brew the hot tea differently than before, so that this may have strengthened your opinion? Or was it the tea?


I don’t know if I can explain it. The floral here is mild. It is just enough but not “too much” for me!


@Scott, also to my knowledge this is not a “scented” tea meaning this is a natural flavor, but who knows…


Correct. “Scented” was the wrong term. Jades are greener and floral in nature. Before this post, I read your post about the Magnolia Oolong, which tend to be scented…….like Jasmine teas. :))


“Buttery lilac nirvana”—I love it!!

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drank Nepali Oolong by The Tao of Tea
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More oolong for me today. I’m trying to see if I can get used to drinking any of my tea with lemon. This was kind of a nice one to play around with. I still prefer it plain tho’.

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Another thing I found at the Bulk bin in Whole Foods…

I wasn’t sure how the magnolia gets in here, if it’s natural or what. hmmm. Does anyone have a guess?

These are long and slender dark leaves. I was really expecting something like a wuyi tea when I brewed this up but instead I got a light yellow infusion that is full of wonderful flavors. The magnolia is very nice here, it provides an exquisite aroma without knocking you over in flowers. The tea itself is very light and creamy with a slight apricot flavor. When I first smelled it I thought “pastries baking”. This is pretty intoxicating stuff, it feels like an elegant luxury… yummm. I am definitely a fan!

Infused 3x at 180 F for about 3 minutes.

I have kind of a hit or miss relationship with floral teas. If they’re too sweet or too perfumey I don’t like them as much. This one strikes a nice balance.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
E Alexander Gerster

I believe the magnolia aroma and flavor in a good Dancong Phoenix Oolong like this comes from the tea bush, the care taken in processing and the season in which the leaves are picked. I have read that a single tea bush can produce three or four aroma types of Oolong depending on these factors!
The “pastries baking” aroma comes from the light roast that the leaves get during processing. For me, this is one of the reason I love roasted Oolongs. It makes your mouth water just to inhale the aroma! :)


yes – I wasn’t sure if the magnolia was added afterwards but it is delicious! I am quite a fan of roasted oolongs myself.


I believe it is naturally scented—all of the Yu Lan teas I’m aware of are. Here’s another Yu Lan, but it looks totally different:



Looks like it is more floral to me.

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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hmm. I was trying to figure out what to do with this in order to make it more palatable… ended up steeping it with a cinnamon stick and a couple of cardamom pods. And now, with some soymilk it’s definitely a lot better and more like a chai. Still, kinda lame when you have to doctor up a tea so much with extra ingredients in order to make it bearable.

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I would recommend blending it with either “cookie” or “rum raisin” tea from Lupicia. I think that would make a really yummy blend.


They’ve been out of Rum Raisin for months – I keep wanting to try it!!!

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mmm. I’m a sucker for such nifty packaging! I had to get this to try it out! It’s all even enviro friendly because there is no plastic anywhere… luckily pu-erh likes to breathe so you don’t have to mummify it in a plastic bag!

These Pu-erh “coins” are stored on top of each other in a beautiful cardboard tube that provides DETAILED information about when and where it was produced, how to store it and steeping instructions. I love the beautiful box, for one thing… these coins are bigger than I thought they would be, 1/2 a coin is plenty for a small pot of tea and 1/4 of a coin is perfect for gaiwan.

I brewed this in the gaiwan, they recommend very short steeps so I’ve been going with these 20-30 seconds jobs. This brews up to a lovely dark orange color.

It’s no surprise that I would like this since the leaves come from wild trees up to 500 years old. This has the depth and beauty of an old forest with a bit of stone fruit, charcoal and smoke. VERY smooth and nice, slightly creamy… with a lingering aftertaste of cocoa. yum yum. I like it! These coins are great for convenience and they are also better than most tuo chas I have had. I’m glad I have a lot of them so I can do a bit of experiments with flavoring them. Oh Mini Cha-an Lucky Coins, you are adorable and tasty!

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Charles Thomas Draper

Sounds like a must-have


they are fun!


I would not be able to resist this I am sure!


This is neat! Have you seen the puer that comes stuffed in a bamboo shoot on purepuer.com? I would love to try that one someday but I think it is sold out right now. The instructions say to peel the bamboo back like a banana skin. Apparently it is often packaged this way in China.


THANKS AMY…….I’m going to be trying these tonight. What did you break them with?


@ scott- my hands… lol
@ ashmanra – I’ve seen those puerhs in bamboo, I think Norbu sells them too, I want to try one!

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so I’m pretty new to white tea but I’m warming up to it quickly. As others have commented this is a beautiful long sage green leaf with lots of white fuzz.

I steeped this in approx 170 – 180 F water for about 2 minutes.

I’m just sitting here trying to figure out what to say about it. I was thinking vaguely spearmint but somehow that isn’t quite right. It seems lightly floral with a touch of lilac, with a lingering bit of fruit like lychee in the finish. I don’t think I’m enough of a white tea expert to know if this is better or worse than other white needles but I am enjoying it a lot. It has a very smooth feel in your mouth.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Gyokuro Matcha by Teavana
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Oh Teavana, why did you need to blend these two things together, I just don’t get it…

I’ve seen other people make matcha out of gyokuro but this gyokuro has powdered matcha mixed in with it so a nice green dust emerges when you open the bag. To be fair I’ve also seen this done with some more inferior/cheap blends like genmaicha but you shouldn’t need to add anything to gyokuro to make it better…

Anyway I digress. Perhaps it is done because of color as this steeps up to a brilliant neon green. I did this for around 90 seconds in approximately 160 F water. It is pretty nice, there is the familiar sweetness/lovely mouthfeel of the gyo. I just wish there was no matcha in here because it is making the tea chalky with a lot of sediment at the bottom. Don’t you normally whisk matcha for this reason?

I will most certainly finish this and it is no doubt a very healthy drink… the second steep is better because most of the matcha dust got washed away in the first steep. I might rinse this off before steeping next time.

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec
E Alexander Gerster

I agree! I think a really good Gyokuro should stand on it’s own, and is much more appealing without the matcha. Save the matcha for a good whisking instead of using it like an added flavoring… :)


It does have a nice energy boost, I will say that for it.


Yes this does seem a bit strange. Both Gyokuro and matcha are lovely on their own, and it’s almost like a waste to mix them together. I guess it does add a nice health/energy boost bonus to your Gyokuro though.

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oh, this is nice! Like others I have noticed the sweet smell of the leaves when you open up the bag, it is quite lovely!

I did steep this in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, it is delicious this way but I should have paid attention to the instructions that said 185… A nice lingering flavor of sweet potatoes and raisins. It’s malty and delicious. I could not not resist adding some soymilk to mine. I am still not used to drinking a lot of black teas plain aside form pu-erh. So I will try this gong fu style again some other time, I think that will be an endeavor well worth my time. Definitely a cuppa worth having around!

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I need to try this again to try to capture these flavours.

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