59 Tasting Notes

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I waited to review this one. I’ve been rationing my sample to get the most out of it, because I had to try it three times to make a decision. Because sometimes, when you absolutely love something in the first cup, you grow bored of it after a few weeks.
This is most definitely not the case here.
What can I say that hasn’t already been mentioned? I have quite a fondness for coconut, and a little bit of a love for oolong. This tea is nice and light with just the right amount of coconutty goodness. I love just sticking my nose in the mug to inhale its scent. I took a travel mug with me on my commute, and it kicked my senses into overdrive through the early-morning grogginess.
It’s just fantastic. I’ve succumbed to rambling about its awesomeness rather than writing an actual review.

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2 min, 0 sec

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The more I drink this, the more the sweet peachy flavor is getting to me. It’s honestly too sweet for a hot tea, and I can’t decide what time of day to drink it.
But I just made a whole pitcher of it iced, and it’s decidedly better cold. Because the tea is so sweet, it works really well iced. The peach isn’t as strong, and it blends really well with the white tea. In fact, it’s more like tea when it’s cold rather than just peach.
Glad I found something to do with all this tea!

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89

Why hello, steepster! Long time no.. oh whatever.
I have no excuse for visiting, aside from the simple fact I haven’t tried any new teas lately. But I assure you I’m drinking the good stuff that’s already in my cupboard.
Tangent aside…
I’ve reviewed this one in the past, but I just made myself an iced version of it for the summer (I anticipate doing this a lot with the stuff I have). Like most of you, I’m sure, I received the GM newsletter about making iced tea, and I was all excited to try it out with my White Persian Melon when I realized I don’t own White Persian Melon (shameful). So I went with this one instead.

Excellent choice! The tea is naturally sweet and sugary, so there’s no need to add anything to it (That that I would of course, but you know how iced tea can get…). I still like the hot version better, but this makes an excellent iced tea. Luckily, no one in my house wants my real tea so I get the entire pitcher to myself :)

You may see more of me now over the summer as I try out some more teas!

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drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
59 tasting notes

Its name is no lie. This stuff smells like marzipan. The greatest almond, sugary dessert known to mankind. When I open the bag, it’s a whiff of almond that doesn’t go away when the cup is steeped. The leaves have little bits of almond in it, which provides the delicious scent.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t translate too well to the tea. The black is a bit too strong to carry the subtle almond flavor, and it eventually tastes like simple black tea. I gave it a few tries, with varying steep times and water temperatures, but the result remains the same. So disappointed that the marzipan scent doesn’t come out in its taste. This probably would have been my favorite tea ever.

Guess I’ll have to eat real marzipan instead (such a sacrifice).

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
DecemberMint

I had the same problem with another almond tea I had! If it has almond bits in it, I found if I steeped it for about 7-8 minutes, the almond flavor was more predominant :D Each tea responds differently to longer steep times, however. _ But if you’ve tried steeping for that long, then I agree, SACRIFICES MUST BE MADE! :D

Angela

Yikes, I haven’t gone that long! I’m almost afraid to. I might have to experiment…

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drank Green Coconut by TeaGschwendner
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Oh, coconut tea, how have I lived so long without you?

Once I smelled these leaves in the store, I knew I had to own it. I nearly had a moment of euphoria with its coconut-y goodness. It smells just as good when steeped up. And, let’s be honest, you can’t put both green tea and coconut in the same cup and not expect me to be joyous over it.

The coconut really stands out, blending rather nicely with the taste of the green. Even simply holding the cup to my nose is reminiscent of shredded coconut. This stuff is simply awesome.

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drank White Ginger by Golden Moon Tea
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Since learning that ginger is good for the days you feel a little icky, I saved this sample for such an occasion. Which means I’ve only tested it when I’m sick. Which means any hot beverage tastes good.

Ordinarily, I hate ginger. I think it tastes like soap. But it’s so subtle in this tea that I liked it regardless. Maybe it’s a psychological thing that it makes me feel better, I don’t know, or maybe there’s more ginger in there than I taste. But it’s slightly sweet, and gives a good kick to its white tea base.

Next time I go on a tea-shopping binge I’ll pick this one up. Who needs cold medication when you can drink tea?

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2 min, 0 sec

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Continuing my journey through the GM sampler, I audibly sighed when pulling out another black tea. It seems all my random selections are black. But I was bold and steeped it up, because it has the word “vanilla” in the title.

For a black tea, this is surprisingly light! The vanilla is more than an undertone; it’s pretty much the entire flavor. There’s little vanilla bits in the leaves, and inhaling the tea’s fragrance almost reminds me of vanilla bean ice cream. And that follows through with the taste as well. There’s a hint of jasmine, which is really all it needs. It’s sweet without being overly so.

Way to go, guys. Looks like I found a black tea that I actually (shock!) enjoy.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
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I was excited when I grabbed this little sampler, and rather enjoyed it for the first couple sips. But after two days… I’m realizing it doesn’t taste like much of anything. I tried increasing the steep time, and messing with water temperature, but results remain the same.

Disappointing, really. The leaves had that familiar vegetal scent that I’ve come to appreciate, so I had high hopes that this would land on my “favorites” list. But alas. There’s really not much to it, and (as another reviewer stated) it kind of just tastes like hot water.

I’ll have to try a different sencha somewhere down the line.

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3 min, 0 sec

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Free sample from Kusmi! yay!

First off, I don’t love Earl Grey. Never did. But this has a floral taste that kind of overpowers the actual taste of tea, so the Earl Grey is more of a sideshow than the main event. It also leaves a sort of floral aftertaste, which is a little weird. Like eating flowers. But they were certainly spot-on with the name of this one.

Also, I’ve never seen one of Kusmi’s tea bags, but I love them. They’re little fabric bags, kind of like cheesecloth, which allows the tea to expand without getting crushed. So it’s almost like using loose leaves, but without having to clean up afterward. Bonus!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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wooo this stuff is strong!

I’ll be fair, though. We know I’m not in love with black tea, so my rating may seem a bit harsh. The first time I tried it, it was steeped at [the minimum of] two minutes. This time I accidentally let it go a little longer (four minutes) and I actually like it better. This can’t be right.

I don’t really find it bitter, and once it cools a bit it doesn’t taste as strong and potent. So yeah, it tastes like a standard black tea to me. But it’s one I can actually drink and not wince at the taste.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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