1012 Tasting Notes

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9th tea out of my samples from Persimmon Tree. I’m hoping to finish trying them all today, then I can make another order with some bigger tins and a few other samples I missed.

So this morning I’m very tired, tired enough that I almost dumped protein powder in my tea cup instead of into my oatmeal. That would of been gross with this tea! I tried once with a black tea, it gets all pancake battery.

DRY: crisp minty smell. Pretty spattering of rose petals in this tea.

STEEPED: Mint and rose smell – wonderfully balanced. Steeps up a nice light yellow. 2t of dry tea used.

TASTE: delicate and crisp mint comes out first, with the tea blooming in floral. Also a mysterious light sweetness and a couple sips I had a fruity taste that I can’t identify. White tea comes out as well. Very well balanced mint and floral flavor.

WHO’D LOVE THIS TEA: Mint tea drinkers wanting a hit of energy in the morning. Floral tea drinkers.

COMMENTS: I like the mystery sweetness and the floral in this tea. The mint is balanced in so well – as from what I got from other Persimmon Tree teas, they know how to blend a tea.

Overall, very good however not in my range of tastes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Emilie

So, do you normally put oatmeal in your tea, or am I reading that wrong?

Awkward Soul

lol i see it too, fixed. I don’t put tea in the oatmeal but that is an idea…

Emilie

It has the potential to be amazing.

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75

8th tea from Persimmon Tree… 2 more to go! Phew, so much tea but all so delicious!

I had a boxes of lychee tea (I can’t remember if it was in black or oolong tea) I used to love, but it was horribly bitter and poor quality. I still loved that tea back then, when all I knew was teas in bags. Plus it was like a $1 or $2 a box at the asian super markets.

DRY: Strong fruityness.. I think I can make out peach. Very sweet smelling, reminds me of a Jolly Rancher in sweet and fruity smell.

STEEPED: Smells like that lychee tea I drank in the bag but better. Lychee and a black tea scent. Steeps up to a nice dark brown tea.
2t at 200F.

TASTE: Not bitter or tart clean black tea with slight sweetness from lychee. I can pick up a slight floral after taste.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Fellow peeps that buy that cheap lychee tea at asian super markets. Black tea drinkers or someone looking for more exotic fruit.

COMMENTS: This seriously tastes like that lychee tea I used to buy, but 10 times better with the better quality black tea and Persimmon Trees excellent blending of tea. Clean tasting, not musty or cardboardy (yeah.. it was cheap tea).

I think Lychee Peach is on the same wave length of “Tropical Pineapple” (also by Persimmon Tree) of the main focus is the tea with a fruit in the background.

One big thing bothering me though. I don’t notice any peach taste. The only peachyness was in the scent. Also the ingredients listed online are Organic Black Loose-Leaf Tea, Lychee Essence, Safflowers, Natural Flavors, Lychee Peach Tea, Lychee Black Tea – just a brief peach mention. I could go for some peach bits.. mmmm now I’m thinking of Fusion Teas PEACH CRUNCHIES! YUM!

The floral taste of this tea is interesting, it reminds me of drinking a rose black tea, but with no rose in it.

Very good and a replacement tea for me when I want asian lychee tea, but not blowing my pants off. I think I wanted something new to the table, but overall good tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

My 7th Persimmon Tree tea to sample. I seriously went nuts on samples for my first order at Persimmon Tree. I have like 3 more to go I think.

2t of dry tea for this steeping.

DRY: Very fruity, pineappley and sweet. When I got this tea and did the “lets smell them all” thing, Tropical Pineapple made me stop. SMELLS SOO GOOD! I’m very tempted to just eat the tea as is. That might be kinda gross though.
Very pretty with green tea leaves, blue and red bits with itty bitty pieces of fruit.

STEEPED: Green tea with a hint of fruity sweetness. Steeps up to a light yellow green.

TASTE: Light, refreshing, slightly grassy green tea up front – not mulchy, bitter or tart. Mild fruity sweetness in the background. Soft pineapple flavor aftertaste.

WHO’D DROOL OVER THIS TEA: Green tea drinkers, especially the kind that love fruittyness.

COMMENTS: I want to slide this tea to those people who still drink that bagged lawn clipping green tea fruit crap. This will convert them to real tea!

This tea is more for the peeps that want to enjoy the taste of green tea. The fruit flavoring isn’t as adventurous as I was hoping it would be and a little differnet to the other Persimmon Tree teas I’ve tried, but does a good job adding refreshyness to the tea.

Little disappointed as the smell was amazing, but tea came out more about enjoying green tea. Still very good, but not personally something I want to keep in stock in my own cupboard.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

My 6th Persimmon Tree sample to try. This one I would of passed on as it didn’t seem exotic enough that I’d try it – but I saw some good things on Steepster about it, so why not try it? The samples are cheap!

When my Persimmon Tree package arrived I smelled all the samples and found this one the least appealing as it wasn’t as strong or interesting scented than the rest of them.

DRY: Not strong of a smell, but what I can make out would be a sweet lemony scent. 2t used.

STEEPED: Bright light yellow colour.. white tea looking. Oolong scent with hints of lemon.

TASTE: Creamy vanilla up front with a clean and delicious oolong taste and non-tart mild citrus. Subtly sweet. No bitterness.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: It’s mild, creamy, citrusy, what’s not to like? Oolong lovers would go to town on this!

COMMENTS: Another well executed tea by Persimmon Tree, how do they keep doing it?

I love the vanilla flavor in this, probably the best vanilla usage with it being the perfect amount and creamy. Not artificial tasting. The citrus is used nicely and is amazingly not tart. Almost like a lemon drop tea.

For me? I could see the huge appeal in this tea and it is very delicious, it surprised me on how good and well blended it is, however not in my particular tastes. I’d still recommend this tea to others as being pretty good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

My 5th Persimmon Tree tea review. This tea is the reason for my order – I saw a couple of the people I follow review this tea and I was all “Dang, I need to try it”.
The tea I drank this morning is “Coconut Cacao” also from Persimmon Tree and I figure it be good to compare the two teas.

DRY: Sweet coconut – strong of course. Slightly creamy smell too. Very pretty with green leaves, red bits and blue. I used 2t for this steeping for 1 cup of tea.

STEEPED: coconutty and more of a sweet fragrance than the “Coconut Cacao”. Steeps up a golden white tea colour.

TASTE: Strong coconut with a background of bright and delicate white tea. Naturally sweet, refreshing and mysteriously fruity from the white tea. A slight creamyness from the coconut coats the throat at the end of the sip of tea.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: White tea drinkers and someone who likes coconut (I keep bringing in the coconut liking thing because my husband and family dislike coconut).

COMPARISON:
“Coconut Cacao” is more creamy and has earthy depth with the pu-erh and chocolate. A more laid back, grounded tea.
“Coconut Cream” is more coconut flavor, more perky and sweet. This tea is more upbeat and refreshing.

COMMENTS:
Wow, this tea is really good. Similar to “Coconut Cacao” but different enough to own both teas as they seem on opposite personalities. Coconut Creme is executed very well with the balance of coconut and tea, bringing out natural flavors of the fruit and not artificial.

However, I think I like the “Coconut Cacao” more than “Coconut Creme” for its amazing creamyness. However, “Coconut Creme” has a great sweet flavor. I think this one would make a better iced tea and never need sweetener because it is perfectly sweet on its own. But I say this out of personal taste – both teas are equally good.

Persimmon Tree has flavoring tea to a science (as someone as said already). With that said, I’m tempted to order more of their blends I passed on.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Emilie

I’ve tried this and loved it, and I recently ordered a sample of the Coconut Cacao. Now I’m really excited to try that one!

Ze_Teamaker

Being a coconut nut, I must try this…

Kittenna

I hope I ordered some Coconut Cacao…

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95

This is my 4th tea from Persimmon Tree! These teas have been non-stop good! I am very excited to try this tea, I love Pu-erh teas – earthy yummyness!

OBSERVATIONS: Since all the Persimmon Tree teas I’ve tried have been in the mild, yet very flavorful range, I increased this tea to 2t (from 1.5t) for this infusion. Made a big difference I think!

DRY: Very creamy and chocolately. Big flakes of coconut in this tea!

STEEPED: In my steeper it looks a dark brown, poured into my cup the tea is BLACK. Smells like mouth watering chocolate and creamyness.

TASTE: Very creamy tea! Hints of chocolate and subtle earthy pu-erh in the background adding depth. The creamy coconut flavor coats the tongue and throat going down. No bitterness. The more I drink this tea, the more the creamyness comes out as coconutty. I tossed some lumps of rock sugar in and this tea tastes even more coconuty and desserty – like drinking a tea latte.

WHO’D INHALE THIS TEA AND NOT CARE THEY BURNT THEIR TONGUE: Dang, this one is hard. I guess the best would be to say for people who don’t mind coconut and tea latte lovers.

COMMENTS: This is the most creamy tea I ever drank (without adding milk)!
What sums up this tea: Tea Latte without milk or lots of sweetener. Also a big brain explosion on how this tea is so creamy tasting but is near pitch black, blindfolded I could almost think I added milk to it!

I love this tea and I know I need more of it!

However I’m eyeing Persimmon Trees “Coconut Creme” sample I have and wondering if it be similar (but in white tea) or with the fact it has the word “creme” in it, if it can top this Pu-erh Coconut Cacao. Stay tuned!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

My 3rd tea from Persimmon Tree order! I wanna try all these teas as soon as I can(in case I want to make another order soon while I have a coupon code and while they have free shipping).

DRY: Very strong smell of passion fruit, like a fruit roll up! Very pretty tea with small white flower buds.

STEEPED: Fruity passion fruit. Slightly floral smell of jasmine. Amazing smell that I’d wear as perfume. Very attractive look to this tea with the stand out white flowers.

TASTE: Jasminey floral with extra depth of black tea with the black tea adding a little bitterness. Sweet fruityness at the end of the sip with a passion fruit aftertaste that lingers with the floral jasmine.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: floral tea lovers, new to trying jasmine tea.

COMMENTS: As usual, this Persimmon Tree tea smells freaking amazing and sweet however I think I overcooked this tea! The passion fruit and jasmine are an amazing combo that work well together. However, I get some bitterness from the black tea kinda thrown in there.

Very well thought out of a tea blend, but it could be better as I find the bitterness is an unexpected hit for me that took away from the fruityness. With that said, I’m gonna try this tea next time at a lower temperature and see how it goes. Past that, very lovely tea.

EDIT: I steeped this at 160F for 4 minutes – No Bitterness! But on the mild side. But a lovely fruity and jasmine!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Kittenna

I think(?) I ordered this one… hmmm, looked at too many teas lately!

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90

My second tea to try from Persimmon Tree. I thought I’d do them in order that I think would be the ones I was more excited to try first, but this morning, nada. I am nursing a broken finger that just came out of the splint. I wanted to soak it in epsom salt and didn’t want to turn the kettle too high. Low temperature green tea it is!

DRY: Sweeeeeeet caramel (maybe salty caramel, but not sure if it’s just all in my mind for the salty smell?) Oh man! SOOOOOO strong of a scent (similar to how my last persimmon tea smelled very strong dry). Really cute cubes of caramel in this tea!

STEEPED: Green tea colour. Mix of a grassy green tea smell and sweet caramel.

TASTE: Very clean green tea at first sip with a splash of mildy sweet caramel and earthyness (rooibos) at the end mellowing and coating the throat in soft sweetness.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Green tea drinkers. people new to green tea. Peeps who like to drink caramel.

COMMENTS: DANG!
I see others who reviewed this used more dry tea than I did, I just used 1.5t! I can see this being even better if made a bit stronger.

This is mind blowingly good and well executed tea. The green tea is very good (not muchly grassy) and the caramel flavor just melts into my mouth as I sip the tea. It’s in the perfect range of caramel taste to be mild and easy to taste, but not too subtle.

I guzzled my first cup down and wished I made a pot of this instead. It is amazingly good. I would usually prefer a sweet caramel tea to be ultra strong sweet, but this tea is just so well done. Holy crap Persimmon Teas, you are blowing my pants off!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

this reminds me of the Dragonwell I tried from Kiosque. been meaning to buy some more… after I drink down my stash haha

Indigobloom

(which will be never!)

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85

My Persimmon tree order! YAY! I went nuts with an ordering of samples. I had the kettle prepped since I knew it was coming and I know when my mail guy shows up.

I started with White Guava to try first because as I was browsing to figure out the steeping times (annoyingly the samples did not state water tempuratures and steep times, so I wrote them all down on my receipt) and a free offer popped up for White guava. So, I figure I’d try this puppy first and see if I’ll snag that offer. I originally ordered this tea because guava is pretty unique to have in a tea!

DRY: Strong – very sweet and fruity. Smelled guava before? This is guava! I could sniff this sample packet all day!

STEEPED: Slightly guava with maybe a floral note? Brews up a light orangey yellow.

TASTE: Light and refreshing. Mildly guava and sweet. I think I can taste strawberry in regards to sweetness. Slight hit of ginger essense as the tea goes down and aftertaste. White tea is light and doesn’t mess with the fruityness.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Those white tea fruity drinkers, don’t be scared of unusual fruit!

COMMENTS:
It was one of those momemnts of Sip. Sip. Sip. Sip. non-stop until it was done. Refreshing! I’ve never had a tea with ginger that was this mild, usually ginger teas get the POW GINGER effect. The tea is very mild. I could go for a stronger taste in guava and strawberry. But as a whole this tea is a well made balance of fruity and refreshing. I’d say this tea is sophisticated (and slightly exotic) flavor.

Would I get more? (For free hell yes, I’m cashing in on that coupon code!) I think this tea is very good but not wow’ing me to become a staple of mine. I am however very impressed with Persimmon Teas and I excited to try my other teas in my order.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Emilie

What teas did you get? I’ve been really happy with the few samples I’ve had from these guys and I’m looking forward to ordering from them when I get tea money!

Awkward Soul

I got coconut creme, coconut cacao, green caramel, lychee peach, tropical pineapple, amore, white guava, passion fruit jasmine, mandarin silk, mint chocolate chip and they gave me a sample of beach flower. Phew, lots of teas to try!

Kittenna

Yum yum, I’m making an order really soon!

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drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1012 tasting notes

I’m freaking terrified of this tea.

I purchased it during my last Adagio Teas order, got it, smelled it and promptly put it on my cupboard and it got shifted to the back. Once in awhile I’ll find it and sniff it, then the shifting happens again.
Then I started to think that I should save this tea next time I make Korean food or bring home some kimbap. Of course, I never remembered to make this tea when I had Korean food.
This tea was requested to be traded and it was weird I never tried this tea, but I was shipping some of it away. I figured I should actually taste it.

DRY: Smells kinda oily and of course, like sesame oil. The leaves look almost oily.

STEEPED: typical Black tea look. Smells mysteriously nutty. Odd film on the top… maybe my cup or steeper wasn’t clean… or is it the tea? Oh man I’m scared.

TASTE: BITTER!!!!! Bitter black tea with an aftertaste of nuttyness once I got past the bitter. Then there is more bitter taste. Never ending bitterness. Why is this so bitter?!?!?!?

COMMENTS:
Okay – maybe using boiling water and 4.5minute steep is too much. Next person needs to try this tea at like 185 or 2 minute steep. That might save you from making the OMG BITTER face. If I finally work up enough courage to try this tea again, I will do that.

One upside to this tea, I think it would taste great with kimbap, it goes with more sesame oil and the bitter tea could offset the salty soy sauce.

I was expecting this to taste like a sesame oil slick. Okay, maybe not. I think when I ordered it I was hoping it would taste like black sesame bubble tea. Hey, I think sesame tea could be pulled off! A tea with creamy stuff (like white chocolate/yogurt), and black sesame bits. OOOOOOOhhhh Yeah! Someone make this, now!

Sorry to the nice person I traded this tea to. I hope it goes over better with you.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Haha, is it me who some of this is en route too? I guess I’ll see how I find it! I only steep blacks for 3 minutes, so hopefully I have a better experience!

Awkward Soul

lol yeah this is one of the teas I sent you. Adagio says it’s a 5 minute steep (not sure why) but shorter would help it out.

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA

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