309 Tasting Notes

drank Rose Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
309 tasting notes

I used to like it more. Today not so much. My temp was accurate 175 and still as it cooled down I got some bitterness. Rose flavor is nice and delicate.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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87

I’m surprised it wasn’t in my cupboard, I bought it last summer during Anniversary sale. I’m sure I got lots of unaccounted teas. Time to do inventory, my cupboard is exploding( nothing new). Today I decided to compare it with thepuritea Red Dragon Pearls( got few samples just before they went out of business). I always feel sad when small business companies close down.
Well, I had total of 5 steeps 1,2,3,4 and 5 min apart side by side. It’s cocoa, bready,sweet with some slight peppery notes at the end. The Teavivre was more flavorful and potent. By 3rd steep thePuritea exhausted itself and was watery.
I’m sure if I wouldn’t compare them and had only thepuritea on hand, I would like it a lot. But Teavivre is a winner

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec
yyz

Totally sympathise. I was honest with myself recently and added most of the remainder of my teas and kind of shocked myself at the reality of how many teas I actually have.

boychik

I have 3-4 oz an average of each tea. This is scary. Today when everybody were excited about Teavana sale I almost placed an order, then stopped. Do I need more just because it’s on sale? I was never into teavana’s tea. I think I won my small battle today.

pyarkaaloo

this is too funny…i just took advantage of Teavana’s heavenly sale yesterday! i’m quite pleased bc i got some nice flavors at 75% off…damn! anyway, have u tried their Black Dragon Pearls?? for a straight black, i think it’s exquisite. has honey notes & rich cocoa undertones…no flavoring added. i am floored. is ‘chocolatey’ a characteristic of all black pearls? or just the one i found at Teavana?

yyz

A lot of my teas are less than 2 oz thank goodness, but I have upwards of 7 oz of some of the teas I got on aliexpress, and I have a number of others over 3 oz. I almost got sucked into Teavana too but convinced myself not to, though I did get a couple tins. I should really try their teas sometimes away from their store samples. To be honest their samples scare me away from their teas because I usually find them nauseously sweet.

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
309 tasting notes

Meh. I don’t know if its my taste buds or this tea is not flavorful enough for me. I cannot taste lemongrass at all. As it cools I find coconut and some faint ginger. Smell is coconut. Very weak. I tried to sweeten it w/ sugar. then added some milk . just didnt work for me. This was a free sample with the purchase

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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85

Smooth, sweet, dark amber color. Small leaves. Makes me wonder if its whole leaves. I think I had around 5 steeps and it looses taste. I got it from Dragon tea house

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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90

I had a craving for a mint tea after all heavy and spicy food we had. Very refreshing. I like Moroccan tea in general but I think this extra lemony flavor adds something special, sweet citrusy flavor. I think it’s balanced and pleasant. Probably will be excellent as iced tea

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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92

Very nice, sweet potato and grains( rye I think), some dark cocoa notes. Brewed according to Teavivre parameters

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
309 tasting notes

Great as usual. Excellent cup of tea for New Year day. My hubby said its interesting. He is into Ceylon/Indian bergamot teas.

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85

It’s bitter and I don’t want to drown it in milk and sugar. Tried diff parameters. At Steven Smith the lady suggested to make it 12 oz water 1tsp 5min steep. Bitterness decreased but it was kinda diluted not enough flavor. I prefer H&S Nahorhabi Full leaf Assam

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I don’t know what’s going on with this tea. I used to love it so much. After my last drinking of it, I did notice a lot of tea powder in the bottom of my cup, that had managed to slip through the finum basket. So I’m thinking that powder sat in my cup & continued sleeping, resulting in a bitter brew. That’s my theory.

boychik

Mine is fresh and nowhere near the bottom, no powder. I also noticed that H&S has much more golden tips and smells soo sweet

ifjuly

i tried this one finally recently too, boychik, hoping it’d be awesome because it was so popular here and was disappointed. not terrible or anything, but nothing to write home about. and my experience with the brisk SSTs is that the recommended 5 minutes is way too long (i almost always am fine with recommended info and they’re a rare exception for me).

Nicole

Hm. I’ve liked the batch I got on BF. I haven’t tried it side by side with Nahorhabi though.

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97

Sweet, flavorful, not bitter unlike #49 Steven Smith. No need for milk and sugar. i still steep it 3 min. I’m raising my rating

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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