214 Tasting Notes

Half a sample packet in about 75 ml water. Several rinses of which I tasted. Steeps of about 10-15 seconds.

Initial sips were bitter with astringency, especially when hot, and even more so when tasting the first few steeps. Once the cup cooled, the bitter notes were still present but enjoyable.

Taste is a bit fruity and hay-like with a bit of smoke, and a peppery tingle which lingers. It sort of gives the impression of warmth and coolness at the same time but not sure how to describe that well.

This could go many more steeps I think but I only drank a few for now, and although this wouldn’t be my favorite tea, am happy to have tried it and do look forward to trying it again another time.

Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for sending this sample to try!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

I like a certain amount of bitter in my sheng!

caile

Yes, bitter can be good! :)

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
214 tasting notes

This is a very fragrant tea! The jasmine is full and crisply fresh, and blends beautifully with the milky oolong. Smooth and creamy to sip with a breathtaking aroma.
Quite outstanding, and anyone who is a fan of jasmine will certainly love this.

Thanks so much to Tea Ave for sending this sample to try!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
214 tasting notes

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I really love this tea blend! When I ordered this, I knew I would probably enjoy it; I was absolutely right, and have been drinking it a lot!
This has everything I love in a tea. Not fussy, good anytime of day, resteeps wonderfully for another cup, and most important – so delicious!
Beautiful dry leaf that brews a fulfilling, smooth and and perfectly balanced cup of tea, with notes of honeyed malt, cocoa, pastries and a hint of fruitiness.
This is my perfect anytime tea, and I actually wish I bought more than just one tin!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

yeah… i agree.

Mike

Now I’m sold…I think this is the next tea on my list to order! :)

Sil

it’s not available anymore mike

Mike

Wow, that’s too bad! Thanks for letting me know! I’ll have to go for their Tiger Assam instead…that sounds good as well.

whatshesaid

guhhh i should have bought some. so bloody expensive for one tin :/

Sil

tiger assam and red tailed hawk are both excellent imo.

whatshesaid

have and love both!
are they comparable to this one?

Mike

Niiiiice. Ooh, I just took a look at the Red Tailed Hawk, looks great…Assam/Darjeeling combination?

Mike

By the way, you have the best Steepster name ever, whatshesaid…love it! :P

whatshesaid

thanks :)

Mike

Haha, no problem.

Sil

so tiger assam i’m very partial to so i just take that out of the running lol but this one is better than red tailed…and i do love red tailed as well

Mike

Tiger Assam moves to the top of the list then. :P

caile

Sil, I ordered a tin of this with one of the tiger assam after seeing the shipping deal you got for us in Canada last month. I had been waiting for a deal so I could order more of the tiger and thought I may as well try this one too. Glad I did, though yeah, getting a second tin would have been better!

Mike, the tiger Assam is great too! I have only tried these two but love them both. I’m sure you will like the assam one :)

whatshesaid, it is darn expensive, but the tea is good…and the tins are so cute too! When I ordered I told myself at least I was saving a few dollars on shipping :)

Mike

Cool, I’ll splurge for the Tiger Assam after I clear my cupboard a little bit. :)

whatshesaid

yeah, i regret not ordering this one. ah well!

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
215 tasting notes

Gorgeous leaf with light reddish-amber crumbles which must be the osmanthus flowers. Fragrant as well as visually pretty.

Brews a clear, pale yellow color. Lovely candy-like and floral aroma. Tastes sweet, creamy and custard-like, and very delicious!. Brewed leaves four times with abundant flavor in each.

Thank you Tea Ave for your generosity in sending this beautiful tea to try!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Mike

This one sounds really good, based on the description! What did you think of it?

caile

I love it! Hadn’t got around to writing a review yet but will add one. :)

Mike

Awesome, I look forward to it! I’m sure I’ll buy it eventually. :)

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Sweet and lightly nutty with notes of floral hay and melon. A lovely freshly dried hay- like aroma. Delicate and very enjoyable! Delicious re-steeps.
Thank you to Angel at teavivre for sending this for me to try!!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
214 tasting notes

I haven’t had a cup of cocoa in ages; when I was a child, my mom used to make it once in awhile as a treat and although I have drank it as an adult, it has been some time.

This ground cocoa is really fantastic and much more delicious and satisfying than the regular powdered cocoa I have had before – so much chocolate in both smell and taste!! I added a small amount of sugar and milk to my brewed cup and it really was perfectly delicious. I’d say that I can detect subtle coconut but not so much cinnamon.

I brewed 2-3 heaping teaspoons in about 6 ounces boiling water in a brew basket for probably around 15 minutes. Later on I used the grounds again with leftover tea leaves from the morning and it was even more delicious – super chocolate tea!! Very happy with this yummy comforting treat!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

this sounds sooo yummy! and adding the grounds to leftover tea leaves is genius! :D

caile

It was really good! :)
Also, I noticed later that the instruction sheet that came with the cocoa gave examples of re-using the grounds in smoothies, baking, compost(that isn’t pet accessible) and exfoliator for hands.

OMGsrsly

Mmm, I love Crio Bru! My bag doesn’t have those ideas though. Just… put the grounds in a smoothie? I need to try that.

caile

It was on an instruction sheet that came with the order, and listed the examples to show how ‘eco green’ the product is. :)
This is part of what it said – “One of the best ways for you to join Crio in going green is to reuse the used Crio Bru grounds, such as: adding 1-2 tablespoons to a smoothie or protein shake” – I bet it would be yum!

OMGsrsly

Ohh, cool! I bought mine at a local grocer. :) I’ll have to try that. I make a nut-butter-banana smoothie this would be great in.

caile

I bought the sample pack online, which was a good deal especially being able to order in Canada. I am going to keep an eye out for it whenever I go shopping again though.
And that sounds like it would be excellent in your smoothie! I should try and use it in smoothies too – what do you put in your nut butter banana one – sounds healthy and delicious! :)

OMGsrsly

1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbsp whatever nut butter you like, pinch of salt (if unsalted nuts), dash vanilla, 1-ish cup milky stuff of choice, and sometimes chocolate chips. :D

caile

Ahh, sounds good! I’m going to make this for sure! I seem to only make plain fruit smoothies and never think to change it up – the Crio grounds will be a perfect addition I think.

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Compared to teavivre’s golden tipped version, the dry leaf of this is larger and darker with a bit of gold. Scent is slightly less fragrant but still lovely.
Brews a darker cup and tastes more of chocolate and less potato, so perhaps a wee bit less delicate in taste as compared to the golden tip. Very delicious!!
I am glad I bought this and have gone through my bag quickly. I will certainly restock.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black unflavored, which I often drink with a small dash of milk but sometimes just clear.

I enjoy finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

I also enjoy Chinese green teas, and am currently exploring some pu-erh as well.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
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