216 Tasting Notes

When I first opened my sample package and took a whiff, I had to close it back up as the bergamot aroma was really strong and something that I have developed an aversion to lately. So, I left the rolled up package in the cupboard for a couple weeks until I decided to take another try. This time the bergamot didn’t hit me quite so strongly but perhaps it is because I knew not to sniff it too much.

Once brewed, the distinctive Laoshan black aroma was foremost (yay), and there is a hint of rose and very slight bergamot which isn’t perfumy at all (yay again).

Taste is laoshan black with rose and a bit of the citrus/bergamot. Actually better than I thought and I’ll finish my sample easily, but wouldn’t repurchase as I still don’t care for bergamot much.

Note: I tried re-steeping and forgot about it for about 15 minutes which was a mistake, as the result was so bitter and undrinkable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Next time you oversteep, try diluting with some added water. It has worked for me on occasion and is better than wasting tasty tea! :)

caile

Thanks! I have done that before with other teas but this one seemed beyond that. :(

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
216 tasting notes

Very nice! This is similar to verdant’s vanilla citrus spice blend which I absolutely love. Campfire blend seems to have a more toasty flavor and is also delicious. It is also nice that this is completely a herbal blend without artificial ingredients, and is probably one of the best I’ve had.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
216 tasting notes

Lovely aroma of rose and apple. Taste is somewhat bitter with a lingering fermented apple taste. Perhaps trying different steeping times may have helped change the apple flavor to a more pleasant one, but really I don’t think this is a tea for me as fruity blacks are not always a favorite. It does smell delicious though!
Thank you to Laurent at Nina’s Paris for the sample.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
216 tasting notes

Light pineapple aroma with a fruity taste, and a hint of coconut as the cup cools. A sweet, lightly fruity cup of tea which I enjoyed trying.
Thank you to Laurent at Nina’s Paris for the sample.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I love this one :)

caile

I also imagine it would be a nice one to have iced in summer.

Stephanie

YES. I’ve been cold brewing it lately, myself

caile

Thanks! That’s good to know :)

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
216 tasting notes

Tasty, sweet caramel and vanilla with a nutty, toasty flavor. A sweet black tea blend which re-steeped well, and I enjoyed trying this.
Thank you Laurent at Nina’s Paris for the sample.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Oh Japon! You so great :)

caile

:) I had read so much about this so was glad to finally try a cup!

VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed it. It is always so sad when you read such positive things about a tea, get excited, and then end up not really enjoying it when you finally get a taste.

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Review for lot 267.

Large beautiful twisty leaves which brew up a fragrant cup of tea.

Smooth, gentle and fruity. A bit like bread with jam. Very tasty!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So far, all the Taiwanese teas I have tried seem to have that distinctive spice note both in taste and aroma. I’m not really sure what it is, but it is very unique, aromatic and flavourful.

This is fragrant, fruity and spicy, but also smooth and creamy with notes of honey, and somehow savory as well. Seems bolder and more full bodied in a way, than the TTC golden dragon tippy black tea I had earlier, but both are similar to me. Delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Large curled leaves with a slight golden hue.
Brewed aroma is fruity like apricots and raisins, and has a spice note I first encountered in butiki’s taiwanese wild mountain black, also which carries over into taste.
Very flavorful of spice, fruits and honey. It is very much reminiscent of pumpkin pie, as TastyBrew noted in her review, and so delicious and smooth, especially with added cream. Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oolong is not my favorite type of tea any longer. I’m not sure why. Ironically, I only drank this type of tea for a couple years and then stopped, and now there is something that just doesn’t appeal to me – that oolong fragrance perhaps. Anyway, once in awhile I try one, and since Verdant sends the occasional oolong sample in my orders, decided to try this today.

Fragrance is slightly floral and savory. Taste is sweet, creamy and slightly vegetal/seaweedy. And probably also a lot of complexity that I am not good at describing.

A really nice tea, and I’m glad to have tried it. Not my favorite tea type though, so wouldn’t keep it around simply for that reason.

Sil

BOOOOO-long! just like blerg-amot ;)

caile

lol
Every time I see bergamot written it always looks like blergamot to me now.

Sil

:D I’m changing the interwebs one word at a time..

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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,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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