196 Tasting Notes

86

So, I have new teas to try, thanks to Courtney for sharing some of hers!

Because I was in need of some cake, chose this one after consultation with my husband, as he preferred this over anything carrot-like (which was the other choice).

Once brewed, this smells exactly like coffee cake – so fragrant and cozy. Taste-wise, this is also very much like coffeecake – sweet cinnamon crumb topping and apples, no tartness at all. Somehow this reminds me of davidstea pumpkin spice chai …almost like there is a squash in it, however odd that may sound, but this is less spicy and more dessert-like and delicious.

I really enjoyed this and even re-steeped the leaves for another tasty cup.
Thank you Courtney for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

My friend also likes to mix this with Brioche, though I think they’re too similar hah.

caile

Sounds yummy!

Yvonne

Oooh, this sounds amazing!

TeaBrat

This is good for breakfast :)

caile

I bet it would be! mmm coffeecake

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90

This is so delicious this afternoon!! Smooth and mellow, yet so rich, sweet and full of flavor. Notes of cocoa and light grains with honey and roses. With cream added, it tastes of buttery pastry – so good!

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

Oh wow – sounds positively amazing!

looseTman

Agreed! Have you also tasted TeaVivre’s Premium Keemun Hao Ya?

caile

Yes, it was really nice. I have had it before but forgot how good it was – I’ll have to order more!

caile

No, I haven’t tried that one, looseTman. I think I have a sample though!

caile

Just checked – I do have a sample pack of that. Do you prefer it?

looseTman

So far I’ve enjoyed 1,500g of their Premium Keemun. However, I haven’t yet tasted the Superfine Keemun. I be curious to hear how you think they compare.

caile

lol, I haven’t tried the premium one yet. I’ll have to compare them though!

looseTman

I’ll keep eye out for your comparison. Thanks!

caile

OK! : )

tigress_al

I had the premium one today, but still have to do a comparison against this one as well! I will be watching for your comparison though

caile

They both seem popular. You’ll have to compare them as well! ;-)

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98

Made a pot of this favorite tea so I could take a thermos with me while I was out. Still enough left to have another cup now, and it is so good – full of pepper and oranges!

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

Happy Birthday Caile!!

caile

Thank you! :-)

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90
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
196 tasting notes

Sweet hay aroma with a bit of malt and fruitiness. Simply tasty and always enjoyable; perfect right now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

I adore this tea…totally delish.

Yvonne

This sounds lovely!

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93

Dry leaf aroma initially reminds me of raisins, but once brewed becomes incredibly deep and floral.
Taste is just slightly malty with a wonderful, rich floral sweetness that fully remains even on the second steep. This is so lovely, and it’s like the tea has been softly scented with red rose petals; very smooth, fragrant and sweet.
Absolutely delicious!

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

Eee Teavivre!

caile

Did you order this one?

Courtney

Yep, a sample size. Pretty much all their blacks tea, with the exception of anything smoky, I ordered haha.

caile

haha, that’s good! I got one of the sampler packs that came with two samples of this. I’ll have to order a full pouch next time. : )

Courtney

Oh excellent. I love hearing that about teas that are en route. Although my wallet doesn’t enjoy it quite so much.

Sil

nice to see a few more reviews on this one :)

Kirlika

They’ve got a number of really, really nice black teas. I just got a pouch of Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea myself that’s waiting for me in mail jail. I’ll be picking it up in about an hr and I can’t wait!! (Got one of the sample packs too and I think one of this as well, it sounds excellent.)

caile

And it sounds like there will be even more reviews coming!! ; )

Those samplers are great, and so is the dragon pearl – I’m sure you’ll enjoy them Kirlika!

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
196 tasting notes

This smells fragrantly nutty both dry and brewed – more of almond than walnut. Tastes mostly of almond flavoring but there is also some fruitiness from the pineapple. Sweet with a bit of creaminess. Quite flavorful, but in an almond extract sort of way.

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

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This is my first experience with puerh of any sort.

After rinsing, the aroma is reminiscent of seaweed, which unfortunately is not pleasant to me in a culinary sense, and the brewed color is surprisingly dark. Tastes also of seaweed or perhaps more of moss, with a somewhat lingering clean juiciness. Tried a second cup after more rinses (amazing how dark this is), and could not get past the earthiness of this even when not breathing in the aroma.

Interesting, and glad to have tried it, but don’t think it is for me.

Yvonne

Sorry to hear you didn’t like it :( But every tea is a learning experience all the same :)

boychik

How short your steeps were? I’m quite successful with shortest steeps possible like 5 sec.
This particular shu I found too clean and too mild for my taste. Don’t dismiss it. Try some other time;)

caile

Yes, it was a learning experience and I enjoyed trying it for sure!

caile

boychik, I played around a bit with steeping times…probably a bit longer than 5 seconds, and as well tried longer times – still pretty earthy.

boychik

I would try it again some other time.
If any one told me 4 months ago that I would be so into puerh I wouldn’t believe. I started with shu( had a free sample) that was very bad quality, completely black fishy. But I had a feeling that it was a bad sample. It didn’t stop me;). I’m addicted.
Do you drink coffee? I find shu is similar to black coffee. I do drink 1 cup everyday no milk or sugar. If you like green tea then maybe sheng is the answer.

mrmopar

Yeah I think puerh takes a little time to get aquanted with you. My first was a disaster.

caile

haha, yes I will have to try again another time. I really don’t know much about puerh at all.
And I do drink coffee but didn’t find this similar, except in color perhaps. ;-)

mrmopar

If you have only had this a short period of time let it “air” out. I usually put any new puerh in the pumidor for at least 2 weeks before I get into them. Just let it get some air and moisture and it will probably wake up a little. I get things from China that have been vacuumed sealed with no airflow or moisture and they are usually in transit a month or so sometimes. I just pull them out and hope they come “alive” again. I think this will change given a month or so.

caile

Thank you, mrmopar. It was in a sealed bag – I will the rest of it get some air for awhile and try again. And, I never knew there were pumidors!

caile

That should read, “I will let the rest of it get some air..”

Terri HarpLady

Mopar, how big is your pumidor anyway? :)

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
196 tasting notes

Vanilla pudding tea is an apt description. This is very light on oolong flavor and tastes mostly of sweet and creamy vanilla, with a bit of floral in the fragrance.
Re-steeped with the same results.

I enjoyed this and found it tasty but do find I don’t reach for it, as would rather drink other teas; and for that reason wouldn’t repurchase at this time.

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

I just can’t get into this one. :( So disappointing.

Kamyria

I’ve had my eye on this one… maybe I’ll give it a try in the future.

VariaTEA

People need to stop posting about this tea! I am getting cravings. It is weird because this tea is not great for everyday, but when you want it, nothing else quite satisfies.

Fjellrev

I couldn’t get into this one either. It was too cloying and artificial for me.

caile

Aww, that’s too bad.. I do wonder if some batches vary though, as mine was pretty light.

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
196 tasting notes

Brewed up the last little bit of this bag.

Sweet and malty with a hint of fruity caramel. Smooth and so delicious, especially with some cream.

This was my first tea from Teavivre and I have enjoyed it a lot – will repurchase.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Dexter

This is one of my favorites from Teavivre – glad you like it.

caile

Mine too!

Sil

love this one!

TheTeaFairy

We’re all in agreement here!! Major staple.

caile

haha yes, it seems to be a staple for many!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll chime in!

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98
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
196 tasting notes

Chocolate, malt, barley, caramel. Sweet, smooth and very fragrant. Makes a completely satisfying and delicious cup of tea in the morning, and is one of my favorites!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

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

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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