168 Tasting Notes

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Sweet malt and spicy citrus. Delicious and smooth as usual with a dash of cream.

This is a really good tea and on my repurchase list.
I recently placed an order with Teavivre but decided to go with the Bailin Gongfu this time. I like both but decided that this one will have to wait for now – I do have one last sample packet though so am not entirely out.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
168 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this the past few evenings as a dessert type tea after dinner.

Although I don’t normally add sugar to hot tea, I did add a small spoon of brown sugar to the pot and then some cream to the cup once brewed. Very tasty, and the sugar did seem to make the spices sweeter and more flavorful.

I will have to say though, that this batch of tea I bought has a lot more little bits and pieces in it than the last I had – the last bag purchased was only leaves and a few of those candy pumpkins – this has so much more ‘stuff’ and the squash especially is quite fragrant in it.

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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This is really tasting good this morning. Fruit, light malt and potato, and a bit smokey. Very smooth and so delicious! I’m going to make a couple more cups as one certainly isn’t enough right now.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Wow – I have not had a tea quite like this before!

Brewed leaf is so earthy and gorgeous with malt, grain and wine notes. The aroma is so fragrant and carries across the room – it almost seems like some sort of baked food item rather than tea.

Taste is so delicious and so flavorful!! Nutty and grainy with sweet, rich toasted malt. Smooth and satisfying.

Beautiful!

TheKesser

I have GOT to try this one. Everything I’ve read about this one makes it sound amazing!

caile

Yes, I had read so much about it also and wanted to try it. I’m glad I finally did – it really is different from anything else I’ve had.

Michelle Butler Hallett

A gorgeous tea. I avoided it for a long time because I didn’t think it could live up to the hype. It’s lovely.

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98

Delicious fruity and spicy potato with smooth malt and honey. Re-steeps beautifully. Absolutely lovely tea!

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
168 tasting notes

This tea is so delicious! Dark and rich flavour with malt and caramel – perfectly sweet and tasty!
I like it with a bit of cream and am going to re-steep the leaves for another cup right now.

Added: And the second cup is just as good! Maybe even more malty with raisins.

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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
168 tasting notes

This made a nice cup of tea. Hard to describe really, but clean and earthy with slight sweet malt. Easy to drink and re-steeped well although it was a wee bit astringent as I steeped it too long, but certainly still pleasant.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens… :/

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90

I love this tea. Smooth and rich with soft malty cocoa and honeyed raisins.
So delicious! I used four balls per cup which re-steeped well for three cups.

Thank you to Angel and Teavivre for these samples – I have been enjoying them and this one will certainly be on my order.

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
168 tasting notes

Dry leaf smells of fresh mown hay/clover which brewed a beautiful amber colour tea.

Tastes sweet and slightly malty with a smooth, rich flavour of honey and sweet potato.

I did a comparison with the GM from Teavivre and found theirs to be more fruity and lively in taste with a definite light smoky note (which is my first time recognizing any smokiness in a tea) as compared to h&s. The Harney & Sons seems heavier with more sweet malt. So, to me at this time, Teavivre has more fruit and smoke and H&S has more malt and honey. Both delicious and if I hadn’t done a side by side comparison probably wouldn’t have noticed a difference as it is so slight.

TastyBrew

I’m a big fan of the GM from Teavivre. I need to try this one too!

caile

Both are good! It would be funny though if they were really the same tea and any difference I noticed is simply due to my uneducated tea knowledge.

ashmanra

Both are great, but Teavivre’s is much less expensive. I keep both on hand.

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
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This was a teabag sample that came with a Harney & Sons order.
It tastes just like the red cinnamon heart valentine candies and is quite sweet. I actually like the taste of cinnamon but more of the softer side of it – not the robust candy like cinnamon. I wouldn’t have this again but can see how people fond of strong cinnamon flavour would enjoy it.

ashmanra

I have to cut it half and half with straight black tea. It is SPICY!

caile

That’s a good idea for mellowing it out! I don’t really care for that cinnamon candy taste so its good I only had one bag, although I am glad to have tried it.

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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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