228 Tasting Notes

Drank a cup of this while at an appointment today for something to sip on. Tasted sweet and a bit coffee-like in a dessert type of way; more like coffee flavouring than actual coffee I’d say. Pleasant to drink although not something I’d purchase to have at home.

Tamarindel

I’ve got this one! Not my favorite, but good when you need tea-bag tea.

caile

Yes, it was better than I expected really!

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
228 tasting notes

I bought this to brew for iced tea, and it tastes berry-like with a bit of creaminess; I forgot there was rose petals in this but perhaps they do add a softness to the blend. Quite pleasant and refreshing. Not my favorite berry blend but will happily drink what I have.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Wenshan Baochong Oolong by Tea Ave
228 tasting notes

Beautiful fresh dark green leaf that reminds me of delicate steamed greens once brewed.
Fragrant aroma and taste which is sweet and floral, with butter, vanilla and a bit of savory green/grass.
This is really a gorgeous tea that provided many delicious steeps.
Thanks to Tea Ave for the lovely opportunity to try this!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Teaave

Thank you Caile for trying our sample :) If you have a minute, we would like to invite you to share your comments and rate our Wenshan Baochung on our product site :)

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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
228 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
228 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
228 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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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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