164 Tasting Notes

89

This is a really nice green tea. Smooth, sweet and slightly nutty with a tender green bean flavour.
Very tasty especially as the cup cools, which is my favorite way to drink it.
Also, I just ate something salty and this complements that nicely.

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89

Warm cinnamon raisin bread. That is exactly what this cup tasted like – so delicious!
There is a rich sweetness of cinnamon and spices, combined with the fruitiness of raisins, and fresh bread. Lovely and fragrant!

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

Sounds lucious!

Nxtdoor

Yes, this sounds so good. The question is, will it taste like Cinammon bread to me? It’s ok, it’s rhetorical, you don’t have to answer. I always read reviews and then when it’s my turn, not so much, not with straight teas anyway.

caile

haha, I know what you mean. :)
I drank this without recalling my previous review and although I knew it was going to be somewhat of this flavor profile, I was surprised by how much like raisin cinnamon bread it was – really good. Next time I make it I hope it turns out the same!

gmathis

Hmmm…makes me wonder what would happen if you threw some golden raisins in a steeping basket with something else…

caile

Might be nice! :) Although this was more like the dark raisins, not the golden ones.

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95
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
164 tasting notes

This morning this reminds me of mildly spiced, creamy potatoes and mushrooms that are lightly sprinkled with sugar.

I could have brewed this a bit stronger I think but will re-steep the next cup a bit longer. Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Virginia

OooOoooOoooh I’ve been wanting to try this!! What an interesting flavour profile.

caile

It is nice once in awhile and re-steeps quite well also. I think Verdant is getting the new spring picking in soon which I bet will be good – I may have to order a bit more! If you like, I could send you a bit of what I have so you could try it.

Virginia

Hey! I just realized you are a fellow Canadian! I would love to try some. PM me with what you want in return, everything in my cupboard is available and I have a teavivre order that should be getting here any day now if you want to wait to see what I’ve got then :)

caile

I’ll send you a pm. :)

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90

Brewed up the last of this, and the empty bag and dry leaf smell so gorgeous like ripe cherries.

Smooth, rich and fruity compote flavors with a bit of sweetly spiced toast. So delicious!!

(Lot: 267)

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

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98
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
164 tasting notes

This always turns out so good. Delicious and comforting!

Just what I needed today. I had this before going for a tooth extraction and I think I’ll sip on some more a little while as well.

boychik

Hope it went well. Highly recommend you to hold ice pack 20 min on and off for several hrs. Helped me a lot

caile

Thanks! It went very well and I’m glad it’s all done. I’ll try the ice pack! :)

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I had this sample in my cupboard that I have been saving, and since it is a gray and rainy day here, decided to try it today.

I have never had a Lapsang Souchong tea before, and it certainly does have a smokey smell of pine and peat which carries over to the brewed cup.

The taste is quite smokey in flavor as well and reminds me of campfires made with fresh pine logs, but there is also a sweetness to it.

Very interesting and tasty, and although this wouldn’t be my favorite type of tea, I am happy to have tried it and would have the occasional cup for something different.

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

I pretty much feel the same about lapsang souchong. I drink it when I wish I could be camping :) Not an everyday tea by any means.

caile

Yes, it would be a good tea to drink when you wish you could be sitting beside a campfire! :)

boychik

I really like LS with bagel cream cheese. I think cream cheese offsets its nicely.

caile

Ooh, that sounds like a good combination! l’ll keep that in mind… I haven’t had a bagel with cream cheese in awhile – yum.

Skulleigh

Oh man, now I want a bagel and cream cheese :D

caile

Me too! Adds to shopping list… ; )

boychik

I eat it once in a blue moon, but it’s soo good. You can eat it with any cheese no bagel haha. Cheddar is good too.

caile

Love cheddar too, especially aged. I ate the last piece yesterday so will need more of that as well. This morning I ate oatmeal which is always one of my favorites – maybe not so good with this tea as cheese would be. :)

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t had a bagel in years, but I came across a gluten free bagel recipe, which I really need to try out! Of course, I can’t have cream cheese either (dammit), but maybe I could spead some coconut butter on it…or guac :)
Regarding this tea, I enjoy it plain, but it is also especially awesome with a little maple syrup added for an occasional treat!

caile

Coconut butter or avocado both would be good. : )

I was thinking I should have tried this tea with maple syrup but forgot about that while I was drinking it! Next time for sure! One interesting thing was how the aroma of this tea seemed to stay with me all day – probably because it was so new and different to me.

Terri HarpLady

Smoky teas originally freaked me out, LOL. Now I enjoy them

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
164 tasting notes

This was actually was the first tea that caught my eye at Davidstea in awhile. Coconut and chocolate…perhaps I was hopeful it would be somewhat like Harney&Sons Soho blend…but it isn’t.

While at the store, I was originally planning to get 25 grams or so, but as it turned out, this was the tea they were sampling, so tried a small sample glass of it first. And I’m glad I did, for although the dry blend smells quite nice and rich and promising, the taste does not nearly compare. Any chocolate or coconut or nuttiness of any kind is lacking, and although often the samples in store are not as good as when brewed at home, there was just something off about the taste that I can’t describe…an aftertaste of some sort. So disappointing! As it turned out I didn’t buy any to take home – perhaps it would have tasted better if brewed differently, but didn’t want to even bother. Sigh.

scribbles

I did buy 25 g’s, and it smells sooo good. Hopefully I have success with at-home brew.

caile

It does smell so good! I bet it will be better at home – maybe I’ll end up picking some up next time just to try. I hope you like yours when you make it! : )

Lee

I wonder if it was the coconut,,,coconut has a very short shelf life.

caile

No, I don’t think it was the coconut.. it was the flavoring they use I think.
I didn’t know coconut has a short shelf life though.

Lee

Now I am thinking about coconut cream pie,,,yummm

caile

Haha, yum. I love coconut cream pie!!

Virginia

This one is a tricky one. I brewed it several times and thought it was boring, but then I over leafed it just a bit, steeped it at recommended temperature for 5 minutes and added a bit of milk and it was very good. As it cools down, the flavour declines significantly though.

caile

Good to know. I still may pick some up to try at home. :)

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I drank a pot of this and found it to be quite enjoyable. Full and round with some syrupy fruity richness. I added milk and did not find any bitterness, and the light astringency was pleasant. Not an outstanding tea, but I enjoyed the pot.

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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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