171 Tasting Notes

drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
171 tasting notes

This is so tasty! Lots of maple pecan flavour, and so sweet and dessert-like. There is a hint of pleasant bitterness from the pecans, and the oolong blends perfectly. Such a delicious treat!
Thank you Virginia, for sending this.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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So, I have been wanting to try this for quite awhile. Thank you Virginia, for sending me some – so very sweet of you!

The first note I detect is the banana, which is sweet and natural tasting, and as if it were baked in a dessert of some sort. This is perfectly accompanied by coconut as and buttery toffee, making it taste deliciously cake-like.

I used quite a bit of leaf for my cup so brewed for around 2 minutes and re-steeped the leaves a bit longer for the next two – lots of flavour in all cups, with the banana diminishing a bit after the first.

This is so good – and, probably one of the tastiest dessert/flavoured black teas I have had! Yum!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
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I made one of the iced tea pre-measured pouches of this.
Brewed colour is a pale peachy pink.
Tastes exactly like honeydew melon; not so much like watermelon. I don’t taste mint, but it may add a bit of coolness to the taste.
Refreshing, and I did add a sprinkle of sugar to the jug.

Additional Note: In finishing this up the next day, I find I am not liking this as much. The melon flavour has lost its freshness and it tastes a bit like bubblegum, perhaps from the mint. I am glad to have tried this but wouldn’t repurchase,

Preparation
Iced

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I like cold fruity tisanes, especially ones without hibiscus, and made up a small jug of this yesterday evening.

Brews a lovely peachy sort of hue. Tastes light and tropical, and I can detect the goji berry, strawberry and papaya. So tasty and refreshing!

I added a bit of sugar but it probably would have been just as nice without. And, I ate a big piece of dragon fruit from the brewed bits, which was surprisingly good. :)

Preparation
Iced
gmathis

Hard to find good fruity blends, isn’t it? (I’m a H-hater, too.)

caile

It is! Sometimes a bit of hibiscus can be ok as long as it doesn’t overpower everything, but that usually isn’t the case. So, nice to find the ones without!

TheTeaFairy

I so agree, I can also handle a tiny little bit of evil H, but barely. I was thrilled to see this one had none!

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drank Black tea-Keemun Finest by Zen Tea
171 tasting notes

Fine, dark brown dry leaf that smells a bit earthy with dry plum, which becomes more pronounced when wet. There is possibly a hint of smokiness in the scent as well.

Brews a nice medium brown.
Tastes sweet with cocoa and plum, and there is a wee bit of earthiness. I do not detect much smokiness when drinking, but possibly the leather as in the description. Smooth and enjoyable!

A very nice tea and I re-steeped it once for just as delicious a cup.
Now I wish I had also ordered the other keemun that zen tea has so I could compare them, but perhaps next time.

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

Caile, How does this Keemun compare to others you’ve tasted?

caile

I think I’ve only had two others which were from Teavivre – the superfine and the premium ones – and although it is hard to remember since I don’t have them in stock right now, I feel like I liked those better. I am planning to order the superfine (and possibly the premium as well) :)

looseTman

Understood. Thanks!

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
171 tasting notes

This brews up a dark brownish amber colour with a nice grainy type aroma.

Tastes honey sweet with malt, grains and cocoa, and perhaps the very slightest earthiness.
Re-steeped well.

This was my first order from Zen Tea and I am quite pleased to have this delicious tea in my cupboard!

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

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86

Brewed up a pot of this to drink throughout the evening. Delicately sweet and savory/salty. Quite lovely and enjoyable!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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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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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