198 Tasting Notes

86

These lovely green leaves really are huge, and the large flat leaves fill the sample packet from end to end.
They do not seem to expand a lot more once brewed, but do become so soft and velvety, and have a soft vegetal scent with a hint of corn silk and perhaps tender green beans.

Brewed color is a clear yellowish hue, and smells sweet and buttery.
Taste is gentle and smooth, and has a sweet creaminess with the mild notes of green beans and corn. So deliciously sweet!!

I like very much, and thank you Angel & Teavivre, for sending this beautiful tea for me to try.

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

Sounds delicious!

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
198 tasting notes

Finished the jug of this I made (brewed hot then chilled).

Brews a reddish colour and smells a bit like blueberries and apples.
Tastes tart and fruity with hibiscus, apple, lemongrass and blueberry.

Refreshing, but not a favorite due to the hibiscus which seems quite strong in this.

Preparation
Iced
TheTeaFairy

Why is there always too much hibiscus??? Is there a rule that says they can’t use just a little? It always overwhelms everything else!!!

Sarsonator

I used to think hibiscus was so amazeballs because it brews such a pretty color, but I’m leaning more and more toward the anti- or less-hibiscus side. I mean, if something is called “Juicy BLUEBERRY”, then the hibiscus should be minimal and the blueberry should take center stage, right?

caile

It can be such a potent ingredient for sure! I often try to not get blends with it, but it seems so many fruity ones have some.

carol who

Oh, I agree! Very tired of the hibiscus in everything.

caile

I know, Sarsonator – the blueberry was pretty hidden in this one I thought; I wanted more blueberry!

TheTeaFairy

Sarsonator, exactly!!! I mean, I’m a fan of tart, but I can’t stand the fact that you can never taste what the tisane was intend for. If you have too put that much in it, then name your blend “hibiscus and tasteless blueberries”!

Sarsonator

LOL. I just don’t think that one would be a top seller. :p

caile

haha, that’s right!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I was kidding, just needed to get it off my chest ;-) I love Zen Tea and they have fantastic blends! Their Goji Chokeberry tisane, no evil hibbie!!!!

caile

I know! :-) The Goji one is really good!

Sarsonator

That one sounds interesting. I’d like to try that!

caile

Hibiscus free and very tasty, although not such a vibrant color of course! I am not that fond of goji berries by themselves so much, but this blend was good.

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86

Dry leaf is beautiful with thin twisted multi-hued green leaves, and very fragrant of spinach.
Wet leaf remains a lovely green and smells a bit more sea-like.
Brewed colour is a clear yellow.

Taste is savory and flavourful with vegetal notes, spinach and smokiness. The smoke becomes especially noticeable as the cup slightly cools, and the aroma is quite lovely – somewhat like grilled vegetables and a sea breeze. There is also a hint of a pleasant bitter note at the end of the sip, which reminds me of the type of bitterness when eating a fresh green pepper.

I really enjoy this tea, and find it very flavourful, fragrant and refreshing. I drank two pots – one hot and one room temperature. So delicious!

Thank you Angel & Teavivre, for sending me this to try!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Nice review! People seem to be in a “green” mood today on Steepster, I love it ;-)

caile

I know! There are lots of good green tea reviews!
I have taken a liking to green teas and teavivre has certainly helped with that. :)

TheTeaFairy

I’m glad your having good experience with greens, it’s the perfect time of the year for them :-) They often get a bad wrap, but they are so rewarding when you take time to play with them a little, dont you find?

caile

Yes, I always used to find them bitter and awful, and didn’t drink any greens for the longest time. Now I know how to brew them better, and I suppose my tastes have changed as well. So, I’m glad to have tried greens again!

Dexter

Hmmmmmm – Fairy are you trying to convert Caile to the green side? Happy you are enjoying them Caile – I’m still going to pass…

caile

Haha, blacks are still my favorite, but some of these greens are a nice change once in awhile. You never know, you may start liking them more sometime. ;-)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Dexter, see? Listen to wise caile here ;-)

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86

Dark green twisty leaves that look like fresh mown grass. Fresh green scent.
Brews a very pale clear greenish yellow hue.
Tastes a bit nutty and fruity with some floral creaminess that is also present in the aroma. There is also a mild green bean taste and a freshness that gives a somewhat minty sensation.
Smooth, gentle and refreshing – a lovely tea!

Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for the generous sample.

I noticed that the brewing guideline on the sample packet differ from what is listed in the description – I brewed per the sample packet which recommended 185F for 3-5 minutes.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tamarindel

I actually wrote Teavivre about that, because I noticed the different brewing guidelines too, and they said they did a new taste test on every new batch or harvest of tea and labeled it accordingly. So you did it right — the instructions on the packet are for that exact harvest.

caile

Thanks, that’s what I thought it may be. I checked the website and they have the same recommendation as the sample packet, so it seems to just be different in the description on the page here. Usually I don’t even look at that part but happened to for this one.

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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
198 tasting notes

Dry leaf is so pretty with tiny little yellow flowers mixed in. Brews a clear pale yellow colour.
Tastes very creamy and sweet with fresh cantaloupe – rich yet delicate. Re-steeped nicely.
A very lovely tea indeed, and I’m happy to have tried this – thank you to Virginia for the sample!

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85

My fresh spring green tea samples generously arrived from Angel at Teavivre today, and this was the one I chose to try first.

Brews the palest clear green colour.
Taste is quite light, but sparkling and fruity, and a wee bit nutty. A sweet and gentle tea – very lovely and enjoyable.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Large twisty brown dry leaf which smell a bit like fruit and dry floral but once brewed becomes more rosy in scent.

Brewed colour is a light amber and smells so pretty with fruitiness and floral rosiness.

Taste is juicy, fruity and floral as well, and is very smooth and light. Very delicious with beautiful aroma – a lovely tea, and I very much enjoy this.
A good afternoon tea!

Thank you to Philip at Taiwan Tea Crafts who sent me this generous sample with my order.

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

Sounds elegant!

caile

Yes, I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was!

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
198 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
198 tasting notes

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
198 tasting notes

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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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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