249 Tasting Notes

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This is a nice enough oolong but nothing to be excited about. It has some almond flavors but nothing it wasn’t really satisfying. Sort of a run of the mill oolong tea.

Thank you to Lariel for this tea!

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lariel

I didn’t send that one.

carol who

Darn! I wrote Lariel on the bag. I wonder who actually sent it. :(

Arshness

Adagio’s Almond Oolong is really strong Almond flavor and tastes really nice. :) I could send you some next time we swap if you want?

Lariel

It smells like marzipan actually. (Er, the confection, not our fellow forum member.) Don’t really like the Adagio oolongs.

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95
drank MateVana by Teavana
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I brewed a pot of this earlier in the day and drank some but now I have a room temperature pot of tea. I could ice it but I’m too lazy today. You know what? It’s still great. Maybe it’ll motivate me to do something…maybe not.

I just sat down to do some correspondence on the computer and ended watching Animal House! Memories! Basically got nothing done!

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85

Wow! This is wonderful. Awesome scent dry. Very lovely, fruity appearance. i see some rose/hibiscus in there. Beautiful dark, dark pink liquor; almost red but no yellow or orange. Nice peach aroma and taste. Needed a bit of sweeter to fight the evil hibiscus. It has a nice full mouth feel. I might have over-leafed it a bit but that doesn’t seem to matter. I wish I had enough to do a cold brew pitcher.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Marzipan

I got about 1/4 lb of it on ebay for around $2.

carol who

Wow! That’s a really good price. I’ll check it out. Thanks!

Marzipan

With those teas, it’s $3.75 shipping for the first and $1 for each additional within a week, so I used to watch a bunch of her auctions (theteaport) and buy a bunch at once.

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85
drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
249 tasting notes

I have been enjoying this tea as an cold brew. I only had a bit hot and I wasn’t particularly excited. As a cold brew, the cinnamon drops down a bit and the fruit flavors come up. I cold brewed it for about 18 hours. Sweetened with stevia.
It would be helpful to have steeping instructions for cold brew on our notes.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Iced 12 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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70
drank Spearmint by Sadaf
249 tasting notes

We are going out for a big dinner with my husband’s co-workers. This is always a stressful evening. They tend to spread the dinner out over 4-41/2 hours. It’s boring!!! Almost everyone else is related or at least working together 15 years or more. This is just Fred’s 2nd year with them. We have NOTHING in common with them.

I am having some spearmint tea as a pre-emptive stoke before eating! This is just a food
grade herb but it makes a nice enough tisane. Nothing exciting. I think I’ll see if I have some other mint tea to take with me. What I really want to do is take Prozac or something!

Flavors: Spearmint

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I received this in the Herbal TTB. It sounds lovely, it has quite a few interesting things in it. But after brewing I was not impressed. It was somewhat flavorless. Got dumped down the drain. Life is too short and I have too many good teas to drink.

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80

I tried this from the Herbal TTB and was very pleased. I loved the scent when I opened the bag. I tried it several ways: plain, stevia, vanilla stevia. When I tried it plain, I sensed the metallic notes that others mentioned. The one with stevia improved all the flavors. Bringing up the coconut and creamy flavors. The cup where I used Vanilla Stevia really brought up the flavors including the little bite that cheesecake should have. Now… I realize that if I have to add stuff to it, the tea is not quite as good as it should be. But…. I really like this tea. It continues to have a bit of a metallic taste which would be annoying if I had to drink a lot of this. However, I’m enjoying my cup.

Flavors: Cheesecake, Coconut, Cream, Metallic

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95
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
249 tasting notes
I am drinking in remembrance of Mr. Harney. He built a good quality tea company that he should have been proud of. It is good to see a real family business these days. To know how they moved from a small basement company to a successful business gives them an extra measure of respect from my point of view.

I had already made a big pitcher of Vanilla Comoro cold brew. It is awesome cold brewed. Love the Ceylon black and vanilla. Yummy! Sometimes I get tired of having just herbals in the evening, this gives me a real choice for evening teas. I love it anytime! I haven’t had many of the other Harney teas but all that I have had, I’ve enjoyed.

Flavors: Vanilla

sherapop

I never thought of having this one cold—it’s irresistibly delicious hot, so how could I wait? lol

carol who

The only problem with a cold brew is that it takes sooooo long! :)

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95
drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
249 tasting notes

I received this in the lovely Herbal Traveling Tea Box. Oh yum! I didn’t think that the dry leaf had much scent but the brewed tea is wonderful. The flavor is a lovely chocolate with a bit of maltiness that combines very well. I haven’t had honey bush before so I don’t know how that is effecting the the taste.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats. Flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking :-p
My husband of 42 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say.
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 31 years. Waiting til August ‘14 might put me over the edge.However if I lived through the 14 year hiatus (1989-2003) with only reruns and 1 DW movie, I guess I’ll live until August. Luckily I have 312 episodes. :) In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send them to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.

I only put teas of 1 oz. or more in my cupboard.

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