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91
drank Meyer Lemon by Art of Tea
759 tasting notes

This is a seriously tasty blend. I picked it up looking for a Meyer Lemon tea after having had a Meyer lemon caradmom iced chai. This doesn’t fit the bill for that, but it’s a really good tea nonetheless. The lemon is strong and natural tasting, with rose a perfect complement. I always prefer green rooibos over red and this no exception. I don’t know that I could tell you what it tastes like in the blends I’ve had it in but it doesn’t add any unpleasant notes. :)

A nommy tea both cold and hot. Makes a really fine granita as well.

Fjellrev

That chai sounds seriously amazing.

Nicole

It was – it surprised me. I thought I wouldn’t like it. But the caradmom being the only spice made it really subtle and light. I’m going to try adding cardamom to this tea and see how it goes.

ColumbiaKate

Finally, a note about Art of Tea’s Meyer Lemon. I’ve been interested to see what people think.
I have a black Meyer Lemon Cream and a green Rooibos Meyer Lemon Cream. My own creations, but both are blended for me by AOT because no flavor companies were doing a Meyer lemon flavor at the time (about 5 years ago). AOT since came out with their own, the one you’ve just reviewed. I spent a year with them going back and forth with samples and tastings before finalizing the recipe I preferred. They are both top selling teas in my line.
My tea was one of the reasons I joined Steepster, because I wanted to have it recorded as being mine, before other Meyer lemon teas followed. A favorite flavor idea, I was anxious to be one of the first. There was only the Stash tea to be found by the time I got mine done. So, that’s my story.
If you would like to sample, send me a message.

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80
drank Happy Tea by Art of Tea
456 tasting notes

Sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

This is a really interesting combination of flavors. It’s earthy and slightly grassy but those flavors are juxtaposed with a lovely strawberry flavor that has some sweetness and some sourness. It makes me think of strawberry picking, which is something I haven’t done in years. I think this is the first gyayusa blend I’ve tried that I would be interested in buying more of. A unique and appealing blend. This is definitely a Happy Tea!

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Strawberry

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I’ve been trying to streamline my iced tea making process, so I picked up a box of passionfruit jasmine iced tea pouches during my last Art of Tea order. What I love about the passionfruit jasmine in particular is that it’s a blend of black and green teas; it’s perfect for those of us who can’t decide which way they want to go. Both the black and jasmine green teas that are used as a base for this blend are mild, which really allow the slight floral notes from the jasmine and slightly sweet flavors of the passionfruit shine. This is one of those iced teas I could drink a lot of and not get bored, but even if I did I still have eight other flavors to choose from.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2016/6/21/tuesday-tea-passionfruit-jasmine-iced-tea-pouches-art-of-tea

Preparation
Iced

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76

Trying brewed hot first. Though after reading some comments while waiting for it to steep I kinda wish I had just done cold. So far I agree that it is nothing special when its hot. In fact its kinda mediocre hot. As it starts to cool off the flavor is improving. A bit of honey would really make it great!

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Seeing as how purple teas are somewhat rare… I had to try this. It’s very smooth. Has a woodsy start with very interesting tones to it. Some I’m not quite able to describe. Though I’m not usually a fan of the darker oolongs even I can appreciate how good this one is.

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79
drank White Summer Rain by Art of Tea
2068 tasting notes

Thanks for this one in your sale, Ost! It’s in a cute little tin too. This leafy white tea is supposed to have cantaloupe and jasmine flavors. I think the jasmine might be missing, but the cantaloupe is definitely there and pairs very nicely with the white tea. Not the best cantaloupe tea I’ve had, but I’m always happy to find another one if it actually has cantaloupe flavoring at all.

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70
drank Endurance by Art of Tea
19 tasting notes

Endurance is a sweet smelling pu’erh and herbal blend. It smells like sweet plum fruit, cinnamon, mild young pu’erh and herbs.

The infusion is much lighter in flavor than you’d expect from the overwhelming fragrance of the blend- which is bold, and an in-your-face- as you open the package of full bodied fruity and herbal goodness… it smells amazing! The flavor is very delicate, the wet leaves smell like a swampy-pu’erh with cinnamon. Light earthiness in the final brew, with flat tasting cinnamon (meaning that it isn’t warming like cinnamon sometimes is, nor does it have a ‘bite’ to it), with goji, and mild plum flavor.

I dig it, though it isn’t the sort of tea I would usually choose.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Plums

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #24
Not much to say about this one, it’s just okay. Mild black tea with hints of passion fruit flavor but not much jasmine. I think I’m just usually spoiled with Teavivre’s jasmine teas so any other jasmine teas…. the jasmine is just non-existant. I’m surprised there was green tea listed in the ingredients… I couldn’t tell at all.

tigress_al

I agree, Teavivre’s Jasmine is amazing!

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90
drank Classic Black by Art of Tea
1184 tasting notes

Trying this hot today. Nice earthy smell to the dry leaves. Dark reddish mahogany liquor, and an amazing aroma. At first, it was deep and chocolately, and then became something fruity, plums I think. But such a strong, fruity aroma, almost as strong as I’ve smelled in some flavored blacks. Pretty wild.

The flavor is smooth, and fruity/chocolatey. Almost reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries, but not fakey or overly sweet in the way those cherries are. There is some sweetness in the aftertaste, though. An almost brown sugary one.

The only negative to my palate is a tiny bit of bitterness at the finish, but it’s not a huge downside. Just enough to keep this out of the mid-90s.

I like this one a lot. Tasty and also versatile as a cold brew. I expect it would be awesome in chai as well.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Plums, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Nicole

Mmm. Sounds nice.

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90
drank Classic Black by Art of Tea
1184 tasting notes

A name like Classic Black sort of begged for being made into a cold brew, so my first encounter with this puppy is in icy mode. And it is, in fact, an excellent cold tea. There’s a softness and smoothness to the mouthfeel that is quite nice and though the flavor doesn’t call attention to itself, there’s some complexity. A touch of sweetness, a touch of fruitiness, and much “essence of teaness.”

I am looking forward to trying this one hot.

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89
drank Tea for Her by Art of Tea
31 tasting notes

This is the perfect tea for a ladies’ tea party I think! It’s creamy and full of vanilla sweetness, while the floral osmanthus makes you feel like you’re drinking a bouquet. I loved it!

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Honey, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Ancient Forest by Art of Tea
1639 tasting notes

The description of the “creamy texture and notes of amber and honey” this tea purports to provide made me particularly eager to try it. It certainly sounds divine, after all. I was even more interested when I learned that the base tea is Yunnan, as it’s one of my favourite black tea varieties.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/10/ancient-forest-black-tea-art-tea/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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77
drank Kauai Cocktail by Art of Tea
7674 tasting notes

sipdown :) had the last of this tonight since i was nearing the end of it. I enjoyed this one, though i think as far as fruit teas go, i’d prefer my delicious pina colada to this one…though it’s still enjoyable to me :)

Final Count: 121

mrmopar

If you like pina colada…. Oh wait that was a song too! ;P

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drank Kauai Cocktail by Art of Tea
7674 tasting notes

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drank Kauai Cocktail by Art of Tea
7674 tasting notes

Gotta drink those teas up. I really wanted something sweet tonight like ice cream, so i tried to appease my tastebuds with this tea. Sort of did the trick. Either way a nice cup of “juice” tea to go with my garlic lover’s stew…sooo good, hard to believe it’s a phase 1 receipe – no carbs, no flour, just damn good tasty yums.

OMGsrsly

… recipe?

OMGsrsly

No capers?! :O

OMGsrsly

OMG, I am totally making that. Tonight. But in the oven because some jerk turned the heater off again at home. :D

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77
drank Kauai Cocktail by Art of Tea
7674 tasting notes

Warning, this is a strong tea – brewed hot it’s very strong and sugar is a requirement to take the edge off how strong it is. with just a little sugar, the brew smooths out and becomes a really nice juicy brew. I think brewed cold, you’d have the same problem – you’d need to add sugar. But otherwise i think this one is pretty decent.

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77
drank Kauai Cocktail by Art of Tea
7674 tasting notes

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85
drank Welcome by Art of Tea
5 tasting notes

Nice relaxing bedtime tea. Would be good iced as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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This tea definitely is very similar to the aged Oolongs I’ve tried from Butiki (particularly the 1991 Da Ye Aged and 2003 Reserve Four Season). Its roasted woody charcoal notes are complimented nicely by a smooth feel and hint of butter. Very robust and deep in flavor and depth. Though not as strong as, say a Lapsang for example, these bold flavors seem to be not everyone’s favorite (as evidenced by some other reviews here..), but if you enjoy a dark Oolong once in a while then I’d definitely recommend this. . Thx Liquid Proust for the sample.. planning to order more of this in my next AoT order!

4g/8oz/190F/3min

Flavors: Butter, Roasted

Liquid Proust

These are good. Did I include AOT’s formosa champagne oolong as well?

Zack S.

No, I haven’t tried the Formosa Champagne.. sounds interesting though.

Liquid Proust

Dang… I must of been slacking if I didn’t include it :(

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drank Ceremonial Matcha by Art of Tea
330 tasting notes

Backlog. Apparently the difference in making matcha versus regular tea doesn’t trigger the “hey, I should log this” actions in my brain :D

I am perfectly happy with this matcha, it whisks up nicely. A little bit clumpy at times, but only when working in primitive conditions (ie work!).

Haveteawilltravel

I fall short on logging matcha as well. I’m not sure what it is…

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I picked a sample of this up at Traveling Tea awhile back, & if I had bothered to sweeten it, it would be like drinking one of those thin mint cookies, all the way down to the biscuit.

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College Graduation Party Tea #5
While this the third review I am writing up for my graduation party for teas drank, this was the fifth. Third was cold brewed peach and fourth was a cold brewed lime marshmallow from Butiki. This was an excellent fruit green hot, normally I don’t find green teas to taste very good when they are warm. Surprisingly there wasn’t much of smell to this, but the taste was there which is what I want from my tea :)

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100
drank Butterscotch by Art of Tea
7 tasting notes

I tried this tea at a tea shop in Corpus Christi, and I loved it. At home, it tastes just as wonderful as I remember. The taste of butterscotch candies is strong, but there is something very pure and natural about the tea, so that there is no fake quality about it.

The color of the tea is pale, but the taste is strong. The loose tea leaves are the most beautiful I have seen, stiff and silver-green, mixed with marigold petals and red berries. It looks as though it was mixed together just recently.

The container it came in has a metal stopper to preserve the freshness of the loose tea. It is well-made, and I will be able to use it again for other tea purchases.

On the whole, I am very impressed with this tea, and I am interested to try other teas from The Art of Tea.

Flavors: Butterscotch

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90
drank Endurance by Art of Tea
4 tasting notes

I bought the Iced Tea Pouches version of this tea and follow the directions for cold brew. I drink a couple glasses a day when I have it on hand especially if I’m feeling sluggish. I enjoy the herbal, somewhat Ayurvedic taste to this tea. I do taste the cinnamon. There is some berry. It feels clean, crisp and nourishing. I feel better after I drink this tea. A little more balanced with more fortitude.

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