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79
drank White Summer Rain by Art of Tea
2026 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
16 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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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
1162 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
1162 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
30 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
1547 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
7458 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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77
drank Kauai Cocktail by Art of Tea
7458 tasting notes

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77
drank Kauai Cocktail by Art of Tea
7458 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
7458 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
7458 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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74
drank Golden Monkey by Art of Tea
195 tasting notes

Thanks to Liquid Proust!

This is a pretty good tea. I’m glad that it didn’t taste much like chocolate like a lot of other golden teas. I got a lot of sweet potatoe notes and a nice creamy texture!

Flavors: Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thank you Andrew for this wonderful sample!

I asked to receive this solely because it said purple. I am sucker for the unique, regardless of flavor or quality. I opened my package and took a peek at my purple nuggets. My first thought is that purple must be a very loosely used term. These small glossed pebbles are a deep crimson in my eyes. I had just under the amount I usually use in my mini gaiwan for gong fu, but I decided to brew it anyways. I washed them once and allowed them to open up. The aroma was of roasted coffee and smoke. This had a very bold and mudded scent to it. The initial flavor was truly unique. It carried the same bold message but softened it with some fungal tones. The leaves did not fully unfurl until well into multiple steeping. The flavor become more fungal and sweet as the session went on. However, it continued to have a coffee grinds aftertaste each brewing. This was an interesting tea. Would I purchase it? No, I dont think its for me. I really dislike when a company shows something different than what they are actually selling, however good the product may be. I appreciate an honest image, and the image they had up would have me buy this tea in a heartbeat. Its a unique tea, and I could see myself trading other teas for this.

https://instagram.com/p/0×3gvgTGSP/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Cacao, Coffee, Mushrooms

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Liquid Proust

It is a very bold and dark oolong huh? Re-steeping shows the taste buds some mercy though. I found it to be a good experience. Next shall be an aged oolong!

Haveteawilltravel

I agree, it was very durable with steeping. I was able to get 10 maybe 12 steepings (it was such a long session I don’t remember). I enjoyed the flavor quite a bit :)

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This oolong cake is very delightful and quite complex. The initial smell is very mild which made me think that it was about to have a floral taste to it and I wasn’t looking forward to hundreds of cups of floral oolong… however, this oolong can be best described as a long lost cousin of Darjeeling labeled as an oolong tea created in 2010. It is about the fourth steeping that I have found the sweeter notes to come out and before that is a nice light oolong taste that mimics a Darjeeling. The cake is beautiful before you steep it and then it loses all those colors to become a nasty brown :/ , but that doesn’t change the taste of course. Overall my experience has been fantastic with it, if I were to change anything it would be to have stronger taste with the ability to brew it lighter as it is somewhat faint throughout (still tasty of course).

Intropy

Do you happen to recall how long or hot you steeped it?

Liquid Proust

185f for 3 minutes
Repeat 10 times
:)

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drank Peach Oolong by Art of Tea
825 tasting notes

I only got to drink half of my tin of this tea because of friend begged me (in this case begging is the correct word) to give him the rest. This is brews very pleasant cup of tea that acts as liquid calmness for me. I enjoy the quality of oolong and the taste it provides along with the peach notes that come out in the tea. This was my first Art of Tea product and it caused me to try their other teas. (I ended up drinking about 12 cups of this in case you’re wondering how much was taken from me)

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Monkey by Art of Tea
825 tasting notes

This golden black tea is slightly more subtle than the others that I have had and for someone like me who doesn’t enjoy black tea because of its strong bitterness that greatly increased my enjoyment with this tea. This is a wonderful tea to mess around with in regards to steeping temperatures because you can easily pull different note strength by 10 degree differences.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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