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The Tea Valley Company

Recent Tasting Notes

58

This has a zing to it. It definitely does not taste like a “standard black”, to me. I don’t get the sweetness that others mention, but I do get something that reminds me of peaches… again, not a sweetness, but the peach taste without, if that makes any sense. Say, more of the skin of the peach than the flesh.

It has a very warm, cinnamon-colored flavor up through the nose.

The finish is very short.

Something that, pleasantly, puts me in mind of soap, too.

Odd tea. Very good.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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65

I’ve not yet reviewed 2/3 of the tea in the Steepster Select box I won months ago, so I thought I’d get on that. Phoenix Yunnan Gold is a hard one for me, since I’ve never had this type of tea from another brand and black teas are, in general, harder for me to pick out specific tastes from than greens. Ah, well!

The appearance of this tea is nothing special, and the smell of the dry leaf, while distinct, isn’t really for me. I’m definitely getting a bit of a honey-esque scent, and some kind of nonspecific spiciness. I have a feeling that would make some people very happy, but not me.

When I sip, it’s still honey, but a weird, less sweet honey. This tea is naturally sweet, mind, but real honey is sweeter. (I wonder how this would taste with honey added? I don’t know if I have any at the moment.) The second steep reveals more of a spiciness, but I have to search for it. I’m not very impressed overall — it doesn’t seem much different from most ceylons I’ve tasted — but I don’t think it’s a bad tea, it’s just not exciting to me.

I notice the steeping time here suggests one minute, but I went for the 2:30 suggested on the package. Will definitely try the one next time; it doesn’t taste oversteeped right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the flavors changed for the better.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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89

Didn’t see the notes on 1 minute steeping time until after I made, but the longer steep did not impair the flavor.

Had with a bit of milk and sugar, tasted superb, great flavor, will be keeping this one on restock list.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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97

LOVE! This was part of the Steepster Select box this month, and it is SO GOOD. A lovely Yunnan! Peppery, sweet, and full-flavored. Robust. This one’s a keeper!

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85

Due to a previous Yunnan Gold tea I had, I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this tea. However, there is a subtle gentle earthiness to this tea along with a crisp clean finish that is making this a perfect after lunch pick-me-up. A solid tea that I would recommend.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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87

I really do like this tea. I was not sure at first when smelling it, but it has a warmness to it. The description to me is right on the money. Although I get more spicy citrus then I do honey citrus. It is very smooth an not a kick in the face black tea. I would love to have this with a dessert. Like an orange chocolaty cake.

The first infusion down and the second to go..

I have never heard of this tea shop, or this tea. When I read the title I thought it would be long golden strands. This is why I love Seepster Select I gives me tea I would have never have thought of.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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76

Smooth flavor. Slightly buttery flavor with a hint of flower.

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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My first jasmine tea. I think i burned it a little, but the tea is slightly sweet, and delicately floral. I gulped this tea down!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Shinobi_cha

This tea is actually already in the database here: http://steepster.com/teas/tea-valley/12634-jasmine-tea
Do you mind copying and pasting your tasting note there, and deleting this one, to avoid duplication?

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84

Soo I may be a little biast considering this is my first oolong tea. Very tasty! Has a smooth slightly floral taste at first and slightly sharp aftertaste. I really enjoyed this tea and ended up infusing the leaves 4 times to drink more.

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec
Shinobi_cha

Looks like you hadn’t seen Tea Valley was already in the system!
http://steepster.com/companies/tea-valley

Here are all their teas, which were added last May I think by the company itself.
Sorry if I’m being a pest!

Elyse

sorry, i didn’t see them for some reason when i looked. I’ll put my tastings on the other page once midterms are over this week.

Shinobi_cha

No worries!

Elyse

Dumb Question. How do I delete a TEA?

Shinobi_cha

Actually, you can’t ( you could ask the admins) BUT, to save them time, just remove the picture, the information, uncheck all teh boxes, rename the tea to “Delete1” rename the company to “Delete” and then no one will ever see it again. :)

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