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81

Wow.. you know those teas that explode and blossom on your tongue? This is absolutely one of those teas. I really wasn’t expecting to get such an intense flavor.. but I’m really enjoying it!

Wow.. you know those teas that explode and blossom on your tongue? This is absolutely one of those teas. I really wasn’t expecting to get such an intense flavor.. but I’m really enjoying it!The smell of the brewed tea is of cinnamon with oolong and a light dusting of fruit, a bit like a raisin. If I judged a tea based alone on its smell, this one probably wouldn’t one of my favorites. It’s just a little bit bizarre and very musky… on the verge of being like smelly feet?

Sipping… there are so many layers to this tea! What I notice first is the vanilla bean and the fruit, followed closely by a very warming cinnamon note. Cinnamon and I don’t typically mix, but I can handle it in this tea because it’s not explicitly cinnamon, more of a warm feeling on the tongue.

The more I drink this tea, the more I think it tastes almost like a fruity shortbread cookie. I say shortbread because it’s a little drying in the same way a lightly sweetened shortbread cookie dries out the mouth, not because it’s buttery. While I don’t think this cup is too sweet, it does satisfy any craving I have for cookies or candies. The musky smell does find its way into the aftertaste… and I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s kind of funky tasting.

I really love the layers that are present in the tea, as strange they might be together. I wish that the musk could be removed from this blend as I think everything else works very well together.

Thank you so much, Azzrian, for sharing some of this blend with me! What a nice treat!

Azzrian

You are so welcome LOL @ smelly feet! I am going to get mine out and see if I get that connection or not. I can’t say I noticed it before but not I just have to sniff again lol.
:) It is yummy though.

QueenOfTarts

Thank you! :) It really does smell like smelly feet to me… but I still have enjoyed the tea!

I really wish Steepster would stop duplicating my text in the tasting notes I write. I can’t even seem to edit it as it’s not duplicated in the actual text box.

Azzrian

Steepster has been wonky the past day or two for me as well.

Kittenna

I seem to recall someone else having that text duplication issue as well, and they were unable to resolve it. :(

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

following you QueenofTarts :)

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86

This is probably my favorite Vintage Teaworks tea. Nice and smooth, a hint of licorice, and just slightly sweet.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86

This is pretty interesting. It’s very cherry (and maybe cinnamon?) and slightly pu-erh. Pretty good. I’d even suggest it to people who aren’t fans of pu-erh, just to give it a try.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86

Sweet with a little bite. I think I prefer this over the Oolong, where the Oolong can be overly sweet sometimes I find this one a little more even-tempered.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Sweet, smooth. You get a little traditional Oolong flavor but the inclusion of papaya is so unique that it’s like trying it for the first time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Black Tea Merlot by Vintage TeaWorks
4043 tasting notes

mmmm had this over lunch and DID get a chance to try this with chocolate. Really delicious! I’m quite enjoying the full body of this tea and the grape/winey flavour.

Sil

Was crazy busy at work! Thanks for the suggestion Purrfect cup :)

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drank Black Tea Merlot by Vintage TeaWorks
4043 tasting notes

This was in my December AMODA Tea box and it pretty much made me delightfully happy because I’ve been wanting to try these out but there’s a hefty price to them that just hasn’t left me inclined to order something that i don’t know if i’ll love. wow that sentence just hurt my head. punctuation much? yeaaaah…

so anyway, first off, this is a really pretty tea. I love the purple flowers in it. And man did this smell like wine! Now i prefer white wine over red, but I have been known to enjoy a good red wine from time to time. This tea smelled exactly like the last little bit that’s always left in the bottle no matter how long you hold it upside down heh.

How does it taste? Like grapes…but with a hint of…spice? hmm not sure if that makes sense.i can taste the currants and the brew is smooth. This tea makes me want to try some of the others to see how they compare. I don’t think i’d drink this everyday but I’d absolutely drink this from time to time.

The Purrfect Cup

Try it with something chocolate!

Sil

oooh sounds like a plan. I have a bunch left so i’ll try that next brew :)

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drank Black Tea Merlot by Vintage TeaWorks
1195 tasting notes

Tried once more, just not a fan of this one.

Thanks for the sample, Azzrian! Forgot that before.

I think I am just weird about plum flavors. Though I believe I steeped this for less time today, so I am actually kind of getting black currant too, but the plum and grape is not suitable for my tastes.

fermataleaf

Woah… that line seems fantastic. My shopping list keeps getting bigger DX

Azzrian

Glad you at least got to try it and you are very welcome :)

momo

I like the puerh cabernet one the most so far :D

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68

Got this tea for Christmas along with the Merlot and Green Tea one.

I was quite surprised by this tea – it’s very complex. I have to say the smell kinda put me off as it has alot of cherry to it. The flavor still has the cherry but it’s more of a smooth taste. I didn’t get any cinnamon coming out for this steep so maybe this cup just had more cherry in it. I really like cinnamon so hope next time will reveal it.

I can’t wait to try it again and resteep (didn’t think to save my leaves the first time). I’m not quite sure if it’ll make my repurchase list but it was definitely worth getting.

I’d definitely recommend this if you like darker complex teas that are smooth.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Leeflea

Thank you as I’m dying to try this type of tea. I like your saying about the cherry undertones. I’ll check with my supplier and see if he has it. I’m much obliged. Lee

Leeflea

Oh, pardon me, I thought this was a tea instead of a wine which is even more the better. I am sipping some eau de vie framboise at the moment. Are you familiar with it? Lee’

darby

That Lee! I was trying to find this post earlier today and couldn’t! Oh yes, this is tea. They have a series of 6 (I think) teas that are all based around a type of wine.
If you want, I can swap you some as I have plenty left.

Leeflea

Good it’s tea then. Thanks but I’ve nothing to swap except the exotic teas I got from my friend at the Tea Embassy in Austin, TX. If you’d like to know the names of them, which I don’t, let me know and if it’s acceptable to you, we’ll see what we can work out. I have 54 pks. RSVP. Lee

darby

Sure, I’m open. I’ll follow you – you’ll have to follow me so we can message each other.

Bonnie

Menghai 2009 Red Aura Pu-erh has a very smooth Cabernet type flavor naturally. Almost something between that and a Paso Robles Zinfandel which is more bright, ripe and jammy to me.
It’s quite inexpensive and delicious. 100 gr is around $8.

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drank Black Tea Merlot by Vintage TeaWorks
1195 tasting notes

I’m not really a fan of Merlot, so while this was a good tea, it didn’t wow me. I definitely got plum and grape from it. I love the purple flower petals, too.

Definitely would have no idea just by drinking this that it has black currant and licorice.

I was able to steep this for 4 minutes with no astringency or bitterness, impressive. It was a very smooth, full bodied tea that went along well with the fruity notes. But it’s just not a wine I go for at all.

So far the Puerh Cabernet has been my favorite, I still have the rooibos pinot noir to try and I do not have any of the green tea one, but maybe I’ll feel compelled to buy it sometime.

Bonnie

I can really see how puerh would lend itself to tasting like cabernet. The one I reviewed today was wine like.I think this is why I prefer shu puerh really, after working in a winery and being around all the ‘stuff’ that goes with it, seems comfortable and natural to me.

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93

I really wanted a glass of wine tonight. But then looked at the time…so wine tea it is! This one smelled amazing when I opened the container. There were also HUGE chunks of papaya and I may have eaten one (delish!). This one smelled and even tastes fruity to me and I don’t really recall ever getting that from a Chardonnay.

The papaya really brings a great flavor to this tea, but not too sweet as to mask the taste of the oolong. Which I think is equally good. The vanilla bean, cinnamon, and other flavors come in to play for me on the finishing. I think all together the flavors make for a nice smooth cup and I’m really enjoying every last sip of it!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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82

Not typically a green tea fan so I figured I’d bite the bullet and try this one out next. The dry leaf smells a lot like grapefruit which is interesting and made me even a little more nervous to see how that flavor might translate into the taste of the tea. However, as the tea steeps it smells more and more like apple! I’m getting excited. I am a white wine fan…I prefer the sweeter whites. So far this smells pretty sweet…

The taste is crisp and tart with a hint of sweet. I’m really getting the grapefruit flavor again and it isn’t bad at all. I also get a little bit of grape too. It isn’t bad, but I don’t think this one is for me. I think I should stick to straight green teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Now I’ve never been a huge red wine fan. My tastes run to the sweeter side of things. So I wasn’t super sure how I would feel about this one. But I got up very late this morning (after being out super late last night). I figured this would be a bit of a hair of the dog after all the wines last night. I was correct.

My first reaction after opening the container this tea arrived in was holy grapes! Yet I saw no grapes. What I did see were beautiful blue malva petals and some lovely black tea. So I set the kettle and waited and enjoyed the grape smell as I waited. This scent amplified as I poured the water over the leaves. It really began to smell like Merlot! While I let it steep I tossed a chocolate muffin top in the toaster oven because a) I was hungry and b) hello red wine + chocolate tends to = awesome. I was not mistaken!

This tea was smooth, yet slightly tart and full of flavor. I must admit the currant and licorice (not a licorice fan usually) played very well together. Everything worked well together…so well that my muffin top is gone and I need a refill on my tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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93

This came from Azzrian – thanks so much!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written, since honestly I haven’t been drinking much tea. But I’m back, baby, I’m back.

I’ve been wanting to try Vintage TeaWorks ever since I heard about them, and I was delighted to find a sample of this in the package from Azzrian. Being 19, I can’t really comment on the accurateness of the Chardonnay, but I feel fancy.

I’m always really a little skeptical of flavored teas, because I want to be able to taste the tea itself. Fortunately, I can here. The oolong is rich and kind of dark, and the fruits compliment it incredibly well. It’s definitely a blend of flavors, with the oolong primarily but with a strong supporting cast.

Delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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87

Many thanks to Brandon of Vintage TeaWorks for the sample. We had an amazing chili tonight (using a lot of the leftover turkey – thankfully) and I was well, stuffed. I didn’t realize it was pushing 8pm until my husband asked why I was making a black tea so late. He has been taught well. So I opted to try this one out instead.

The dry leaf smells a bit like wine and of course rooibos. But with a hint of something more. So I waited for the water to boil and the tea to steep and as it did boy did the Pinot Noir flavors come out to play! I’m not normally a fan of reds…but if all reds tasted like this…well I might be sold. There is a hint of sweet to this (which I think is the rooibos, but I also taste fruity notes too), with undertones of tart with a little bite! I like it.

I think this would make a great Sangria! A really nice sipping tea. Look for more on the blog by Tuesday…I’ve got more to try!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Oolong Chardonnay by Vintage TeaWorks
1195 tasting notes

I apologize if this is a bunch of nonsense because after I drank it I went out to a bar just to get out and there was the most amazing IPA.

This really tasted more like a papaya rose oolong to me. Then again I try to avoid Chardonnay as much as possible, though I have a general idea of how it tastes. This to me tasted far better than Chardonnay and it was very delicious with the pumpkin cheesecake bars I made. I ended up also making a maple apple pie because my mom accidentally baked her pecan pie’s crust, and if any had been left when we got back, I would have drank it with a small slice of that pie.

I would definitely have avoided this tea just based on how I associate Chardonnay with this horrible oak taste, but this is far better than any Chardonnay I’ve had. Like I said, strongly papaya and rose, with a little vanilla. Not bad, but not my favorite so far of the Vintage Teaworks teas. Again though not the kind of wine I normally go for so don’t take my word on it.

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drank White Tea Riesling by Vintage TeaWorks
1195 tasting notes

This tea smells SO GOOD.

On the other hand (hurr hurr, literally?) I am not a fan of the packaging. Chipped my nail polish on three nails trying to get it open. It’s okay because I need to change it up but it was still sad.

Riesling is my favorite wine…at least if it’s on the dry side. Though if it’s a tea I don’t care!

This is very apricot with nice floral notes too. It seems actually really more flavorful then I was imagining it was going to be.

I’m glad this is a small amount because I’m not sure I like it too much, which pains me to say because this was pretty pricey for me compared to other teas I’ve bought lately, coming in at nearly a dollar a cup.

Maybe if I resteep it later, it will taste more like I was expecting. We shall see!

Second steep is very heavy on the lemongrass in that fruit loopy way. I may next time only steep the first cup for 2 minutes instead of the recommended 3.

LiberTEAS

LOL I love the packaging. But I didn’t use fingernails trying to get in to it. I cut the tape on the sides. :)

momo

I had to use my nails to get the lid to come off after the tape, hopefully now it’s easier to get open after that initial time.

LiberTEAS

Wow! I didn’t have that issue with the lids… sorry to hear that you did! :(

momo

It’s all good now! I made sure to try it after seeing your comment and I can just twist it off fine now with no problems.

Vintageteaworks

Sorry about that chipped nail. My wife was thoroughly upset on your behalf :-). Just wanted to let you know that we are actually working on a new and improved closure to be released next year. We hope you will give us another chance! – Brandon – Vintage TeaWorks

momo

Haha, I definitely will be trying more, the green tea sauvignon also calls for me!

Just MJ

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks that a tad too much lemon makes things taste like fruit loops. Or trix.

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85

When I opened the canister, I could note the Riesling notes right away. It smelled very much like fruity, vibrant wine. It has that taste too. It’s very light and crisp, but I can taste the Riesling inspiration behind the tea too. Very nice.

I taste the honeysuckle notes and I’m loving that, and I taste the notes of apricot as well as a hint of citrus. I taste the floral tones of jasmine.

A really lovely, wine-inspired tea.

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drank Pu-erh Cabernet by Vintage TeaWorks
1195 tasting notes

Thank you so much for the generous samples of these teas, Azzrian! Though I already bought the riesling one because I was sent a free shipping code for leaving it sitting in my cart. So much for the no more buying thing.

Out of the 6 wines Vintage TeaWorks used as inspiration, Cabernet is my favorite. Out of the 6 teas Vintage TeaWorks used in these blends, puerh is my least favorite for flavored tea.

It smells really good…rich and spicy.

And the taste? It’s quite the hybrid between tea and the flavor of wine. And my problem has always been that it seems like low quality puerh ends up in blends, and then brings out fishiness and whatever else that doesn’t match. Not here. I can barely even taste it. There’s a slight earthiness still present but it blends in with everything else beautifully.

The flavor is mostly blackberry and cherry, with a hint of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove. Pretty much just like an awesome cabernet, but far more mellow.

Definitely going for a second steep as soon as I finish this one, this is fantastic.

Second steep just slightly different from the first. It kind of loses the berry. Still, it’s not bad, just more obviously tea and more subtle in the wine flavor.

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98

The last two days I started my day with this tea…also went back to it several times. It’s a goodie!

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95

Thanks LiberTEAS for this amazing sample!

I opened up my sample box this afternoon and there it was – Oolong Chardonnay. I’ve been saving my oolongs until my gaiwan arrives, but I just couldn’t wait on this one. I had to brew it up at once. I’m a big wine lover and I also adore oolong, so what’s not to like right?

The aroma of this dry tea is spot on chardonnay with a little spice. Brewed it smells a bit fruity and less chardonnay. This tea is really good. Even though it smells fruity, it doesn’t taste like a fruity tea. Very chardonnay. The cinnamon is not overpowering, but it gives it a nice warm aspect. The rose gives a faint floral note that adds balance to the cup and the vanilla bean rounds everything out for a nice smooth sip. This is actually a little earthy to me – faintly earthy in a way that reminds me a little of tree bark. But that’s really in the background the chardonnay and warm cinnamon are more apparent and the earthiness is more of an afterthought.

I’m really enjoying this so far. I wonder how it will hold up to additional steeping. I may have to order some of this…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Backlogging from earlier – cold brewed – lovely!

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98

I had 3 cups of this so far today. I wanted to drink a bit last night of actual WINE or BEER or SOMETHING because it was a doo-zee of a day but I didn’t, so, I started today with this one…and LOTS of it! LOL :)

Sil

Gah! I really need to try these soon!

Ellyn

I was just looking at their website. The teas look AMAZING!

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Haha awesome concept, and I don’t even like wine :D

Geoffrey Norman

I’m curious about their wine tea line. Heard they made quite the splash at World Tea East this year.

mrmopar

i think i am going to have to get this one. sound very interesting.

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97

Oh goodness this is delightful! Thank you LiberTeas for sending me a sample of this! I was so happy to find it today in the box you sent me!
You know I was wanting to try this and this is one I did not order. I think you may have said this was your favorite … anyway – it is delicious!
Its very sweet, fruity, yet grassy and even a little buttery at that!
It has a lovely palate cleansing note to it as well!
Full review on SororiTea Sisters on the 12th!
I did get three of the Vintage Tea Works teas ordered but this one will be ordered next month! YUMMY!

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