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Virtuous Teas

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80
drank Hairy Crab Oolong by Virtuous Teas
225 tasting notes

Finished the rest of this off today! I’m still inexperienced with oolongs, so I’m not super sure of what I’m saying. But I would say this was a nice, lightly floral cup. It was very refreshing and kept me alert while studying!

Nxtdoor

Wow. I wonder how well this is selling, with such an inviting name! :)

Emilie

I received it in a traveling tea box, and I was definitely a bit hesitant at first!

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4

The very nice lady at Virtuous Teas hooked us up with 4 kinds of green tea basics to try tonight- 2 Japanese and 2 Chinese. For us, (3 people, my husband, Ellyn my bud, and myself) the Japanese won handily 2 to 0. This was #2 of the Chinese and BLeccchhhhhhhh. It had the roof of the mouth coating nastiness I hate in wine OR tea, where you feel like you grew instant velvet there and it tastes puckery awful. This goes on my list to try again in a few years because you never know, tho I think I know….with so many different teas to try, why cross this bridge twice?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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4

We got out the thermometer, got out the measuring spoons, got out the timer- read the instructions in the tea snob’s book of tea, which Ellyn will have to name because I know not…and YUCK YUCK YUCK, this is the first “skunk piss” tea I have run into yet. Down the drain it goes- with no remorse whatsoever. Maybe someday I will learn to enjoy this one, but I doubt it heavily. Blechhhhh with my tongue out all the way!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Japanese Hojicha by Virtuous Teas
25 tasting notes

Of all the green teas Japanese and Chinese we tried tonight, this was our hands down favorite. All 3 tasters gave this one a thumbs up because it has a pleasant mellow toasted barley, woody… caramel even lightly- flavor and warm scent. Subtle and enjoyable all alone, would stock this to enjoy all year round.

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57

Intense yellow green tea from spikey tea leaves, this was a tangy grassy tasting tea- full bodied and not bitter or ucky, I preferred this over the Chinese Green teas we tried tonight- (Dragonwell and Summit Spring) doing a bit of a comparison Green Tea Night to learn the basics of taste in plain tea- without all the gift wrappings of added flavors. Once again this may be something I get more accustomed to- not unpleasant but not an instant love either.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72

This smells tasty in the bag- but gets better with steeping! It tastes like cream pie in a great end of day treat way. It tastes better than it smells, which is unusual. It is a nice warm color and had a nice wrap to it- one to keep on hand for company for certain.

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81
drank Buttercream by Virtuous Teas
25 tasting notes

This smells amazing, it tastes like a desert, it is delicious! I love strong flavors- this is one. I guess I am not very subtle and my taste in tea is not either. The vanilla is lovely and strong, but there is more to it than just that, I can see why this is one of their best sellers.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Ellyn

I have had this one before. I LOVE IT! Just watch out – the smell is strong and can get into other more delicate teas!

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100
drank lung and throat by Virtuous Teas
25 tasting notes

This stuff is amazing, makes your lungs feel clear and capable and your throat like an opera singer’s. All that and it tastes really good too. If you are a runner or athlete, this may be good just to drink before a workout- tho no caffeine, it feels very invigorating. I like licorice, and no sweetener needed, bonus round!

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83

FINALLY! A tasty flowering tea! I have tried maybe 5 and they are all horrible. This one is delicate and light and jsmine flavor but not bitter. The arch that forms when it flowers is delicate and very pretty to boot! First really pretty bloom ever with a worthwhile flavor!

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100
drank peach melba by Virtuous Teas
25 tasting notes

I love peach melba. My husband does also. It is really really, really, fruity. It is a full palate type of flavor. The peach is delightful, and refreshing. IT is a beautiful red color. I have tried maybe 20 new teas in the last 2 weeks and so far this is my fave, one I’d keep on hand and share often! Unlike most herbal infusions you can steep this 2 times. I LOVE IT! Also, this is my first tasting note. Yay!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Welcome Heidi!

Heidi!

I didn’t know how to find comments! thank you!

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I reccieved this tea in a trade. I normally drink the pumpkin chai from David’s tea. I like this one a lot because it isn’t chai, so the pumpkin flavour comes through very clearly. I like my teas very strong so I steeped it for about ten minutes before drinking it and it was perfect!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more
Ellyn

I am glad you liked it!

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drank White Pink Champagne by Virtuous Teas
1195 tasting notes

Oh apparently this is really old so I have no idea why I still have it. It actually doesn’t taste that bad despite the less than optimal storing conditions, but I think after this glass it will join the ranks of the used leaves set aside for my plants.

I don’t know what it is about this one, but I really like it. It is definitely one inexpensive tea, but it feels like it’s triggering some kind of memory with the flavor, or its scent reminds me of something from when I was a kid.

It’s not champagne at all, the strawberry champagne one from earlier has more wine-like qualities to it than this. This is floral and kind of just has a flat berry taste.

This is actually the first time I’m having it iced, out of curiosity. I think it works better hot, though its pretty good iced. But it doesn’t taste like it used to.

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75

Sipdown. I’ve been doing a lot of stashbusting lately, and it feels good. I’m ready to move on to autumn teas and rotate out some of the old ones.

I still can’t believe I haven’t rated this yet though – definitely thought I had.

The leaves are long and dark and twisty, and they sort of shine a little bit. It’s not just like a piece of dried leaf. They’re very unique.

The smell in the tin is very smoky. Good.

I’m actually a huge fan of cold-brewed Lapsang, so that’s what I did with this.

The smoke is the predominant flavor, as I would expect, but it’s not as strong as when I brew it by traditional hot methods. There’s a really unique charcoal flavor in there too, like I’m not drinking the smell of smoke but rather the taste of the burnt logs. I really like it.

(In the process of writing this review, I get a knock on my door. As I’m going over to open it, the key turns in the lock and our prankster friend RS is there. He goes “Well, this is awkward. E – my roommate – forgot her keys, so I’m playing a prank on her. You were never here. You saw nothing.” Okay, RS, I saw nothing. So now half of our room is a mess. He’s going to get it back, though, because I’m HORRID at keeping a straight face!)

Back to the tea. There’s a lingering sort of mineral sweetness that washes over my tongue at the end of the sip. I think there’s a lot more character and depth to this when cold-brewed than there is hot, although it’s great both ways. A delicious tea that will be missed!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Bonnie

I like it cold too.

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80
drank Hairy Crab Oolong by Virtuous Teas
225 tasting notes

A nice floral oolong, but I let my cup get cold :(

Azzrian

LOL awesome name!

Emilie

Haha yeah! That was the main reason I tried it. I’m just glad it didn’t TASTE like hairy crab! lol

Azzrian

LOL Emilie what DOES Hairy Crab taste like? haha okay Im going to bed – night steepsters :)

gmathis

You know, I’m thinking that you could, with a little research, put together a whole novelty assortment of teas with funny names Hairy Crab…Camel’s Breath…

teawade

haha after tasting it do you see the correlation with the name? Such a strange name. Now I’m curious as to what it tastes like haha.

Awkward Soul

oh man just on the name I wanna try this tea!

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I love how Virtuous has a little basket of their bestsellers as free samples. As I was checking out the last time I was there, the woman sort of waved the basket in front of me and said “Free samples! Help yourself.” I got very excited of course, and took this one as well as a few others.

No steeping paramaters provided, and I didn’t feel like going online, so I just did a general 180 degree, 2 minute steep.

I don’t get a lot of flavor out of this. It’s really creamy, that I will say. After looking at the description of the tea online, I taste hints of vanilla and pumpkin. There’s a really light green taste behind that as well.

It says it’s excellent iced, and I’m brewing it hot, so that might be something too. I don’t dislike the tea, it’s just a bit lackluster for me. Leaving off a rating because I’m not sure it’s fair to review a tea badly just because I might have made it wrong, especially when I’m the only review!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Tastes like freedom.

Happy 4th everyone!

My sister grabbed this out of the sample bin the last time I was at Virtuous, and I assiduously waited until today to try it. I poured the whole sample into my ingenuiTEA, steeped 3 minutes at 212.

It’s a beautiful peachy-red color. The Yunnan in the blend really comes out; it’s not as much Assam or Ceylon as one might ordinarily find in a breakfast blend. It was incredibly strong, verging on bitter, with a lot of astringency, so I added a liberal amount of milk and a bit of sugar. I’m a wimp when it comes to strong blacks!

It’s good. It’s a well-rounded black blend, and the Yunnan lends a sort of peppery flavor that one doesn’t ordinarily find. It’s a bit malty, but not overwhelmingly so.

All in all, it’s good. I don’t really love the breakfast genre of teas, but I enjoy this one. I might consider purchasing a few ounces of this to take back to school for those days when I do want something a bit stronger.

(Also, is it bad that I’m drinking American-themed tea in a British tea mug? shhhh, don’t tell.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

It’s my 100th tasting note!

I picked this one up on a whim today. We went to Virtuous to get rosehips (our chinchilla likes to snack on them!) and this just looked beautiful in the jar – bright colors streaking through a crisp green leaf. It smells amazing – perfectly fruity. And brewed – wow! The scent is SO sweet, like gummy bears or fruity candies, but completely natural.

The first steep is surprisingly light, with more of a scent than a taste, although as it cools the buttery oolong comes out. It’s a very pale gold, so light that it appears clear as I’m pouring but in the teacup it takes on a color of light honey.

Second steep: Oh! So good. The taste is all buttery oolong, and the scent is still really sweet and fruity. Notes of pineapple and mango and apple and raspberry.

Right now I’m writing the first short story I’ve written in a long time, and listening to the INCREDIBLE music from the recent National Theatre production of Frankenstein. It’s a wonderful night!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Happy 100th!!!!

ScottTeaMan

Here’s to 100…….1,000…….10,000 more!!

Ninavampi

Yay! Congrats on the 100th note! :)

ashmanra

Congrats! Music makes everything better!

Michelle

Thanks, all!

TeaBrat

Happy 100!

Invader Zim

Congrats on 100!

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drank White Pink Champagne by Virtuous Teas
1195 tasting notes

I figure I am drinking this…I got it a little over a year ago at a local tea shop, and it looks JUST like the picture, sounds JUST like the description, and I wouldn’t think a pink champagne tea is too common. The shop doesn’t carry this anymore, and I do like it a lot. The only thing that throws me off is like the massive difference in price, since I’m pretty sure I got this really cheap.

Champagne flavoring in tea is always a bit weird. The color of the brew even sort of looks like champagne. There’s a hint of raspberry, which adds to the floral white tea. I really don’t care for flavored white tea, but I still remember when I smelled this, I had to have it (so then I could obviously forget about it).

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78

I love the sencha base in this tea. The pear flavor is very balanced and does not take over the entire cup. The dry leaves smell heavenly and the tea once brewed smells like a baked pear dessert.

Another great flavored tea from Virtuous Teas.

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93
drank Candy Cane Black by Virtuous Teas
217 tasting notes

Drank this on the way to work today. It was much more minty then the last time I drank it. This was a great start of the day! The combination of mint, buttercream and black tea is great. The owner of virtuous teas, Eo, informed me that this was a blend made in house.

I love that even though the most prominent flavor is mint I can still taste the other notes (buttercream, vanilla, hearty black tea) underneath.

Camiah

That sounds delicious. And well balanced, which is nice.

Ellyn

I’d share it with you ladies but this was my last cup! Do you know of any mint teas that are balanced without the Mint overpowering?

TeaEqualsBliss

I can think of some that are mixed with another flavor where the mint isn’t too over powering…like Apple Mint from McNulty;s for example or are you thinking straight-up mint and black tea???

Ellyn

I think both would be good. I LOVE mint but don’t always want to feel like I am drinking mint gum!

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90
drank Buttercream by Virtuous Teas
217 tasting notes

Needed a sweet morning cup to get back to work after the long weekend.
Today I was not paying as much attention to steeping time as I rushed out the door and I think I steeped this for 5 minutes+. I was afraid it would be super bitter. However, the taste was still yummy sweet. A LITTLE more astringent the other occasions when I drank this tea…not the tea’s fault though!

As an aside, the smell of this tea is so strong I have to store it in an airtight container + two ziplock bags to prevent the smell from invading my tea cabinet!

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90
drank Buttercream by Virtuous Teas
217 tasting notes

Had this as a sweet pick-me-up after a loooong day at work.
The flavor is superb.
See my other tasting notes on this gem

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93
drank Candy Cane Black by Virtuous Teas
217 tasting notes

This was my morning cup on the way to work. It was perfectly minty and creamy. I want to get to Virtuous Teas for more before the holiday season is over.I could taste the mint and the butter cream. I really loved this one.

I can’t wait to make another cup when I get home!

CHAroma

Buttercream? Really? YUM!

Ellyn

They also have a streight buttercream tea that is AMAZING. The flavor is so strong I have to keep it in a cabinet away from my other tea so they don’t get scented.

http://steepster.com/teas/virtuous-teas/23632-buttercream

http://www.virtuousteas.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=21_36&products_id=312

If you wan’t to try it I can send you sample…..PM me for info!

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90
drank Buttercream by Virtuous Teas
217 tasting notes

This is just like dessert in a cup! What a treat. I do not always like vanella as sometimes it is cloying and artificial tasting but this one is great.

The black tea underneath the flavor tastes like a quality product. I am really enjoying this one!

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