79 Tasting Notes

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I got 1oz because I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this tea — I’ve got a love-hate relationship with jasmine. I tend to find it bitter, astringent, too perfumey, etc. I’m just getting over a chest cold and my sense of taste & smell has JUST returned, so I decided to try this blend with a fairly open mind and clean palette. The jasmine is gentle and not at all bitter or harsh, and it leads into a more mellow & soft vanilla flavor on a fine base of black & green tea. I sweetened it with raw echinacea honey and am drinking it from a small teacup which cools it down perfectly. The small amount in the cup doesn’t have an overwhelming jasmine aroma before you sip, as I found my heftier mug did.

It certainly has enough jasmine to please the people I know who are floral-fanatics, but it is gentle enough for people who AREN’T jasmine-connoisseurs to enjoy. :D

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75
drank MateVana by Teavana
79 tasting notes

Started my day with a little bit of Matevana! I had just run out of Teavana’s “My Morning Mate” and was left with no other mate blends in my cupboard. Having woken up about 3 hours earlier than planned … I definitely needed a bit of a boost. This just doesn’t satisfy me as much as some of their newer mate blends do. It seems like the flavor is a bit … watered down, even though I had JUST ordered and opened the package. It was still pretty tasty with the addition of some raw honey, but I didn’t find it as satisfying as I used to. Got the job done but wasn’t as flavorful as I recall it being. Maybe I got a bad batch, or maybe I’m just used to different mate blends now.

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94

This is one of my favorite oolongs. It has a delightfully complex floral and light flavor, and a sort of “green” aftertaste. Brewed it in my beloved Dusk Moon tetsubin set. This oolong always makes a highly enjoyable cup of tea.

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100

Today I decided to make a sort-of chai latte with this. I don’t own a milk steamer and I find that steamed milk will sometimes give me a stomachache, so I improvised! I brewed some of the Kama Sutra Chai and added the last of my meadowfoam raw honey (which has a taste of marshmallows — goes VERY well with this tea) and let that sit while I prepared milk. I poured some 2% milk and added to it a few drops of vanilla extract. I put it in a lidded container and shook it until it was rather foamy. I then added the tea, stirred thoroughly, and had a perfect little easy “latte” to enjoy. I think it would work BEAUTIFULLY with almond milk or vanilla soy as well!

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82

This is exactly what you would expect … a delightfully refreshing lavender tisane. I drink it often before bed, and tend to mix it with chamomile or mint. Lovely cup color, and tastes quite fresh.

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75

I actually love this tea. I enjoy Earl Grey, but this is a softer version of it. The bergamot isn’t overpowering and the vanilla is a delightful accent to the flavor of the ceylon and green teas. I drink it with a local autumnal wildflower honey and sometimes mix it with Upton’s Rose Congou.

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94

Beautiful summery weather today. Decided to indulge in my jasmine pearls (cut with sakura sencha) and celebrate all the flowers and lush greens that suddenly appeared in the area. As usual, it is light, floral, and completely refreshing.

Preparation
Boiling

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100

This is a malty dark chai, but with something sweet lingering in the background. It brews a deep reddish amber cup and is somewhat bitter if over-steeped. I sweetened it with a rosewater sugar cube. Smooth flavor and highly enjoyable. At the bottom of each teacup I found a thin layer of powdery spices. Very interesting.

Preparation
Boiling

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100

I had the opportunity to try this tea while I took photos for a friend. He even heated the water up in a kettle that had a setting for green tea! Going to order it soon.

It had rather large tea leaves, and many of the spices were present as a fine powder. When it was brewed in a teapot I found most of the spices dissolved, and what didn’t left a decent layer which settled to the bottom. A little bit gross, but could be avoided with a finer mesh when steeping.

It was a light tea, sweet and complex in flavor. I could tell if it was more floral or more spicy — all I know is that the flavors blended together very well. There was little bitterness and no need to sweeten. Really enjoyed this. :)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C

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