2157 Tasting Notes

95
drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
2157 tasting notes

I’ve just about finished my sample of this tea now! There are some dregs left in the pouch, and I think I’ll just throw them into some cold-brew.

This is an Earl I really, really enjoy, and it’s on my reorder list as soon as I get more of my tea stash under control. It’s also one of those teas that I often forget how good it is until I have some of it again. I mean, I know that I love it, but it always blows me away when I have it, just like the first time. It’s that lovely golden buds tea base. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73

Man, it has been one of those days where I have been doing things nonstop, but none of it seems to be my work. And now the day is almost over already! At least I have a chance to sit and have a cup of tea now.

This is definitely a tea I was interested in trying, as they make a big deal about the rose in the tea. It’s also supposed to be flavored with citrus and “yellow” fruits (the description on the insert in the box), which I was wondering about but I see from the description on here that those would be peach and mango. The dry leaf smells fruity and a bit floral and generally French, so I know it’s going to be that kind of blend. The kind that there’s a lot going on in them, but they’re well blended and slightly difficult to suss all the flavors out.

I’m really liking the scent of the steeped tea. There mango and florals are combining in such a way that it almost comes out as jasmine. It’s a deep, rich type of jasmine though, the kind I encountered in China not in the form of pearls but the plain jasmine greens. Some of them seem to have some alternate form of jasmine that I hadn’t encountered before. In any case this tea doesn’t have any jasmine so it’s a bit of a red herring.

At first I wasn’t super impressed by the flavor on this one but it’s growing on me. There’s definitely a floral bent to the whole thing, with some light fruity, peachy notes underneath. I do get that sense of a lot of very fine-tuned blending with a whole lot of ingredients. It’s not rosey per se, but generally floral as a whole. The base seems kind of familiar, and it’s that kind of fresh, green, not very invasive sencha base that seems very prevalent in the world of flavored greens. I do find myself preferring the rare flavored green that uses a nuttier, butterier green as the base just because it’s a little more interesting. This tea is quite lovely and a pleasure to drink, but not a must have just because it doesn’t really distinguish itself for me. I do think at one point in my tea journey this would have been a top tea for me.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I was not overly impressed either…

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80

Had a cup of this tea with lunch. This is definitely one of my favorite greens from Teavivre. It’s so nutty and delicious! It’s amazing to me how my tastes have changed, because I’m pretty sure that early in my tea journey I would have tried this one and not thought that it was anything special. Now I appreciate the subtleties of green teas so much more than ever before.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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77
drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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More sample stash busting, woot! Apparently I said earlier that I would probably cold-brew the last of this tea, but that was a lie. I had just the right amount for another Kati cup full of tea, so that’s what I did. This is definitely a very nice tea and it reminds me that I always need some kind of bergamot + red fruits blend in my cupboard, even if it’s just a red fruits tea and an Earl Grey that I blend together myself. The vanilla and caramel in this one are nice and they add some good flavors to the blend, but they’re not really necessary components to me. Glad to have gotten a sample of this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

How do you like the Kati? This is why Steepster is dangerous. :)

Azzrian

I like my Kati! There are some reviews up here on them. :)

TeaBrat

I know – you guys are a bad influence on me!

Cheryl

Was proud not to cave on the Kati frenzy, but then turned right around and succumbed to the free shipping at Kusmi (for this tea and Caramel).

Azzrian

LOL buy EVERYTHING (till your broke) SIGH

Dinosara

I like my Kati but at this point I have a different infusing basket that I use in it (a ForLife (this one: http://amzn.com/B001JP1KPO), so if I dropped it and it broke I would probably be sad but I don’t think I would buy another. I really like the ForLife basket, though, and it will fit in any kind of mug so it’s very useful.

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98
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
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Ergh, I feel like a zombie this morning. I seem to be completely over the jet lag, but this chest cold is knocking me down. A friend is defending her dissertation today, though, so I drug myself into work anyway.

You know, I think I have to go ahead and bump this one up a couple of points. Over time this has definitely come to be one of my favorites. Love the sweet fig flavor accompanied by all the florals and a nice rich black tea underneath. Today’s cup has a particularly sweet aftertaste that is definitely soothing my cough-worn throat. Let’s hope it also injects some life into me this morning so I can make it through the day here!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

get feeling better soon!

Dinosara

Thanks!

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93

The good news is that my jet lag seems to be subsiding. The bad news is that I seem to have picked up a cold bug on the plane. I have felt swollen tonsils and a cough since my second flight Monday, but it wasn’t very bad and I was hoping it would just go away. But this morning wasn’t very pleasant and I actually almost fainted at one point! So I am staying home today. Luckily I have a spare tin of this for home, so I have an nice pot of tea for the morning. One of my faves, and it’s comforting when I feel crappy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Almond Biscotti by Teavana
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Holy heck Steepster’s been erratic for me lately. Sometimes a page will load super quick, and sometimes it will take ages. Mostly just ages, though.

How about some sample stash busting, eh? It feels good to check this one off the list and out of the stash after quite a while. I brewed this one short and cool because I’ve had lingering bitterness problems with it before. The scent of it really does remind me more of snickerdoodles than almond anything.

Nope, still got that bitter taste to it. Bleh, not too sad to see this one go.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

Steepster issues here too, for last 2 days. Not just you : )

Azzrian

HORRIBLE issues here today – right now its working so I am trying to get through my dashboard in light speed. Ugggg

TeaBrat

me too. :(

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85

Grabbed a cup of this one to have with lunch… I had forgotten just how tasty this is. Nutty and light and delicious. I have to remind myself to grab these Teavivre greens frequently so I can drink them up before they start aging too much.

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

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74

I am actually far more awake this morning than I probably will be this afternoon, so I am leading my day with a green tea even though I don’t usually.

This is one of the blends I was most intrigued by in the Le Palais des Thes set. Rose, dates, and red fruits… yum. In the tube the dry leaf smells sugary-fruity, but I don’t really get any distinct rose. Steeped, the aroma and flavor reminds me of some other tea I’ve had before, but I can’t quite place it. Must be the red fruits blend… yup, definitely the red fruits. I’m just not used to having those flavors with a green tea base! There is definitely some floral notes to this that must be the rose, but again I don’t pick it up as much as a distinct flavor. It’s sweet, and berry-fruity, and a bit floral, all over a light green tea base that doesn’t lend a ton to the overall flavor. All in all definitely a very tasty tea, but honestly the richness of the red fruits is kind of an odd pairing with a green tea… I just think it goes so well with a black. They do actually have a black-based version of this blend, so if I ever get the chance to try that I will jump on it. I am definitely interested to try this one iced, as well.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Dragon Flames by Sanctuary T
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I had this earlier today when I felt like I was going to die from exhaustion, but Steepster just would not load the tasting note page.

Man, the period between 3-6pm was rough. I started getting that overly exhausted feeling and then slightly ill… not totally, because I wasn’t actually really sleep deprived, but a bit. I was not feeling a black tea because I felt a little over black tea-ed. But I desperately needed something that would give me some energy, so I grabbed this, which is a blend of maté and jasmine dragon pearls. In the past I’ve only steeped it 2 minutes but because the page wouldn’t load I didn’t realize that and I steeped it 3 instead. Fortunately there was no ill effects on this, it was nicely jasminey with that slight mintiness I get from green maté. Even the maté wasn’t bitter at all. I really do like this blend a lot, and it does give me a little energy boost. I’m thinking I should try more green maté blends in the future.

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

Yerba is made for pick-me-up moments..i put it in smoothies, my water bottles, and always have it on my long distance runs/cycling rides

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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