197 Tasting Notes

not my cup of tea TTB

Also not my cup of tea either. Eh… I don’t know… this tea just seems very heavy on the palate. It might be the champagne flavoring, but whatever it is, it’s not something I like. Dump the cup.

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Not my cup of tea TTB

NOpe, not my cup of tea either. It’s alright, but the almond flavor is barely there and the oolong doesn’t blend well with what is there.

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Not my cup of tea TTB

Hmm. This one is quite nice. I’m not sure what pouchong is, but I think it is probably a type of oolong from the taste. The base is smooth and cooling. I’m not sure exactly what I mean by cooling, because I drank it hot, but it’s just that type of feeling I get from this tea. I expect this one would be great in the summer!

The coconut flavoring is more roasted than the coconut that is featured in Zen Tea’s Coconut oolong and Coconut green, which is a nice change of pace. I feel like too many coconut flavors now are creamy, or mixed with chocolate or other tropical flavors. This features the coconut and the base tea beautifully together.

I think I might end up keeping this sample, unless someone else wants it.
I’m trying to rush through this box, because I’m traveling next week, but I’m not having lots of time for tea tastings this week, but I shall try!

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

Pouchong is a lightly fermented oolong (green) tea. I generally find them to have a natural floral taste to them.

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I had to brew this one 3 separate times in different containers to make sure it tasted/smelt as I was thinking and it wasn’t just some weird contamination. After I had Teavivre’s version of milk oolong I was hooked. So I ordered the 100g of this one. They should have been similar right? Nope. Lol.

This tea reminds me of raisin bread, from the dry leaf through the 2nd brew it’s beautiful warm raisin bread, light on the cinnamon. Once you get through to the 3rd steep is when I got the more familiar ‘milk oolong’ taste – which for me is that kind of indescribable kinda sweet creamy taste that’s wonderful.

It doesn’t compare to the Teavivre version, as in it’s almost a completely different tea, but it’s still worth it to try out!

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drank Da Hong Pao by Tea At Sea
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This one is soo good! It’s really floral, but sweet. The base is really well rounded, so even if I steep it only a little bit, I get nice flavor, but if I steep it a long time, it’s still nice flavor! I really liked grandpa style steeping with this one. I get see myself going through this small pack quickly and needing to order more.

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I had a small sample of this last time, but I finally sprung for the 100g pack in my last order!!

The lychee flavor is definitely not as strong as regular supermarket black lychee loose leaf, but that’s kind of nice too, it’s not as overwhelming. I still think the second steep is better than the first.

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drank Mate Carnival by Tealux
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From the description I really expected more of a coffee flavor. It’s kind of like an interesting tea that’s mixed with weak coffee. Kind of sweet and mellow, but it does have alot of caffeine! Boiling water when steeping definitely brings out more complexity than lower temperature water.

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Nutty, and the lime is on the sweet mild side rather than on the tart side, like key lime pie with pistachios. I’m not too familiar with Yerba Mate, but it’s like a funny herbally sweet thing. Maybe a bit ‘off’ to my senses, but not too bad.

They don’t exaggerate the caffeine claims. I was bouncing off the walls.

carol who

No kidding about the caffeine! Mate is what I drink when I decide to clean carpets, wash windows and dust for cobwebs all in one day.

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I started really branching out into the world of different teas recently. Grew up with greens and oolongs, but am dipping into others slowly but surely.

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