117 Tasting Notes

drank TranquilyTea by Raizana
117 tasting notes

The cup smells citrusy with a strong finish of mint. The first note on the sip is the stevia with the mint rising up mid-sip and finishing up with the stevia again. This tea is meant to be relaxing, but it’s actually a bit energizing due to the mint and sugar. I wish they would leave the stevia out of the blend so that I could sweeten it to my own tastes. Hot, it tastes a bit too sweet for me. I’ve brewed some up for an iced tea and see if that’s more up my alley.

I’m staying up, waiting for my younger brother and sister to return from a concert in the city. I’ll sip on this while I finish up the last episode of “Orange is the New Black.” ^ _ ^

Flavors: Citrus, Mint, Sweet

3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was in a recent Hapa-tite! Tea Swap from Melissa (Dryad Tea).

This was a delicious and beautiful tea. I steeped it probably about 6 times. It tasted light and sweet with vegetal and floral notes without getting too perfume-y. I really liked the Jasmine, as it was elegant yet not too heavy when brewed hot.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Jasmine, Sweet

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The dry leaves smell of rum and sugared nuts (think of those roasted nut stands in Asia).

The smell of the brewed tea is of roasted nuts and smokiness with a hit of sweetness at the end. The liquor is a light amber. The sip starts buttery and sweet and finishes with a woodsy smoke reminiscent of tobacco. The finish is brought back to an earthy sweetness.

I enjoy this tea and its complexity. It is great as an oolong because black tea would be too astringent. This oolong borders on being almost too astringent, but it pulls itself back from the edge with the sweetness and smokiness. From the leaf I thought it would be much sweeter, but it is actually quite well balanced. I could see this becoming more indulgent with sugar and cream, but I like it just the way it is.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Chestnut, Earth, Rum, Tobacco

3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Hoku by Lupicia
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Even 3 years later, this tea is still good. I picked this up from the Ala Moana store in Honolulu in 2011. It has a nice pineapple and guava taste at the end with a clean oolong taste up front. It is naturally sweet, but doesn’t have the complexity in flavor that most oolongs have.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Guava, Pineapple

5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Lemon Gingerie by Serene Teaz
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Thanks to TeaTiff for this sample!

Wow, this tea is pretty complex. I used about 3.5 teaspoons to 2.5 cups and steeped it for about 3 minutes. It doesn’t have a strong smell dry, but when brewed it almost reminds me of a lapsang. The smell is mildly earthy and smoked. The sip starts of strong with the taste of the forest floor in autumn and finished with a drying astringency (probably due to me steeping it at 212 instead of 208). Since it is highly oxidized, it drinks like a black tea instead of an oolong. I like my oolongs a little less oxidized.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cacao, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Dirt, Mineral, Smoke, Tobacco

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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Thank you to TeaTiff for this sample, my first swap ever on Steepster!

This doesn’t really seem like a special or decadent tea to me. It just seems normal. If I tasted it at a tea room, I would think it was a nice black tea. It smells a bit sweet, but the sip leaves me with a strong astringent taste that I can’t get over or associate with cheesecake.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
Butiki Teas

This one is probably our biggest failure. We discontinued it shortly after releasing it. The main issue is that there is a sweet spot for making this tea but it is very difficult to achieve and it often means the tea becomes astringent or overshadows the flavor. We are working on a new blend with a different and gentle base tea.

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
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Thanks carol who for the sample!

This tea wasn’t bad, but the two different times I drank it, it tastes completely different. The first was nice, but not memorable. The second I had to toss. It was overwhelmingly bitter. I think since I have such a small sample size of it, different amounts of the ingredients are in each cup, which makes a huge difference.

Bummer this is my 100th tasting note!

Flavors: Bitter

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Katrina Thorindal by Dryad Tea
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Thank you Melissa for sending me this as a sample in my recent Hapa-tite! Tea Swap.

This fruity jasmine green tea is quite smooth and fruity. I love when fruit teas actually have a taste to match up to their aroma. The sip opens up with fruitiness and finishes with a slight grass and astringency from the green tea.

Nice to drink, but not sure if it’s special enough to become a regular part of my rotation.

Flavors: Jasmine, Peach

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got this as a sample from carol who. It doesn’t taste like rose to me at all, but similar to a fruit punch or hibiscus tea. It’s not offensive, but it’s very sweet.

Flavors: Hibiscus

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