590 Tasting Notes

Hmmm. I think adding milk to this one ruined it, somehow, though one would think the milk would aid in the cream cheese danish aspect and enhance it. I got very little flavour at all from this tea this morning. I got pretty much a light black tea with a little sweetness, and maybe just a touch of blueberry. I have not had luck with any of the 52teas blends I have tried. This one was a sample from sil and the batch doesn’t say how old it is, though I have had teas over a year old and they still taste fine, so I don’t know if this is an age thing or a me and 52teas thing. I have some Butterbeer next to me, so I should see how that is once it is cool enough. There area few more 52teas in this sample box so we shall see…

Fjellrev

That’s too bad! I find the second steep is the best.

Amariel

I’ll give it another go with the rest, for sure, but without milk first. See if that makes a difference.

Sil

this was from the most recent reblend – so not that old at all. i’ve never had the first version of this one that everyone raved about…i don’t like the reblend

Amariel

What changed with the reblend?

Sil

no idea…maybe the base?

Fjellrev

The flavouring in the reblend just seems a little off or something. Maybe he rushed through it since he seemed to be whipping up tons of reblends at the time?

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OMG, so so gooooood! I could actually drink this one unsweetened, but I did add a tiny amount of raw sugar…much less than I usually do. No milk with this one, though. I might put some in at the very end and see how that is, but this tea is a winner, and a great one to start off with from my care package from sil. This is one I have been wanting to try from a long way back. If we ever do a Della Terra Tea co-op order, I will get this one.

Now in terms of describing the taste, it is really hard to pinpoint the individual flavours, but I get it all at once I get sweet and juicy cakey goodness. The balance point at which the tea base and flavour mesh at is perfect.

Wanting to take big gulps now, but must resist. Must savour the flavour, slowly.

Really, really really glad I had the chance to try this one. Thanks again, sil, for fulfilling a tea dream of mine.

Sil

happy to help!

Amariel

Thanks! It is delicious!

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Two mugs of this today. Two words…happy mouth! I can’t say if I like this better or the same as the Golden Monkey, but both are similar, only this one is lighter somehow. This is the type of black tea I find most comforting, straight. It is just warming and it wraps it’s golden leafy arms around you and says it is alright. Partially drunk straight, but I caved and added milk and sugar to the second half of the first cup and second cup.

Many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the generous sample.

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Thanks first to Angel at Teavivre, who graciously sent me this tea as part of the spring harvest offerings.

I’ll start out by saying that I don’t really think I have a well defined palate for distinguishing subtleties in teas, especially greens. I do my best and try to gage what I taste, based on what others are tasting, and if I can connect the two somehow.

The leaves of this one are simply divine…rich green, broad and flat leaves. The scent coming from the newly opened packet was crisp and fresh, with some vegetal presence. I don’t think I could tell you which vegetables though. I used a bamboo tea spoon in my steeper, and used boiled water that had cooled for a few minutes (I lost track of time so I don’t know exactly how long). I also lack a thermometer so I am unsure of the exact temperature at the time of steeping. I did follow the 1 minute time for western style.

The brew, after a minute, was very very pale. I wondered whether I should have steeped longer. I get a mild tasting green tea, which has some presence and body, but not much. It’s still a bit too hot to get a good sip. I did add a small amount of sugar, less than I usually do. It does have that very savory flavour to it, in that brothy sort of way though, with or without sugar.

I am not an expert of green teas, especially Chinese green teas, and I can’t say as I’ve ever had a Dragon Well before. I feel like I have, a long time ago though. Also, I really have a hard time distinguishing varieties of the same tea. Maybe it is my allergies too. I’d like to have a tasting some time, with someone who knows what to look for in the teas to help me develop my palate sensitivity more.

What do I think of this tea then? I think it is a lovely looking tea, and the taste is smooth from what I can tell right now. I suspect more notes will come out stronger as the tea cools some, so I may come back here and add to this note. I can say that I do like what I have tasted thus far, but I can’t say I am in love. It is something that is a nice change of pace for me though.

CrowKettle

Oh! I should bring you my three different Dragon Well batches. I promise you’ll be able to taste the difference, barring that they haven’t grown old! :)

Amariel

Ok. Thanks!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
590 tasting notes

This was my saviour after Pink Passionfruit on Tuesday.

Not a darn thing wrong with this tea, I’ll tell ya. It’s great hot, it tastes good cool or iced, it’s pink, and it just plain tastes awesome with the few basic ingredients it has.

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I had this earlier today and was pleasantly surprised. It was quite juicy, but not in a hibiscus sort of way. It was quite fine hot, though I can see how this would be amazing iced. It smells and tastes so refreshing!

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
590 tasting notes

I had this a long time ago, and I think I fell in love with Swampwater after this so I haven’t had any in a while, but I opted to try this again because of the green rooibos, and having been told by a friend that I am dehydrated, and green rooibos supposing to be good for that sort of thing. When I opted for some caffeine-free options, I had wanted to make sure they would be just as good hot, as iced, as I do find many herbals are better suited for iced only. This one is definitely suited for both, and since it is still periodically chilly and rainy here, hot is good.

In terms of a rooibos, green is way better than red in my book. And the fruits in this one are super yummy. I used too much sugar though…this is one I can definitely cut back on, cuz it is pretty sweet to start with.

Although I did source more Swampwater locally, I might opt to keep this one in rotation for a bit.

OMGsrsly

I’m going to have to try this one. Maybe I’ll stop at Davids tomorrow (pay day!!!) after work and get 20g.

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
590 tasting notes

It’s a no go hot. Too tart. I had hopes the hibby wouldn’t be too strong on this, but for me it is. I even used a bit more sugar than normal, but it is still too tart. I can taste the passionfruit in the distant background, saying “I’m here!” but getting hushed by the hibiscus. Maybe I’ll handle it better iced, when it’s hot out. I really want to like it, but this is the first tea I’ve not been able to finish n a long time. I probably could have finished it, as I dumped it at about 1/3 full, but I wanted something else, something I like, so I swapped it for Forever Nuts, instead, keeping with the pink theme.

Kittenna

Oooh. Bad news. I’ll be sure to get the minimum of this one…

Amariel

I had only wanted 10g, but somehow ended up with 20g, which disappoints me. if I had only gotten 10g, I might have kept it all. But I have since given to a friend.

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Ok, so this is one of two black teas I got from Angel at Teavivre in this round of teas. I have liked most of the blacks I have received from her, so I picked either Golden Monkey or Super Fine Tan Yang Gong Fu to replace the Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea. I was worried about the fragrant part of the tea. So Angel ended up sending me both of the alternate teas, instead of picking one, so that was too kind of her.

I realized I have not properly reviewed the first black tea, the Tan Yang, aside from saying it is yummy, though I have had a few cups of it. And it is indeed yummy. The leaves on the Golden Monkey are much darker than those of the Tan Yang. The brew of the Golden Monkey turned dark red within a few minutes of the steep.

I did add milk and sugar, as always, to this tea, though I did try a sip without first. Anyhow, the first thing I noticed was the juicy mouthfeel—that saliva inducing feeling. I can’t recall if I noticed that with the Tan Yang. This brew also seems to have more body to it than the Tan Yang also, but that is neither good nor bad.

I get the same malty, bready, yammy taste with this as I do the Tan Yang. I am reminded of the carrot muffins I had recently. I don’t really notice much smokey tones at all in this tea, nor can I detect any cocoa, but I don’t really pride myself on having a refined palate when it comes to picking out the more subtle tones. Also, since I westernize the tea by my additions, I probably loose some of the more subtle tastes that are more present in a straight tea like this by itself.

I can say that, like the Super Fine Tan Yang Gong Fu black tea, this one is equally delicious. I am brewing my second steep right now. I will enjoy the rest of this sample. Many thanks go to Angel at Teavivre again, for including this one in my latest round of samples for review. Teavivre has some excellent straight black teas in their line-up.

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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
590 tasting notes

Got this as a TTG after work, as I was on my way to a girl’s night “spa night” so I thought I would give this one a go. It was pretty good. Smelled pretty peachy, but it was pretty mild. While there was no hibiscus, there was rose hips which are still tart, but not as much. So I like this tea, for an herbal. It was fine hot and once it cooled, so it is a versatile one. I might get some for summer, but I dunno. I like it but i don’t love it. It would be a nice one for evenings at home though. So maybe…

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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