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67 Tasting Notes

61
drank Vanilla Rooibos by Teavana
67 tasting notes

By itself, it’s not so special. But I brewed it up extra strong to use for some Thai iced tea, and it was heavenly.

What, you were expecting poetry?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Ocean of Tea
67 tasting notes

Brewed up my last little bit of this from Ocean of Tea, and was not pleased. The resulting liquor was dank and sweaty like boiled sweatsocks. The taste was light and floral, but the smell completely overpowered it. Poured the rest down the drain. Blech.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Eastern Beauty by Teavana
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On a whim, I decided to purchase this from Teavana because I was looking for a new oolong since my plum oolong ran out.

And for $20 for 2 oz., I was expecting an oolong that made me say “ooh girl”!

On the first brew, this has an interesting buttery note that plays off to a more floral after taste. I’ll have to try a different brew in the morning.

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

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Light and citrusy, with slight woodsy notes. Had this tea in a coffeehouse, which to me is always a mixed bag because they always give you the same temperature of water — HOT. I did a short steep since I wasn’t sure just how hot it was, but I’m pleased with the cup.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Lemon Mate Delight by Ocean of Tea
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Brewed up my last batch of this amazing tea. Ocean of Tea has stopped shipping for some bizarre reason, so I can’t re-order. It’s a light and refreshing cup with a faint licorice/anise undercurrent that’s just lovely.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Had this at a cafe, and I tell you…the main difference between making tea at home and going out to a cafe is the preparation. They dumped boiling water on top of this, turning the liquor into a musky, dank, mustardy cup of gross. Maybe I’ll sample this on my own one day, but it’s highly unlikely.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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100

OK, after changing up the brewing time, this tea is one of my new favorites. I had a nice equally delicious mix of chocolate and banana. I sweetened it and added just a splash of milk, and I tell you, it blew my mind. Uber good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Plum Oolong by Ocean of Tea
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I brewed a full pot of this once I received it, and I was blown away! This is a rich, wine-like tea. Nice red color, amazing aroma, and delicious plum flavor. I also picked up some nice raspberry flavors. And yes, it is EXCELLENT iced too! Amazingly good.

I wished Ocean of Tea was still shipping. This blend is too good to not order again.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Great tea, but I think I overbrewed it on this first try.

It definitely delivers in the chocolate and banana categories in smell, but didn’t fully come through in the taste department. I also tried adding sugar and milk, but those drowned out the subtle chocolate and banana notes.

I’ll try again with a shorter brew time (packet suggests 4-10 minutes; I went for around 8:30).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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72
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
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A very interesting blend. When I opened the package, I was intrigued by the complex smoky notes of the bacon and slight perfume of the maple flavoring. I hoped these flavors would carry over into a brew. (Generally, I don’t drink black tea straight — it’s way too bitter and I usually need sugar and milk to make it palatable.)

Unsweetened, this stuff is stronger than strong. It’s SKRONG.

Sweetened, the maple and bacon flavors are more pronounced, but overwhelmed by the muskiness of the black tea.

Sweetened (and with milk added), this tea sings. Each sip brings a full-bodied taste of maple and bacon with a slightly smoky aftertaste. It’s not my favorite 52teas blend, but certainly a conversation starter.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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