54 Tasting Notes

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drank Momo by Lupicia
54 tasting notes

I don’t think I’ve ever described a tea as cute before, but this really is. It’s a very happy black tea. The peach taste is both aromatic and sweet in your mouth, and doesn’t taste artificial at all. I’m sad I didn’t have more than a sample of this, but it was a nice way to start my morning.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Sencha Kanaya by Lupicia
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When this tea came, my first impression was that it smelled a lot like nori. I am a sushi fan, so this is a good thing. I finally got around to making it today and it tastes like nori, too. It’s very astringent but kind of sweet at the same time, and there’s a sort of toasty feeling at the back of your mouth exactly like the taste that eating nori sheets will give you.

I think I oversteeped this, though; the description says it’s supposed to be “elegant” but it sort of hit me over the head with gratuitous amounts of taste, like HI I’M A HIGH-GRADE JAPANESE GREEN TEA!! CAN YOU TELL??? The next time I make this, I’m definitely going to try it at just one minute. I think there’s a lot more sweetness in there that’s not coming out because I left it in too long.

EDIT 6/16/11: I’ve finally figured this tea out! I think I steeped it correctly this time and I got all the flavors. All of them.

This tea starts out kind of smooth and sweet when it hits your tongue. There’s a little vegetal kick at the back, and then when you swallow, the vegetal taste turns into delicious, toasty nori. The nori stays and becomes a whole aftertaste. This is an effing excellent tea.

I Would Certainly Consider Buying It Again.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Monk's Blend by Aristeacrats
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I’d been itching to try Monk’s Blend for a while, so a lovely friend brought me to the tea shop near her house and I sampled it. I don’t think it had actually touched more than about five of my taste buds before I made the decision to take some home. This tea is utterly amazing. I can just taste the vanilla and it’s also kind of…I don’t know, fruity? ish? not really, but it makes my mouth feel the same way fruit does.

Also, you can leave this steeping for two hours and it still tastes wonderful, albeit more loudly.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92

This is more or less one of my fallback teas. I think it’s delicious and I plan on buying more once my tin runs out, because genmaicha is one of my favorite things and gyokuro is another. I was wondering if Teavana had any genmai, so I checked and MY GOD, NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE GENMAI, IT IS ALSO GYOKURO. AT THE SAME TIME. I was not disappointed.

I was kind of worried that the nice toasty genmai part might get lost in the vegetal (look at me, learning tea words!) taste of the gyokuro, but it didn’t! The gyokuro just brought it out more. I really hope Teavana doesn’t discontinue this, it’s like giving your mouth a hug.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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79
drank Mandarin China Moon by ZenTea
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I actually bought this more or less for my best friend. She likes citrus-y teas, and I…don’t, and therefore I never have anything to make for her. So I picked this up. I will never regret doing so, because in addition to being delicious (I’m probably going to make this iced sometime) and not overpoweringly orangey, it is an extremely effective cold medicine. The two times I’ve caught a cold since buying it, I’ve drunk like four pots of it a day and the colds have lasted maybe three days each. Who knew. In short: recommended.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Go Go Goji by Teavana
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I’ll admit I’m probably not the best person to review this tea, because I’ve only just developed that part of my tongue that knows what aftertastes are and because I really don’t even know what goji berries are supposed to taste like.

That said, this is really tasty! I oversteep a little because, as I said, detecting the subtle flavors of white tea is not a thing I am very good at, but I love the flavor I get. I’m not tasting the roses, really, just a lot of lychee and something else (I assume this is the goji part). This does not detract from the tea for me at all. I’m glad I bought it as a spring/summer tea and I might do so again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Yunnan Emerald Buds by Teavana
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I don’t drink a lot of Chinese green tea, but I adored this. It does taste a little like Dragonwell, but greener? More vegetal? I don’t know, but I liked it and I’m glad I bought it. I was looking for a good straight green tea (not that I don’t love genmaicha, but it’s nice to have choices) and I definitely found one.

Edit 5/29/11: Upping the rating because I have literally drunk nothing else since this arrived. I already loved it, but it’s grown on me even more, and I might have to get more to greet the morning with during my summer semester.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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78
drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
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This grew on me. It had a really odd, kind of bitter aftertaste at first, but it was incredible the last two times I made it before it ran out. You can really taste the strawberry AND the green tea AND the popcorn, so my mouth got a little confused, but I ultimately enjoyed it.

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

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80

Bought this as a little Valentine’s Day “oh why not” thing and I did not regret it. I don’t even really like rooibos that much and I adored it, it tasted like chocolate and fruit and awesome.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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88

First of all, after buying from Teavana so often, this was deliciously cheap. I got 4 ounces for 10 dollars with shipping.

That said, this is one of my favorite teas. (Nostalgia may color this review. This is the first proper tea I ever had.) I don’t think it’s for everyone, though; for one thing, it smells kind of like cherry cough syrup, but I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much if it were subtle. You can smell the roses and you can taste the cherries and I don’t think the green tea is overpowered. Definitely buying more once my bag runs out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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MJ is 23, plays with arts and crafts and words and meanings, and prefers a side of tea with her lovely rainy days.

I’m a big fan of Japanese greens and of dessert-flavored black teas. Oolongs too, but my love affair with them has been dying, although I could pretty much subsist on Kwan Yin. Also, I will pretty much automatically love anything with popcorn in it, despite not liking actual popcorn.

Not a huge fan of chai or jasmine.

I’m really fond of seasonal teas, so I’m likely to give something a try if it’s specifically for spring or fall or what have you.

I should mention that I am a complete newbie, despite my enthusiasm, and that I probably sound like I know far more about tea than I actually do.

Mad props to ZenTea for keeping me sane and being delicious.

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