779 Tasting Notes

66
drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
779 tasting notes

True test of caffeination will be tonight, I think. I have an exam in the morning, and as is typical of me, I have procrastinated in properly learning the material. So, seriously, Javavana mate, DO NOT FAIL ME NOW. I need a whole lot of energy if I’m going to learn (er, absorb) all this medical jargon before the morning.

UPDATE:
So, I’m not as big a fan of the taste of this tea as I remembered – but I will keep the rating the same, because MAN, that was the most awake and focused I have been in a long time. I will have to keep this on hand just to get me through nursing school, if nothing else.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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90

You may have noticed (if you look in my cupboard that is), but I tend to gravitate toward flavored teas. Like, strongly flavored desserty teas. But I won the Valentine’s contest by Life in Teacup, which was very fortuitous indeed – it got me back to the roots of really good, basic tea.

This was the first of my samples that I broke open. Upon smelling it I immediately said “flowers!” at the same time that my boyfriend said “grass!”, so in other words, it’s a garden in a cup. After it was brewed the flowers stayed in the smell, but there was also something buttery behind it. Despite that buttery presence the tea was extremely light..the flowers were very present in the taste. It was like springtime on my palate, if that makes any sense.

It made a wonderfully calming ending to the day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
779 tasting notes

Mmm. Drinking this rather late in the morning, but it’s Sunday so that’s allowed. :)
I find that I have to add a little rock sugar to the cup to find the vanilla, but it really is a very nice smooth tea and I enjoy having it for breakfast on lazy weekends.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Tried this again today, upped the steep time to 10 minutes. And I have to bump this rating up. Because it is, if possible, even more wonderful after that.
This tastes….thicker and creamier with the longer steep time. I still get that awesome sweet taste on the swallow, and I can’t believe it’s without caffeine or sugar.
I love this tisane. LOVE. And I have decided I can never be without it ever again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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90

So, yum.
I got a sample of this as part of the ValenTEAs promotion. At three minutes steeping I got the strawberry flavor and as it cooled there was a nice pastry-esque taste on the swallow. It managed to be tea and fruit and dessert all at once. I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting more of this as soon as I burn through the small amount left…

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

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100

Oh my god.
I mean seriously. Oh, my god.
I apologize if that’s offensive but it was the least terrible descriptor I could think of that was also accurate. How is it possible that someone is able to translate such yummy food into a tea? It tastes exactly like coconut cheesecake – which is to say, crack. I am SO IN LOVE with this blend.
And so scared that I will be broke because of these teas…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Sheri's Blend by 52teas
779 tasting notes

Alright – so this is my first exposure to 52teas – I was positively drooling over the coconut cheesecake blend, so I decided to order that and the Valenteas as well to try a few others I was curious about. This is one of them.
First off, this is REALLY true to taste. I get the apricots, and I get the cinnamon and I can’t believe how spot on they are.
BUT, I don’t know that I really like it, either. Maybe it’s that I don’t like rooibos? It seems like there’s an aftertaste that just kind of ruins the experience for me. Vaguely like… licorice?
I don’t know. I definitely give it a moderate rating for it’s accuracy, though; it’s just not necessarily to my tastes.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
779 tasting notes

I like this tea very much, but my boyfriend LOVES it – he’s enjoyed each of the other times we’ve had it and he loves the smell. It can do no wrong for him – but for me – it could definitely dry out my mouth with it’s astringency so there had to be a change in something to make it the best it could be. So, I played around with the parameters again – 3 level tsp. in 500 ml water, at 1:30 steep time.

This time when I gave him a mug and he took a sip, he looked at me and said, “It’s perfect.” He seemed surprised at the difference in flavor just by manipulating variables. I, however, used to manipulate variables for a living so I know just how much one small piece of the puzzle can have on the end result.

So, I’m bumping this rating up – I know I’m going to be ordering more of this once we go through our paltry 2 ounces. Now to figure out how to recreate this in some resteeps….

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
779 tasting notes

Decreased the steep time to reduce astringency – I though it brought the mint out more, but my boyfriend liked it better with the slightly longer steep, despite the added bitterness. I’m thinking we can come to a compromise if we add slightly more tea leaves (we did 2 tsp. to 500 ml water in our Breville) and keep with the minute and thirty seconds. Will try that and report back.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
779 tasting notes

Oh, wow. I think the only thing I’d do differently next time is steep 15-30 seconds less, because there was a slight “overcooked” astringency. Overall this was a very clean tea- the green and spearmint worked perfectly and I was able to taste both rather nicely. Yum!

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

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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