812 Tasting Notes

85
drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
812 tasting notes

The smell of the dry leaf and the aroma once brewed are very similar. I get kind of an almond cherry combination – it’s very pleasant.
The taste, freshly brewed and hot, is actually very similar to the aroma, with the added bite of some spices at the beginning of the sip.
As it cools I lose that cherry flavor (which, I’m not sure where it was coming from anyway….) and the coconut comes into the foreground. So far, I have not been itching to add sugar or milk, which is amazing to me, as this is a black tea and I am notoriously unable to resist that.
I think I am going to try this iced – it seems like it would be amazing. But overall, I am really really impressed with this tea hot. I think it is one of the better Teavana blends I’ve tried so far!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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I love, love, LOVE this tea with meals. I love that it is savory. I love that I can drink it unsweetened. I love that it smells so rice-y and looks so very springtime green. I just love it.
I really only like drinking this with food; that is the reason I can’t bring myself to bump up the rating higher. But luckily I have plenty of other stand alones to choose from and can use this to pair with lunches and dinners to my hearts’ content!

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

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89
drank Almond Biscotti by Teavana
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3 tsp of leaf to 16 oz water.
I have been waiting for the weekend since Tuesday – it was just that kind of week. But I made it through, and even better was the fact that I knew I would have a package of tea waiting for me on Friday when I finally got home from clinicals.
I broke this open this morning to have with cinnamon rolls (mmm..Saturday, I love you so!). Once brewed it smelled mostly like black tea with a cookie/baked goods note in the very background. I drank it plain for about half of the cup and then broke down and added brown sugar as it was starting to get a little astringent on me as it cooled (I’m thinking that’s the almond – but maybe decreasing steep time will avoid that in the future…note to self….)
As for the taste, the black tea is definitely at the forefront, but there is an almond taste that follows immediately behind. I get the “biscotti” more in smell than in flavor, but that’s alright – it’s still quite a pleasant drink.

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

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82

Got a free sample of this with my teavana order…it came with the sugar and all. I think it was personally too sweet but if it didn’t have rock sugar it would be okay. Maybe I’ll resteep this and try it more au naturel. :)

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

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100

Study time!

I’m dragging so I need the caffeine and the spice to wake me up a little bit. Also, the stovetop way of making chai provided me with a nice distraction and way to relax.
I made two cups of chai (half milk, half water) and used 2 tsp. of the leaf. It’s the perfect amount of spice and once I tweak the sweetener I will be hard pressed to stop drinking it.
This is such a well-balanced tea – all of the spices blend perfectly and none stick out – it just is.

I actually kind of hope I get a few more cold days so that I can perfect it hot before moving on to iced!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92
drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
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Such a soothing nightcap. This is still my boyfriend’s favorite- I told him we were out after this and he gave me $25 to buy more and then some others for myself. (!!!) That was the icing on the cake of a wonderful day!

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

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95

Ugh – 5:30 wake ups suck. I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, and this part of clinicals is killing me. Only one more week til we get a week off, though, so I guess I can hang on a bit longer.
Unfortunately, waking up early and collapsing in bed about 9:00 to do it all over again means that there isn’t much time in my life for tea.
So this weekend morning, a rainy, chilly March morning, I decided to break out some more of the French Vanilla Assam – simply because every time I walk by it in my kitchen I have to inhale the scent. I LOVE the smell of this dry leaf.
At a lower temperature I got more of a balance between the vanilla and the tea, and I think I’ll keep it that way. I need sugar in it, but I think that’s more because I just need sugar in most of my black teas.
I will definitely enjoy this one while I’ve got it. :)

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

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100

Yum!

I prepared this according to their stovetop directions on the package- half water half milk, one tsp. of chai. I think next time I might double that, just to see how spicy I can go.
This is an extremely balanced cup, however – I really like the way all the flavors blend and I can’t wait to try it iced – oh the possibilities!
I am so glad I have a nice sized bag of this to play with!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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95

SO EXCITED to get this tea! I live in an apartment complex and my neighbor downstairs got the package by mistake, and then decided that bringing it up at 11:00 PM was the best idea (I mean, is it just me, 11:00 at night??) so I didn’t get to open this until about midnight yesterday.
I opened up the package right then anyway so I could at least smell the dry leaf, and then I almost died. It smelled like those custard donuts at Krispy Kreme (yes, I am so classy) that I got as a little girl – which, incidentally, were my most FAVORITE from the box. Major, major points for the nostalgia factor alone.
I waited patiently until this morning to fire up the Breville, and am now enjoying the cup. The tea itself smells less custard like once brewed – I get more of the black tea in the scent of it. But the vanilla is definitely there in taste. I may have brewed it too strong for drinking alone, though – the vanilla was extra pungent and milk and sugar helped soften it a bit. Next time I’ll take a minute off the steep time and see what happens.
A fantastic way to begin a Sunday!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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Mmm..I got a hankering for this tea out of the blue.
And it was as good as I remembered – I love the bergamot and vanilla combination. I noticed I was getting a little low, though – may have to restock soon.
This is just fine unsweetened, but I think it really would do well with just a tiny bit of milk and sugar…I shall tinker with it and see. :)

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

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

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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