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82
drank Ti Kwan Yin by Tea Licious
302 tasting notes

Tealicious Teas sent this free sample. Ti Kuan Yin is not my favorite variety of oolong; it’s usually a little too green and grassy. But I like this one. It’s growing on me as I drink it. It’s a smidge grassy, but not too much, and it has some nice floral notes.

I gave this a quick wash and then brewed it in my ceramic tea pot.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

I got this free sample from ChineseTea-shop.com. They sent it all the way from Singapore! Can you believe that? Anyway, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I chose the Jasmine tea for my sample as I don’t really like Jasmine teas. So, read this review with that in mind. For a Jasmine tea, this is really pretty good. I’m not sure whether it is a green, oolong, or a white, or whether Jasmine tea can be a tea without a base?? I used 3 g of tea in my tiny infuser cup (I think its somewhere between 4 and 6 oz). I may have used too muh tea for the size cup. It’s a little bitter, but I kind of like the bitter against the strong jasmine flavor. The tea leaves are beautiful curled uo leaves when unsteeped. If you like jasmine tea, you’ll love this.

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

The tea base is probably green; although oolongs are also used, they don’t look like that. If you still have any (or if you encounter anything similar), I’d suggest trying 45 seconds to 1 minute at 80 degrees. That will likely bring out the jasmine and any sweetness in the green without drawing on any bitterness.

Kristin

I think I do still have some of this left in my tea drawer. Do you mean 180 F?

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drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
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This is my first DavidsTea hate. I hate it. Somehow the melon flavors are tasting like roses to me. There is nothing that I hate more than rose petals in my tea. I know they aren’t there, but that is what I am getting. It’s almost like a pot-pourri. Bleah. Also, I cannot tell that this is an oolong. I cannot taste the base at all (which is incidentally what I love about the flavored black teas, but somehow with an oolong I want to taste it).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
aisling of tea

Awww, sad. This is one of our favorites, we were sad to see it discontinued. But hey! At least you didn’t fall for a discontinued tea, am I right?"

Kristin

True. Although I am falling for all of the spring teas. That’s gonna come back to bite me.

Uniquity

Stock up : )

Kristin

Unfortunately I’ll have to drink some of what I have before I can order more. Tea drawer is maxed out. Husband’s head will explode if I buy more tea. :)

Uniquity

Ah, that’s when you get hubby addicted and turn tea drawer into tea shelves. : )

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98

Enjoying a nice snowy day at home, cooking, drinking tea, and reading books. This is a perfect tea for book reading.

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90

Brewed this time at a lower temp, just below boiling (which for me was around 190 as my boiling temp is 198) and it’s a little better. I still get mostly black tea flavor in the sip, but the after-sip is intensified a little. I was initially a little disappointed because I wanted it to have a big pow of pancake flavor and it’s really more subtle. I remembered, however, that the last maple tea I had (Fava Tea Maple Black) was overwhelming in its maple flavor and despite maple being one of my favorite flavors on earth, I never finished the 1 oz pouch of that tea… so maybe the subtleness of this tea is actually impressive. If it had more pancake/maple flavor, it might be too much. This tea is nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. If you are looking for a big maple punch though, this is not for you.

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

The maple sugar tea sounds amazing…I love maple! I may have to check that out…

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90

This is a nice tea. I’m not sure that I am tasting everything that everyone else is tasting. I get a black tea flavor followed by a little tiny bit of pancake flavor in the after-sip. I wanted more. But, like some others have said, I am witholding my rating until I can try it again and adjust how I brewed it. Suggestions welcome.

~1.7 tsp/12 oz/boiling/3 min/sweetened with a little agave nectar.

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

I’m definitely liking it at 205 degrees better than boiling right now. Still steeping it for about 3 minutes.

Kristin

Since my boiling temp is ~198 (I’m at high altitude), I’ll try 190 an see if that helps. Thanks for the suggestion.

Frolic

Ah I should have read your bio better but let us know how it goes below boiling.

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95
drank Bamboo Mountain by The Tao of Tea
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I don’t usually like my oolongs on the lighter greener side, rather preferring them to be the roasty dark chinese restaurant type variety, but I like this one. I went out to lunch today and ordered the oolong tea. It came in a super cute cast iron teapot (now I want one of those and I want this tea). The tea was very light in color and had a floral jasmine like flavor to it. I think I drank 3 cups of it. Very nice tea.

Note – I’m not entirely sure it was from The Tao of Tea. It was about this color (in the pic) and it the description sounds right. The name of the tea is definitely Bamboo Mountain so odds are I’ve made a correct guess about the company.

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

Confirmed with restaurant that the tea was indeed from Tao of Tea.

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96
drank Cocomama Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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My office was rather warm today and I kind of wanted tea, but the thought of hot tea wasn’t doing it for me. So I steeped this up really strong, 3 tsp/10 oz/4 min, added some agave nectar, and then poured it over ice. It was so freakin’ yummy! This makes a great iced tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Why oh why does it have to taste so good? Darn it. Every Davids Tea I try is awesome and yet soooo far away and hard to get. Ladykittykat did me a huge favor and sent me several teas that i didn’t include in my last order. And of course, I only got a sample of this one and I love it. Oh well. I need to drink the tea I have and then I can think of another mondo order.

2 heaping tsp/12 oz/8 min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Uniquity

I gotta say, I live near one so don’t have to worry about shipping costs but I can easily spend oger $50 accidentally. And often! But, it is one of my go to tea shops, so I guess that makes it easier to justify, somehow!

aisling of tea

Always happy to send off another package! Forever Nuts is one of De’s favorites!

Kristin

Thanks to both of you. I figured I’d try to deplete my tea supply and then I would easily be able to hit the $50 mark. :) But, I might definitely take you up on that offer sometime if I start craving one.

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93
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
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I really didn’t expect to like this. I got this as a sample in my last order and it’s been sitting in my desk drawer ever since. I smelled it a couple of times and I got lots of grapefruit scent… and I’d throw it back in the drawer. But today, I finally committed to it. And wow… I actually love this. I might have added a fair amount of agave nectar to it, but I am getting super sweet ruby red grapefruit and it’s tasty. This might be awesome as an iced tea in the summer.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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