258 Tasting Notes


Okay okay
This tea is just not for me. I find it boring.
Yeah sure there’s some olive oil in the first pour,
second pour getting into a muscatel type flavour, and a nice sweetness in the third pour.

Hmph. Well maybe it’s alright, but the first steep just isn’t for me.
I’m still wanting some deep malty chocolate black. Sigh grad school allowance.

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I’m finally sipping this tea down!

Took me long enough. Phew. I need to stop hoarding the tea like I’ll never see it again.
Anyways, I’m on my first cup of this and I’m realizing that now every time I brew a black tea, I just want my beloved Laoshan Black. Other black teas, regardless of region, are not pleasing me.

This one is nice though. I really appreciate the sweetness in the tea. It’s thicker, but not in the creamy broth way… it’s more syrupy. I also get a nice cooling tingle on the top of my tongue. Second steeping is a little creamier and has a smokiness which is interesting.

It’s a good tea, not extremely sad to see it go though.

Joshua Smith

Agreed, I need to drink more from the deeper recesses of my stash. I have a bit of just about every verdant tea ever offered, some of which are almost two years old.

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Thank you Angel from Teavivre for this sample!

It’s delicious. The first osmanthus oolong I have ever tried. I talked to my friend about this before when he found out I had a tea addiction. He said it was very popular in China. I had been wanting to get my hands on some so I’m so glad I get this opportunity.

The first steep is delightful. Peachy notes with a nice green floral oolong. They balance each other nicely.

As I get into the second steep, a creaminess develops and it changes to a creamy peach. I really am adoring the floral but brothy oolong as a nice counterbalance.

The third and fourth steeps are lesser versions of the second steep. The fourth steep got to be a little unexciting, but that’s to be expected.

Overall – this is a delicious oolong!

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I had this tea this morning to wake me up. I had little sleep and a presentation. Blarg.

After sitting in my mug for a few hours, I finally found some time to drink it!
Delicious. This reminded me of avocado today. A lot. As in I stopped listening for a minute to a presentation to admire the avocado ‘texture’ and flavour I was getting.
It also gave me a really nice happy feeling… I definitely felt a little more awake then I did before I drank it. It wasn’t a coffee type awake though, more of a body energy.
More steeps to go :)

Now hopefully I get over my caffeine withdrawals soon so this headache goes away. I knew I shouldn’t be drinking that much coffee.

Edit: onto steep number 3 with this tea. It’s now transformed into holy basil and some citrus, though mild citrus that works in synergy with the basil notes. Delightful

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Thank you Angel for this sample! So generous!

This tea reminds me of sweetened condensed milk mixed with caramel.
Has some floral but definitely not too strong.

I also get some browned butter… it’s really nice. The roasting was really well done on this.

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This tea is so delicious.
I’m steeping some up at work and all I can think of is caramel brownies with some TGY creaminess/florals (Currently on steep number two). There is a definite BRR stone texture to this tea.

Crazy business. It’s a taste mixture of a spring TGY oolong, roasted Wuyi, and Laoshan black.

It will be a sad day when I have my final packet of this.

Edit I did not read the description of this tea until after I posted the note. Crazy… it really is a hybrid of all three teas essentially. I’m impressed with my tongue at the moment haha

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I had this tea tonight so I didn’t have any more caffeine..
It’s so neat! I’ve never mixed it before, but maybe I should try.
Its so complex with it’s sweet, savoury, sour and slightly salty taste. It’s a bit creamy too.

This still reminds me of sweet and sour Chinese food. :)

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This tea is really really delicious.
Very chocolatey, but not a strong cacao as Laoshan black has, but a sweeter smoother chocolate. Roasted chestnuts and sweet barley notes… chocolate brownies with caramel.



Sounds scrumptious. Nice to see you on here! Hope school is going well.


It is delicious! Thank’s Incendiare :) School has been really busy, plus I have a job to boot so I’m feeling like a mad woman. I love checking in on here every so often though.. just haven’t been keeping up with my tasting notes (obviously).
How’s school going for you?


Yeah, things really get crazy at this time of the year too. I’ve been feeling the heat too. I honestly can’t wait until I’m done my degree haha.

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mmm mmm mm.
This tea is delicious as always. Cherry, smoke, and some malt. So comforting.

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This tea was a nice black that definitely was a mix between black and oolong. There was lovely roasty notes characteristic of an oolong, but nicely balanced with a malty sparkly black tea taste.
I definitely pick up on malty cacao with jasmine and a buttery zing I associate with avocado.
It is a lovely tea and I am glad I got the opportunity to try it


I lovee this tea, I am hoarding it right now :D

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I am very excited to delve into as many different types of tea as possible… so this should be interesting. I am really looking forwards to tasting all the wide array of flavours that can come from pure tea leaves.

Currently, I am having a love affair with oolongs. Mostly green, though I am stretching out into more oxidized oolongs. Black teas are also in my love fest as they can be so surprising sometimes (I used to drink bagged red rose x.x)
I would really love to get to know green tea a lot more and white tea.. all tea to be honest. I want to know them all.

Tea rating system:

0-50: Do people actually enjoy this?
50-60: Slight improvement, not recommendable.
60-70: Alright, though easily forgettable.
70-80: Good flavour, though not a ‘go to’ tea.
80-90: Great tea – complex and memorable.
90-100: Extremely delicious and complex teas that leave me craving more.

On top of tea, I have a love for music. Generally all music, though I am partial to indie rock/folk/pop/electronic. Follow me if you also enjoy indie music and would like to trade some artists!

I’m always open to new tea and music suggestions. Happy tea drinking to you all.



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