318 Tasting Notes

79

Teavivre sent me a huge sample of this… so exciting!

I opened up the little foil-sealed package, and the leaves on this are HUGE. At least two inches, and fairly wide, and very very thin. I’ve never seen leaves this big! They’re beautiful, and very bright green.

The liquor is one of those radioactive greens – very bright, very light, very yellow. But it tastes delicious. Sweet and a little vegetal, and there’s definitely a lingering smoky aftertaste. I definitely want to drink more of this :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I really enjoy Tai Ping Hou Kui, Michelle! Definitely in my top 5 green teas, and quite possibly my favorite Chinese Green. :))

ScottTeaMan

I will be ordering this one from Teavivre!

Michelle

Definitely try! I’m on my second steeping and it’s delicious!

ScottTeaMan

It is sssooo delicious! I get at least 3 really good steeps or more.

ashmanra

man! Everyone has got to stop making me want to buy more tea when I am trying to are down my cupboard! On my wish list. Sigh.

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68
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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So first off, unrelated to this tea… I came home from work today, after a really difficult day, to find that Teavana is now following me on Twitter and I’ve also won tea from them. They have this “tweet a photo of your cup and win!” and I won! It was the first time I’ve ever played, so that was exciting. And also a good end to a not so good day.

On to this tea. It’s not my favorite. It doesn’t have the sweetness I’ve come to associate with gunpowders, though it’s plenty smoky. And I’m getting a strange sort of toasted note from it – I’m wondering if some of the rice from the genmaicha I tried earlier today got caught in my steeper, or something. I didn’t notice it when I brewed an Earl Grey blend before class, but that was a three-black-teas-and-milk kind of thing, whereas this is just a plain green… I don’t know.

Anyway, this is a decent tea. Not the best, not the worst. I’ll drink what I have, but I’m not going to hoard it – I’ll definitely give samples away to friends and stuff.

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

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Thanks to Ian for the sample of this!

It’s interesting. I’ve had Gyokuro green tea before, but never a genmaicha. It’s different. I didn’t think I would taste the puffed rice as much as I do. The aroma is toasty and a little bit nutty. It’s bright, bright yellow-green – the exact same color as the grass outside! The flavor starts off with the toasty notes and then ends a lot more vegetal from the tea itself. I don’t dislike this, but I’m not sure I’d buy it… not really my thing. I can definitly see why other people like it though, and I’m glad I got to try it!

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

My granddaughter did not like this until she sweetened it and then she said it reminded her of these really good honey rice cookies at the Asian market that we all love to death. Made a big difference to her. I also put 2 tsp in a pot and then put 4 ice cubes on top to melt slowly. After awhile shake and pour out a bit. Keep doing this all day and you have a concentrated taste that is really different. You can add a bit of salt if you want.

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drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday. This came as a free sample when I placed my last order.

I really don’t like it. It’s beautiful to look at – all different colors and shapes and textures. But when it’s brewed, it smells odd. I get the spice from the ginger, but that’s not the whole of it, and it made me a bit sick trying to figure out what it was. I tasted the ginger, but I didn’t taste the strawberry. It tasted fruity and spicy, which are two things, in my opinion, that don’t mix well together. I’m glad it was only a sample, and I didn’t spend money on it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

First off, I’m going to say that it’s weird to be listening to myself.
I bought GarageBand for the iPad so I could record a few instrumental themes for a theatre class, and then I spent all of last night playing with it. Let’s just say that my piano at 3 in the morning is far superior to my voice…. haha. I did have a good voice day yesterday though, and I’m really excited to be singing a recital on Sunday night :)

Tea!
I’ve mixed this with a bit of Cream of Earl Grey from DAVIDsTea, and it’s great. The nuttiness of it really mixes well with the vanilla, and it really does taste like hazelnut – it doesn’t taste too fake or artificial, which is good, since I don’t really go for flavoreds too much. But they’re good for mixing in with other things.

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

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92

Many thanks to Teavivre for the generously sized free sample!

The leaves on this are tightly rolled and shiny; they smell vegetal and a little bit dry. On a first steep, the leaves opened up and released the smoky scent characteristic of gunpowders. It’s not as delicate as I previously thought these teas were – I thought I had to be much more careful with them in order to keep them happy. But I think next time I’ll try a first steep on 2 minutes instead of 1, because it was a very light scent.
It was, however, delicious. I really enjoy the smoke, and the sweetness that washes over the palate afterwards. There’s a little bite to it which I really enjoy. Delicious!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec
JasonCT

Sounds delish! I enjoy gunpowders myself, I’ll have to check this one out.

Michelle

Do! This is my first unflavored one, and it’s great.

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68
drank Shanghai Orchid by Teavana
318 tasting notes

The first time I had this, in-store, I loved it. It was blended with a bit of silver needles and rock sugar. But I can’t seem to get that flavor back. It’s always a little too astringent, or a little too weak, or a little too sweet. It’s not bad. It’s delicate, and the orchids and apples are great together, but it tastes a little bit too floral for my taste. I’ll up the rating if I can figure out how to brew it properly.

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

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83

I got this as a gift from a lovely friend…
This is good tea. It’s warm and a little bit spicy, and the apple and hibiscus are wonderful. It’s a lazy rainy day sort of tea. Great with a little bit of tea honey.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

Lovely dessert tea. It’s definitely best with some sugar and a splash of milk – things I don’t normally add, especially the milk, but it’s creamy and smooth. Right now I’m drinking it with milk and sugar and rose added, and it’s just delightful.

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

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59

This is very… average. I feel as though it tastes the same as the Jasmine Dragon Pearls from Teavana. If I compared the two side-by-side, I’d probably notice a difference, but there’s really nothing remarkable about this tea.
It’s fairly heavily scented with jasmine which gives it a drier sort of mouthfeel. The green tea is sweet underneath, and it blends well.
It’s just nothing new.

EDIT: I like it a lot better on a second steeping. Maybe it’s because the water’s cooler, or maybe because it’s not as strong… I really don’t know what the temp/time was, since I just let it sit while I picked up a few chores. But it tastes sweeter and clearer now. I’m enjoying this cup. I probably won’t buy it again, but at least I have a ballpark idea of how to brew better tea.

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

I was very unimpressed by this one myself, and I love most jasmine teas, but this was just disappointing.

Michelle

I agree. It was just meh. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve had better.

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