318 Tasting Notes

85
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

This has a beautiful bright green color. The dry leaves are small and brittle, with an earthy, vegetal scent. When steeped, they open up into large, brownish green leaves. They don’t smell particularly strong, although they certainly smell dark. The tea when brewed is vegetal and slightly sweet with little notes of honey toward the finish. I brewed this gong fu style, and the flavor just kept getting more and more complex.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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100
drank Dragonwell by Teavana
318 tasting notes

This is a beautifully sweet green tea. The leaves are flat and silky, and they smell warm and vegetal. On a first steep, the tea has a vegetal flavor with a lingering finish, and notes of nut and butter.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Scott B

I thought this was pretty good, but I just got some premium dragonwell from Teavivre and wow, it was great.

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71
drank Chateau Blanc by Teavana
318 tasting notes

This leans a bit toward the fig/currant flavor profile instead of the grape, which makes me a bit sad. Still, it’s not a bad tea. It brews a very pale, golden yellow and smells a bit malty. The white tea comes in at the back of the flavor and the fruit dominates; it’s a tea to drink quickly. It’s not one that you sit with for a long time and savor every different flavor.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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6
drank Mudslide by Teaopia
318 tasting notes

I couldn’t drink this tea. I don’t particularly like strong rooibos teas – once in awhile, but not often – and I really didn’t like this one. I may have brewed it a bit weak, but I wouldn’t want to try it again. I found the banana to be overpoweringly cloying, and the chocolate didn’t mesh well in it. Additionally, the walnuts in it gave me a bit of a headache (but I think I’m mildly allergic, so that was to be expected).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Body + Mind White Tea by Teavana
318 tasting notes

First steeping: very light, jasmine scented tea. It’s fragrant and floral and very slightly sweet. The delicate brightness cuts through the light smokiness of the oolong. The tea brews a golden color and has a short, dry finish.

Second steeping: The floral and oolong flavors come out more clearly. It brews a bit of a darker color, and the white tea is more difficult to taste here. It’s smokier, and the oolong leaves have expanded much more fully .

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

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The leaves when dried are bright green and tightly rolled into little twists and curls. On a first steep, they unroll partially and have a very vegetal aroma. The tea liquor is a very light green and smells grassy. It has a very light, clear taste. It’s mellow and delicate with notes of honey and almond, and has a smooth, lingering finish.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I found the tea to be too dark and earthy. And did not think that the peppermint meshed at all. I could see the idea working, but not the execution.

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

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96

It’s a very light, clear black tea. The color is that of an orangey-gold, a little darker than that of a green tea. It smells crisp and floral. Upon a first steep, the floral tones present in the smell come out. It’s not a strong black tea. It has about the body of a green tea with the earthiness of a black – there isn’t a lot of natural sweetness to it. But it works. I’m not sure I would pay the $10/oz, but since I picked up about 6oz at 75% off, I’m certainly going to enjoy what I have. It’s nice that this tea can be steeped several times, and is good when blended – I’ve tried it steeped up to five times, and my favorite blend is this Darjeeling on a second steep with about a teaspoon of Dragonwell green tea added.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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