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318 Tasting Notes

95

This was a swap from someone… I’m sorry I’m bad at keeping track!

Fantastic as always. Light and sweet and crisp.

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90

Ooh, today’s a good tea day.

Didn’t teach today – stayed up till 1 with my roommate complaining & bonding, and then had to get up at 6 for class. So that wasn’t happening. Instead I sat at home with the gaiwan and the kettle.

This is light, but deliciously sweet and creamy. It was a swap from someone, but I can’t for the life of me remember who sent it. I’m sorry!!

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79

Thanks to Teavivre for this sample!

I’ve heard so many good things about this tea, I was excited to get to try it. It’s beautiful and chocolatey and kind of bready. It’s sweet. There’s a tiny bit of smoke, but it’s sweet. Fantastic!

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84

This was a custom blend sent to me by my friend Emily.

The caramel is definitely forefront, and it blends well with hazelnut (always a good combo). The raspberry in here is a bit of a rogue element, but it’s not as odd as I thought it was! With a little honey, it all comes together.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Aiko

…That’s quite an interesting name for a tea!

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81
drank Irish Breakfast by Tealuxe
318 tasting notes

Strong, full-bodied cup. Really good cold-brewed. You can’t go wrong with the IB :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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87

Thanks to Della Terra Teas for this sample! I won it in one of their plentiful Facebook giveaways.

The tea is great. The dry leaf smells really strongly, and that’s good. There are little silver candies and silver flakes in it, which I’ve never seen before, but it actually makes the tea sparkle in the light! I still have enough for one more mug, after this pot plus the bit I parcelled off into a swap, so I’m definitely going to go glass with it.

I taste what is definitely apricot. Which is great, considering some of the lackluster apricot teas I’ve had in the past. I think it’s hard to get right. The flavor is a little bit light, but that’s probably because I went light on the leaves. There’s no astringency or bitterness anywhere. Really, really smooth tea, really good flavor. A winner!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

How pretty!

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84
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I got a tea package today from a friend in NYC. Yum!

This is one of the ones she sent me. It’s a really peachy oolong, and there’s some sort of spice to it too.

My tastebuds are kind of on the fritz, but this is still good!

And I was surprised and happy to see that she’d included a blend with ginger… as much as I hate ginger, it’s good for sore throats.

MsWhatsit

There is nothing like autumn weather and ailments to remind us how good hot teas are.

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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

Chamomile and honey. Way too sweet, but that’s medicine for you. At least it beats NyQuil. Vocal rest tomorrow, hiding for the weekend, and maybe I’ll be able to talk come Monday.

canadianadia

Hope you feel better soon

LiberTEAS

Sorry to hear you’re feeling poorly… I hope that this tea helps to comfort you a bit. Also nice for a sore throat is ginger. :)

LiberTEAS

Oh… and PS: I hope you feel better soon!

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84
drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
318 tasting notes

I am surrounded by idiots.

If I have to read one more “critique” of my Lapsang poem that says nothing but “Great work” and “I really find no fault with this piece” I’m going to vomit. The point of a CRITIQUE is not to bleed rainbows. Tell me what needs work!

Shut up, Shell.

In other words, soothing tea time. This is really light and sweet green, and while I’m not entirely sure I’d call it perfectly cherry, it’s not disgustingly artificial. It’s fruity and calming and a really pretty pink and just what I need right now.

Babble

I HATE when people don’t offer any critique for your writings. You kinda wanna say, “Did you even read it??”

Claire

Seconded. Once during peer review on a Scarlet Letter essay the only comment I received was “wow, this is good”. Not helpful.

Bonnie

So, where is your poem and I’ll write a scathing report that will curl your hair! At least we’d write fair ones here.

ashmanra

LOL! Hey, post it and I will read it at writers group tomorrow night! We have the same rule as my college voice rep class – first find a compliment, something nice to say about the piece, and then politely express those things that you think need improvement. Sometimes a piece just doesn’t communicate as well as it should and the reader is left confused. (Like when I don’t catch all my autocorrect snafu’s!)

Michelle

Ashmanra – that sounds fantastic! I’ll message you :) Thank you so much!

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87

This came courtesy of Pekko Teas. Thanks!

I had a bad first experience with milk oolongs, and even after having tried Teavivre’s excellent ones, I’m still a bit wary of them. Still, I had to give this one a go!

The leaves are tightly rolled and fairly large. They smell REALLY creamy, sort of like rice pudding. I get a hint of the described orchid.

The creaminess comes out, but it’s not overwhelming. I definitely tasted the oolong itself, and that does a lot to ground the milk flavor. The floral-ness of this is great.

Thanks, Pekko!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

I think this is the one I received but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. Looking forward to this after your review :)

Michelle

It’s great! I’m on my third mug and it’s still going strong!

Babble

I haven’t been too impressed with the milk oolongs I’ve had. Interested to see how this compares.

Michelle

Yeah, they’re usually not what I reach for, and like I said the first one I had kind of frightened me. Still, I’m always willing to try them. I liked Teavivre’s, and while this isn’t quite as good as those, it’s not awful.

Hesper June

Oh!
I just wrote my review and now I am reading the other reviews on this tea, and I am surprised to see you got the rice pudding note too!
Glad I am not crazy;)

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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

I really enjoy tea, British television and theatre. I read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot.

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