1715 Tasting Notes

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drank Noble Twist by Loose Leaf Spot
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Unlike anything I have tried before, the flavor of my cup of Noble Twist remains most definitely Earl Grey at the base. However, the tastes of fresh orange and lime snakes throughout the cup.

Full review coming soon to CreateWriteDrink.com.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Midnight Waltz by Loose Leaf Spot
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The flavor of blueberry did not crash across my taste buds, like the flavor does when biting into fresh blueberries. Rather, it slid across the tongue, well-blended with the black tea, letting me enjoy the flavor of the Ceylon, too.

Full review coming soon to CreateWriteDrink.com.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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62

I am not too terribly fond of this tea, but it was a gift, and it is decent tea, so I shall drink it. That said, it might be one of the few teas I consume with a bit of milk.

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold-brewing the last of my sample

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drank Black Forest by Stash Tea Company
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I am quite glad that I was able to convince the office supply lady to get some of this for the break room.

gmathis

Lucky office—you get tea!

Spencer

Bagged only, but it is better than no tea!

gmathis

Only coffee drinkers subsidized where I live :( (Some days, that makes me really cranky.)

Spencer

Sad day!
We have a lot of folks of Indian and eastern European ethnicity in our office, so tea is a must.

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86
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Because a big pot of this will solve many issues.

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97

So incredibly fresh with a very full mouthfeel that covers the taste buds with nuttiness accompanied by an edge of natural sweetness.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Finished the last of this. While it was good, I do not think I shall miss it.

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87
drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
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Oh no, the last of my stash of this at the office is gooooone! Thank goodness I have more at home… It was a perfect pot, too, not oversteeped and deliciously juicy.

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94

With such a long mouthful of a name, this tea sets some strong expectations, before the package is even opened. Knowing Teavivre, I feel as though these expectations will probably be well met. Boasting no less than three organic certifications, Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Dragon Well Long Jing green tea (to which I will just refer as “Dragon Well”) was harvested about a month and a half ago in mid-April of 2014. Much like my last review of one of Teavivre’s spring 2014 teas, the freshness is telling.

As I start to open the sample packet, I have to stop and chuckle. As with their Bi Luo Chun, their Brew Guide on the label states that the tea should be steeped for “1 to 6 minutes.” Already deciding to go with three minutes of steep time and see how it tastes, I finish opening the package and the aroma of Dragon Well hits me from at least a foot away. I must admit that Dragon Well is one of my favorite green teas, and the aroma embodies a sweet nuttiness of the leaves, pleasantly. Layered over the top is the scent of fresh, green, grassy aroma, but not nearly to the same extent as many green teas.

Leaves into the infuser basket. Basket into the mug. Water into both. And now I wait. The smell rising from the steeping tea has grown richer and deeper. The nuttiness still presents itself. The fresh, green scent has become more akin to roasted, loamy notes. Three minutes seem to be a long time in arriving, but the timer finally rings.

Much like the infusing leaves, the smell of the brewed tea gives of notes of richness and roasted aromas. My first sip swells across the tongue and departs, leaving reminders of the aroma, mid-tongue. Surprisingly brisk, the taste nonetheless imparts a sweetness that was originally present in the scent of the dried leaf. While some might think the briskness to be unpleasant, it gives this Dragon Well a good amount of character and body. In fact, without it, I think this green tea might very well be dull. The tongue picks up a number of flavor nuances. The roasted aspect moves along the sides of the tongue, while the sweet nuttiness cascades along the middle. For such a pale tea with an unassuming aroma, Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Dragon Well Long Jing presents itself well and maintains a surprisingly bold flavor profile.

I would definitely recommend this tea for those, who enjoy teas with roasted flavors. I have tried many Dragon Well teas, and this is one of the best. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this green tea a 94/100.

gmathis

Six minutes…? Oh, my—that would take paint off my kitchen table!

Spencer

And the buds off your tongue!

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“I love trading tea and trying new teas. My favourites are oolong (mainly Chinese) and pu’erh.
Will gladly talk all day about tea.”

The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

Still more than glad to talk about tea – anytime, anywhere, anyplace.
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My ratings, this “personal enjoyment scale” about which I talk, are just that – based on how much I enjoyed the tea. I might have enjoyed it immensely, yet do not keep it stocked for various reasons. On the flip side, I have a few teas that are “good” but not “great,” which I keep stocked for various reasons.

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