563 Tasting Notes

drank Mandarin Silk by Art of Tea
563 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure this one came my way from ifjuly! I’ve had it at work forever and lost track of it. Found it today and steeped it up. It’s a nice, smooth oolong with vanilla and a bit of citrus to it. I think I prefer Tea Merchant’s Silk Dragon but this is a pretty nice option and I wouldn’t turn down a cup. :)

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drank White Night by Mandala Tea
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This was included as a sample in my Mandala order. It is a very pretty tea with long, long leaves. There is a mild earthy quality and overall a mild flavor. It has a very smooth mouthfeel. Nothing I’ll keep in the cupboard but very pleased to have tried it.

boychik

If you still have leaves, leave them steeping in maybe 165F for 20 min. You will be surprised. Maybe even lower temp

Nicole

Unfortunately, I did it at work and while I did steep twice, I didn’t keep them. That sounds like a worthwhile experiment though…

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drank Golden Stars by Butiki Teas
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This has been on my looking list for awhile but I had never ordered it. It was a sample kindly included in my most recent order (I think, or maybe the one before that…). I am not sure I’ve had artichoke outside of spinach artichoke dip so I can’t say anything other than this is definitely more vegetal than grassy. I get a lot of sharp lemon though, both in scent and taste. It’s a little too mineral-y and tangy for me. So glad to have had the opportunity to try it!

Virginia

Lol, so what you are saying is we can at least be certain it does NOT taste like dip xD

Nicole

Yes! I can say for sure there was no cheesy taste to this! :)

mj

LOL

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A sample of this was included in my recent order. It was a good choice based on my other teas. :) It was a good tea. However, even with filtered water, I get smoke out of this. Smokey cocoa. Not strong enough to be bad, but too strong for me to want to keep it on hand. Glad to have had the chance to try it, though. It was one I was on the fence about maybe ordering more of.

Courtney

Noooooo. I hope I don’t get smoke. :/

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Smoke? Really? Hmm…I haven’t tasted or ever heard of anyone getting smoke from this…that’s very strange!

Sil

courtney… if you do i have a nice toasty seat waiting for the tea at my place lol

Nicole

My taster is weird about smoke. I get it in all kinds of things that no one else seems to get it in. It is more than likely just me. That’s one of the reasons I follow lots of people – everyone seems to have at least slightly different taste buds, especially when it comes to tea! It may not even be my taster, it may be my sniffer, which is very hypersensitive to smoke of all kinds. So maybe I’m just smelling something that isn’t really there and that is coloring what I taste.

Courtney

Sil haha! :P

Nicole I also get it in things others don’t. I guess we will have to wait and see. I’m glad it was just a sample for you, at least. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm…I do sort of get warm pinewood in this one, but I agree, we all taste different things :)

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Fruity, sweet, caramel, cocoa, bread… yup. This one is a keeper for sure.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

mmmm….

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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
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T&C TTB#20: This is going to drive me crazy. I am absolutely positive I bought a pack of this back when. I have been tearing the house apart trying to find it for months – I never ever tried it and I lost it! This is sweet and creamy lemon with cardamom. Maybe a bit of ginger the flavor but I don’t get much cinnamon. The spices seem to be blended well here and the lemon adds a brightness that is appealing.

Made with 3 oz. half-and-half and about a tablespoon of sugar.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
CelebriTEA

Mmmm…this sounds crazy good!

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
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T&C TTB#19: I kind of like this one. Not sure I’d keep it around and I don’t notice any rose, lavender or jasmine but it was a pleasant cup. The spices are somewhat mild. I wonder if I’d like it with a touch more sugar. I used about 2 teaspoons for a 16 ounce cup and I steeped with about 4 ounces of half and half as well as water.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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T&C TTB#18: This one was just okay. Bit of mild hay and dust. Not much malt. It’s drinkable but I’ve had better yunnans, that’s for sure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Peach by Adagio Teas
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T&C TTB#17: This was pretty good. A nice strong peach flavor. I wouldn’t call it natural peach, but it’s very strong and good. I don’t know that I’d buy it to have in the cupboard but it was good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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T&C TTB#16: Okay, this is great. This was another I have never ordered because I figured it wouldn’t be my thing. I don’t really get any chocolate chip bunny taste here, but it is easily one of the best strawberry blacks I’ve had. I do notice the hibiscus but not in a bad way and there is a little bit of pie crust in the background. It’s a little bit dry as it cools off. I don’t get much cinnamon either and I’m not sure what rhubarb tastes like. My grandma made strawberry-rhubarb pies every spring but I never ate any. I liked the plain strawberry ones too much to branch out. :) This one goes on my shopping list for the next Butiki order.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

BAD Nicole! (i would have sent you some if i had known you hadn’t tried it!)

boychik

I really like strawberry rhubarb preserves. I think I have a sample of this one.

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