510 Tasting Notes

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This is a decent vanilla black tea. Almost caramelly in smell and with a sweetish taste.

For the price and taste I think I’d probably keep Harney & Son’s Vanilla Black in the cupboard over this one, but if one were making an order from Mahamosa and wanted something to round it out, this is a good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

you should try the Mariage Frère one : Vanille des îles
It’s a very natural one and the base is fantastic

Sil

hmm good to know lol

Nicole

I’ll have to try the MF one, Ysaurella. Sounds good!

Sil – I hesitate to recommend a company to someone who has over 200 teas at the moment, but Mahamosa is good to deal with and has generous sample sizes. :)

Sil

nicole – lol oh there will be an order one of these days. I’ll have to try the MF one but i for sure have mahamosa on my list of tea places to try eventually. just need to get my cupboard back under control.

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I had this yesterday as a point of comparison with Steeped Tea’s EGdlC.

This one is better. Not as harsh, more creamy. Still not sure if it’s the best one, but it’s pretty good. Bergamotty, mildly creamy, good tea base. Still leans towards a tendency to astringency but not bad and I could probably go with 2 minutes instead of 3 and reduce that.

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

I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks for the suggestion!

looseTman

You’re welcome!

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This is probably okay to cook with but for the price, you can get a better tea base. This is pretty harsh and to me there is nothing special about it. It’s not undrinkable, it just isn’t a stand-out.

I got it as part of an order to see if I wanted to become a consultant. I think I’ve had enough really great tea over the past couple of years that I can’t bring myself to sell this to other people at the prices Steeped Tea charges. Not when I know that for the same money you can get truly excellent teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Cavocorax

That’s good to know! My aunt is buying me some tea from there and I was looking at what was required to host a party / be a consultant etc, but I wouldn’t be comfortable with it if the tea wasn’t enjoyable.

Nicole

I wanted to try the tea before I jumped into selling it and I’m glad I did. I expect many who are not as exposed to tea would like this. Maybe you’ll find something in what your aunt gets you that you like. :) And there is always the possibility that I got a not so good batch.

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
510 tasting notes

Got this as a sample with my Verdant order and I am sooooo happy to have it.

This is an absolutely wonderful tea. Sweet, mildly smoky, thick and malty. Unsweetened cocoa-y, not a hint of bitterness, dryness or astringency. Second steep was a bit harsher and not as smooth with more hay/grass quality and more smoke coming to the fore. Not a particularly good smoke, though.

While I much prefer the first steep, the second grew on me. I definitely prefer this to the Laoshan Black.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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So, after all the hype I was a little nervous to try this one.

I tried the initial 3-5 second recommended steeping and it tasted like water. Now I was wary of being disappointed. I put the infuser basket back in and tried another 10 seconds. Hm. Nothing much more than before. So I let it go for a full 2 minutes then let it cool down a bit to a comfortable drinking temperature.

It is indeed a wonderful tea. A sweetish, maltish, smooth tea. I am not good usually at picking out individual notes and this tea is no exception. Though from reading other reviews that seems like a feature in this tea – that it all goes together so seamlessly that it is hard to discern separate notes. After that first full cup the wet leaves smelled amazing and strongly of fermentation – sweet and yeasty and malty.

I’ve done 4 cups so far and I think probably because I have to steep it so long I don’t think I’ll get many more. I could be wrong, though. :) I will say that the first cup so far has been the best.

I would happily keep this in my cupboard but it’s a bit on the expensive side compared to other, similar teas that I enjoy as much or more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Sil

it’s nice… but i like others better :)

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77

I nicked a bag of this from the spa last time I was there, just to see what it was like. :) It was the only black tea they had on offer, which makes sense since you are there to relax.

It’s not too bad, really. Decently strong apricot flavor with a light hint of sweetness. I left the bag in the cup for like 30 minutes when I got sidetracked into reviewing some of the husband’s photography. Not in the least bit bitter. The only downside is as the cup cools more with the bag still in there, I’m not sure, but I think I taste the bag. Just a mild papery taste in the background which is totally my fault and not that of the tea. :)

If I was limited to bagged tea, I think RoT would be my choice for a lot of things.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec

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drank Cranberry Creme by New Earth
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Picked this up today from a relatively new shop in my neck of the woods. Their window said “Teas” along with “Candles, Hookahs & Clothing.” I didn’t have high hopes, but figured I’d at least give it a look. It’s a standard head shop for this area. Incense, hookahs, rolling papers, Bob Marley candles, tie dyed scarves and t-shirts… And about 5 black teas, all flavored, not much info on the jars about the teas. There were a few more white teas, also mostly flavored. A whole shelf about 10 feet long loaded with herbal blends. Makes me somewhat nervous to buy an herbal blend from a head shop – who knows if the blender really knows anything about herbal interactions and amounts that could be either good or bad for your health… Just because they slap the name “tension tamer” on it and say it’s all natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you. I am confident that they don’t blend their own blacks or whites but I am also confident that they do blend their own herbals because they also sell all of the herbal ingredients in bulk. :)

Anyway, I thought I’d pick up a few teas just to try, the prices were cheap and I expected the tea to be cheap as well. And… I was pretty much right. This isn’t horrible, but I won’t buy it again. It’s just unimpressive, given the other excellent teas I have in my stash. :)

After the cup cools somewhat, the cranberry comes out pretty well. Mildly sweet tasting and I’m assuming that is the vanilla mellowing out the tart cranberry flavoring. It’s somewhat dry after the sip and it gets drier with a longer steep. Not bitter, really, just dry. Might be pretty good iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
K S

I think I got a contact buzz reading your experience. Dude, I need cookies. ;)

Nicole

I’m pretty sure the clerk was in need of cookies as well. :)

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drank Summer Cherry Fig by Capital Teas
510 tasting notes

Not sure how I missed logging this. I’ve had it several times.

I like this one a lot. I can taste the fig and the cherry both. Admittedly, the tea base takes a back seat. Nevertheless, the base is smooth and non-astringent. Smells wonderful.

It makes an excellent infusion for mousse and probably would make a good infusion for ice cream or creme brulee.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Sil

mmm sounds delicious!

Nicole

Well, let me know when you get down far enough that you want some more sample sizes. :) I’ve got some with your name on them.

Sil

Haha awesome….you’ll need to make a list of things from my cupboard too :)

JustJames

i have been looking for a good fig tea. perhaps i’ll try this one!

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73
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
510 tasting notes

Toasty, ricey, little hints of vegetal flavors here and there and pretty smooth. Not silky or creamy, just smooth and soft. The leaves expand quite well, as expected for an oolong.

This is my first Dong Ding oolong. Not sure I am enough of a fan to keep it around, but it seems to be a very nice tea and I wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered. And I will not make it through 7 steeps. I will probably never get through 7 steeps of the same tea in a row. :) Too impatient, too many teas!!!

Again, thanks for sharing, Tamm!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Tamm

I’m glad that you liked it! It was the first dong ding for me to try as well. I’m glad that you got to experience something new.

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drank Lavender Dreams by Teavana
510 tasting notes

Wow! What a pretty tea. Whole rosebuds, orange slices of dried carrots, lavender, just lovely!

I don’t get much beyond the lavender taste but it was very nice and relaxing. I liked it after it cooled off a bit. Freshly hot it was hard to taste the flavor.

I could see mixing this with a nice chamomile for a before bed cuppa. Thanks, Tamm!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Tamm

:3 I made sure to give you some of the little “extra” bits so that you could see how pretty this one is. I think the worker gave me a bunch extra because she was being nice.

Nicole

Thanks for sharing the pretty bits! :) It is a beautiful tea. Very feminine.

gmathis

Lately I’ve been seeing reviews of all kinds of tea with vegetable bits and bites—new and trendy, or am I just slow to notice?

Nicole

Dunno. If I were to go to buy tea, my first look would not be for veggies in the mix but it does add a nice splash of color here. I’m sure I don’t taste carrot, though. :)

Tamm

The carrot in the Teavana Queen of Babylon blend is actually way intense imo. Not so much in this one though. I always assumed it was more for show/pricing than actual flavor though.

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