10 Tasting Notes

74
drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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I’m not a huge fan of Teavana as I think their products tend to be overpriced, but it was this tea that really turned me on life beyond the tea bag. This is a great tea for multiple brewings. On the first couple of brewings the tea is very floral with an orchid scent. As the tea goes through a number of brewings the grassy and vegetal flavors begin to shine as the floral character takes a back seat. While I recommend this tea, I think you can find oolongs of similar or better quality at a better price than at Teavana.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Calypso Green by Adagio Teas
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A bright and refreshing flavored green tea full of tropical fruit flavors. Lots of passion fruit and peach flavor backed up with coconut, mango, and citrus. The green tea gets kind of lost in the mix, but if you like fruity teas this is one to try.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Coconut, Fruity, Mango, Orange, Passion Fruits, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank Ginger Lime Rooibos by Fava Tea Co.
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I tend not to drink many herbal teas, but will reach or the herbal, or rooibos later in the evening if I’m looking for a tea before bed. This is one of the teas I will often turn to, to fill that need. The ginger is rather subtle-I wouldn’t mind a bit more of it, but it is well balanced with the citrus tones of the tea which include lime, tangerine and lemongrass. I find the lemongrass flavor to be a bit more pronounced than the lime flavor. The whole thing is rounded out by just a hint of licorice root, adding a slight sweetness to the tea. I really enjoy this tea lightly sweetened, and although I haven’t tried it yet, I bet that this tea would make a great, refreshing drink this summer as iced tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrusy, Ginger, Lemongrass, Licorice, Lime, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

A Chinese green tea with the addition of Jasmine. Nice, light tea with distinct Jasmine aroma and flavor but not very bold. Kind of fights with the tea for dominance. Slightly astringent at the end. Beautiful deep golden color suggests a tea heavier than it is. Re-steeping lead to a lighter colored tea with the Jasmine essence much diminished bit but with lots of green tea flavor still showing up. Second steeping only 1 1/2 minutes to try and preserve a bit of floral flavor and reduce astringency.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Herbaceous, Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Genmai Cha by Fava Tea Co.
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Genmaicha is quickly becoming one of my favorite types of tea. I like how the toasted rice rounds out the Japanese style green tea and adds another layer of complexity. While this offering from Fava Tea tends to show off the tea a little more than I like it is still a well balanced tea with the toasted rice smoothing over any astringency from the tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40
drank Silver Yin Zhen Pearls by Teavana
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I’m still relatively new to tea, but I just don’t get this one. It’s a nice tea-maybe a little to subtle for my tastes-but not bad, but for the price I paid from Teavana I was expecting something great. What I got was okay to good instead.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55
drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
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Wonderfully strong aroma of marzipan. Wish the flavor was as strong. Not a bad tea though, just had hoped for a bit more almond/marzipan flavor. Can still pull a bit of marzipan out of a second steeping but by number 3 not much left other than black tea. A little sweetening helps bump up the marzipan flavor, but still disappointing compared to the aroma.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

Light and fruity. Makes a great warm weather tea and absolutely great iced. A little sweetening helps deepen the fruit flavors. Like others I didn’t get much green tea flavor out of this tea, but definitely one to keep around for when I want to drink tea on warmer days.

Flavors: Apple, Grapefruit, Strawberry

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81
drank Sencha Claus by TeaGschwendner
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Picked this up at the Christkindlemarket in Chicago this past weekend. I generally stay away from gimmicky, flavored teas, but I am a big fan of almond flavored items and marzipan and since I wanted a tea for Christmas time, I decided to pick this up.

Opened the tin and the aroma screamed Christmas with accents of cinnamon, almond, and orange zest. Brewed a small pot for me and my wife following the recommendations on the package although I wasn’t dead on with the temperature. Slightly sweetened the tea with honey which I think helped accent the almond flavor.

A number of the reviews complain about the tea component of this drink, and I agree that there might have been better choices for a base for this tea, but overall, we really enjoyed it and expect that this will probably make it into regular rotation around the holidays.

Flavors: Almond, Bitter, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Orange Blossom

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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76

Nice mild oolong with a pleasant, floral accent. Wish the tea would live up to the aroma of the loose leaf which was full of honeyed apricot notes, but the flavor accents are much more subtle than the aroma leads you to believe. Still a very good tea, just not what I was expecting from the aroma.

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