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24 Tasting Notes

drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
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Hmmmm…. after all the times I have had to put my name on the waiting list for this one (and finally getting in on a re-blend), I am quite disappointed. I do definitely taste the genmaicha, but I can barely taste the S’Mores are of this. You can smell the S’More part in the bag, but once the water hits the tea it’s genmaicha predominantly. Not that I don’t like genmaicha, it’s just that as a flavored tea I was hoping for a more “sweet”/choco/smoky/marshmallow experience. I wish I liked this tea more, because as I said I had to jump through a lot of hoops just to be able to order it.

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake Mate by 52teas
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I just received this tea in the mail this morning and was very excited because I adore red velvet cake! I am not disappointed… this one is smooth and the flavors harmonize well together so that no one essence stands out more than the other. A guilt free pleasure in a cup!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Received this tea as part of the Kusmi’s “Russian Sampler”. The citrus, vanilla and other flavors are muted in this one and no one flavor jumps out at me. Too muted, in fact, that I am just not crazy about this one. There is some spicy essence coming through, but I am having trouble making out what it is. Definitely not getting the “citrus” part of it…. Funny thing about Kusmi teas – either I am jumping for joy or just blah. This one would fall under the just blah category.

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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I was surprised that I liked this tea so much. It is so elegant and lovely. The orange blossom is distinct yet blends well with the other flavorings. I am crazy for anything with flowers in it lately, and this is the closest thing to perfection I have experienced in a while :-)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by TeaCuppa
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I waited a whole month for this tea to come in the mail, so I was hoping that I would like it a whole lot in exchange for the inconvenience. Although I adore milk oolong, this one is just average. It has the characteristic milky aroma when dry, but I didn’t detect much once steeped. The buttery flavor was not that strong, and that disappointed me. I also didn’t detect much of a floral, milky or pineapple aroma that I favor either. I routinely keep Republic of Tea’s Milk Oolong on hand (which has a rich, strong aroma and great taste), so I guess I was comparing this tea to that. To be honest, I prefer the Republic of Tea MO as well. I will have no problem drinking the rest of this tea, but probably will not order it from Teacuppa again…it just isn’t that remarkable, after all the waiting around I did for it to arrive from Malaysia.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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I received this tea in an order which I also received the S&V violet tea and was thinking that the two teas would be more similar than they are. The violet harmonizes with the rose to create a unique floral sensation. It is smooth and relaxing and is truly lovely. I imagine sitting in a Victorian tea house, drinking out of elegant china while wearing a beautiful vintage hat. This will probably become a stable in my personal tea cupboard -)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Violet by Simpson & Vail
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Such a lovely violet tea, not too strong but not so weak that you cannot taste the violet… it is soft and smooth and innocent in an interesting kind of way. It resteeps really well, with the violet carrying through to subsequent cups. I want to say that when I drink this tea I imagine I am at a child’s tea party using fancy china…again, it has a sweet and innocent quality that is so charming.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Formosa Oolong by Simpson & Vail
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Oh, I love this tea. This is my first Formosa Oolong, and I am not disappointed. A darker oolong, this one feels smooth and round on my tongue. It is full bodied while tasting nutty, sweet and floral. I want to say that I am also tasting raisins on the finish. I am so glad I ordered this tea from Simpson & Vail and think that this one is going to become one of my staples …. Yum :-)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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So I have been trying to decide whether to order this for some months now, broke down earlier in the week, ordered and just received this. Initial tasting tells me I am pleased but not overjoyed. This tea is very subtle, and frankly I am really more of a “hit me in the face with the flavors” kind of drinker. The rose is oh-so-subtle, and you really don’t realize the hot red pepper is in there until you feel a slight tingling on the tongue between sips. Also, the descriptions state there is “smoke”, but frankly I don’t taste any smoke. Perhaps what they meant was that the tea, combined with the rose and the pepper should remind you of the smoke of the fire of a travelling gypsy caravan bunked down for the night. That would be more like it. It in no way tastes like a Lapsang or anything like that. So, I am saying this one is subtle, and even smooth and sophisticated, definitely not “in your face”. This tea is definitely more for a pensive, quiet moment when you can savor the nuances of the tea. Definitely tastes high quality, btw :-)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Rose Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
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Funny about Kusmi Tea and me, I either love them or I don’t like them so much. I received this tea sachet as a sample when I received my violet tea order. I thought the violet was a let down because you cannot smell or taste the violet; however, this flower tea is lovely. The sachet itself presents with a nice, obvious rosey scent, and brews up with a soft yet distinct rose scent and flavor as well. I think this tea would be good during a nice quiet, relaxing time, giving an opportunity to inhale the rose scent as you go. I would definitely purchase this one if I was looking for a floral green tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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