New Tasting Notes

This was the third, and final, tea I ordered when buying a puerh bag and a puerh pick from CTC. The review on here made it sound great and, at £10 for 100 g, it sounded like a bargain.

This morning, I set down to breaking a bit of my cake off (just shy of 5g, I think) and prepared this in my Verdant Gaiwan. Having never broken up a puerh cake before, I’m not sure if this was typical, but it was more difficult than I expected! Videos on Youtube always make it look so easy hahaha. The leaves were nice, though – brown-and-dark-green, with some stem (but not much!). They were nice and intact, and they were consistent throughout the cake – what was on the outside was also on the inside, which I took to be a good sign.

After drinking WP’s Arbor Mist sheng puerh, I had a decent idea of what to expect, but I actually think I preferred (on the first attempts, anyway) this sheng – the infusions it produced were really lovely! Flavourful and tasty, but it was also quite fruity. Alongside this fruitiness, there was a lovely smooth mouthfeel and a surprising, almost cream-like note. It was also lovely and sweet.

The initial infusion was a pale yellow and subsequent infusions became a darker, gold/golden-orange colour. The earlier steeps were more vegetal and a little pungent, with that hint of bitterness and astringency, but later infusions had such amazing fruit and cream notes! The tea left me feeling alert and happy, so that’s a plus too. The final infusions (#9-11) were milder, but still really delicious – I got stonefruit notes, along with that lingering creamy flavour. It did also give me that tingly mouthfeel, that I’ve often seen described, so it’s nice to fully understand that concept now :D

I still haven’t tried enough sheng, I don’t think, to award a particularly meaningful score to this tea. But I’d strongly recommend it – it was really lovely! I’ll certainly be turning to this tea plenty in the future – brewing it like this (which, tbh, I think I will) will mean I’ll get another 19 sessions. Delightful! :D

Flavors: Creamy, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I’ve had this one mixed with their Strawberry Lemonade Herbal and loved it. Decided I needed to see how it was on its own too.

The dry leaf smells very citrus-y. I think I am getting grapefruit and orange. I absolutely love the color of this as it poured into my cup! It mostly tastes like strawberry with a good hint of citrus, I’m thinking the grapefruit. The addition of a sweetener seems to deepen the flavors, making it an even more enjoyable cup. I really like this in the Winterberry Blend, iced and hot, but I think I like it on it’s own just as much. I know that Teavana gets a bad rap around here but I am finding a few that I really enjoy!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
sundaysipping

This is one of my favorite teas! I went through about an ounce in a week when I first got it. So fruity and tasty!

Kayla

Sundaysipping – How do you store it? Is this one of the ones that I have to be careful about what kind of tin it is in due to the citrus?

sundaysipping

I actually don’t know. I use 12oz mason jars to store my tea — they keep air out beautifully, can be thrown into the dishwasher (which gets any lingering odors out), and I keep them in a cabinet so I’m not worried about light exposure. The Teavana tins do a great job of preventing aroma-leakage, but I found them expensive and extremely difficult to de-scent once I’d used up the tea they were holding.

I guess because it’s a tea with grapefruit it in it could require one of the citrus-friendly Teavana tins.

Kayla

Thanks :)

sundaysipping

Hope it helps! :-)

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Sipdown!

I remember really liking this one when I first got into tea. It’s been my go-to morning tea for about two weeks now and I find that the first steep is too astringent for me. I don’t get chocolate and the raspberry just seems to contribute to the sharp taste. It’s too much … until I resteep it, at which point its much softer flavor-wise. I don’t get a lot of raspberry/chocolate, but it is smooth and sweet.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thanks to Brenden at Whispering Pines for this free sample!! I have had this sample for a while, but it hasn’t felt like the day to have it yet. Today, though, feels like the day! Time for the Jabberwocky!

I read the poem, which I actually didn’t know before having this tea, right before making it. I love it! (forgive me for not having read it sooner!) It made me even more excited to try this tea :)

The dry smell is super chocolatey and malty, strong, usually the dry leaf of black teas doesn’t have much scent to me, but this one definitely has a good one! I followed Brenden’s steeping suggestions of 3 mins with 205 degree water. The steeped smell is grainy, malty, a hint of dark chocolate.

As for the flavor, wow, this is a great black tea. The inital flavor is very bready and grainy, some malt, then the honey notes hit!! Wow they are strong and delicious! There is also some fruitiness that I found in Second Breakfast, probably from the Ailaoshan black tea that is in both of them. As it cools, this fruitiness leads into the aftertaste, and it’s definitely cherries. I love cherries! There are also some deep dark chocolate notes at the start of the taste before the honey notes hit. I am not getting too much eucalyptus yet, but there is a faint cooling sensation when I breathe in after the sip, so I think that is it. Wow this is delicious, so comforting. And I definitely feel the caffeine in this lol! Edit – I feel the caffeine alertness, but also an immense sense of relaxation and happy feelings. :D oh and I didn’t mention this tea is smooth smooth smooth. Soft and caressing. So freaking good.

Overall, this is a superb tea. It’s so good. Man, if I could drink black teas more regularly I would order this forever. Oh and also if I wasn’t on a self-imposed tea buying ban. Ugh I just tried to reason with myself and the boyfriend to allow me to order this…no dice. :(. I will be ordering this in the future though. Like, 99% sure. Brenden, please re-blend this after the last bag is purchased. I need it in a month or so! Also, thank you again to Brenden for this free sample! I have found the magic in this tea too!

Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Grain, Honey, Malt

looseTman

Sounds Awesome!

MissLena

It is so delicious!

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I’m certainly no Chai expert. In fact due to low quality bagged stuff, I have avoided it. Now that I mainly sip unflavored high quality loose leaf it just hasn’t been in my radar to drink. Until now.

I recently received a few chai samples for review. This was one of them. It is a combination of CTC and orthodox Assam. The dry scent is spicy but not too spicy. I steeped it western mug style with water. The brew is a very pretty deep orange that looks kind of burgundy under light. The flavor is a combination of clove and cardamom with cinnamon and ginger holding back a little. The ginger and pepper combine to bring a nice spicy heat to the finish. The base is smooth and slightly malty.

I next added some Splenda because I believe Chai is traditionally supposed to be sweet. This really made the flavors pop. They are more present and equal now.

Then I added milk. This doesn’t exactly muddy the flavors but they do sort of meld together. They are all there but difficult for me to separate. To me muddy implies I can’t tell what notes are present. I can here, yet they are tied to each other.

After some debate of pros and cons, I finally decided I like this best with milk and sweetener. The milk cools the spicy heat and the melding makes this so comforting. I could drink a gallon.

Turns out I kind of do like Chai, when its done right.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
237 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I finished this off last night with an overleafed cup and … I still don’t like it. It definitely had more flavor this way, but if I let it cool down too much it was bitter and nasty. I get pumpkin in the smell of the dry leaf and maybe a bit of spices when it’s steeped, but overall, I find it disappointing. Guess this just isn’t my tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Four Red Fruits by Kusmi Tea
2618 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here.

I feel I’ve tried most of Kusmi’s blends and the Russians are a little too overpowering for me, but the plain teas I’ve tried really aren’t interesting enough. So the 4 Red Fruits is a good combination for me. I like that the flavoring is subtle and not overly perfume-y, but I do get all the berry and cherry flavors in my cup. Aside from Lupicia, I don’t find a lot of flavored teas I’m too impressed with but this is a good blend IMO. Reminds me of fruit and chocolate. Grateful that the flavoring seems natural and it’s good with soymilk.

This is probably more of an afternoon tea for most people, but I am enjoying it with breakfast. :)

I still have almost all of the Kusmi Wellness blends too, if anyone would like to try/swap for them.

Flavors: Black Currant, Cherry, Chocolate, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m drinking my last teaspoon of this right now…
I only used 1 tsp for 8oz of water (since that’s all I had left), so I bumped up the temp to 180F and did the first steep for 4 min.
The cup was lighter than what I’m used to from this oolong (as expected, since I used less leaf than usual), with less bitterness and increased sweetness.
The second steep was still 180F, but for 7 minutes this time. The liquor was the exact colour of golden syrup in the jar (my jar was sitting right next to the cup…lol)… so beautiful! The taste was honey with the slightest bit of mineral at the end.
What a lovely cup for my first tea of the day. :)

Butiki Teas

I love this oolong! Glad you are enjoying it! :)

Red Fennekin

Sounds like a delicious cup to start your day with, indeed! :-)

DeliriumsFrogs

It’s so yummy, Stacy! I’ve been thinking about you so much lately. :)

Red, I think I’m going to have some TGY in a bit, after reading your posts… you’ve totally put it in my head. :D

Butiki Teas

I’m so glad! Awwww. Well, I think about you every time I pass by the Doctor Who mixed media piece! I love it so much!

Red Fennekin

Oooh, hahaha – I hope you enjoy it! I just can’t get enough of the stuff recently :-)

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drank Root Beer Float by Della Terra Teas
5583 tasting notes

dexter sent this one on to me and since it was a HUGE quantity, i’m going to inflict..er i mean share, the rest of this with the other girls :) Esp now that i’ve tried this both as a regularly brewed tea and a latte. Truth be told the latte was better but it just doesn’t have the strength to it and that deep root beer flavour that i get from the david’s tea black version. A decent cup, but not a favourite :) thanks for letting me try this dexter!

Final Count: 118 so yay for that! Maybe today i can get another 3 in…

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drank Flowery Pineapple Oolong by Butiki Teas
5583 tasting notes

another one from yesterday. I’ve been hoarding this tea because it’s my favourite pineapple tea and i can’t get it anymore. :( I WILL drink it slowly, but it’s locked away in a tin and a metal overflow box because everytime i opened my cupboard i could smell the delicious pineapple taunting me and willing em to drink it. Yesterday it was my treat for a very long night of staying awake for work. And it was amazing and delicious and everything i love about pineapple tea. thank you stacy!!

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mmm this was another from yesterday – the overnight caught up with me and i ended up passing out before i got around to finishing my tea posting haha. I don’t recall much about this besides the fact that it was sweet and reminded me of a darjeeling. I’ll do better next time i have it :)

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Tealizzy was kind enough to send me a sample of this tea! I have been curious about it for a while :)

And it lives up to the hype! Very complex, super sweet and apricotty, silky, a little floral and just enough tart/bitter notes to keep it interesting. Damnit, now I really want to order a cake! :D

I took some pics of my session-
http://instagram.com/p/ySDHvwxh4N/?modal=true
http://instagram.com/p/ySGqwRRhwZ/?modal=true
http://instagram.com/p/ySG5zxRhw2/?modal=true

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
92 tasting notes

We’ve been drinking mostly herbals this weekend so I thought I would start the morning off with one of my husband’s favorites. I’m still not sold on this one, at least not by itself, but it’s not bad. It tastes more like pineapple candy than true pineapple, unfortunately. I would love to find a tea that tastes like an actual piece of juicy pineapple. It’s warm though and serves its purpose this bright Sunday morning.

Flavors: Candy, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
EmilyGee

I thought this one tasted a lot like pineapple crush (the soda)- but I love pineapple crush so that’s probably why I loved it haha, definitely a sweet one.

Shae

I hadn’t thought about that but it does taste like pineapple soda! I don’t like it so much unsweetened so I always add extra honey which I guess brings out that candy-sweet taste. I do love the store sample of this when they have it iced and mixed with Blueberry Bliss. I’ve been meaning to try it at home but haven’t done it yet.

EmilyGee

Ooh that sounds really good, might have to try that!

rosebudmelissa

It tastes quite a bit like dried pineapple

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Drank a to go mug of this yesterday while I was waiting for my car’s oil change to be completed. I hadn’t had this one in a while and forgot how good it is! Predominantly sweet potato notes with a hint of toasty malt. YUM!

Special thanks to Sarsonator who gave me her tea cash before it expired and made this tea happen :D

MzPriss

Love this one too

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
219 tasting notes

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Took my first sip of this beauty and said Holy Amaze-Melon-Balls! I forgot how much I loved this tea. The dry leaves smell fantastic and has that garden smell to it that reminds you of summer. Once steeped . . Oh my! It’s rich, sweet, melon-ee, with just a slight hint of floral and has that fresh taste to it that you crave from a Melon tea. Fantastic!

Flavors: Melon

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Cooking TTB

The creamy-nutty goodness of this tea is crazy! And to boot- its green tea. . my fav! I really don’t know what more I can add to what everybody else has said about this tea. I’m so glad I was able to try it.

Flavors: Creamy, Nutty, Sweet

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
434 tasting notes

This is a nice flavored tea with strong notes of peach and vanilla. It does not have that vegetal taste so often associated with green teas.

Brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Peach, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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I bought a large packet of this ages ago and it has lasted well. The jasmine scent is not as strong as it was when I bought the tea, but it still makes a great light drink for after my morning coffee on a Sunday. It’s light, delicately scented, slightly sweet and generally good. I still think this is the best jasmine tea I have had, and I love that I can brew it in a mug by just dropping pearls into it and drinking as I go along. I guess it’s a variant on grandpa-ing the tea.

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Mild debate: do I take this OUT of my cupboard, because this cup is my last of CoEG, or do I leave it in, because the likelihood of my re-stocking this the next time I make an order is . . . ridiculously high? Oh, the dilemma of a tea lover-and-logger. GRANTED, I have a sample packet of Sloane’s Heavenly Cream, too, and I’m eager to tear into that. I’m always on the look out for a good, creamy, vanilla-y earl grey (forever in my heart as my [first] Tea Love), and if Sloane’s version proves to be as delightful as its name promises, I might get a tin of that instead of this? Again, dilemma!

Anyway, I’ve been unsuccessful in my fight with the sore throat, and I woke up today feeling like I swallowed a cheese grater. Argh. Milk and honey it is, then.

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This magical tea is the perfect start to a cold Sunday morning! The aroma of mango and guava was so enticing, that I had to fight off my own dog from trying to drink it right out of my mug.

Flavors: Guava, Hibiscus, Mango

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Good tea when I’m in the mood for genmaicha. The brown rice aroma is very strong and really transforms the taste of the tea, so I don’t go for it when I really want a green tea. I’ve only tried a couple genmaichas, but this is probably my favorite one. Very inexpensive also.

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drank Sencha by Yamamotoyama
14 tasting notes

Good tea for the price you pay. I basically can resteep it all day. I’ll drink gyokuro a couple times a week, but this is a good everyday green tea.

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