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drank Genmaicha by Mariage Frères
335 tasting notes

I have not had a lot of genmaicha teas. The first one I tried was from a purchase, from probably one of those generic german blenders. I thought it quite strange at first and downgraded it for gardening tea, tea I have while doing some (lazy gardening) on winter weekend mornings (when it´s not raining or TOO dreary. lazy…). And somehow it really worked for that purpose, the toastiness and the green energy, I have been quite fond of it. I was very curious about what a better version of genmaicha would be like, and Ysaurella was kind enough to send me some.

And this is probably going on my shopping list. It really is a different, much more refined, hints of floral genmaicha than the one I had before. Really lovely, I am converted. Though I am also wondering about Lupicia´s genmaicha teas….

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A sample from a swap, which has been languishing for a while – it´s winter, and I am craving tea and new teas but trying to watch caffeine intake which is annoying.

This was a perfectly nice earl grey, just the right level of bergamot for me. I can not particularly noticed the vanilla, but I was absentmindedly enjoying it.

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drank Mixed Berry by Twinings
1003 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. My daughter requested this one, and for simplicity sake I made a whole pot. I accidentally let it steep for five minutes, so I was expecting some bitterness, but thankfully there wasn’t any. There is a light juicy berry flavor – a strawberry, cherry, raspberry mix – and a brisk base tea. Not my usual Monday morning cup, but a decent cup to be sure.

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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This one is definitely a keeper for me .
Totally agree with previous reviewer’s tasting note.

Here is the link for this tea :

Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Wet Wood

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 110 OZ / 3253 ML

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Good energy and excellent finish – the sweet wood and camphor notes with hint of old books.

Great traditional storage and high grade material all together making this cake one of my favorites.
Here is the link for this tea :’er/Sheng-puer-tea/cnnp-zhen-cang-pin-treasure-collection-2000.html

Flavors: Brandy, Camphor, Dark Wood, Mineral

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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I bought a sample of this tea and therefore provide only a first impression.
I decided against the recommended steeping method from Yunomius.
I gave gongfu cha a try with this tea and it turned out to be a good idea.
My parameters: 2g/80ml/95°C/10-20se, up to 10 infusions
The smell of the dried leaves was a little bit difficult to describe: for me it was a slight scent of lactic acid which even the steeped leaves had.
The color of the liquor was a clear honey-yellow with the same smell. The smell did not appear stronger or weaker.
The flavor was characterized by a mild sweetness with a slight acid base note. The sweetness was more or less neutral, maybe a touch of honey? but I´m not really sure.
The acid notes were wonderfully refreshing and discreetly lemony.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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I brewed this last night and am just getting around to this now. This was really good tea. This was one where I wish I had not been so tired because it was easily worth twelve steeps. I thought it that good. I added a small amount of sugar to this tea. It brought out a discernible note of what I would either describe as peaches or plums, not sure which. This was a tasty, sweet puerh. It had little fermentation flavor, I would say only a little. I really didn’t notice it.

I brewed this four times in a 170ml Yixing teapot with 10.2g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. If I had not been so tired last night I would have steeped this at least four more times and I am guessing this would have easily lasted 12 steeps or more.

Flavors: Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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This is not a bad herbal, and it smells and tastes quite pleasant. And it is very soothing and calming too. I was a little unused to a teabag without string but nothing a spoon can’t solve. :)

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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And thank you to Ost for sending me a sampling of this tea.

An excellent Assam. Full flavored and robust. This is the kind of tea you want to reach for on the mornings when you can’t shake the sleepy because this will do it for you.

Malty, rich, delicious notes of dark chocolate and honeyed caramel. A really nice, bold tea.

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This is the first White Two Tea offering that I’ve tried. I found it to be quite nice. The earthiness of it was rather subtle, which I appreciated.

Earliest infusions were sweet and mellow. The earthiness of this pu-erh is perhaps the most pleasant earthy taste that I’ve yet to experience in a pu-erh. This has a flavor of a mushroom. It’s not briny or fishy. It’s smooth, not bitter, and not astringent.

Later infusions became deeper in flavor but still pleasantly sweet, mellow and smooth. The sweetness develops into a caramel-y like flavor that I loved, and then with later infusions, it became more like molasses (loved that too!)

In later infusions, I also picked up on some raw cacao notes and hints of mineral. There was also a slight citrus-y tangy note.

Here’s my full-length review:

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OK, I want to start this tasting note by saying that if you haven’t already, please check out this note about my ‘take over’ of 52Teas (don’t worry, it’s a friendly take over!) – – and I hope that you’ll consider helping me with my kickstarter campaign!

Anyway … I enjoyed this tea. 52Teas offered a lot of apple-y teas this past autumn/winter season and while I think that my favorite was the Apple Oatmeal one with the Darjeeling Oolong because that was seriously yum, this was still pretty tasty.

It’s pleasantly sweet without additives, it has a nice apple note and a zesty note of cinnamon that doesn’t overwhelm the cup. I like the light nutty tones of the honeybush and the hint of honeyed taste from the honeybush in this – it’s a really nice complement to the flavors.

When I drank it warm, it reminded me of apple cider. I didn’t like this as much as it cooled though. It’s much better hot.

Here’s my full-length review:

Maddy Barone

I would love to help with your Kickstarter. Is it up yet?

Maddy Barone

Never mind! I clicked your link and found it. :)


Thanks Maddy!

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Quite yummy!

As I said in my full-length review of this tea – – this tea won me over before I even started brewing it. The aroma of the dry leaf is so lovely, it evokes thoughts of walking into a candy shop.

The pomegranate is sweet and tart, and I love the way the fruit notes play with the notes of vanilla and chocolate. The overall prevailing note is sweet, but some tart notes weave their way in and out. The black tea has a nice malty tone to it, and it’s a pleasant flavor: smooth and full-flavored.

As the tea cools, I pick up on more chocolate (and more chocolate = better). The chocolate and vanilla together create a very luscious creamy experience.

This is a really yummy tea.

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Interesting! I just tried this in the clay teapot it came with, and it wasn’t as good as I remembered. I suspect this is a combination of me not having the steeping parameters quite right, and my teapot still being very “thirsty”. I had some leftover tea at the end of the session, so instead of throwing it in the fridge for tomorrow morning I poured it into the teapot and I think I’ll just leave it overnight to think about life. Maybe I’ll try it in the gaiwan next…

5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
1516 tasting notes

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Having this one for the first time in a long time, and having it as a latte. It’s really good like this. I’m on the couch with a cold compress rotating back and forth from my right ankle to right knee, with my laptop, and listening to my friend’s radio show playing from Orlando, FL, and this just goes. I feel like I am comfy and cozy and relaxed and I have this sweet, nutty, rich beverage next to me.

For some reason, I always seem to forget I have this one, and yet, I always try to buy some when I’m in LA every February, since there is a Bird Pick near my friend’s house. And I’ll be there again in 3 weeks, so if I am by Bird Pick, I will be getting more, because it is a nice low caffeine option for the evening, and for a green tea, it had a nice hefty warmth.

Is this my favourite tea?No, but I also like to have some on hand if I can.

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Tea of the evening here… today I went on a long hike with my boyfriend and felt good enough about doing that to order beer and nachos for dinner… ha ha. Unfortunately that also left me with a stomach ache that I was hoping some shu would settle.

I’ve had this blend for over 2 years now, it isn’t bad, I just kind of wish it was gone. Today I gave it a quick rinse and actually found it’s better that way. I did rinse off some of the flavoring too, but in this case that may be a blessing. At least it doesn’t smell fishy like that horrible flavored puerh from David’s. I think I will stop buying flavored puerh though, it is so much better unflavored.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
1692 tasting notes

Perhaps noshing on a gingerbread star while trying this tea wasn’t the best idea. :)

Thank you for the sample, MissB!

It smells fruity. Intensely candy fruity. Mmm. I didn’t look up the steeping instructions, and chose to steep this low and short due to the sencha base – I don’t want seaweed, thank you.

Brewed this way, it’s pretty much FRUIT. There’s a hint of fresh grass and some marine breeze in the background, but mostly fruit. It’s quite lovely.

And (bonus!) it was in a tea bag which made it super easy.

It’s pretty good, but for someone who doesn’t love green teas, it’s a touch lost on me. I guess… really lovely to try, but I wouldn’t purchase it.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Toasty Almond by Tealish
1659 tasting notes

When I saw how red my tea turned my first though was that it contained the dreaded hibiscus. Fortunately the colour was from the beetroot pieces instead. Out of the three tea in the sampler it was the smell of this one that really drew like some delicious freshly-baked almond confectionery. It starts off sweetly nutty with a bit of a spice undertone, but then it trails off into something tangy and slightly sour which I’m not sure I care for. I’m going to see if sweetener improves matters.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Cornelia Bean
652 tasting notes

Sipped this down in a latte with a scoop of matcha. The flavour of this tea doesn’t come through strongly – there’s just a hint of spice and an extra rich, creaminess to the cup, and it completely mellows the grassiness of the matcha. All in all a good way to be done with a tea I didn’t love.


Ooooh! Mixing it with matcha. What a great idea. :D

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I’m trying to rotate trying all my new teas, so I sample a new one everyday. (Steepster has been very bad for my budget! But good for my tea obsession) Today is Not So Vanilla’s day. I was hoping the kenalog shot would have restored my sense of smell (and therefore taste) but it hasn’t. So I’m probably missing a ton of vanilla deliciousness. For what I can taste, this is a mild, smooth tea. I taste no bitterness, nor is it as sweet as some others. The first sip tasted very like any other tea, but as I drank the cup down I found myself savoring it more and more. It tasted almost creamy to me. I can see myself enjoying this in the afternoon.

Flavors: Creamy

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
149 tasting notes

Happiness in a cup! Looking at the ingredients, I don’t know how but I am getting a wonderful muffin type flavor with this cup that I am absolutely loving. At least for my unrefined palate, I think this tastes like a well balanced cup that is making me want to stay up later than I should with another cup and a book. Great tea to end my long day on!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by TeaGuys
79 tasting notes

I really like this one.
I used 2tsp in a 12oz cup, but I didn’t fill it all the way, knowing I’d be adding milk. I steeped for 5 minutes in boiling water.
There is a definite chocolate thing going on here, and the mouth feel almost borders on a coffee thickness (this could be because I used half & half in my tea instead of just milk…. ). Being a chai, I also added raw sugar to this, and it’s delicious.
I’ve had my fair share of chai roobios, and I have to say that this one would be right there in my top faves. The cocoa element is really nice (like real cocoa nibs), and the cardamom rushing to the front is appreciated.
Another great rooibos from Tea Guys. :)

ETA: Second steep is still really yummy. I think I added a little too much sugar (need to remember that for next time), but other than that, I’m really liking this cup. The spices are more subdued in this resteep, but there is still a chocolate flavour happening. I really like this one!
Ok….back to my Ms. Marvel Vol. 1… I read the whole volume today in one sitting, and now I’m rereading it. This comic makes me feel SO EXCITED for the future of comics, as a woman, a mother of two girls, and as a fan of great writing and fantastic artwork. Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel…. man, I really love comics sometimes. :)

Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Cocoa, Spices

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