355 Tasting Notes

84
drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
355 tasting notes

I probably steeped this too long (close to 2 minutes), so it’s a lot more vegetal than I expected. That’s not a bad thing; this has a very smooth mouthfeel and even with the more floral tastes coming out, I smiled after my first sip. I am tasting some creaminess, as well, though. I like this.

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82
drank Sour Cherry Serenade by Teavana
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Sadly the end of my sample of this. I realize now that though I usually loathe hibiscus, this is one blend that it works exceptionally well in. I guess my real issue with hibiscus is that it’s thrown into teas and make them unintentionally sour. This is meant to be sour, anyway, so it works.

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94

And continuing the sweet trend.. macaroon in a cup..

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82
drank Caramel Cream by Adagio Teas
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For the first time in a long time, had a chance to make tea before work. Wanted something sweet. Yum.

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94

The last bags of my first box – only one box to go until I’m out of this until next Christmas. I was sad to find that apparently I did miss out on one of the holiday teas, Nutcracker Sweet. I could’ve sworn I bought it, but it’s not in my cupboard. Maybe it will reappear in a strange place.

Janefan

send me a PM if you still want the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. I don’t want anything in return, just want to clear out mu cupboard and send it to a good home!

Jillian

Well it it turns out that you don’t have any Nutcracker Sweet PM me and I’ll mail you a few bags. :)

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64

Hm.. so the last time I had this I had just come home from a workout and it dehydrated me quickly. This time I’m beginning to see why, as this is drying out my tongue something fierce. Lots of tannins. I like the cocoa and cardamom flavor, but it’s too harsh overall.

JacquelineM

Do you ever take tea with cream and sugar? I think this one especially benefits from those additions.

Bethany

Every so often I do cream, but never sugar. I actually still have enough for a cup or so, so I’ll go grab that creamer!

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92
drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Got good news on my possible health problem today.. yay! Hopefully the test results will prove even better.

To celebrate, an old favorite. I’m almost out of my 4 oz. bag already. I’ve never run out of a 4 oz. bag.. ever. So this must mean something good.

JacquelineM

That’s so good to hear!

jennlea

Glad you got good news today!

sophistre

Nice! I hope things only continue to improve!

tease

Yay yay yay good news! Positive thoughts your way…

Tamara Fox

Glad you got the good new & glad you thought to celebrate with tea!

Angrboda

I’m glad it’s good news! I hope you get completely well quickly. :)

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74

Smoky and a bit bake-y. Adieu, sample.

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79
drank Coconut Chai by Zhi Tea
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Again, this is very good – nice and sweet, but not overpowering, and you definitely taste the coconut – but it’s very mild for a chai.

IdentiTEA

A mild chai, you say? Did you add milk or drink it straight up?

Bethany

Straight up. I made it once with milk before, and it was even milder.

IdentiTEA

Awesome. I’ve been on the look out for a mild chai… because with most of the chai’s I’ve had, it seems like they just throw a bunch of cloves at you and call it “spiced”… uh, no. I’ll have to look into this one. Thanks for posting the note.

Bethany

Yes, it’s definitely good, just a bit mild for me. Zhi’s Kashmiri Chai is very similar, but with a green base and no coconut. I’d recommend them both.

denisend

Tavalon has a mild chai as well (I think it’s the vanilla that smooths it out) – the Kama Chai Sutra. I like a strong chai, so I didn’t rate it very high, but for a mild chai with the traditional spice blend it may be what you’re looking for. If you wait until Tavalon is featured in the Steepster Select, you can use the 20% off coupon, too!

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87
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Rishi Tea
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Thanks to Ricky for a sample of this!

I was genuinely scared of this one, though I had no reason to be. The only other pu-erh I’ve tried was another Rishi one, their Pu-Erh Blood Orange, and it was really, really good. But I’ve been holding off on this one for awhile nonetheless.

I’m sad that I waited this long, because this is fantastic. The mint is the prominent smell, but the taste is a wonderful blend of mint, creaminess (from the vanilla), and cinnamon. There are some minor cocoa notes, too. I don’t really get any earthiness from the pu-erh, though.

Might at least buy a sample of this next time I make a Rishi order.

Ricky

Glad you liked this one =]

Cofftea

It’s been recommended that I try these 2 as well. I also want to try the strawberry one from Teavana. If you like chocolate you gotta try Numi’s Organic Chocolate Pu Erh. I had the bagged version, but it also comes in loose leaf.

Bethany

@Cofftea Are you talking about Teavana’s Strawberry Slender? I’d definitely recommend it. It’s very good.

Cofftea

Yep. That’s it.

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