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1614 Tasting Notes


Tea #16 from Considering a new TTB
I was so busy today making Lemon Meringue pie for my blog that I didn’t even have my first cup of tea until after 5pm today. Normally I would have had something left in the fridge just for such an emergency, but I needed room for the pie to cool which means there’s just no room for my usual pitcher of tea. This ended up being a nice choice for my first cup of the day. I really enjoy plum tea and it’s nice to see one that isn’t loaded down with spices and lets the plum shine. Unfortunately I can’t tell you much more than that, I’m in the middle of scarfing down a well deserved piece of pie and can’t taste the subtle flavors of the tea.

Happy Pi Day! If my earlier mention of pie got your craving some you can check out my Pi Day recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie: http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/3/14/lemon-meringue-pie.html

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #15 from Considering a new TTB

I was craving something sweet tonight so thought I would pull this out of the box since I love white chocolate. It wasn’t quite sweet enough, but the addition of a little rock sugar helped tremendously. I thought that the chocolate and mint would be the main flavors of this blend so I was a little surprised by how much the licorice root stood out. It does help round out the cup a bit, but I still wish the mint had a stronger presence. Overall I thought it was a pretty enjoyable cup, but next time I’ll add a little extra peppermint to it, I’m sure I have some around here somewhere.

This tea will not be continuing on, it’s perfect for my middle of the night sugar cravings.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #14 from Considering a new TTB
Out of all of the green teas I’ve had an opportunity to sample I’ve somehow manage to mostly bypass dragon well. I’m not sure how that is, but I’ve only had it a small handful of times and none of those times have been particularly recent. Normally when it comes to TeaVivre teas I sit down and enjoy them gongfu style, but this morning I’m suffering from a major lack of sleep and opted for western style since I was in a bit of a hurry for a hit of caffeine. This is a wonderful tea, it’s slightly vegetal and has a slightly buttery texture to it. The only thing that keeps this from my regular rotation of teas is the lack of sweetness, I tend to prefer naturally sweet greens over the more vegetal varieties.

This tea will not be continuing on, there was only a sample size in the box.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve been curious about this tea, if only because of the name, what in the world is a wonderberry? This certainly has berry flavor to it, after looking at the ingredient list I was a bit surprised to see just how many types of berries it actually contains. The strongest of the bunch ended up being elderberry although the currant stands out as well, I had trouble distinguishing the others. Overall I thought this tea was a bit flat, that is until I added some of teavana’s rock sugar, it really needs the sugar to round out the flavors and make the chocolate pop. I think this would make a pretty good tea latte, but sadly I’m still out of milk.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Youthberry by Teavana
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Tea #12 from Considering a new TTB

I’ve had youthberry mixed with other teas that teavana sells, but I’ve never had it on its own. Like with many of teavana’s fruity blends, it smells great in the package, but I’m not so sure I like it once it’s brewed. I thought the combination of rose and apple was interesting, but something in the blend and it’s hard to tell what ingredient exactly, left it with a tartness that bordered on bitter. It left me wanting to add sugar to this when I’m sure it already has a fair amount in it from the candied fruit. I do wonder if it would be better to cold steep this, perhaps the bitterness wouldn’t be as noticeable, but since it’s snowing today I’m not going to find out. The gorgeous 50° weather needs to come back, it got my hopes up.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #11 from Considering a new TTB

This is another tea from teavana I really enjoy, I’ve actually had it before, but haven’t gotten around to posting a tasting note about it yet. It has a slight vegetal flavor with no astringency and is slightly sweet, which appeals to me since I’m trying to eliminate sugar from my diet, but still crave sweet things. While I do enjoy it, like the gyokuro I had a few days ago, I feel it is overpriced at $14.98 per 2 ounces. I managed to pick some up just after Christmas during the 75% off sale (3.75 per 2 ounces is a much more reasonable price) and I wish I had purchased more because it was gone before January was over.

This tea will not be continuing on, thanks for adding it the box Blue Lotus.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
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Tea #10 from Considering a new TTB

If I were ten years old and was handed a cup of this blend loaded up with sugar I would have loved it, it tastes just like cherry lifesavers. Fortunately my tastes have evolved since I was ten and I ended up dumping this one out.

Sometimes I wonder what Teavana is thinking when they come up with these blends.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Call me 10 but I would love anything that tastes like cherry lifesavers. :))

Short Sorceress

I wouldn’t have minded it so much, but it smelled like cough syrup

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Tea #9 from Considering a new TTB
I’ve tried TeaVivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearls, they’re one of my favorite summertime teas, but haven’t had a chance to try the unflavored variety before. I love floral teas and this tea is no exception, it manages to be heavily floral without edging into the soapy range. As with the other teas from TeaVivre I’ve tried, the quality is exceptional, I’ve already steeped this three times and could likely keep going for several more. This was exactly what I needed after two teas in a row that I didn’t care for.

This tea will not be continuing on, there was only a sample size in the box.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

Jasmine always saves the day :-)

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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