339 Tasting Notes

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drank Plum Green Tea by Ten Ren
339 tasting notes

This is a sweet tea – a very sweet tea. The first few sips are almost overly sweet but once my taste buds got used to it, the flavor mellowed out and turns slightly salty (did you know plums are salted in Chinese culture?) so it tastes almost like the salted plums I had as a child – salty sweet.

Unfortunately, as a tea, it tastes weird. I’m not sure if I’ll buy this again.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank Thai Mountain Oolong by Teavana
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Thanks chrimbro for the sample!

I was a bit apprehensive about this because I thought the Monkey-Picked Oolong Christina had sent me was practically tasteless, especially considering how expensive the tea is. This tea is not quite as expensive but still on the steeper side and I would have never bought this on my own.

The flavor was much better than the supposedly “highest quality” Monkey-Picked but IMO not worth the price. I’ve had better oolongs frvom the Asian market that were a fraction of a fraction of the price of this oolong.

However, ignoring the price and value of the oolong given the price, this is a tasty tea. The flavor is not nearly as subtle as I would have liked or expected, but it’s drinkable and pleasantly so.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Christina

The Monkey-Picked Oolong I sent you is much older than this one. (Over a year old, I think… eek. This one I got about a month ago) That might have contributed to it’s less than stellar taste.

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drank Flirt With Me by Steep City Teas
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This is a really nice iced tea.

2:1 ratio of tea to sugar.
8 tsps of tea; 4 tsps of rock sugar in my 32 oz Mist Iced Tea Jug from DAVIDsTEA.

It’s not overly sweet and the fruits all blend together. If I concentrate, I can tease apart the different flavors (mango, papaya, and citrus) but they work really well. Papaya is definitely the strongest and easiest to detect flavor but the mango and citrus are definitely there.

Refreshing. I don’t think I’d like this hot very much, but iced, it is definitely a winner.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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This is a great rooibos that I blend with flavored teas. It is especially great with black teas. It makes those overly fruity/flavored blends taste better – it tones down the other flavors to a palatable level for me, and adds its own something in the process. I haven’t tried it by itself.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Amaretto Rooibos by Capital Teas
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This isn’t my favorite rooibos. The almond flavor tastes very subtle. It’s not unpleasant, but I wish the flavor is stronger. Maybe some cream would help? I did add in sugar but maybe more?

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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Steeped for 3 minutes.
The dried tea smelled delicious. Very fruity. The tea itself was a bit lacking in flavor but a bit of sugar helped bring that out. It’s nice but not one of my first choices for tea. I think this would make amazing iced tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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I got a sample of this from chrimabroTHANKS, CHRISTINA!

I found this surprisingly weak in flavor. I steeped it for 3 minutes and the water was barely colored, and I could not taste much of anything, so I steeped it again for another 2-3 minutes. Better with the additional steeping time but still way too light for my personal taste.

Also, I laugh at Teavana’s claim that this is the “highest grade of oolong in the world.” Sorry, babe, but I’ve had better.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Dried Lavender by Flower Tea
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I mixed this with some tulsi tonight for a before bed tea and it is delicious, soothing, and I can feel myself starting to get drowsy after just a few sips. Perfect.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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This is pretty tasty.

Brewed 1 heaping tsp in 15 oz of water for 2 1/2 minutes.

The coconut is more of an aftertaste. But the jasmine is lighter than other jasmine teas I’ve had, and it works really well. I imagine the rooibos helps tones is down and helps all the flavors blend together.

It’s very nice.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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This was disappointing. The description stated “super-chocolaty blend.” It tastes more like watery chocolate. However, I suspect that this would be better if the chocolate chips in the blend had actually melted completely and become a strong flavor. Maybe next time, I will let is steep for a short eternity. The combination of the flavors is actually really good, and I can see it in a hot chocolate mix working very well. The cinnamon and chocolate mix together nicely. I just wish it was stronger.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens. For the most part, I don’t like straight black tea, but appreciate it as part of a blend or flavored. I’ve learned to love the world of flavored teas out there.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I started drinking for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Love: Oolong, almond, coconut, peach
Hate: Ginger

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