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188 Tasting Notes

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drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
188 tasting notes

Another one of the teas I tasted as part of a tea tasting in Seattle. I love Ginseng Oolongs. This had the usual amazing Ginseng aftertaste but the Oolong flavor was a bit different then I expected. Strong Oolong flavor is how I would describe it. Could have just been how she steeped it though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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The Vital Leaf tea store in Seattle will pour many different teas for you. This was one of the first. I didn’t get to smell the dry leaves but I figured they had a very earthy smell to them. Honestly, I don’t taste Champagne. It is very earthy and somewhat bitter. I generally like Oolong’s but i couldn’t get a good feel for this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
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Chocolate macadamia and lilikoi passion pancakes. We bought them while in Kaua’i last year and figured we should finish them before they expire and what better to finish them off with then with a Hawai’ian themed tea! I tasted the tea around 4-5 minutes and had to add more time. However, I don’t feel like that helped very much. The pancakes are awesome but this tea…. not so much. Which is kinda sad because it smells so good! I’ve tried it hot and cold and I just can’t get a good flavor from it. This one’s going to the trade pile.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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Is that a hint of chocolate I taste or am I imagining things? The tea is incredibly smooth. i’m sure it would make a delicious iced tea but it’s so balanced and as a hot tea that I don’t think I could do it!

I just noticed a huge bug on my ceiling so my post must now end…

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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What smells of sweet potato pie may not taste like sweet potato pie. In fact, all I taste is black tea. I bet it would taste great with a sweet potato dish. For a plain tasting black tea it’s pretty good but it just doesn’t live up to it’s name so it’s a bit disappointing. I’ll try it again at some point and see if it changes flavor.

Out of sheer curiosity I’ve added some honey and while it obviously sweetens it, I really don’t feel like it does anything to bring out any other flavors.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Blueberry Bliss by Teavana
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drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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Ceylon tea is usually the only black tea I will stay away from but I think perhaps I will give it a second chance. I had to with this tea. Soursop seems too interesting to pass up. It’s a very unique flavor indeed! The soursop must give it the tropical flavor while the ceylon gives it a very earthy flavor. The mix of both works well together. So far I am liking it better hot.

There is one thing, however, that I do not like and that is the dry smell. I almost decided not to drink it just because of that but any good tea drinker knows you can’t judge a tea by it’s dry smell.

After drinking about half of the cup I wanted to be a little adventurous with honey. So I’ve put some raspberry and blueberry honey into the tea. Interesting! Brings out the soursop a bit more. The ceylon is almost mute now. Odd. Think I like it better without the honey.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
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First off thank you to Josie Jade for my first tea trade!

I decided to try this tea first because of it’s smell. While I’m not a huge chocolate fan I do enjoy a fine chocolate. Even though it reminds me of chocolate it has no chocolate in it! Which I find amusing. Perhaps it’s the vanilla I am smelling. I fancy a vanilla tea over chocolate any day!

Great dry smell. Would make a great potpourri. Also smells good wet. The taste, however, is not quite what i was expecting. It’s good. Just not as good as I was expecting I think. Perhaps I will try another cup at some point. Also, I think the flavor comes out a bit better when it’s warm but it’s not bad colder.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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The first officer I was flying with today asked if we wanted anything and I said, “green tea.” So he comes back with this one and I spent a good portion of the flight (while serving passengers) trying to figure out what it was. My first thought was sencha and lemon. Definitely citrus. I thought it was a bit bitter but not overly so. Could have been just because of how long it was steeped. Pretty sure it was probably in there around 5 minutes. The weird part was when I got to the bottom of the cup it was intensely bitter. Kinda weird. Overall, not bad but I probably won’t get it again.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This is a complex tea. My mouth can’t quite understand that it’s tea and not something to eat. I’m drinking it iced currently but I think it would be quite good hot as well. I’m just amazed at how almondy it is but at the same time it doesn’t overrule the green. It’s taken about half of the cup for me to get used to it but it’s slowly growing more and more on me.

Preparation
Iced 1 min, 45 sec

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