474 Tasting Notes

97
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
474 tasting notes

I had to have some more this morning, so this was my take-to-work tea of the day.

The first time I reviewed this, I was drinking it hot. Today it was cloudy, but still very hot outside, so I went with iced. It takes on a whole new dimension when it’s cold! When chilled, a distinct honey flavor emerges, and the fruitiness takes a front seat. I was reminded, strangely, of pineapple at first. I’m not sure where that was coming from, but I liked it. The following fruit flavor was a little more indistinct. Fruity, but not a specific fruit I could name. Anyway, if you haven’t tried icing or coldbrewing this tea, I think it needs to be done before you run out!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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97
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
474 tasting notes

My third round of Teavivre teas arrived today! I couldn’t wait to get home and get started.

This is my first Golden Monkey. I know, right? How could I be such an avid black tea drinker, but missing out on this? Anyway, I opened the packet to smell it as the water heated, as usual. Faintly smoky, with hints of cocoa, hay, fruit, and malt. So deliciously promising.

Even after only two minutes, the tea was a dark red amber. It smelled less smoky and more malty, still reminding me of fresh clean hay. The taste, of course, is fantastic. It reminds me a lot of some of Teavivre’s other black teas… they all have a distinct cocoa-like taste that I’m starting to think may come from their tea region itself. It’s delightful, and I haven’t tasted it anywhere else so far. But it’s difficult to describe. I know it may seem weird, but it kinda tastes the way a new, clean piece of printer paper smells. I’m also getting the yam/sweet potato taste others have mentioned, and I really like it. This is such a savory, satisfying black tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
474 tasting notes

Just finished my sample. I have to say, milk really improved it. I wish I had been doing that the whole time. I’m kind of on the fence about trying this again when winter rolls around again, though. I’m sure there are better things I could be drinking…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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80

This is another sneakily nabbed tea from the pub where my boyfriend works.

It’s been a while since I’ve had darjeeling. This one is rather peppery, especially in the scent, and sort of herbal tasting. The muscatel flavor is definitely there in the forefront, along with a taste that reminds me a bit of oolong for some reason. Like a faint nuttiness. There is a bit of fruit flavor hiding in there, too. It’s actually a lot more complex than I was expecting.

The packet said to brew it for 4 minutes, but honestly, I would maybe do 3:30 instead to cut down on the nutty, slightly oversteeped taste. It would keep it from getting harsh or bitter in the finish. Mine hadn’t exactly reached that point, but I could taste it getting there.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Black Pearl Tea by Lipton
474 tasting notes

Ok, this was a rushed decision at 3 AM in the grocery store with the boys. I needed a plain black tea for making pitchers, and this was under $3. And somehow, when I read the words “black” and “pearl”, I thought this was going to be actual black pearls. Like tea rolled into little balls, like decent tea companies do. I didn’t read the package, okay?

But no, this is black tea that’s crushed but with little dust. Even after almost five minutes, it… kinda tastes like nothing. It’s, as one of my brothers called it, just brown water. It’s also kinda faintly bitter and astringent. It kinda smells like black tea?

Also, “long-leaf”? Is that something Lipton made up?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
474 tasting notes

I gave this another go today, iced as usual. It still doesn’t taste much like gingerbread to me, but it does sort of taste like a cookie or graham cracker. It could use some vanilla, I think. And next time I make it, I’m going to add milk. Milk or whipped cream would make this pretty yummy first thing in the morning.

I wish this was more gingery, too. Hmm, maybe other brands are doing this better. I should do some research.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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66

This is another tea I got in a trade with Spencer. I made it iced and lightly sweetened in one large batch to share with my brother.

The leaves are very dark for a golden tip. And they were really crushed up. Not by fault of the trade, going through the mail, or whatever. This was very uniform, as if the leaves had been shredded tiny before being processed. Or during the process, I’m not sure.

It’s slightly astringent, but not bitter even after almost five minutes. A little malty, with an aftertaste that makes me think of cheap tea bags for some reason. Kinda average as far as Assams go, nothing really stands out about it to me. But it packs a nice punch of caffeine.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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74
drank Cream Earl Grey by TeaFrog
474 tasting notes

Yesterday, I declared that I would stop sweetening my tea. I drank my Dilmah Earl Grey without it and honestly, kinda suffered through it. But I stuck with it again today and brewed this up, adding only ice.

Yeah. I can’t do this. It’s going to be some kind of low calorie sweetener from now on, because all the sugar I’ve been consuming lately has been hurting my waistline. Anyway, um, about the tea…

Got it in a trade with Spencer. This is pretty tasty. The bergamot could be a bit stronger and cleaner-tasting, but it’s not bad. I particularly like the creamy aspect. But as I drank it, all I could think was “Man, this would be good with some sugar…” Especially since I brewed it on the strong side, and it was pretty bitter. I wish I had some more… I feel like I can’t even properly review it after today…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

For me, the key was finding teas that were really good without sugar and that even suffered a little with it. Wel, the main thing that helped was two people I drink tea with who won’t add sugar to ANYTHING, even coffee, and it embarrassed me to add sugar in front of them, so I ended up becoming accustomed to no sugar. I guess the conversation distracted me a bit from missing it, too! LOL! Golden Monkey is one that tastes so great plain, but for me, was less stellar when sugar was added.

Calochortus

I decided to stop sweetening my tea a few years back and, while it was hard at first, it definitely got easier (to the point that I don’t use sugar at all). I’ve noticed milk helps with bitterness, but I know a lot of people don’t like creamers in their milk, too…

Mercuryhime I usually don’t take sugar with my tea because I usually don’t drink blacks. When I do have a black tea, I usually find myself reaching for cream and sugar. Except Lupicia’s Chaud les marrons! That is fantastic by itself. So maybe try oolongs and greens and see if you can take them unsweetened. I also find that teas brewed at lower temps extract less bitterness and astringency which will decrease the desire for sugar. God luck!
Tabby

This is all really encouraging me to keep trying. It’s hard to stop when you were brought up in the deep south where the tea is 1 part water, 1 part sugar!

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Finished up my sample, brewing it all at once for a bottle to put in the fridge. Nothing new to add. This is still kinda lame, and will just be fodder until I brew a bottle of something better…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Alphakitty

I find it funny that this is called Earl Grey with Bergamot. As opposed to… Earl Grey WITHOUT Bergamot?!

Tabby

Seriously! I thought bergamot was what made it an Earl Grey. Maybe they feel like they need to spell it out to the newbs?

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So, my man works for Leon’s Full Service, and this is one of the teas they carry. He snuck me into the little server station and opened a case that had all kinds of Mighty Leaf sachets. I picked this and a darjeeling while no one was looking.

Sadly, I have to agree with what a lot of you guys have already said. While this is actually pretty good, it’s just not great. I gave it longer than the brand recommends by 45 seconds, and that did make the black tea pretty strong and bitter. (But I like that.) Anyway, I prefer my Earl Greys to have a stronger bergamot flavor, and this one is on the mild side. You can smell it before you sip, like an exotic perfume, but it doesn’t translate much into the tea. And the black tea base they use is really, really standard. Boring, even.

What I’m trying to say is that Harney & Son’s Earl Grey Supreme has ruined me forever.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Nick

Have you ever tried the Earl Grey White from Teavana? Ha I know Teavana doesn’t have the most amazing selection of teas but their Earl Grey White is seriously amazing. I actually just posted a tasting note about it!

Tabby

I haven’t tried anything from Teavana because of their scary sales tactics and their general overpriced everything. But if I get a chance, maybe in a trade or something, I will certainly keep that in mind!

Nick

Oh I would know, I worked there for a year hahaha. But yeah, if that scares you just order some of it from their site, but honestly if you go in there knowing exactly what you want and how much of it you want they’ll usually back down.

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. 20-something and living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, EBM/synthpop/industrial geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I prefer black teas, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. My favorites tend to be yunnan tips, earl grey, golden monkey, chai, and keemun. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, coconut, apple, raspberry, bergamot, cucumber, sage, vanilla, and caramel.

I’m shy about green tea, curious about white, and learning to love oolong. I hate rooibos and anything with orchid, fennel, or jasmine.

I’m currently growing my own tea. I have a 3-year-old potted Camellia sinensis, and I plan on picking a tiny bit of new growth this spring for my first try at drying my own leaves.

Since joining, I’ve traded with: Kaliska, QueenOfTarts, LiberTEAS, JustJames, Spencer, Ninavampi, Jillian, Teafreak, KeenTeaThyme, and RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas.

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