513 Tasting Notes

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drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
513 tasting notes

Made a pot of this thanks to Teafreak, who traded with me. (How are you guys bolding each other’s names?)

I’m really impressed with the way this looks. It’s like silver needle plus some sort of flat-leafed white tea, and then mixed half and half with dried honeysuckle flowers and buds.

It’s very mellow, even when brewed for a little over three minutes. It has a slightly vegetal taste, and sort of grassy also. It finishes with that white tea aftertaste that’s satisfying and mild. I can’t say that the honeysuckle taste is very strong, but it’s there and I really enjoy it. It’s more in the scent of the tea once it’s brewed. Reminds me of spring!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

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teabird

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Tabby

Thank you!!

Teafreak

The base white tea is Shang’s white peony king which follows the 1 bud and 2 leaves plucking standard

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Oh good lord. I’m glad I still had a bit of tea in another cup to wash the flavor out of my mouth. This matcha is apparently soluble in hot or cold liquids, so I went with a small cup of cool water. It dissolved fine, though it did leave some dark dregs in the bottom. The flavor is like oversteeped green tea leaves that sat out for a few days and started to rot. Plus lawn clippings. I basically chugged it just so the herbal content wouldn’t be wasted.

I am buzzing pretty hard by now (not like Red Bull hard, but it’s more than tea usually gives me). But I can get a buzz somewhere else without having to suffer through the taste of this stuff!

ETA 15 minutes later — MY EVERY THOUGHT IS IN ALL CAPS!! Time to clean ALL THE THINGS! OUT OF MY WAY!!

Preparation
Iced

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20

…There’s green tea in this?

This just tastes like a raspberry V8. I am not amused. Especially when it sits long enough to get to room temperature and gains a tomato juice aftertaste.

Preparation
Iced
Cofftea

The lack of tea flavor didn’t bother me because I was expecting not to taste it (I can’t think of any way you could get tea to rise above a mix of fruits and veggies unless it was matcha)- I was disappointed it only has the nutritional value of the V8 V-Fusion Light. And I chugged mine so I (luckily) didn’t get the tomato:)

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70

Backlogging from the day before yesterday.

This tea is so interesting! I’ve never tried pu-erh from a little cake before. Or green pu-erh, for that matter. I used an entire cake for a pot that usually makes around 4 cups and as it steeped, I broke it up with a spoon to make sure it soaked all the way through.

In hindsight, I should have steeped it for longer. I saw that it was a green tea, almost like a white, so I treated it delicately. Somehow the fact that it’s a pu-erh slipped my mind. The flavor was very light this way, much like a white tea, but with the sort of aged aftertaste of pu-erh. The tea’s liquor was a light yellowy green.

My second attempt will steep at least five and a half minutes.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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95

Backlogging from around 2:30 today.

So sad to be at the end of this sample. I had been holding out, but I’m back from vacation and wanted to have something nice on my first day back. My friend had never had darjeeling before, so I was happy to introduce him to it today. He was out of regular sweetener or sugar, so we used brown sugar instead. That made this seriously decadent. I probably should have given it one more minute to really bring out the muscatel flavor, but I’ll know next time.

Yeah, I’m definitely getting myself a bag of this. I’d miss it too much otherwise.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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70
drank Pineapple by Adagio Teas
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Nearing the end of the supply I bought when I found out this was being discontinued. To make it stretch since I’ve gotten pretty fond of it, I’ve brewed two teaspoons of this and three of Adagio’s English Breakfast in this pot. The pineapple taste is less powerful this way, but I honestly like it better. I can enjoy the Ceylon paired with the standard English breakfast’s smooth malt flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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75

Yum again. Creamy and orangy but in a non-obtrusive way, well-rounded by the vanilla oolong. The chamomile is sort of buried by that taste, along with the faint hint of rooibos. It’s in the finish, like an afterthought. And yet it’s soothing that way. Even with as many different flavors as there are in this, they don’t clash. Really enjoying this after being in the car all day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
inguna

Glad you liked it. Chamomile is just 10% I added it because it adds a little natural sweetness and the flowers look pretty :)

Tabby

It’s a lovely touch, I think! :D

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drank Blueberry Harvest by Bigelow
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Still on vacation, but I needed my tea and review fix… I found a packet of this lying around at my great aunt’s place and went for it.

The blueberry flavor is enough to knock your head back. Blueberry fans, this might be worth a try, I’m just saying. Like others have said, it’s definitely a strong and unmistakable flavor, but it does taste a bit processed or enhanced. As if it was blueberry candy or something like that. And the rest of the herbal content might as well not be there. I can sort of taste the apple bits, but aside from that, it’s all muted. I probably wouldn’t pick this up again, but only because I’m not a huge blueberry fan. And I’d rather have black tea with caffeine…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Wild Raspberry by Stash Tea Company
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The first thing I notice about this tea is the lemongrass. It was basically all I could see in the bag, and it’s the strongest smell when the tea is brewed. But there is some very pleasant raspberry flavor there, too. It’s a little tangy, and only slightly herbal tasting. Something sort of reminds me of soap in it, however, so I’m a little turned off toward it. I probably wouldn’t try this again.

Also, it’s decaf. That’s like the kiss of death in my collection.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Organic Chai by Tazo
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I think I may have stumbled upon a chai obsession, thanks to the previous one I tried by Arbor Teas. I just had to have more chai and my mom had this lying around in her kitchen.

However, this is pale in comparison. A little disappointing. Sure, all the spices are there, but even after 6 minutes, it’s a little too mild for me after a splash of milk. But it would be good in a pinch if I really, really wanted chai and needed something cheap. I would maybe brew it a bit longer, or maybe with 2 bags.

It’s good, but not great.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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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 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, chai, and pretty much any black tea from Fujian, China. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, sage, apple, coconut, raspberry, lychee, bergamot, osmanthus, cucumber, lavender, vanilla, cardamom, ginger, 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.

You can assume that I’m preparing my tea using the Western method. I use zero-calorie sweeteners and in the hot months, I drink my tea almost exclusively iced.

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