109 Tasting Notes

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drank Queen West Blend by Tealish
109 tasting notes

Drank the last I had of this, a gift from Azzrian a long while ago. It has lost most of the fruit flavours, but gave a pleasant, kind of malty taste. That may not be anything this tea is supposed to taste like, but I still like it. I think mostly it just tastes like black tea now, and since I added cream it tasted good with that. I can slightly taste the orange and cranberry in the after-taste, now that I think about it.

I seriously need to put a dent in my tea collection. I haven’t gotten a chance to drink or review any more Teavivre greens because I just have so much other that I need to GET RID of. It’s not that I don’t like my tea—but I have no room. NONE.

Anyways, this tea was delish, and I will be reviewing more green tea in another week or so, as I am going out of town tomorrow.

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drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
109 tasting notes

I had this once, and I remember I liked it. It must have went slightly bad, because the cup I had this time just……wasn’t good. It had this weird aftertaste I can’t really describe, and didn’t have a good taste before, either. I’m going to lower or remove the rating, simply because I only drank it twice and don’t remember how much I loved it. I really need to clean out my tea stock, I have so much to go through… :/ Anybody want any tea??

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This is a backlog from days ago…

I drank it with cream, and it was really yummy! A little more buttery, and almost too decadent. I couldn’t finish the cup, though I only left one or two sips behind, so I didn’t dump hardly any of it, thankfully.

It also was a little too much, as I said, so I decided to take a break from tea for a few days. Having caffeine every day can make me feel weird. I’ll move on to review my next green sample tomorrow, though! :)

This was good with cream, just perhaps not TOO much of it!

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Haha, my mum drank a small cup of this and said “it tastes like the last one.” Oh, if she only knew…

Sure, green teas are probably all going to have a similar base taste, but this tea was much more buttery, and less nutty.

Steeping it also had more of that vegetal smell. I don’t think I’ll ever quite like that scent. The taste though, as I said has this wonderful buttery flavour, with a touch of an extra sweetness in the aftertaste. It’s got a slight vegetal taste, but it’s pleasant and not overpowering. Didn’t take it with cream. Will do that on my next tasting. Thanks again, Angel!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Backlog from yesterday…

My mum needed a tea for indigestion, and some quick research showed green tea was my best bet. So, I steeped the last leaf from the first packet I had. (I’ve got two more packets, don’t worry!)

For her cup I made it with a very small bit of cream and two and a half teaspoons of sugar, since she likes her coffee and tea sweet.

For my cup, as I had already drank it creamy yesterday, (my previous note) I took it with no cream and 3 teaspoons instead of 2.5, just to see what flavours would come out with the added sweetness.

It had a fantastically smooth, sweet, grassy taste. I loved it, and am glad to have plenty left over. Now onto the next green tea in the lineup! :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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My teeeeeeeeaaaaaaa haaaaaaassssssss arriiiiiiiiived! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Thank you Angel for these generous samples! All greens, and I wasn’t sure where to start, so I just picked one and went with it.

The smell of green tea usually bothers me. It always smells vegetal and I honestly don’t like that smell much. The scent was stronger steeping than it was dry, but I reminded myself that the scent doesn’t always mean that it will taste that way—and it didn’t!

I’m sipping it now as I type, actually, to ensure the flavours and feelings stay in my head. It does have a touch of the vegetal taste, but not the way the scent suggested. It is sweet and floral, and has a nutty taste—not too strong, and not bitter in any way. There is also a buttery mouth feel, and, since I added cream, it has a creamy taste and I love it.

It’s very light and yummy, and I’m really enjoying this. I have one more cupful in my teapot, so I’m off to finish this!

Second Cup Update

For my second cup I used less sugar and cream, and I just wanted to note that the nutty flavour is much more apparent now. I still love it, which surprises me, because “earthy” flavours usually are not my favourite. This tea is so good, it makes me so happy!

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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This is a backlog from Sunday. I had a friend over, who was not a big tea drinker, so I made this to share. Unfortunately, it’s the last I had, so now it is gone. I am very sad. :( I really love this tea, it has a beautiful, full jasmine flavour, while still being light and sweet. It’s a pretty colour, and this time, I added cream—non-dairy, powdered—and it was HEAVENLY. I didn’t think Jasmine tea with cream would be good, but oh my goodness, it’s phenomenal!

I’ve got to get more of this sooner than later or I will start having withdrawals. Seriously, I love this tea so much.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Honey, Jasmine, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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I definitely understeeped this one. It tastes a bit more like water than it does green tea. It does have a decent taste despite it being watered down, so I did enjoy it, but I’m going to have to try this one again sooner than later…

As always, thanks to Angel for sending this to me! It’s from an old sample, and I think I had drank this before, but had an unopened pouch of it, so thought, “Yep, time for green tea.”

I’ll write a better note tomorrow when I steep it better.

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This is another old sample from Angel, that I am finishing up. I’m REALLY, REALLY sad to have this one gone. It is one of those moments where you keep checking the empty bag, hoping that more tea will magically appear.

I didn’t read over my last tasting note for this, so don’t know if what I tasted this time is the same as last time, but, I’ll look back over it and see. I think, though, that I wasn’t as used to tea when I first started drinking Teavivire’s teas, so while I enjoyed some, my notes were not always as accurate as they are now. And that’s ok, because maturating happens in every aspect of life!

Anyway, on to the tea—

Malt is the first taste I can easily identify, and it’s a pleasant, thick taste, with this sweet, almost chocolate like taste mixed in. It’s not overpowering, and it has a nice fullness to it—a full mouth-feel, for sure. If you sip it slowly, to me it is almost as if you want to chew it, it’s that good and feels so rich in your mouth. It’s also sweet, without being too sweet, and this is another tea that I kept having cup after cup. I am still in denial that it is gone.

Aside from the malt, I can’t describe any of the other tastes by name, except that there was, as I said, a sweetness to it, and this chocolate taste. I really do love it, and I wish I could provide more details as to why I love it, but I can’t quite put it into words. It’s just a really great tasting tea!

I’m going to be getting more at some point, for sure. And not sharing it next time…

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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So apparently my last note and drinking of this was a long time ago, and the note was rather short and not descriptive. I’m very glad I’ve gotten better at reviewing more complex teas.

Anywho, Angel from Teavivre is sending me more samples soon (YAY!) and I realised that I still had a few of the old samples left, simply from trying to conserve it, and/or not having time to drink it. That being said, I was looking through what I had and decided to go for this again. I made it in a tea pot, and shared some with my mum, and she put a name to the floral taste and smell I remember not having a name for: honey suckle. BINGO.

It has a lovely floral smell, and a honey smell, so honey suckle is a great description. This is the scent STEEPING, I should note. The scent of it dry is, to me, not heavy, though I can smell a milky/floral combination.

The taste is a rich, honey taste, with light floral notes, and it leaves a soft, fuzzy aftertaste on the back of your tongue. It’s very soothing, and almost addictive. I made a half of a teapot, enough to have probably two and half full mugs, and my mum had one teacup….and then when she left I just kept re-filling my cup so I drank it all. No shame, none whatsoever. I only put a small amount of sugar in it, and there was a creamy, “milky” taste to it, but it did not over power the floral taste, or taste strange with it.

Mostly the taste, as I said, is just this rich, but lightly so (even if that doesn’t seem possible?) sweetness to it. Putting a drop of honey in it was also really great, and I did make one cup with milk, and that definitely brought out the creaminess, but also seemed to cover up the floral taste I loved so I have decided I do not like to drink it with milk, though it can take it.

I steeped it for 2 minutes and a few extra seconds, and as I drank it, it got colder as I went along, since the teapot can’t keep tea warm forever (though my pot does keep it warm for a decent amount.) It was just as good chilled as it was hot or warm. I’m really pleased with this tea, and my mum loved it, which worries me because if I get anymore we’ll probably end up fighting over it, haha.

Seriously though, this is a tea that is great to celebrate the sunny, Spring weather with. Go make a cuppa if you have some!

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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