109 Tasting Notes
Backlog from yesterday! I was given a small bit of this a while ago, and steeped too much leaf in too small of a cup the first time around, and it had way too much of the Chai spice we all usually LOVE.
So, I had to wait to re-try it, since at college I don’t have a lot of my tea stuff with me, like my mugs and good strainers. Now that I’m home and able to steep it right, I did and OH MY GOSH I WANT MORE IT’S NOT FAIR THAT IT IS ALL GONE!
This tea was so, so yummy. It had the Chai spice, but it was delicate, and it had a very creamy chocolate flavor, subtle on the first sip, strong on the aftertaste. Very, very good. It had the right balance of spicy, creamy, and sweet, it smelled good pre-steep, and after steeping, and it was just great.
I really want more…
This is one of my all time favorite teas. I’ve logged it once, drank it…twice, I think? But maybe only that once. I was craving it today, and decided to make some.
Last time I made it, it steeped light, nearly colorless, but still kept a great flavor. This time I steeped it, and it was a bit darker, and STILL had the great flavor. I honestly think I cannot do anything to make this tea less in any way. The jasmine flavor floods your tongue, but doesn’t overpower you, the tea is light and refreshing, perfect for summer time. I’ve never drank it cold, but I’m sure it’s just as good cold as it is hot, and again, I seriously doubt it’s possible to ruin this tea, but again, I’m a bit biased because, well, I just think this tea rocks.
Every sip makes me happy, it’s just smooth, floral filled, and wonderful. Go make yourself a cup if you have any, and if you, for whatever insane reason, do not like it, you know someone to pass it on to!
On a serious ending note, though, this tea is splendid, and it makes me love tea even more, and it has every good thing in it.
This tea is creativity and inspiration and energy all in one cup. And I really didn’t like this tea at first, because I couldn’t get it to steep right. But now that I have it down, it is the most amazing cup, ever. I seriously love it so much. It just has a wonderful berry, creamy vanilla taste and it’s just delicious!
You owe it to yourself to buy this tea, and don’t panic if it doesn’t take good at all the first few tries you make it. Keep trying. 180-190 is the best steep time, maybe even slightly lower, and at least two things of sugar. Cream isn’t needed, but helps bring out the vanilla a lot. And once you find your pattern with this tea, DON’T CHANGE IT. This is a tea that needs a strict routine. It’s worth finding it, trust me.
Elderberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, and raspberries! Oh my!
This tea is berry good! Haha, I know, I know, it’s corny, but it’s also true. This tea is bursting with berry flavor, and also has this wonderfully smooth, creamy chocolate aftertaste. It’s subtle, but it’s there and it’s glorious.
This tea also smells wonderful-you can smell cocoa, and the berries, and it’s very pretty to look at, with a lot of purples, reds, and chocolate browns.
It doesn’t need a lot of sugar, and the taste is amazing. I’ve had the tea since Christmas, have drank it 3 times (I drink Teavanna teas slowly, because they are so expensive) and I NEVER ONCE REVIEWED IT! Shameful. The tea is amazing, I really don’t have much else to say!
I do have a question though—milk curdles when introduced to citrus, as well as, in my experience, some rose. Will it curdle with the berries listed above? I’ve wanted to try putting milk or cream in this, to see if it helps bring the chocolate flavor out any more, but am afraid to ruin the cup.
Oh, and this is a backlog from yesterday evening! I’ll try to be a bit more current, hopefully.
I’m using up the last of this, and it’s been about a year since I last logged it, so I’m pretty proud of the fact that I was able to make a sample last an entire year. College helped, because I could not make loose leaf in school—too messy, and not enough space.
I don’t remember what I said about this tea in the past, though I’m sure I loved it. I love it still, as it has the wonderful Bergamot flavor, but toned down just a bit, with a hint of berry. The description says Raspberry, which I think is mainly what I’m tasting. Any of the other berries, I wouldn’t be able to name outright, though I can taste the flavors. I think blackberry would possibly be one, though.
All in all, it’s a very rich, wonderful taste, and I’m enjoying this tea as it rains, and rains, and rains. Good weather for tea!
This tea never ceases to amaze and satisfy me. I was in a very foul mood, and wanted tea, as well as just wanted to relax with the process of making tea. It really is calming.
So I scoured through my stash, and found that I had enough left of this for one big cup, so I steeped it all. This tea is good with milk or lemon, but this time I decided to add lemon instead of milk, like I usually do. The lemon helped bring out the lemon and strawberry flavour in there, and I really just love this tea.
This is an update note, as I drank this once today, but am now on my second cup. Yes, at 10 at night. THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE TEA, SECOND TO A REALLY GOOD EARL GREY. Maybe even higher than some Earl Grey, which is saying A LOT.
This tea is a bit of heaven in a cup. Just saying.
So, if you drink this tea and are not impressed, try using a lower temp (I’d say 205 or lower) and steeping it for only 3 or 4 minutes. Use two spoonfuls of sugar, and milk. And if you STILL don’t like it, I WILL TAKE IT, SERIOUSLY!!
About a year ago, I tried this tea, and hated it. Absolutely hated it. It was bitter, had no vanilla, cream, blackberry anything. I knew I had steeped it wrong, somehow some way. Now, after many cups of various teas later, I am educated on tea and how to make it, what makes it steep wrong, etc.
I made this in a teapot, let it freely float in the water, which was just under boiling, and steeped it for 3 minutes exactly. Then strained it in a teacup.
I am happy to say this is perfect. PERFECT.
There is the sweet, slightly sharp taste of blackberries, and the creamy taste of vanilla. The mouthfeel is a creamy and sweet, and I love this tea. I can’t describe it any more than amazing.
I AM BAAAAAAAACK! So sorry I’ve been away, college is crazy. But now that the weather is getting way cold, I’m drinking more and more tea. Just want to let Angel from Teavivre know that I’ll be getting through the rest of my samples soon, hopefully. It’s been so long, I need to get back into it.
But, before I get back into Teavivre, I received some amazing Teavana teas for Christmas. I drank the other three before this one, but I’m reviewing them out of order. (Sorry.)
Anyways, opening the back the dry smell was fruity and floral, and had that distinctive smell of alcohol. Not majorly, of course, but enough to where you knew the champagne flavor was in there somewhere. A nice smell. The tea itself was pretty, with ACTUAL MINI ROSEBUDS in the mix. Very pretty. :)
Wet the smell was about the same, a bit tarty-fruity. Bubbly could even describe it well.
Taste is the part I like most though. (Who doesn’t?) I must say I am new to Oolong, but I like it none the less. In this tea I can’t really say I can taste the oolong enough to describe it, since I have yet to taste just straight oolong tea. But the strawberry in this is pleasant, and their is a bubbly sweetness that’s really nice. It’s got the champagne flavor, and even though I am drinking it warm and it’s delicious, ice this baby and it’ll be even better, probably. I will update on that once I get around to it.
All in all this tea is very refreshing, and it’s good for a Friday!
So I want to say THANK YOU to Angel at Teavivre, and also apologize for being slow on the reviews. School has made it hard to really sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, though I’ve gotten a few bagged teas in.
To be honest, I’m still adjusting to the different flavors of Chinese tea. I think since Chinese tea is probably the most natural compared to bagged teas or other loose leaf, learning how to taste and like the different flavors has been an interesting challenge. So far, I like many of the teas I’ve tried, and then there are some that I need to taste a few more times.
However, this tea has blown my mind first try. JASMINE BLOSSOMS ARE YUMMY! Or at least in tea, I’ve never eaten a full one. Haha, but no, really, the floral smell hits you right out of the bag and is light enough to not choke you but strong enough to be enjoyed, even with my slightly stuffy nose.
Steeping it’s just as strong, and the first sip I literally went “Ooh!” because there was just this explosion of floral, jasmine awesomeness and then a very light, mellow taste of white tea. It blends so well and is just really pleasant, I have no complaints.
Just for anyone’s reference: This tea steeped really light in color for me, which makes sense because, duh, it’s a white tea, but it was much lighter in color than some white teas I’ve tried. That being said, the flavor was not missing at all, so if you feel that it didn’t steep strong enough, I’d try it first because it is PERFECT for me. Of course, tastes and preparation varies from person to person, so do it your way! Either way, GO DRINK THIS TEA! With a good book or movie! And something sweet to eat with it! (Although I’m craving popcorn…)
UPDATE: Each sip gets better and better! I LOVE THIS TEA!!