105 Tasting Notes

67
drank Jungle by Gurman's
105 tasting notes

Ok! Thanks, Azzrian.

I have been contemplating drinking this for several, several days. And I have now gotten down to it!

This was alright. I could taste a lot of Papaya, I think was one of the fruits in the list. And that was it, really. Not bad, even tasted a bit peachy but it wasn’t my favorite. So nothing really big to report here.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Masala Chai by Wissotzky Tea
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Backlog from last night. Think I added a note for this a while ago. Either way, i still really love it. It’s very cinnamony and spicy and yummy and I have PERFECTED the cream-to-tea ratio!

And……..that’s it. :-) Lovely tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Lots and LOTS of thanks to Angel at Teavivre!

I have a one word (okay, two) overall description of this tea: Blood. Orange.

Fortunately for me, I love blood orange. Love it. :-)

Smell: This tea has a pleasant mix of fruits, and I could smell the sweet apple, kind of tart currants, and the orange. The hibiscus (roselle) was in it again, and again I was pleased rather than disappointed. Steeping I could really smell the orange. That made me happy. :-)

Taste: Blood orange, definitely, and it’s reminding me how much I love that taste. It’s tart, but not overly tart, and has a nice citrus twang to it. The apple provides a mellow sweetness, and the hibiscus adds to the tart but doesn’t overpower. And again, there is orange and when you tell me I am going to be tasting orange I expect it to be there, so this tea REALLY delivers for me.

I don’t have anymore to add, really, except that I put a spoonful or so of some sugar in, to add to the sweetness, and I think this tea, just like the Blueberry Fruit tea, will be great cold as well. :-) A perfect summertime tea!

Update: I just wanted to confirm that this tastes amazing cold.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaVivre

I can not agree with you more, this is really a good tea for summer!

Violet

I really love it!!

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Thanks again, Angel!

This is a backlog from Saturday afternoon and……..I really, really, really hope I steeped this wrong. Truly. I don’t even want to put a note out yet, but feel it can pass as my cry for help. Because………..I couldn’t even stand to drink this. It definitely had that fishy smell and it tasted like that. It was just….not good.

I’m not rating or reviewing this until I know I have it right. So this is my call for help. HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS RIGHT?? Please. I’m begging. All of the other Teavivre teas have been awesome so far, and I don’t want to mess this up.

Bonnie

Poor you! The first thing is not to feel bad! I would suggest watching a video about puerh on the Teavivre website (I think they have a video on how to prepare) or Verdant Tea which has a great video on verdant tv. Usually you rinse the puerh first then steep it to drink. It is rich and earthy. At first you might like it as a latte with milk and sweetened if this is how you drink coffee.

Violet

Hmm, yeah, I do think milk or cream would do better. I’ll give it a try, and DEFINITELY rinse it next time. I thought about rinsing it, but in the rush of things didn’t do it. I’m not giving up though!

Bonnie

Good! I was so scared the first time I saw the little thing looking back at me like an eye! Daring me to like it! If I didn’t read up and watch a video I probably would never have learned to love puerh! Don’t give up. There are so many..and all different. Shu, sheng…lighter and darker ones. Magical!

TeaVivre

I like this tea for its rich, earthy flavor and mellow taste. You can try Bonnie’s suggestion, to rinse the tea first, and then brew it to drink.

LiberTEAS

I want to chime in here and recommend steeping this in a gaiwan if you aren’t already. A quick rinse (10 seconds) works wonders with Puerh, and then use short steeps in the gaiwan. 30 seconds for the first infusion. 45 seconds for the next.

Violet

I don’t have one of those, and/or really know what it is.

TeaBrat

A gaiwan is a little cup with a lid, you can look them up on the internets. :)
But I would also agree a rinse is good, plus shorter steeps as LiberTeas suggests.

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I’m still contemplating this one, but think I should put a note out anyway.

It’s good…..problem is, I’m not old enough for alcohol, so I can’t say I identify the tastes in this tea as champagne, because I’ve never had it, or if I have had sips it was way long ago at the last wedding I went to.

So yeah, it’s good. But I can’t taste strawberry much, and….I don’t know. Maybe I’ll let it cool.

Update: The more I drank, the less I liked, though after cooling the strawberry did come out more. I think I also steeped this wrong. Because it did have promise. Ah well.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Teavivre
105 tasting notes

Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for this WONDERFUL tea!!

I LOVE THIS TEA! I just wanted to put that out there.

Smell: It was a colorful mix, and I smelled lots of blueberry, a bit of grape, and a tart smell that hinted at that sneaky hibiscus. But it was a lovely berry blend! Steeping it reminded me of wine or even blueberry juice.

Taste: I was worried about the hibiscus, thinking this would be VERY tart. But IT WASN’T!! It was very, very yummy!! It had a nice, strong blueberry flavor, which had a sweet-tart mix provided by the grape, and then it had a smooth tart where the hibiscus was. I loved it hot, but after drinking a few hot sips, since I had to go to an outing, I poured the rest in a glass and let it sit in the fridge. Upon returning, I drank it cold and it was even more amazing!! I LOVE A TEA THAT CAN DO BOTH!! Truly, it was a perfect blueberry tea! :-)

Oh, I put in two spoonfuls of sugar, kindof medium in amount. It was a lovely tea, really!!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

That is pretty full of fruitiness I say too! I think I’ll make some for the grandkids!

tigress_al

I even like this one without sugar!

Indigobloom

ohhhh this sounds sooooo good!

Violet

Indigobloom IT IS IT IS OH MY GOSH YOU NEED TO TRY IT IF YOU HAVEN’T!!! And it’s good BOTH HOT AND COLD!!!

Indigobloom

lol I agree, I love blueberry tea!

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My Teavivre package arrived yesterday!! So this is a backlog from yesterday afternoon. A BIG thank you to Angel for this! The samples are VERY (and I mean, VERY) generous.

The reason I did not log this tea yesterday is because, though very good, I did not know, yet again, how to describe it. I had a few words, but they weren’t fitting. After reading through other tasting notes for both the Organic and regular versions of this tea, I now know what I’m tasting.

First, let me get this out: I usually do not like strong, black tea. (You’re probably thinking, then why order it?) Well, I wanted to pick samples that sounded good, but also pick a few that were something I wasn’t fully familiar with, so I could expand. This was also my first chinese tea. :D So I’m being a bit adventerous.

Now for the tea!!

Smell: Malty. Grainy. It was an interesting and nice aroma, but very strong, so after a while I had to close the bag. Some other people mentioned chocolate and of course, it’s supposed to have a hint of caramel. I didn’t really get any chocolate, but there was a caramel scent, though light. Steeping the caramel came out more, and it was very nice.

Taste: To me, it had, once again, a grainy characteristic, but also, especially once I sweetened to my liking, I swear it tasted kind of like honey. I may be crazy, or maybe that was the caramel adding it’s two cents, but that’s what it tasted like to me. And it was amazing. It was also what I’d call smoky, and bold and wonderful. I really did enjoy this tea. :-)

Side note: I rinsed my leaves, and instead of putting them in the strainer and steeping in a mug, I put the leaves straight into the tea pot, and poured my tea through a strainer. Very good, and I think that’s the best way to make loose leaf, though I don’t mind my in-the-mug method.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

See not so bad after all! Glad you enjoyed it! I usually try plain then if I don’t like it I sweeten (never use honey!) Then add cream if all else fails. Some black tea’s are fabulous with additions. Just find your preference!

Violet

I really did, though today I am going to try the sweeter teas I got as samples. :-)

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96
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
105 tasting notes

Azzrian!!

I put her name always, because she is my lovely supplier of tea, and she likes reading my notes, apparently. (She’s commented and liked almost every single one, whether they were for tea she gave me or not. Dedicated follower!)

I am very happy with this tea. :-) I had some TAZO white tea a while back, and it had a fancy name, but pretty much it was a blueberry tea, and that was my first white tea. (It was bagged, but TAZO is awesome either way.) I also had some Lipton blueberry pomogranate back around that time too, and that was also white. So it’s been a while since I’ve had any decent white teas. And never any loose leaf!! So I was excited to try this. :-)

Smell: (I’m going to stop putting my little indicators….they bug me. :P) It was blueberry, but not too strong. Nice and delicate. And also the smell of the white tea was very pleasant, and not harsh or overpowering. Floral, almost. It was also very pretty! Steeping the blueberry was definitely there, and it was yummy.

Taste: BLUEBERRY!! YES! THE TEA HAS STUCK FULLY TO IT’S NAME!! Sorry, a lot of my more recent teas loose a bit on taste. And this isn’t a strong blueberry taste, exactly, but it is definitely there. Smooth, just right, and the taste of the tea is also there, mixing in perfectly. I don’t like my tea taste to overpower if there is supposed to be some other flavor, and this tea delivers the right mix. No complaints, what-so-ever.

Also, even though this is a “no duh” thing, white tea really isn’t white. :P I just find stuff like that funny to think about. I’m weird, I know. But it is a very, very light light brownish-yellow, and a spoonful of it actually does look very white. So it is but it isn’t. (Yes, I had to put all that.)

Happy! Happy!! BLUEBERRY!! :-)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Yay! I am SO happy you found a great one! :) I didn’t know you loved blueberry SO much – next time I send you a box I will be sure to see what great blueberry ones I may have at the time! :)

Violet

:-) Yep. I like any fruity/flavored tea, really, as long as I can taste it, and it’s not an icky flavor. I’ve liked a lot of the teas you’ve sent me, really, except for one or two, and even those I liked, just not tons.

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85
drank Queen West Blend by Tealish
105 tasting notes

Sipping it now…and contemplating…these first few sips make me wonder about it. As always, so far, thanks Azzrian.

Smell: It was kind of fruity, but also a bit weird since all my teas are in one place, so I smell a lot of just…tea. But this did have a cranberry/other berry/kind of orange-y smell. Steeping I smelled more orange than anything. Not strong citrusy orange, but the smell of orange when you bake it in something, kind of.

takes a few more sips

Taste: I taste cranberry a bit, though that may be raspberry, or both, though I definitely taste raspberry and orange. It’s light orange, but orange. It says blueberries, but I have yet to recieve that. And blackberry, I can taste that sortof. The cherry isn’t that strong, which for me is good, because I do NOT like cherry. more sipping It’s all very light, but I like it personally. May have to get a bit more, so I can have a few more tries with this one….I think I only have enough for one more cup. Over all, I think it’s yummy!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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