540 Tasting Notes

45
drank White Moon by Basilur
540 tasting notes

Drinking this purely for the health benefits associated with green tea, not for the flavor. It’s a serviceable work green tea.

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100

Ventured into Teavana last night for the first time in over a year. I’ve heard wonderful things about both their Youthberry and Wild Orange Blossom blends, so naturally when I saw pre-scooped bags of both teas mixed together at the front of the store, I had to have one. The two teas I most wanted to try in one convenient bag, AND less time spent having to talk to the obnoxiously perky, aggressively knowledgeable, and pushy salespeople? Sign me up!!

I. Regret. Nothing. This is a perfect tea. It’s a mark of a quality blend when it encompasses pretty much everything I dislike in the tea world (fruity and hibby) and I’m still madly in love with it.

The dry leaf smells VERY strong. I can smell it across the room, and the bag is completely closed and clipped shut. Once opened and viewed, the dry leaf is beautiful. The Teavana signature generous chunks of orange peel, apple, mango, pineapple, whole currants, and whole leaves of white tea all look very graceful together. The mixture is also dusted with something called “fruit powder,” which I’m sure is a flavor preservative/ enhancer.

I’m not ignoring the fact that Teavana is a problematic company.

I steeped this at 175 degree Fahrenheit for two minutes, like the label told me to. The liquor is a bright, true pink. The perfume is heavenly… Sweet, tropical, exciting, energizing.

Upon sipping, I taste the orange and mango mostly, with a note of genuine fresh pineapple in the aftertaste. It’s like sipping a very healthy fruit smoothie. I get what other people are saying on here about the fruit punch factor— it is very punch-like in both mouthfeel and flavor. I didn’t get much in the way of berries this time around, but there’s so much going on in that dry leaf that I’m sure I’ll get different dominant notes each time I scoop some out.

10/10, would recommend! Love it.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Citrusy, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Mango, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Pineapple, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
The 13th Doctor

Try the winterberry!!! Its similar but different in such a good way (it’s the strawberry grapefruit/strawberry lemonade blend I keep raving about on my tastings that I need to get back at doing).

teaqueen

I had a free sample of that at the store! They served it hot. It was amazing. Too bad it’s limited edition! :(

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86

Got on the treadmill yesterday and my knees were instantly KILLING me. They’re nice and stiff today, too. I’m only 23! What the hell?!

For my sanity’s sake, I’m going to chalk it up to the crazily fluctuating, unseasonable temperatures in my region of the world.

I’m drinking a big steaming cup of this, double-sacheted for good measure. Ginger and green tea are both supposed to help joint pain, so this should alleviate some of the discomfort. I really hope this doesn’t continue after this winter.

I’m down to one sachet after this— I will more than likely restock it. Probably it’s supposed to be a springtime tea, but I like it year round. Coconut, vanilla, ginger, and lemongrass are four of my favorite tea flavors, and this tea contains all four.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, the weather can definitely cause that. Hope you’ll have an easier time next time!

teaqueen

Thank you :) The temps outside are climbing so the knee pain is gone, thankfully.

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90
drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
540 tasting notes

I think either this tea improves with age, or I have improved in my scooping and steeping amounts. It’s sweet and mellow today, yet still flavorful and aromatic. Thoroughly enjoying this cuppa.

Flavors: Flowers, Mango

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60

I found this at TJ Maxx yesterday. It was too cute to leave behind!

I used it for the first time this afternoon. The bottom pops out and you’re supposed to fill the skinny part of the anchor with the dry leaf, which is actually difficult and annoying. I was using a CTC black tea, too, so it was already rolled into pellets, and I still scattered them everywhere trying to get them into the infuser.

I wouldn’t use this with whole-leaf tea. But once filled, it actually worked really well. It allowed a slower, more full release of the tea into the water, which improved the flavor. Additionally, since it’s not made of metal, it didn’t add a nasty metallic tinge to the cup, and it is very easy to clean.

Overall, it’s cute and it works, but it’s not overly efficient or practical for everyday use.

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75

I know I’m like, way more than fashionably late with this one since this is a Christmas tea, but I felt like it tonight. Maybe it’s because I also decided to use my Vanilla Bean Noel body lotion after my shower. I’m in a sugary vanilla Christmas mood I guess.

This is a perfect embodiment of a sugar cookie inna cup. Sweet, vanilla, slight hint of citrus.

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Orange Zest, Sugar, Vanilla

Fjellrev

Mmm, sounds like a fine vanilla-filled evening.

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86
drank Chinese Oolong by Bigelow
540 tasting notes

I really love this one… It’s definitely a more roasted, black tea-leaning oolong, and it smells and tastes like chocolate to me. Very easy to steep and tasty at various temps. Smooth and amazing! Convenient and excellent quality for the price.

Flavors: Chocolate

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45
drank White Moon by Basilur
540 tasting notes

The shiny box is way better than the actual tea inside. Bummer. It smells good when it steeps, and in the first part of the sip, I get notes of milk and white chocolate and a twist of floral. In the aftertaste though, I get something akin to latex, like the taste of dentist’s gloves.

:(

Flavors: Artificial, White Chocolate

Fjellrev

Ouch. Sorry it didn’t work out. I was tempted to buy one of their teas because of the pretty box too.

Sil

i’ve seen them sold at dollar stores here in toronto so i haven’t yet bit the bullet and picked any up.

teaqueen

Fjellrev— Yeah, don’t be fooled by the shininess! If you decide to pick one up, just don’t set your expectations too high :)

Sil—They’re all right for a bagged tea… I haven’t tried a legit loose milk oolong though so I don’t have much frame of reference. Haha.

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90

Pretty solid and reliable green tea. Drank it before and after my workout this morning. Burn them cals!

It’s hard to mess this one up, it really is. My stash of it is rather old, so I overleafed and it still tasted like its usual fruity, woodsy, fragrant self.

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.

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