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249 Tasting Notes

75

The taste of this green tea reminds me so much of straight black tea, assam tea in particular.

The combination of the earthly green tea and lightly fruity raspberries and pomegranate make a darkly sweet brew.

I really like this tea, it is strong enough without being sickeningly imperial green, and the light fruitiness is enough to not require any sweetener.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

This is a very disappointing chai. My feelings of rooibos notwithstanding, everything is just very weak, there’s barely a spice kick, a chai flair, or even a silver lining of coconut.

Opening this tea, the smell intrigued me, as it didn’t give off a typical rooibos smell, which led me to believe this wouldn’t have that overpowering rooibos taste.

How wrong I was. And that was when everything fell apart, as the rooibos just overpowered the whole flavor of the blend. As well, the bland scent now makes sense, as this is just bland.

I would be curious to know how the chai spices would taste, had it not been a rooibos blend, and the coconut seems a subtle flavor as well.

But, when the whole damn brew is rooibos, you just can’t taste anything but.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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First off, I’m not a coffee drinker. I’ve made that clear with other coffee alternatives.

I’m kind of getting tired of these coffee tea blends. They are essentially coffee, as they have coffee “extracts” in them. I’ve had two coffee alternatives from Teavana, which were mate teas rather than teas blended with “coffee extracts”.

It would be better if this was mate tea than coffee extract. I can taste the pu’erh and almond flavoring, but everything else just tells me coffee, and it’s not even good coffee.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

this sounds so icky…

Peter Azak

It’s disappointing, because the coffee is there front and centre, so I don’t get why the pu’erh or any other flavoring is there. Teavana knows how to make proper coffee alternatives, because they are craftily well blended mate teas that taste like coffee, but have absolutely no coffee in them.

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97

After a relatively disappointing Monday of trying the rest of my new teas, I have come back to my now heralded failsafe.

This tea just brings natural delicious joy in each cup. I keep falling more and more in love with each steep.

Sadly, this is the last of my sample canister from The Connoisseur sample pack, and waiting on more to ship will be difficult. But, it will be worth the wait, as this tea just keeps satisfying.

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

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81

The aroma is very soft and faint, bold and planty. Very nice to inhale, as it is not too sharp.

The flavor, though, is not soft, but a sharper planty taste, stronger than it’s aroma prepared me to expect. It is very refreshing, despite the sharper taste, is quite smooth.

Unfortunately, I had been spoiled by David’s Sencha Ashikubo, which is very delicious and less traditional. Despite, this is still a great traditional tea.

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

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70

This is a very bold white tea. A sharp floral flavor surprises, as it’s soft floral scent is quite inviting.

Not quite my cup of tea, but a good tea nonetheless.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Yun Cui (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

I was kind of expecting more from this. I think the name does describe this tea well, as it does have a certain cloudy texture, but the taste is muddled, very weak and slightly bitter.

I think it could be the fact that once you do start sipping the brew, it just sits in your mouth. This is a very unexciting tea. I am not a fan.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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60

This is a very modest oolong tea. Very floral, light and mild. It is good, but not great.

I would think an entry into oolong teas, as it is quite mild and sweet.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Just as it says, jasmine green tea. As consistent as the last jasmine green tea I had, which was probably from Adagio Teas.

It is generally a great tea. Smooth with a bit of a strong bitterness, which I would expect combining green tea with jasmine.

It is not a tea I would drink all the time, but it is a great tea despite.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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65

Finally, after months of seeing this tea mentioned all over Steepster, I have finally gotten my hands on some. And, thankfully, this is quite a way to end a work day/week.

The scent of deeply buttery rum is very present once you open this tea. The mixture of vanilla and coconut is something to experience firsthand, the smell is extremely buttery, no matter how faint it is.

But once you’re steeping, the scent grows stronger and stronger. In fact, after the first 30 seconds, I had grown impatient to waiting for the tea to brew, as I really wanted to taste it immediately. Very decadent, and maintains such an extremely buttery texture, your nostrils will thank you the rest of the day.

The flavor does not disappoint as well, making the wait worth it. Such a perfect blend of vanilla and coconut with black tea gives an impossibly creamy brew that completely satisfies.

Even immediately after opening the canister, and all the time brewing and enjoying, I can’t believe how long it took me to finally buy this wonderful tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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