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249 Tasting Notes

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For a tea with such a strong smoky aroma, one would expect an equally strong taste. The smooth flavor really surprised me, as the scent of open fire pine really fills your nostrils. It is quite a delectable aroma, if you are an outdoors person and quite enjoy the smell of an open firepit.

It is quite smooth, with a weak bitter after taste bite. It is not equally strong in taste, but it is very equally strong in enjoyability.

It may not be for everyone, and it may not be for everyday steeping. The description mentions fine cigars, which I had wished I was smoking while sipping a cup of this tea. Very sophisticated.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This does not feel complex enough, given the blend of black teas. It is quite smooth, with various levels of tastes and textures, but not broad enough. Maybe it needed another minute to steep.

It isn’t as strong as I would have hoped this breakfast blend would be, as most English Breakfast teas tend to require milk for their bite.

It is also surprisingly pale, with a soft bitter after taste, which I can’t help but contemplate the quality of leaves in this blend.

Nonetheless, taken straight and black, it awakened me from a potentially cold/flu filled morning, and that is satisfactory enough.

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

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

It’s a good thing I got a sample of this tea, otherwise I would never buy it.

The tea is nicely smooth, bright and woody, good for the blend it is in.

The coffee, on the other hand, can be bitter. Because I’m not a coffee drinker, this did not sit well with me.

Maybe with some rock sugar, the coffee would taste better, probably some milk would rid the bitterness. But with no sugar and no milk, this does not taste good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

This is probably the best chocolate tea scent I have ever smelled, not too rich, not too nutty. And the fruit and flowers compliment on each side.

But the taste is an extremely well balanced decadence of chocolatey goodness. And where the chocolate ends, the strawberry starts, making a beautifully romantic and sexy flavor. I like that the rose is not an overpowering taste, as it vies more to give a dark underlying tone.

But it is more the chocolate and strawberry that are prominent, making this a lovely tea that should be loved.

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

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
249 tasting notes

I typically steep oolong tea at a maximum of three minutes, but this one called for four. The reason I opted to steep longer is because once the tea is open, it gives a very strong citrus scent. This is because it appears to be composed mainly of everything else, and there is very little oolong tea.

Steeping gives off a darker lemony scent, the darker parts could be due to the jasmine flowers, as most flowers tend to make a tea darker.

The taste reflects what the blend is mainly composed of, having a very overpowering yet fresh lemon/citrus flavor with a tinge of jasmine. There is a grounding flavor of flowery oolong beneath everything else, which is a welcoming surprise.

I do wish the oolong tea would surprise me more, as this nothing more than a typical dark lemon/citrus tea. It is not bad, but does not leave much to the imagination. And if the name says oolong, then there should be more oolong.

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

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86

Still bright, still enchantingly exotic, and still deliciously sweet.

Because I am probably now used to the dry leaves smell, the odd scent has now become a soothing smile, I guess an attempt to transport to the tropics, or something.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86
drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
249 tasting notes

Even more amazing is how this tea maintains it’s fun creamy smooth flavor on the second steep, giving a more nutty flavor over the chocolate.

Still sweet and still very delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
249 tasting notes

This has to be the closest thing to coffee that is mainly tea, as I can’t remember great coffee from various places that taste as good as this.

Before moving completely to tea, I was a coffee drinker, and not a happy one at that.

I had found most coffee made was sloppy or hastily done, very rare did I come across a very well made cup of coffee.

This tea makes drinking coffee fun, as there is a lot going on here, with the mixture of cocoa and chocolate to coffee-mimicking toasted mate and Assam black teas, with a little vanilla for extra flavoring.

Very chocolatey, but not as rich, thankfully, appropriately strong, nicely creamy and smooth.

It is amazing, as I have had mocha coffees before and never liked them, but this tea has possibly the best level of chocolate to tea.

I am also finding that I am liking this tea more and more with each sip.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83

Alright, this tea is quickly growing on me, as I am finding new dimensions of dark flavors.

It really helps that the fruity flavor gives it so much body, and the citrus really helps with the tartness.

Of course, the beautifully fruitful aroma is still there, dry, steeped and brewed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
249 tasting notes

A second steep really helps bring out the nuts and chocolate and cream, making it less a light milky coffee and more rich and flavorful.

Because of the milky flavor already blended, this moves away from a typical marzipan taste and more into the creamy milky latte.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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