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48 Tasting Notes


Yet another sample from Teavivre. I still have a lot more of these to go. This tea (which name is too long that I’m sure to forget by next morning) definitely has a flavour profile to my liking. Chestnut notes are very obvious as mentioned in the description. It tastes surprisingly close to the “Premium Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea” from Teavivre, but overall it has a slightly lighter feel. Yum.

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This is one of the many samples I got from Teavivre and today I finally decided to try it out. I put in a bit less leaf than usual, since I wanted to get another steep from the remaining sample. The color of the liquor was a light amber and it smells like, well… Oolong tea. Very closely resembles gunpowder green tea (which is one of my favourite teas), but once you taste it, you can notice some differences such as this one being less vegetal but mildly floral instead. I can appreciate the slightly baked flavour as well. Overall, I think it’s a fantastic tea to have after meals.

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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I like to keep bagged black tea for the mornings that I can have with milk and sugar, and after trying so many brands, I thought I should finally give Typhoo a try. Well, it’s not bad at all. Nothing special about it, but nothing to complain about either. Standard black tea seems to be a good description. I like this better than PG Tips, which had a woody aftertaste that I was not very fond of.

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drank Masala Chai by Tea India
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Hmm, not sure if I like this one or the Cardamom Chai better. What they both do have in common though is that they need lots of milk and sugar to make it taste great. Making it in a saucepan would be even better I guess.

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First of all, MY GOD IS THIS EVER BAD. OK, now that I let that out, let me start this tasting note. I went to the supermarket and grabbed two cans of Tetley chai teas, dark chocolate and vanilla flavored. I said to myself “Why not? They’re only $2 for 20 bags each! Sweet deal huh?” and it HAD been a long time since I drank Tetley. Well, I should have just kept it that way. The finished tea smelled like Gummy bears(???) for some reason and when I took that first sip, I immediately frowned and resisted the impulse to blurt out a swear word or two. It tasted rancid and absolutely disgusting, and there was no tea flavour at all either. I steeped two bags, so quantity couldn’t be at fault here, only quality. Well, it’s just so bad that I’m going to throw it all out and I will be returning the other can of Tetley so that I can get my $2 back. This totally ruined my mood now and I’m going to go and make myself another cup of actual tea. This is probably going to be the worst tea I tried, and it’ll probably stay that way for a long, long time :(

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LOL. Sorry it was so awful.


I’m not into this one either it’s more carob than chocolate. The Vanilla one I heard is much better.

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Just finished a bag of this tea. I ordered it just to see if it was any different from the ones I get at Chinese Restaurants :P. Well, I guess they are of higher quality, but since I know that I’m not the hugest fan of flavoured teas it was nothing but an ‘alright’ tea. I’d take Gunpowder or Dragonwell tea over this any day, and perhaps that’s why it took me so long to finish this 100g bag. The tea is good for up to 3 steeps, but be careful to watch the steep times since the jasmine flavour can be quite overpowering if steeped for too long. 2min/3min/4min was ideal for me.

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I use this one for serving with food but don’t care for it by itself. It doesn’t hold a candle to their Premium Dragon pearls or jasmine Silver Needle White!

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Although I enjoy tea in both loose and bagged forms, I never thought I would buy Red Rose. I tried the regular Red Rose before, and it was pretty bad. Colored hot water seems to be as descriptive as I can get. Well, when I saw the Canadian Breakfast version at the supermarket, the name kinda grabbed my interest and I thought I should try it. When I opened the package, I was actually surprised with the amount of tea in each bag, and I liked that because I like my bagged teas to be strong. After it finished steeping, the colour of the liquor was a dark red, and it seemed only promising. After I added milk and sugar as I always do with bagged teas, I took a sip and was met with nothing but disappointment. The flavour is seriously lacking in strength, and whatever you can still taste is pretty one-dimensional. It was a sad letdown. It ain’t a Canadian Breakfast, but more like a watered-down English Breakfast.

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Preliminary taste note. Feels like this tea is a tad bit overrated. Although I was completely stunned by the aroma of the dry tea leaves and even the liquor itself, the taste fell way short of the high bar set by the smell itself. I certainly get the vanilla, and it highly resembles a Maple tea I had before for some reason. The black tea base though I can’t really feel much of, and I guess that’s a result of the decaffeination process. I’ll try adding milk next time and see how that goes.

Edit: My rating for this tea has gone up a bit over time. Although I the vanilla flavouring isn’t stunning by any means, it is a good relaxing tea to have during late nights due to its decaffeinated nature.

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Long time no see Steepster! Well I have been coming to this site on and off but it’s certainly been quite a while since I actually sat down and decided to put some notes down. Well one factor in making such a decision is that I got this particular green tea from Teavivre as a sample, so I wanted to make a note of how I felt about this tea before it was all gone. Looks like I’ll have enough for two more teapots, and I must say that Teavivre was quite generous with the amount they put into that little package.

So, how DO I feel about this tea? Well, I’ve always heard good things about Dragon Well teas but their high price tag kept me away from actually ordering them. This is the first time I’ve tried it and I must say I’m quite impressed. First off the liquor smells like a mix of vegetables, hard to pinpoint what vegetable exactly, but it’s there. You also get a hint of bitterness from the smell. The taste is quite different, resembling rice or even toasted sesame seeds. In one word, nutty. Not much of the bitter taste coming through, although you can sense it if you pay close attention. Mouth feel is incredibly smooth, almost velvety. I can see why Dragon Well is highly praised. I’m happy to know that there are green teas out there that I can learn to love besides Gunpowder green tea, which is currently one of my favourites.

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Wow, this one really needs a long steep time. As I was used to the usual 3 min. steep time for BOP grade black teas, I made the mistake of understeeping this one resulting in a somewhat weak cup. When steep time was increased to around 5 min., I could really feel that nice “kick” you usually get from coffee. Of course, there was some astringency with this cup, but it was not unpleasant at all. I still can’t get much of a malty flavor though, which is just a limitation of this Assam blend I guess.

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1~10: Could not take any more than a few sips. Poison.
11~30: Could finish the cup, but would be strongly against my will. Garbage.
31~50: OK, but I regret my purchase.
51~70: Average, alright teas.
Would buy again beyond this line
71~80: Could enjoy and appreciate the cup.
81~90: Savoured it to the last drop.
91~100: Could possibly be living on this stuff. Elixir.



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