117 Tasting Notes

55

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 5m

Aroma: apple, citrus

Color: Ruby Red

Clarity: Great

Taste: I spotted this tea for the first time a few days ago to at trader Joe’s. Seeing it again for the 2nd time I decided to give it a try. The packaging of this tea was different as the individual envelopes that contained the tea bags were clear. The aroma from the dry bag wasn’t that fragrant. As for steeping when the water was poured over it gradually released a ruby red hue, accompanied by a apple/citrus aroma. The clarity was great as i could see the bottom of my cup. As for the taste it’s more so tart than anything, no real flavor really stood out, simply hot tart water with a rich color. I most likely won’t will be reaching for a second cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 5m

Aroma: Tropical

Color: Medium Amber

Clarity: Great

Taste: I had picked this tea up a few weeks ago at my local Sprouts b/c it was buy one get one free sale & I had a coupon! I hadn’t tried many Stash teas, so it was nice to add 2 new ones to my collection. Upon opening the packet the scent was amazing it only became even more apparent when i added hot water. The color was medium amber color with great clarity,no cloudiness. As for the taste it was light with a very slight bitterness. I didn’t really pick up on the mango or coconut but overall a very nice cup. Even without a bold flavor the aroma itself makes drinking a cup even more enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 5m

Aroma: Citrus

Color: reddish brown

Clarity: slightly cloudy

Taste:Wow, I haven’t done one of these in a while. I picked up this individual tea packet at my local British shop (I live in the US). I never tried a Taylors Of Harrogate Tea, so i thought why not at only $.50. Opening the foil packet I noticed the tea bag is quite large, bigger than your typical bag. The aroma of the steeped cup was citrus accompanied by a reddish brown hue.I let the cup go for 5 minutes as for the taste it was very bitter difficult to drink with out making a face. To see if this cup could be helped I added a packet honey pearls. It helped to greatly reduce the amount of bitterness without altering the flavor profile but not add much sweetness.Overall I didn’t enjoy this tea which also left a dry mouth feel once I finished my cup.

*update: I took the same used tea bag a steeped it in about 2 cups of water & it was much better than the first cup & very light in flavor with no bitterness.

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70
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
117 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 4m

Aroma: Peppery,Sweet/floral?

Color: Deep reddish brown

Clarity: a faint cloudiness

Taste: This was my first Earl Grey experience, pouring the water over the tea bag i notices a slight peppery aroma. After steeping the aroma had changed to a more Sweet/floral one, it’s quite interesting since i don’t think I’ve come across a tea like this scent wise. The color was a deep reddish brown with a bit of cloudiness but i could still see threw my cup. As for taste i found it to be a bit bitter as for the overall flavor profile it was tough to pinpoint exactly & leaves a dry mouth feel. Overall not the worst or best tea I’ve tried, it’s just okay.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 3m & 6m

Aroma: Gingery

Color: light golden yellow

Clarity: a faint cloudiness

Taste: I was very excited when i spotted this brand at Earth Fare over the weekend! Lately i’ve been hearing a lot about turmeric & ginger from vegan youtubers i follow. So when i saw this tea i got even more excited, it was also on sale for $3.99 instead of the reg $6.99 so i thought why not give it a try. As for steeping i tried using my new nutchello tumbler from Silk & let the bag steep for 3min. The tea was very light, no bitterness i didn’t get a hint of ginger or pepper w/ a faint cloudiness i think it came from when i dunked my tea bag back and forth. I’m thinking the tumbler i used didn’t give the bag much room. i’m going to try it again with my usual tea mug & a steep time of 6 minutes with the same tea bag. (later i will try it with a new one). With this cup the color was darker but the taste remained light. Overall and okay tea with great health benefits which is a plus.

Update:
If you all are wonder why i haven’t been blogging lately it’s because I have a lot of tea in my collection that i have reviewed already. I need to work on drinking them before i get new teas.

Update 2!
This tea is great i get more flavor from it now when i steep it for a much longer time than recommended! It’s way better compared to before & i even notice the black pepper in it now. I could see myself buying it again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Water: 16oz

Leaves: Large long flat medium green leaves

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 2m

Aroma: Vegetable

Color: light yellow

Clarity: great

Taste:The first thing i noticed with this tea was the packaging was a dull silver color as compared to the usual shiny silver packets. Upon opening the leaves were long & flat with a vegetable aroma. Since this tea is to big for a spoon measure i went to the website and decided to go with 15 leaves. The instruction were quite different as i pour a bit of the water into my french press first gently swirling it for 30s before adding the rest of the water. The steep was rather short at only 2m. Due to the wideness of the press my leaves didn’t stand up as in the photo. Overall flavor was light i will be going back and making another cup. Before making this cup i had a short Blogilates workout and did a 1m Bad Yogi meditation.

This wraps up my 2016 Spring tea reviews!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Water: 8oz

Leaves: semi-long, black twisted leaves w/ medium brown bits

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 3m

Aroma: Classic

Color: yellow-orange

Clarity: great

Taste: Finally back with another review! I hope you all had a great holiday, i spent mine with family/friends & saw fireworks from my house. Finished off the night with a delicious dinner. Now on to the tea the feel of this tea was smooth. Taste wise it was very light with no bitterness present.

Hope you all have a great week!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

Water: 8oz

Leaves: flat dull light green leaves

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 3m~

Aroma: vegetable

Color: light yellow

Clarity: great

Taste: From reading my reviews over time I’m sure many of you know how much i enjoy dragon well tea! It’s always seems to be top shelf favorite no matter what variety or when it’s picked. This is the first time i’m trying a She Qian Long Jin which from the website states " picked shortly after the buds sprout". the scent was noticeable even when i only opened the silver packer a little bit.I allowed the the to steep for a little over 3 minutes. The taste was surprising as this was the first time i’ve had any bitterness in a dragon well tea. The bitterness lasted throughout the cup leaving an after taste on the tongue. I then looked at the website then at the instructions on the silver packet. I found that the problem was there was a misprint the packet stated to brew it at “185 degrees” while on the website it said “176 degrees”. This goes to show how important it is to have the proper temperature when making a tea. I’m going to have to try it again later with the right water temperature. With the bitterness noted this was an okay cup not as great as the other dragon wells considering the incorrect instructions.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Water: 8oz

Leaves: medium green flat semi-long leave

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 3m

Aroma: faint/vegetable

Color: light yellow

Clarity: great

Taste: I decided to have this tea after dinner in which this time i had instant curry over rice. For this as with the previous tea (although not mentioned) i added new steps into the brewing process, i took pictures of the dry leaf, wet leaf & cup to show a more visual aspect in what i do. I also posted it on my instagram in a collage form to make it easier to see all at once. The aroma coming from the dry leaf was faint and difficult to detect. the wet steeped leaf bought out a vegetable aroma. In terms of taste i didn’t notice much although i was able to finish my cup & went back for a second.

*update

I decided to add a measuring spoon section to my reviews instead of always typing out rather or not the leaves fit with in the main review.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

Water: 8oz

Leaves: dark green, long twisted leaves

Steep: 3m

Aroma: Vegetable

Color: light yellow

Clarity: great

Taste: This tea wouldn’t fit in my teaspoon so i eyeballed how much i would need. I also noticed with my more recent reviews I’ve been immediately diving into doing longer steeps for teas instead of giving them 1m+ per steep, i may go back to try multiple steeping times and adding on 1+ each time. As for taste: light in flavor with a smooth mouth fill & slight bitter hint that lingers after the last sip.

This also starts off my Spring 2016 tea reviews!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I really got into tea early(2013). I’m happy I stumbled upon Steepster because I’ve been able to learn soo much more! Before I drank my tea from tea bags never really venturing out to try loose tea.

I’m apart of Teavivre Free tasting activity,I joined after making my first purchase with them.
Thank you Angel & Teavivre

Tea Ratings:
90-100 = Very Good
80-89 = Good
70-79 = Okay
60-69 = Didn’t like
50-59= Avoid

*I may adjust ratings depending on when the tea was brewed again & if i liked it more or less.

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Teavivre
Verdant Tea
Single Origin Teas
Little Red Cup Tea
Red Leaf Tea
Persimmon Tree Tea
Tealated
Nepali Tea Traders
Good Earth (Tea Bag)
Teasenz

Favorite:
Green Tea

Brewing Notes: (for 8oz water)

200,195,190 Cool for 1 minutes
190 Oolong Cool for 2 minutes
185 Cool for 2 minutes
176 Cool for 2m 50s (80c)
160 Cool for 3 minutes
158 Cool for 3m 20s (70c)

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