227 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango Tango by The Tea Spot
227 tasting notes

When I made a face and said that I didn’t like the tea I was drinking (Wild Monkey Masala) my beloved didn’t say, “Well let’s go for our run then.” (Though he’d have been within his rights to say so since we are late getting out today.) Instead he said, “Pour it out and have something better. I’ll wait.” I saw Cecilia’s review of mango tea and immediately thought that the Mango Tango would be a good way to drive out bad tea feelings.

Mango Tango is such a happy tea! Even the leaves are beautiful since they’ve been brightened with little yellow flower petals. The tea itself brews up into a sweet, fragrant liquor with a smooth ceylon black flavor peeking through the mango and passionfruit curtains. Now I’ll be able to run happily.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Awww! He’s so sweet!

takgoti

I must second that. If that’s not love, I’m not sure what else is.

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This tea has a very strong scent of cinnamon and that musty marsala scent (but the cinnamon has clearly beaten the tea and the marsala into submission). My opinion is that this blend takes the worst aspects of cinnamon, wine, and black tea and brings them out. If you are such a cinnamon fanatic that you would suck on cinnamon bark, you might like this tea. It’s a bit too much for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

So cinnamon is a bully? lol I totally just imagined a cinnamon stick body slamming the tea;)

Carolyn

Oh, that is exactly what it is like. The cinnamon in this tea is a total thug. It’s a very violent tea.

Cofftea

Thanks Carolyn, I still feel like crap, but this post gave me the laugh I desperately needed. Not to mention a tea I might be interested in trying.

Suzi

I love this post, thank you for a morning giggle! I hate when cinnamon decides it HAS to dominate!

Auggy

It makes me sad when any tea with ‘monkey’ in the name is bad. Shame on that cinnamon!

Cofftea

@Auggy, ditto!

Carolyn

It is a little known fact that monkeys can be very violent.

Auggy

… and fling poo…

takgoti

You beat me to it, Auggy.

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A nice tea with a buttered vegetal fragrance and taste and that slight nutty taste I’ve come to associate with Sencha. There is the slightest bit of something that might turn into bitterness if steeped too long or at too high of a temperature, but in my cup it is just fine and good with a slight tang.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

A nice mellow Assam tea with delightful toasty notes and a slight sweetness. While it is not as complex as some full caf Assams I’ve had, it is nonetheless very nice. It makes a soothing cup to accompany me to bed. No bitterness. No astringency.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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My office has free tea along with free coffee, but since discovering good teas I haven’t availed myself of it. However after the Tavalon Dragonwell, I needed something to clear my palate, something to wipe the weird, numbing coating from my tongue. So I chose this since I generally like white teas and since the tangerine should function quite nicely as a mouth cleaner.

It steeps into a murky orange brew with the fragrance of tangerine candy. It tastes like tangerine as well. There’s not much of a white tea taste, but I purposely understeeped it to avoid any bitterness. It’s an ok tea and great for my purposes today but it is profoundly a one-note tea. There is no complexity here.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Do you have a blog? As a fellow Vegetarian I would LOVE to swap teas with you at some point if you are willing!

Carolyn

No current blog. But we could certainly swap teas and vegetarian recipes.

TeaEqualsBliss

Ooooo! I’m sooooooo interested. Where/How do you do that!?

Carolyn

Must think on this. It’s hard to be both diligently staying away from the Internet and communicating on it at the same time.

takgoti

HAHAHA I know, it was a WEIRD one, right? Not my favorite Tavalon tea at all.

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drank Dragonwell by Tavalon Tea
227 tasting notes

It’s been over a month but I’m finally courageous enough to try takgoti’s Dragonwell tea, the tea that began our tea swap. This Dragonwell is quite different. To start with, the leaves are heavy, flat spears, while Dream About Tea’s are light fluffy things.

She’s right, this Dragonwell has a slight peppery smell, like carnations. It has a stronger vegetal taste with something that makes the top of my tongue feel slightly numb. Interesting. But I like Dream About Tea’s Dragonwell better. It fascinates me that tea of the same name can be so different. I very much appreciate the chance to make the comparison. Thanks takgoti!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Oh Carolyn you tempt me hehe;)

Carolyn

Did you see my rating? Not my favorite of the teas that takgoti has sent. I understand now why she thought Dragonwells were not very good.

Cofftea

Yeah I did, I just was talking in the general dragonwell sense:)

teaplz

Yeah, this would have scared me off of Dragonwell as well, from what I’ve read of the tasting notes of this one. I’m happy you were able to send takgoti something that tasted way better, Carolyn!

Carolyn

Me too!

Jillian

I’ve only tried one Dragonwell but it had a very light, delicate taste, so your account of this tea makes me curious as to what others might taste like. :)

Cecilia Tan

I really love a good Dragonwell but there can be a lot of variation in the flavors, from grassy to sort of nutty. They can sometimes almost taste like rubber. That same rubbery flavor can be found in some Japanese senchas, which is interesting since both sencha and dragonwell are wok-fired/wok-ironed, which is why you end up with the flat, broken up leaves. Something about the hot metal must add that taste?

Jillian

Or it might have something to do with the cooking process itself maybe?

takgoti

Dude. You have totally, totally spoiled me on Dragonwells now because I am comparing ALL of them to the one you sent me and all of them are really paling in comparison. I’d call Andrew and Dunham’s a noticeably distant second place.

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93
drank Grape Sencha by Den's Tea
227 tasting notes

This is a wonderful tea. It has it all: beautiful leaves with flowers and fruit mixed in, lovely buttery grape fragrance, and light nutty butter grape taste. Mmmm!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Bethany

This sounds delicious! I’ve been meaning to order from Den’s Tea for awhile.. maybe it’s time to pull the trigger.

Carolyn

You can order their little sample pack for $3. They included the apple sencha in that one. (I personally think the pineapple sencha is the best of the three I’ve tried but all three are good.)

silvermage2000

Nice review this does sound good I have never had grape in a tea.

Carolyn

@silvermage2000, I’m going to be mailing you the tea this afternoon. I think I still have a little room in the box (it’s a small box). I’ll add a sample of grape sencha for you to try.

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100
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
227 tasting notes

Made a hot matcha, banana, and soy milk smoothie and it is yummy.

Cofftea

Like the smoothie idea. Not the banana part. But a HOT smoothie…? That sounds weird. A whole pan of brownie points for creativity for it though.;)

Jillian

Yes that does sound quite good.

Cofftea

My opinon of a hot smoothie may just be a temperature thing… I think some things are gross at a cold temp, and others hot.

LENA

oh man, that sounds great!

Cofftea

Have you ever used almond milk in your matcha?

Carolyn

@LENA, It is wonderful.

@Cofftea, Not with matcha but with other teas. I make my own almond milk when I run out of soy milk and haven’t run out of soy milk lately.However, almond milk is generally good in everything.

Carolyn

Oh no! I accidentally deleted Cofftea’s post. I didn’t think I could do that. I thought I was replying.

Carolyn

What I meant to do was to say that buying Almond creamer is more expensive than making the almond milk. To make almond milk you combine raw almonds and hot water in a blender and then blend on high. Add more water until it is the consistency you want. Easy, cheap, tasty.

LENA

oohh, that sounds good too. I love almond butter, but it is super expensive (like $17 for a fairly small jar)…but now I’m inspired to make my own.

Cofftea

@Carolyn- how the heck did you manage that one! :) Almond creamer is more versitile so I’ll try that. Our blender is out of my reach anyway. Almond creamer is something I can do myself.

Carolyn

@Cofftea, Sounds reasonable. As to how I managed to delete your comment, for some reason I now have delete buttons next to every comment. I thought they were reply buttons. :(

takgoti

This is near identical to my matcha shake recipe. I sometimes add a little honey, though I’ve never tried it hot. Might need to do that some time.

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drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
227 tasting notes

I love the buttery pineapple fragrance and flavor of this tea. I usually do very little resteeping, but these flavored Senchas from Den’s Tea just beg for a good resteep. Also, since they call for very fast steeps (30 seconds to 45 seconds) they last really well over time. Lately I’ve taken to drinking one of these all afternoon with many resteeps.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

That’s why I love my apple- it lasts forever, but just when I’m getting sick of the apple it disappears and leaves me w/ just a wonderful, slightly sweet sencha.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
227 tasting notes

Very nice for lazy Saturday mornings and the strawberry cream flavor combines beautifully with Silk Soy Creamer. Mmmm.

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