69 Tasting Notes


I was pretty surprised to see that this one truly does live up to the hype. This is creamy, buttery, floral, mildly vegetal, smooth, silky, rich, sweet, and keeps going and going. I followed CTG’s brewing parameters exactly and was pleased with results. Also, I have to agree with fellow taster, Adham and say that the first infusion kinda does taste like rice pudding! Good Call on that one Adham! The only downfall is that it is a bit pricey and requires a lot of leaf to give up the optimal results.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

Yes, this is such good tea. Glad you’re enjoying it too!


It is probably as good as TGY gets. I have been thinking about it all day.

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This is the most bold and delicous chai that I have ever tasted. The chai spices come to you in huge pieces—-mostly whole. They are fresh and delicious. It requires a bit of a production to prepare this properly, but it is well worth it. This ain’t no wimpy chai and it packs a lot of heat from the ginger and other spices. However, it can really stand up to the milk. Further, if you add both milk and a bit of French Vanilla creamer to the cup, it becomes the most creamy and delicous dessert chai EVER.

Boiling 8 min or more

I love Chai, always have I make mine with the black tea and spices, but I have never tried french vanilla creamer in it! I am going to have to now!

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This stuff is supposed to be a natural relaxant. When I sample this I was a bit wound up and needed to get up earlier than normal in the morning, so I decided to give it a shot. The flavor is nothing great. It mostly tastes like a mild bodied or watered down rooibos. This might be remedied by doubling up on tea bags though. However, when I went to bed I fell asleep quickly and slept through the entire night. Should credit be given to the sceltium? I am thinking maybe so… This would get an even higher rating if it was tastier.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Chai by Tea Spree
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Tea Spree sells their offerings in little silken pyramids. This particular chai offering contains organic black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and black pepper. The spice load is dominated by cinnamon and cardamom and the spice load is very mild. The black tea base is of a decent quality—-rather smooth and without bitterness. However, this one is too mild and cannot defend itself in milk. This one would be good for those that like a mild chai and do not drink their chai with any dairy. The only reason it is getting as high a mark as it is would be due to the tea base.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by American Tea Room
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I did a taste-off amongst two Milk Oolongs today and this one was the slight winner as I think the oolong base is of a slightly higher quality in this one. I am of the school of thought that some milk oolong are treated or flavored in some way to give that in-your-face sweetened condensed milk flavor and think this might be one of them. However, it is so delicious that I do not care. This is sweet, creamy, milky and downright delicious. It tastes like the oolong was soaked in sweetened condensed milk in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. It also gives up some nice floral and vegetal notes. The Ti Kwan Yin used is not as syrupy as some and a bit more vegetal than many of its cousins. A dowright delicious cup and dessert oolong.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by Merkaba
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This is a delicious milk oolong. I am of the school of thought that some milk oolongs aka Jin Xuan or Golden Lily are natural and others are treated in some way to produce an in-your-face flavor. I believe this one belongs with the later group. However, it is so delicious that I, frankly, don’t care. This is milky, creamy, sweet and delicious. It stays quite flavorful through 3 infusions. There is also a nice floral component. This is a favorite and highly recommended.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Royal Garland by Samovar
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Hmmmm….what to say? First of all, I only ordered a sample of this, which Samovar says is enough for one pot. It looks to be about a tablespoon worth of leaf. One of the dynamic things about this tea is that it is supposed to have split personalities. You can brew it like an oolong with hotter water temps and it reacts very much like a Bai Hao or Oriental beauty oolong, which rivals a good Darjeeling in my opinion. However, Samovar promotes that you can also brew this like a white tea and have a somewhat different experience in terms of the notes that this gives up.

Since I only have enough for one pot, I decided to go with the lower water temps. Specifically, 180 degrees for 3 min. This is good, but a little grassy for me to want to actually purchase it for myself. There are notes of muscat, fruit, nuttiness, and a floral component. It is a bit malty and somewhat dry. Doesn’t sound much different than a typical Bai Hao, does it. But it is…it tastes much more like a white tea than a typical oolong. With hindsight being 20/20. I think I could have gotten away with making two small pots of this and done a hotter temp prep (prepare like an oolong) and a cooler temp prep (like a white tea) as this is a bit on the strong side.

Overall, I like this and would recommend this to folks that like Oriental Beauty, Darjeelings, grassy whites and the like. However, I likely would not purchase this in quantity for myself as it as bit grassier than I prefer. I might, however, get another sample of it and try again.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Feliz Cumpleaños by BourgeaTEA
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I have typically avoided teas with sprinkles because I thought they would be gross. I actually didn’t find this to be gross but it didn’t knock my socks off either. The black tea is somewhat mild and flirts with bitterness. It is accompanied by a tasty caramel flavor that has vanilla undertones. I also tasted notes of maple and butterscotch at hotter temps. I suspect this might be good iced. The sprinkles melt during the infusion process this essentially comes pre-sweetened. They added the perfect amount of sweetness though.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I was looking at this tea but wasn’t too sure about it due to the sprinkles either.

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drank Four Seasons by Samovar
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This is a delicius and complex green oolong. It is a little less heavy and less syrupy than many TGY, but still similar to TGY. I found notes of butter, cinnamon, green beans, milk, bread(!) and, of course, a strong floral component as the oolong unfolded. This one is nice and complex. However, it falls a little short in the mouthfeel for an oolong that has those creamy/buttery notes. I liken it to the difference between the mouthfeel of whole milk and 2% milk with this one offering the mouthfeel of 2%. The other thing to note is that this one does require a nice amount of leaf in order to produce the optimal cup. That said the leaves are beyond beautiful.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am a tea lover and have reviewed teas on Teaviews.com for quite a while and have logged over 300 tea reviews for them. Bear in mind that I have a huge amount of teas in my personal collection that I have never even reviewed.

I use the Teaviews rating system when rating on here. I guess the biggest thing I’d like to point out is that a tea in the 7 or 70 range is usually one that I would buy but would likely not place an order just to get it. It is a secondary item. Once you start getting up to an 8 or 80+, those are the teas that I would place an order just to get or are an item that I would likely replenish.

One of the best teas I’ve ever tasted — I will definitely be buying it again in the future!

An excellent tea — I would more than likely buy it again.

A decent tea — it was nice enough, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it again.

Not a very good tea — it wasn’t completely awful, but I’d not want to drink it again.

An awful tea — I couldn’t even finish drinking



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