293 Tasting Notes


This tea is just as steller. I have yet to find another silver needle that comes close to this, the smell, the layers of flavor.

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I got this as a sample. It was just an okay silver needle. I was ruined by a silver needle tea I had from Grace Tea Company, and from looking at my other reviews, I have yet to find one to match.

This one doesn’t, either. The jasmine isn’t overpowering, and at a good balance. It fills the void for the need I want something light and mellow.

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I hate saying this, but the first time I had a similar tea was in Teavana. I am proud to say I have never actually bought one ounce of their tea. I am still so VERY ANGRY over them taking away and buying SpecialTeas. I will always hold a grudge against them…ok, rant over.

This tea fits the bill, and I tend to recommend and sway those away from buying it from Teavana. It’s just a lovely Tie Guan Yin oolong. Gives me a lot of extra brews, lovely spring flower flavor, sauteed greens flavor. It’s been my go to for study breaks.

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After trying almost all this Assams, I see why this one is the most popular. It has a nice calming, rich taste to it. Low level of maltiness, gets better when it cools down.

When I brew this, I brew it strong to really get the flavors. If you only do 1 teaspoon, it will come off weak. Also, pay attention to how long you brew, it can bitter really quick. I brew it 2 minutes, sometimes 3, never more.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Assam Mangalam by TeaGschwendner
293 tasting notes

I think I have almost tried all of TeaGschwendner’s Assam teas. This one I got as a sample in my order.

I put this one on par with their number one selling Assam Mokalbari. It’s rich, layered, and multi-dimensional. I have had their other assams, where they are one note, and just blah.

This one is Second Flush FTGOP1. I like it better than the others since it does have the maltiness I look for in an Assam. Low level of astringency. Just a perfect cup of black tea one would want.

Flavors: Malt

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Paris Ginza by Mariage Frères
293 tasting notes

Every Mariage Freres tea I drink is always above 90 rating for me. I have no idea what makes their teas so magical, but I can’t stop drinking them.

I got this tea as a sample from my Cultured Cup order. I am very happy they sent it, since it’s a tea I do like. It’s berry and caramelized sugar flavored, and those seem to be the dominant flavors. I has a mixed berry flavor, with strawberry and raspberry being in the mix. It has its own natural sweetness, I found it to be great without any additional sugar. I have only drunk this iced, but I see it being excellent hot, too.

I would consider buying again, but only in 2 oz portion.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sweet

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got this as a sample with my order. This tea does not agree with me. I brewed it at 180 F (recommended on package is 194F!) for one minute. It is very astringent. I am not a fan of anything with chestnut flavor profile, this tea just made me more realize that. It reminds me of Dragonwell because of that. And I am not a fan of Dragonwell. It does have a greener Oolong flavor like the other reviewer stated. But that astringency is too much! I would brew it at 165F-170F if I had more to play with.

Flavors: Astringent, Chestnut

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drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
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I bought this tea once I saw in the description of “brioche”.

I had it on Thanksgiving morning, and it was just a lovely start. Warm hints of caramel and cocoa nibs and custard in the background with the smell of a buttery bread bakery. I’n not kidding, I tasted this. I didn’t feel it needs sugar or milk. Not much astringency, used a nice tea base.

A way to have the feel of a French bakery in a cup, without the airfare or calories.

I only bought 2 oz, but I see this being a much needed tea rotated into the mix.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cacao, Caramel, Sweet

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drank Nepal Everest Green by TeaGschwendner
293 tasting notes

I got this as a sample with my order. It’s a high elevation tea, and reminds me of other Chinese green teas with a slight toasty flavor to it.

For this tea, you for sure need 2 teaspoon per 6 oz. I feel the tea has the mouth feel of white tea, must be a spring harvest? Also has the chestnut flavor note a Dragonwell would have.

I am glad I tried it, medium flavor level with levels of flavor. Just a wonderful late fall tea, reminds me of the smell of fallen leaves with the slight toasty flavor…YUM!

Flavors: Sweet

2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I was super super excited about this tea! The look of it is nothing like any other tea I’ve seen. I saw other reviewers say notes of butter and vegetal, and I was SOLD.

I didn’t get that with my sample. I used 15 leaves for 6 oz of water, brewed at 175ishF for 3 minutes. I wasn’t blown away, the flavor was just one note green tea. I don’t know if the 2016 harvest is different, but I didn’t get what others here reviewed about. I will change my review after I attempt to brew the rest of my sample. I just wasn’t impressed, and was left disappointed. I do love almost all of what I have ordered from Teavivre….just spent $90 yesterday. But this tea just wasn’t my favorite, maybe I have to adjust brewing time or more leaves?

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I love cooking, sleeping, reading, reggae music, and tea. I also enjoying reading about tea, the culture and ceremonies, and the diverse types.

I think most the teas I drink are 80% iced, but on some days, it’s opposite that, especially days off! I can’t believe it took me this long to try different teas. Better now than never!

Reading the reviews help guide me to the right tea. I have been turned on to so many delightful brews.

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