2273 Tasting Notes

This tea was sent to me to review for the Sororitea Sisters blog, and I reviewed it not long ago. I am finishing the sample today and still have the same reaction.

Hazelnut NOTES or hazelnut flavor added. Gotta be flavored added. (Picks up packer and checks.) Nope, hazelnut notes. Are they sure? Isn’t this hazelnut flavored? Like….added flavor? (Checks package again.) Nope. Still says hazelnut and mango taste.

That is how hazelnutty this tastes, guys. I don’t really eat mango, but I probably should since I don’t detect anything that I think is what mango would taste like, but I do know hazelnut and that is the main thing I am getting from this tea.

Super good and super flavorful. I have had yellow tea before and it was super subtle. And yes, apparently this is just how it really tastes. What a fun tea to try!

Sil

neat!

CrowKettle

That sounds quite special :)

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drank White Peach by Harney & Sons
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A friend brought over a bag of Blueberry Green that we are splitting and brought some sachets of this tea for us to try as well. I thought I had tasted most of the teas that Harney and Sons offers, but looking at their website and new offerings, I see that I have some catching up to do!

First, my youngest daughter loves peaches and lives almost exclusively on raw fruit and carrots. Seriously. And she went wild over this tea. She said it was, “The truest peach flavor I have ever had in a tea.”

I had steeped two bags in a pot and she was pretty desolate when we reached the bottom, so I resteeped. The resteep is my preference, the first steep is her preference, though we like both. On the resteep, the color is still strong but the peach flavor has faded and the Bai Mu Dan shines through. The website says that there is a hint of vanilla in this. I don’t really taste vanilla up front but I suspect it makes the peach have a fuller, mellow flavor. Good stuff.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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If you love coconut, this tea might be your dream come true.

I have a frequent guest who loves coconut so I am very glad to have this, but a tea purist would be mortified by it. The oolong is pale and there is so much coconut in this that the oil floats on top of the cup, and not as little droplets, but as a thick layer.

So yesterday I had a dilemma. One guest was coming who was rather new to tea. The other was a sweet “Chawleston” lady who drinks lots of sweet tea but has never seen any good from the hot stuff.

I made this because I thought it was so different from Southern sweet tea that they would be able to judge it as a completely different drink. (They have both had and enjoyed unflavored, unsweetened teas here before.)

They loved it so much that I had to make a second pot. Then I was able to make a resteep that was plenty strong and had tons of coconut flavor still, such that a new guest later that day sniffed it and said, “What is this? Ooooh, coconut!”

Memily

I love coconut but not once it gets soapy—it’s gotta be that fresh taste. I’d be curious to see which way this one leans.

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drank Bali by Dammann Freres
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This is a sample that came with a gift I received. Unfortunately I have allowed several DF samples to get a bit of age on them, so they are not as fresh as what most of you would be tasting.

When I drink samples like this, I am usually joined by my youngest daughter. To stretch the tea so that we can both have a small cup, we make it in a kamjove and resteep immediately, combining the two steeps. Usually we still get good flavor.

This time we did get a good tasting tea, but I feel that this one would have been really truly tasty full strength. The grapefruit was the predominant flavor I picked up, and it was so good that I wished it was even stronger. It didn’t seem overly floral but then I don’t mind floral tea as long as it is natural tasting rather than perfume-y or blatantly synthetic.

Overall, a good tea that I would definitely drink again and would be a great choice if I wanted something tropical.

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drank J.E Oolong Milky by THE O DOR
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I got a sample sachet of this one in my birthday order, and oh my goodness, oh my goodness, OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS! This. This was wonderful. I am going to have to place a The O Dor order because these teas have been amazing.

Creamy. Oh so creamy. Hint of butter. Smooth. So easy to resteep and actually get a really good cup of tea.

Daylon R Thomas

This is one of the highest rated milk oolongs on here-how does it compare to Mandala’s?

ashmanra

I haven’t had Mandala’s, but perhaps someone who has had both can chime in! Daylon: have you had Premium Silky Green from Bird Pick? It is sold as a green but most on here swear it is actually a milk oolong. When I called the shop, they didn’t even know that oolongs could be anything other than roasted. I must have gotten a trainee….

Daylon R Thomas

LOL
I have not had that one and I saw that. It’s also been highly ranked as a green tea. Funny enough, my professor asked if the tea I served recently was a green instead of an oolong and I then told him that oolong is the entire spectrum between Green and Black lol.

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drank Phoenix by THE O DOR
2273 tasting notes

This was one of the many samples that were included with my birthday order. The samples are mostly “Mystery Sachets”. You don’t know what they are until you open the pouch. I saw mostly green in the sachet and thought it was green tea so I was pretty surprised to look it up and see that it is black tea and mate. The aroma was powerful and daughter and I were debating whether it was almond or amaretto. Surprise! Neither!

It says it is chocolate and chili. I have never been a big fan of spicy things so I was a little frustrated to see chili as an ingredient. WHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYY? But I try to keep an open mind and it smelled so good, so I went for it.

And…it is really tasty. The chili was almost undetectable at first. (Since there was only one sachet we resteeped and combined so we could each have a full teacup.) It was sweet and chocolate-y. As it cooled, I picked up the barest kick of heat, but nothing even close to frightening this wimp off. Youngest said she didn’t taste chili either until it had started to cool and she noticed at the back of the sip.

So far I am really liking this company. We may have to place another order.

Sil

the o dor has some fantastic teas!

Atacdad

yeah, but I just have to pause at the company name. So many ways to take that, one of which isn’t too encouraging!

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drank Mademoiselle by THE O DOR
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This was one of my birthday teas from youngest. She loves Earl Grey so I thought this would be a big hit with her, but she strongly preferred the sample of Earl Grey Royal they sent. The bergamot was milder in that one.

She didn’t mind the strength of the bergamot in this – she likes bergamot a lot so that wasn’t it. Maybe the base is milder in the other or maybe I overleafed and didn’t realize.

The aroma was nice. It is bergamot and lavender, but the lavender doesn’t smell like granny’s soap, it smells more herbal, more savory. You really pick up the scent that tells lavender and rosemary are close cousins. I enjoyed the complex aroma.

The lavender also does not come across as soapy in the flavor. And I am definitely going to try this one Iced, just for us, as we are hitting temps in the 80’s this week and I would love to see if I can make something mimic Earl Grey Iced from Southren Boy Teas.

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drank Earl Grey Royal by THE O DOR
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This is a sample that came with my birthday order from youngest. She loves Earl Grey so I specifically saved it for us to drink together. This is pretty easy with the The O Dor sachets because we are getting a minimum of two steeps from each.

And this went on her “must have again” list. The bergamot in this reminds me of Southern Boy Teas Earl Grey Iced. That was a favorite of mine that will be sorely missed, but maybe this will make a delicious iced tea as well. Not all Earl Grey’s are created equal, even within a single company. We had Mademoiselle from this company today and while it is bergamot and lavender, youngest strongly prefers this tea. It is smoother, the bergamot is less sour, and it resteeped well. Now I know what to get her for her next big occasion!

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drank Perseus by THE O DOR
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Oh my word. I got a late birthday gift today from my youngest daughter, said box arriving after she left for school and sorely tempting me.

When she let me open the gift, there were not only two teas but a plethora of samples, most of which were simply labeled “mystery sachet”. EXCITING! I knew they must be labeled in the inside so you know how to steep it, and I assumed the wrapper color was a clue as to what kind of tea was inside.

This immediately smelled like candy, delicious, delectable grown up candy. I thought of those candies that come in flavors like violet, guava, or lavender. I am guessing it must be the plum sitting right up front in the aromas, and the bergamot is there but not whack-you-over-the-head sour. It says there are carrot pieces but I don’t taste anything that I perceive as carrot. Anyone know what carrot would contribute in a blend like this?

We made two steeps with this little sachet and made nummy noises the whole time we drank it. The base is pretty smooth. I followed their advice and kept the water cool for a black tea, steeping it at about 190F. I did give it four minutes for the first steep and nearly five for the second.

Absolutely delicious, and I can hardly wait to try some more of their teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Happy belated birthday to you, ashmanra.

Amie

Happy Birthday!!

Teatotaler

Glad you’re back, ashmanra. I have missed reading your always wonderful notes! Happy birthday! :)

ashmanra

Thank you, all! It was a lovely birthday!

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Yes yes yes!

My tastebuds have been awol due to this bronchitis, but yesterday I bought some nice olives and blue cheese crumbles. I was pretty confident I could taste that. And I made THREE POTS so far off this one basket of leaves, and hubby has been drinking it with me all day. I am about to make yet another pot because it is really good.

I can’t taste everything perfectly yet, but I get a great aftertaste with this one, almost like the finish of a TGY or even a light licorice root note (which I love) so I am pretty tickled that I am tasting something! Hopefully this cold will be kicked to the curb as I continue drinking my elderberry tonic and staying hydrated, but the Bradford pears are in bloom which means the oaks are, too. Here we go again.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about eight years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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