911 Tasting Notes

drank Formosa Oolong by Grace Tea Company
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And it’s another TeaEqualsBliss tea! Yay!

This one is smooth, mild, woody and a little fruity sweet. Peach is the closest fruit flavor I can associate it with but it’s a little milder and… more fibrous than a typical peach. It’s very typically ‘tea’ tasting with some added light, sweet notes (peach and maybe honey) and faint, woody notes.

Not my typical oolong but still a nice darker one and I like the fact that it doesn’t make me think of cigars. The rating totally reflects my personal tea tastes, not the quality of this one because it is quite nice.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Another share from TeaEqualsBliss – thank you!

The smell while brewing makes me think of barley. The pieces are tiny – BP I’m guessing stands for broken pekoe? – so I did a short steep time. I also added sugar and half & half out of habit. Oops. Oh well.

The taste is pretty surprising. Because the pieces are so small, I anticipated something with a bit of an edge, and maybe it does have it and the additives are hiding it, but it doesn’t seem like it at all. It’s odd though because the taste is both mild and bold. Thin, maybe? But flavorful? Something. And I can’t quite peg the taste – it doesn’t seem fruity or malty. It seems more grain-like. Whatever it is, it makes it fairly unique – and pretty tasty!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Estate Earl Grey by Estate
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Trying this one straight today. The bergamot is very strong and has an interesting and not entirely unpleasant floral soapy thing going on. There is a twinge of bitter at the end that makes me think this is definitely better with milk and sugar. All in all, not something I’d probably have straight again but a decent Earl Grey.

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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Wow. This is MANGO TEA. Yes, it deserves all caps. Probably the most distinctively mango tea I’ve ever had. It’s smooth, sweet, has a very true-life mango flavor. You would think all these things would combine to give a delightful tea. And it does… Kinda.

See, I’ve got this thing against flavored oolongs and greens. It just makes me grumpy. Oh sure, sometimes it’s done right – I love the creamy coconut flavor of GM’s Coconut Pouchong – but that one is the exception for me, not the rule. This one is a bold mango flavor and it’s just too overwhelming for me.

However, if someone is looking for a good, mango-juice-lite type tea, this would totally be the winner. And since mango is the husband’s favorite fruit, I passed the rest of this cup (8oz) on to him. He was fairly delighted.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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I’m giving a bump up to the rating of this one. I keep thinking, “Ah yes, a nice caramel tea.” But no, it’s not. It’s really a great caramel tea. The smell is fantastic – thick and silky and just guh. Like those candy commercials where they have caramel flowing into caramel-colored silk? Yeah, it smells like that.

But if a tea tastes like dirty socks I’m not going to fall in love with it, silky rich smell or not. Thankfully, no dirty socks here. On the first sip of this tea I’m always reminded of Lupicia’s English Caramel because this is surprisingly unsweet. Unlike English Caramel, however, it thankfully goes nowhere near bittersweet. Instead, it’s silky (but not too heavy) straight caramel chew that somehow manages to be candy but not be sugary-sweet.

Then the sip ends and that’s where the sweet seems to really hit me – it expands in my mouth and suddenly I feel like I’ve been sucking on caramel-flavored nectar. When I had finished with my 12oz I actually felt like it had coated my mouth with a post-caramel-chew flavor/feeling.

It’s just an all around delightful tea, thus the rating bump. I think it’s a grand feat for a tea to manage such smooth, silky dessert-tea-ness, especially without sugar or milk. I’m already dreading the day I run out.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Okay, I’m sold. I’ve been contemplating a Kusmi order for ages, for several reasons but most specifically this tea, and I think this is going to be the final nail in the coffin.


Hee, I went and got the biggest tin I could find. :D And I’m half way through that.


sophistre, I know I’ve said it before, but I didn’t expect great things from Kusmi. I really think it’s because their tins are kind of gaudy. But they do lovely French-style flavored teas that I’ve really enjoyed. Well, I wasn’t big on the Bouquet of Flowers thing at all, but otherwise…
Angrboda, their tins seem so huge! Well, not the little sampler ones but the 4oz ones. I just feel that it is massive. Kind of makes me scared to order untried flavors!


Totally agree on this tea. It’s the best Kusmi I’ve had so far.


I’m just grinning at the concept of dirty-sock tea :o)


St. Petersburg is another super-tasty one, too, but then it’s got caramel in it, too!

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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The weather is overcast, humid and rainy for the second week in a row and I’m getting grouchy about it. So grouchy, in fact, that I am too grumpy to really make tea. My tea consumption had been drastically reduced because of this and I’ve felt the lack. I’m still grumpy and grouchy and sulking about the weather but decide that I needed tea, even if I didn’t really want to make it. So I put some water into my 10oz cup, dropped a dragon ball in, meandered into the living room and flipped on History Channel and answered some emails.

The first few sips were like hot water sprinkled with a bit of cocoa powder but I had only let the ball soak for a maybe couple of minutes, not nearly long enough. The water was too hot still anyway, so I let it cool a bit more. By the time it was easy sipping temperature, I ended up with a lovely cup of tea. The last two or three sips (I emptied the cup because I was too lazy to refill) were perhaps a bit on the tannic side but still quite pleasant.

I’m not a big one for imprecise brewing methods but this tea makes it so easy and rewarding that I’m probably going to be doing it more while the weather is so icky.

205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Lemongrass Green by Ito En
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Nice and sweet lemony, though the ascorbic acid oddly adds a sour taste to it (instead of blending with the lemongrass flavor like I anticipated). Definitely would like this better fresh (vs. bottled) for that reason but all in all, quite tasty for a bottled tea.

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drank Genmaicha by Imperial Tea Garden
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As a general rule, I don’t find genmaicha all that impressive. Dunno why, it just doesn’t hit all the right buttons with me. The exception to this is Samovar’s Ryokucha, which yeah, I kind of adore (and am out of right now, which is really horrible). So I wasn’t expecting to get into this gemaicha. But apparently I was wrong. This is actually very tasty and makes me think of my much loved Ryokucha, particularly because it has a similarly milky flavor. This one is a little thinner feeling (no matcha in this one) and perhaps has a bit more toasted rice flavor but it is still remarkably smooth and the flavors mesh really delightfully. Quite a nummy cup! Thanks TeaEqualsBliss!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
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I’m getting an interestingly delicious peppery taste with this today. The milky/creamy taste is still there so it ends up a bit like peppered milk – which doesn’t sound good but, if this tea is any indication, certainly tastes awesome.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Rose Marzipan Delight by Teavana
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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sharing this discontinued lovely with me! It’s probably the one rose tea I can really get behind… mostly because of the candied aspect to it. So tasty and it makes such a happy dessert tea for me.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Ya know I think I still have this one floating around somewhere.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.

1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.





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