1159 Tasting Notes

75

I’m actually enjoying this one a little bit more. I used a different amount of leaves so the floral is even sweeter and a bit creamier. I still like jasmine more, but this really isn’t a bad everyday tea.

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90

Okay, I’m getting cravings for this one. And it made my morning. I’ve been through some Jasmines lately, and none have quite tasted like this one. You don’t get a pistachio nut note often, and because of that alone I’m raising the rating. I’m tempted to get this one…and so many other teas.

This is $20 bucks at 150 grams. Not bad. At the same time. I’m tempted to try Tea Ave eventually. Are there any teas you’d highly recommend from them?

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80
drank Mountain Rose by Teabox
1159 tasting notes

Sipin’ this down and loving it. Rose and cardamom are my some of my favorite flavor. I’m getting all of the best of it using a teaspoon and a half in my 16 ounce urban tea tumbler. I just let it steep away, then I am rewarded with a delightful aroma and taste. I’m not sure this is just a credit to the tea; my tumbler has actually made a difference in many of the teas I have.

LuckyMe

Rose and cardamom sounds like an amazing combination!

Daylon R Thomas

They are, especially in sugared up Turkish coffee :)

TeaExplorer

I’ll second that! Cardamom, rosewater, real sugar and a good Yemen, Sumatra or Java ground to dust, heated with care in an ibrik until a spoon stands up in it :)

I’m 99% tea these days, but a great Turkish coffee is a wonderful diversion.

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75

Tastes exactly like you expect: tropical fruit punch. Or, the ingredients listed. Think “Skittles, taste the rainbow.” Very refreshing, naturally sweet, and probably a good iced tea.

Flavors: Bamboo, Lemon Zest, Passion Fruits, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

I’m pretty sure this is a Huang Jin Gui. Vegetal,nutty, buttery, floral, and VERY green. It kinda reminds me of an everyday green tea, which kinda disappoints me. However, it also reminds me of a Yan Cha, maybe a Shui Xian or a Dan Cong, but greener. I can say it is a solid tea, just one that I wish that I chose carefully. More for an everyday drinking if you can’t reach a decent standard green tea.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Green, Nuts, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

The best thing about this tea is that it can come back from the dead….yuuuuuuuummmm.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

This was actually not too expensive and figured for a cheaper everyday oolong. I wanted to try a Magnolia Oolong anyway, which some may have suggested to go by Tea Ave first.

But Magnolias grow in Hawaii. And I wish they used plumeria to scent it. If only…

Anyway, this is a solid floral oolong that holds up well western and grandpa. Very sweet, and creamy, but could be creamier and fresher. Personally, I think Magnolia is a floral tea you should try once. I’m not sure if I would recommend this though. Don’t know why.

For comparison, I actually prefer Jasmine Oolong over the Magnolia. Oh well. I feel like I got a decent money’s worth…just too much.

Flavors: Creamy, Flowers, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

Childhood memories didn’t stand up too well. The dry leaf smell is amazing, but the ceylon is way to strong. Passionfruit is the strongest nectar you get, but everything else is overpowered by the black tea. It absolutely NEEDS cream and sugar to taste the other flavors and sway off the ceylon.

The lesson of this tea is that Nostalgia can be deceiving. I wanted to see how veered my perception was anyway. This is an amazing flavor combo and one of the best dessert teas that I’ve had with cream and sugar, but that’s not ideal for health nut me.

I need to officially avoid Ceylon. Maybe I can get a better taste with less leaves.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Malt, Passion Fruits, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Okay, a sample that is better than the bulk tea…again.

The taste is strongly citrus and very sweet. In fact, orange is a flavor. It’s somewhat creamy, but a more floral creamy followed by an occasional, subdued grassiness. It’s closer to the oolong side to me than a black tea. Orange and orange blossom really are the best way to describe this.

I could not see myself purchasing it, but I do wish I had more of it instead of the Choco-Muscat Chai. I’d recommend it to try. Really more of an orange lover’s tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Orange, Orange Blossom

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Taiwan Sourcing Luxurious Jade Sampler (FRICKIN’ PRICEY)
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The best Alishan and or Lishan for the best price
The best Jade Oolong Period.
The best Dancong Period.

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Ali Mountain Oolong

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Taiwan Amber GABA Oolong
Vietnam Red Buffalo Oolong
China Yunnan Pure Bud Golden Snail Black Tea
Taiwan Lishan Oolong
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I am an MSU graduate about to become a high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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