166 Tasting Notes

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drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
166 tasting notes

I received this as a sample thinking it might make a good iced tea and it is delicious! I steeped 2 tsp with 8 oz water at about 195 for 3 minutes. Then I added ice and a little Stevia. Perfect. No bitterness and the mango flavor did not overpower the black tea. It is full leaf and the ratio of tea to fruit in the bag is very good, unlike some brands where it is mostly fruit and little tea. I may try this hot next time, but I have a feeling I will mainly use this for a refreshing ice tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teajoteas

Thank you for taking the time to review. Our philosophy is to allow the tea to be a key part of the flavor profile. It also helps that we use Assam tea with all our flavored black teas, which is more full bodied and less likely to be overpowered by flavoring.

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93
drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
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I returned from a weekend getaway to cooler weather in Atlanta, so before I even unpacked I was thinking about what tea I might be in the mood for. I don’t usually jump for the whites first, but for some reason, I pulled out the Laoshan White that I received in early August. I used 4 Gm for 6 oz water at 175 starting with a quick rinse followed by a 20 second steep, just as suggested. I increased the steep time to 25 seconds for steepings 2-3, and 35 seconds for steepings 4-5, getting plenty of flavor all the way through. I would agree with others who commented that this was unlike many whites; it had more flavor than I expected and literally filled my mouth with its juicy freshness. The flavor was reminiscent of the smoothness and lingering sweet aftertaste of something I’ve had before, but I’m not sure what—very satisfying though. Now, what to do next? Unpack, or sample another Verdant tea?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I found that with this one, multiple steepings throughout the day with a gaiwan kept drawing me back again and again. It has a lingering flavor. (Also I seem to get a bit of a buzz off this tea).

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My adult son who is visiting for the weekend and I sipped this excellent green tea this afternoon-it was my second experience with it as a result of ordering the green tea assortment samples. I am picky about green teas, but I am excited about this one, and my son thought it was wonderful also. It has everything I am looking for in a quality Long Jing. Tomorrow we will try the Superfine Pre Ming Dragonwell for comparison. I used the whole 7 gm packet with 8 oz. 175 water.1st steep 1 min, then 2nd and 3rd steeps 2 min

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This is a repeat of my posting on Teavivre:I steeped the entire 7 gram sample in 8 oz for a minute at 190. I find that I like green tea as long as it is not bitter This one is very enjoyable-plenty of flavor and no bitterness. (I add stevia to all my tea though.)7g of these long green leaves is quite a few tsp. If you only measured 1 or 2 tsp, might be too weak I would think. Better to weigh it on a scale and use 7 gm as they recommend. I got several steeps.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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93

This came as a surprise sample with my last order. Using 4 gms in 4 oz of just under boiling water, I brewed it Gong Fu style in a series of short steepings. Borrowing a word from a description about this tea from Verdant’s own website, I would say “luscious” about sums it up for me. I was a little lazy and mixed 4 steepings together for my son and I to share, so I can’t comment on the differences between steepings like others have. Suffice it to say, it is a worthy addition to the cupboard and will be on my next order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Spice of Life by Teavana
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Previously, I have combined this with sweet oolong revolution or maharaja chai oolong for an iced tea, but never had tried it hot as a stand alone. It worked well as a mixer, but I especially enjoyed it by itself. I used 2 tsp/8 oz and added some stevia. The predominate flavor was delicate orange. I would buy again to drink in the evening. It exceeded my expectations.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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My husband and I have been enjoying multiple steepings of this today. We think it is quite good. After sampling about 6 pu-ehrs, some raw, others ripened, I have yet to find one I didn’t like. Whether my ratings are of much value is debatable, since I know the very best pu-erhs never leave China. So it’s all relative. But there is nothing not to like about this one-it has plenty of flavor. It is earthy, mellow, smooth and holds up to a lot of steeps.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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94

I’m not sure how to describe it-woodsy seems to fit. This is my first Sheng, and I’d say I’m off to a good start. Hot or cold, it’s quite delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This one reminds me of Teavivre’s Organic Silver Needle white. I brewed it at 195 for a minute as instructed, which is hotter than I normally steep whites, but it is fine, definitely not bitter. I was generous with the quantity of leaves. Yes, this tea is gentle and soothing, but at the same time has several flavors going on. I pick up on hay, cucumber and creamy notes. This tea exceeded my expectations, as white teas are not usually what I gravitate toward. I would like to try this one again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Tea became a passion for me a year or so ago. I fell into it almost by accident, but now I would say it has captured me. Tea is more than something tasty to sip on, it is an experience-it helps create a mood and is quite interesting to read about and study. I discovered loose tea at the tea store at my mall. I was looking for alternatives to Coke Zero and white wine. Say what you will about that mall chain, but I’m sure it has raised awareness about tea where I live, in the land of bagged mass produced black tea prepared with lots of sugar, Atlanta, Georgia. That’s what happened with me, and then I started perusing the internet and found Steepster.

When I take on an interest or a hobby, I go into it full force and become a little obsessive about it in the beginning. I have always been adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, and once I discovered there was so much more out there than the Lipton tea I saw my mom drinking when I was growing up, I started trying many different varieties of loose tea. I have discovered I like all kinds of tea. I I veer a lot toward straight teas, especially blacks, but occasionally drink flavored also, especially Earl Grey. I like flavored Matcha lattes too. I’ve completely given up diet cola, which was becoming too much of a habit. I think tea is a lot healthier. When I rate a tea, it’s just my personal taste, so I don’t tend to post on things I don’t care for. Also, I tend to sweeten my tea with natural stevia (a no no for some!) I am a married Registered Nurse, with two kids in college and one in medical school. My husband is not hooked like I am, but he often enjoys a cup with me. I enjoy many other interests, including reading, gardening, and the arts. I’ve taken up hiking in the past year too. Anytime I can include tea in these pursuits, I do! It has become a bit of an obsession for me.

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