78 Tasting Notes

86
drank Yunnan Emerald Buds by Teavana
78 tasting notes

I don’t drink a lot of Chinese green tea, but I adored this. It does taste a little like Dragonwell, but greener? More vegetal? I don’t know, but I liked it and I’m glad I bought it. I was looking for a good straight green tea (not that I don’t love genmaicha, but it’s nice to have choices) and I definitely found one.

Edit 5/29/11: Upping the rating because I have literally drunk nothing else since this arrived. I already loved it, but it’s grown on me even more, and I might have to get more to greet the morning with during my summer semester.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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78
drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
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This grew on me. It had a really odd, kind of bitter aftertaste at first, but it was incredible the last two times I made it before it ran out. You can really taste the strawberry AND the green tea AND the popcorn, so my mouth got a little confused, but I ultimately enjoyed it.

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

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80

Bought this as a little Valentine’s Day “oh why not” thing and I did not regret it. I don’t even really like rooibos that much and I adored it, it tasted like chocolate and fruit and awesome.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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88

First of all, after buying from Teavana so often, this was deliciously cheap. I got 4 ounces for 10 dollars with shipping.

That said, this is one of my favorite teas. (Nostalgia may color this review. This is the first proper tea I ever had.) I don’t think it’s for everyone, though; for one thing, it smells kind of like cherry cough syrup, but I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much if it were subtle. You can smell the roses and you can taste the cherries and I don’t think the green tea is overpowered. Definitely buying more once my bag runs out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank White Georgia Peach by ZenTea
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I think I should have steeped this for four minutes instead of three, but it came out really lovely and was absolutely perfect for the ridiculous summer we get in Georgia. I made it for my mom and best friend and we all agree that it would probably be really good iced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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63
drank Dokudami Umami Herbal Tea by Teavana
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I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it. It was okay, not BAD, but I have to be in the mood for it and I probably won’t buy it again.

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drank Organic Yunnan by ZenTea
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This is lovely! I’ve never had Golden Yunnan before, I was looking for a good black tea to help get me up in the morning and thought it looked interesting. I’m not very good at describing tastes in tea terms, so I’ll just say it tastes like velvet. Delicious, dark velvet. It’s kind of a better winding-down tea, so my hunt for morning black tea is still on, but I’ll definitely pick this up again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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78
drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
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It’s more bitter than I was expecting, but I like it a lot. It’s a great summer tea. I haven’t tried it iced like everyone’s saying, but I probably will.

If you rebrew this at the same water temperature but for about 15 seconds longer, the blackberry taste suddenly becomes very sweet. It’s a weaker brew, but it has a nice, very sweet blackberry aftertaste.

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

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MJ is 24, plays with arts and crafts and words and meanings, and prefers a side of tea with her lovely rainy days.

I’m a big fan of Japanese greens and of flavored black teas. I will pretty much automatically love anything with popcorn in it, despite not liking actual popcorn, and I’m not a huge fan of chai or jasmine.

I’m really fond of seasonal teas, so I’m likely to give something a try if it’s specifically for spring or fall or what have you.

Shout-out to Zen Tea for keeping me sane and being delicious.

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