307 Tasting Notes

85

So… Why the flavored teas lately, some may wonder. Well, my nephew has been staying with me (family crisis) and he likes flavored teas.

We both enjoyed this one. As one noted, it was very bready. It was creamy, vanilla and caramel notes, bread pudding-like taste. Not overly sweet. Recommended dessert tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berry, Caramel, Toast, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Sorry to hear there is a crisis. You are awesome for making this time a nice memory for your nephew.

Kawaii433

@ashmanra Thank you <3, sweety so much. I am pretty much a loner except for my mother and siblings (My dad, my hero, died a few years ago) so there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them… And that is a wonderful way to look at the situation, I will continue to make it a nice memory for him!

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85

369 tasting notes on this already. I’m always late for the party hehe.

So some quick notes: After a rinse to wash off some stevia, it is a very nice berry tea. Lots of blueberries, hints of raspberry perhaps some passion fruit, black current. I noticed a wee little bit of earthiness in it. Recommended if you like berries. :)

Flavors: Black Currant, Blueberry, Earth, Passion Fruits, Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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93
drank Decadence! by 52teas
307 tasting notes

The dried leaves had an aroma of a yummy dark chocolate bar. One of the strongest I’ve ever smelled. I wondered if it would transfer to taste because so often the chocolate falls flat or gets lost. Well, at least with the ones I’ve tried. It didn’t. The dark chocolate notes were on the forefront, along with some milky/creamy notes. Not really bittersweet either but definitely not milk chocolate. The sweetness is of caramel not honey and unlike the stevia overload of some flavored teas, this was just right for me. I believe the sweetness is coming from the cacao nibs. Not sure. I don’t see stevia listed in the ingredients. The golden bi luo chun notes were there as well: Sweet potatoes, brown sugar, bread, malt. Super soft mouth feeling, nice aftertaste. Highly recommended. It is a very nice dessert tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
52Teas

I never put stevia in my teas. I hate the stuff.

Kawaii433

@52Teas Me too… And that’s great news. ^^

ashmanra

That’s good to hear. I bought a tea once that had stevia in it and ended up with a three day stomach ache. I was so bloated. I thought it surely could not have been the tea, so I tried the tea again a week or two later. It was the tea, and stevia was the only ingredient I hadn’t had before.

52Teas

I just have never really liked stevia. It doesn’t affect me adversely except that I’m adverse to the flavor of it – it has a really funky sweetness to it that doesn’t taste like sugar to me. The only real sweeteners I’ve ever had in teas are the occasional candy sprinkles (and really, they don’t add a lot of sweetness at all) or if I happen to use candied ginger (for things like gingerbread) or candy cane or something like that – and I have used candied pineapple once or twice – but it’s all usually what constitutes a very small amount of sugar in each cup – I am a strong believer that people should decide whether or not they want to sweeten their own cup!

ashmanra

I agree, 52teas! I just had a tea with monkfruit. I gave the rest away, it was weirdly funky.

Sil

stevia sucks so bad. the taste is just gross

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88

I’ve been working on sipdowns still and not buying a lot of new teas. I got a few… 4, I think, from David’s Tea for the first time order because Chase offered a big rebate for a short time. The clock was ticking. How could I resist that? :P Bleh. lol I also got a few free samples, which is nice.

I think this one is my favorite so far. The only thing is that it’s far too sweet for me (stevia leaf) but luckily after a good rinse, it worked out for me.

It’s very cinnamony but in a good way because it really goes well with the cardamon. It has a toast-like flavor and it tastes like French toast. Bready, creamy, cinnamony is the way I would describe it. Some nutmeg and others notes as well. I think the other reviews covered this tea well. I kind of see it the way Daylon wrote about it that it probably deserves a higher rating. For me, it’s because I do not have a lot of experience with flavored teas until recently (I blame Cameron and tea-sipper for their great tea care packages lol) so I still have problems determining a rating system for flavored teas.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Maple, Nutmeg, Spices, Toast

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94

I started off with a sample and ended up buying a big bag of it. It has a dual purpose for me as a tea and cereal. I really love this. The aroma of the dried grains is of buckwheat, nuts, peanuts, a little sweetness of honey. There is a distinct peanut butter aroma, taste. It has a yummy rich nutty roasted-toasted flavor. It’ll be part of my stash for a long time coming. Very comforting and well, it’s healthy too so that’s a plus.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut, Toast, Toasty, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
tea-sipper

You eat it like a… cereal?!?!

Kawaii433

Yup hehe. Can make hot cereal out of it. There are porridge recipes with it on the net. Sometimes I just sprinkle it in yogurt or in kefir.

tea-sipper

Interesting! I haven’t tried to eat this one yet.. but I agree this is a cupboard staple.

Mastress Alita

I love soba (buckwheat) added to sencha… it tastes like a roasted peanut genmaicha to me!

ashmanra

Ooooo, that sounds interesting! I have had buckwheat tea but never ate it!

Kawaii433

@tea-sipper and @ashmanra
I first got the idea from TeaVivre’s site where is says edible hehe. After that, I googled buckwheat recipes… Etc.

@Mastress Alita I have never tried it in sencha. I will now. :)

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90

This tea is “palace-grade” where they sift the shoot tips (the ‘golden buds’) for the tea after the pile fermentation step. Unlike other palace-grade tea, according to TeaVivre it is 100% pure palace-grade with no additives or substitutes, not a mixture. Sounds good to me. lol

The dry tea consisted of golden brown and dark leaves with not much of an aroma, to be honest. The liquor begins as a light red but becomes a very dark, bright red color. The taste is a very pleasant, clean, mild Puerh, with nutty, woody and smoke notes. There are sticky rice notes throughout the infusions, some cream. As usual with Menghai, there are the classic earth and mushroom notes in both aroma and flavor. Some slight bark notes, and sweetness developed somewhere in the middle. Many reviews said it wasn’t quite smooth enough for them. Maybe because they were from years ago but the one I tried was very smooth with no bitterness, mellow. Lots of notes of roasted nuts, mainly of chestnuts and walnuts. The sweetness was more like caramel, not honey. There is a thick slickness feeling on the tongue. Buttery almost. Maybe a little sticky. At the end of the sip, there is almost a mint or cooling feeling on the tongue. I enjoyed it. I think it’d be good for beginners because it has a very clean taste to it, not heavy on fermentation notes.

Gaiwan, 10g, 212℉, 110ml, 11 steeps: rinse, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s

Flavors: Bark, Chestnut, Earth, Mushrooms, Smoke, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
tea-sipper

This is one of my favorites from Teavivre. I should revisit it soon!

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92

Not sure if I wrote a review on this. I’ve had this a couple of times and will order it again in the future. Maybe I passed since it has lots of reviews already. Don’t remember. I’m getting old. :)

Preparation: Gaiwan, 5g, 185℉, 110 ml, 6 steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s.

Dark and gold twisted strips. Smelled of cherries, yams, lightly floral, maybe some sweet tobacco pipe aroma. The liquor was a beautiful bright, clear, orange-reddish color and on the subsequent infusions, it became more of a bronze color and had the aroma of yams, fruit. The wet leaf smelled of caramel, hay and dried fruit.

Malty, fruity, sweet yams, a bit of dark cocoa, and toasted caramel notes. Somewhere in the middle, I got some roasted nuts, honey. It’s a light, smooth cup of tea but the aftertaste is powerful. The lingering sweetness, the desert feeling of satisfaction. Baked bread, a wee bit of smoke as some others mentioned, molasses and raisins.

I’ll probably put it back on my wishlist to remind me to get more and write about it again lol (forgetting if I wrote about it or not hehe).

Hope you’re all having a great Sunday. <3

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Honey, Molasses, Overripe Cherries, Smoke, Smooth, Tobacco, Yams

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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80
drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
307 tasting notes

Part 2 of my mini tin gift pack that I received last Christmas or so. It came with Spicy Chocolate, Anatasia and Boost. Weird combo, I know lol.

So… I liked this one. I had my doubts after reading some of the reviews. If you don’t like strong ginger or cinnamon, this will be your nightmare. The label says a blend of maté, green tea, cinnamon bark, and ginger. It’s a robust, full taste, unlike the Spicy Chocolate. It’s a smooth tea, and I can still taste the ginger and cinnamon well after finishing the sip.

I drank it hot. 2 tsp in 10 oz, 175°F. Steeped for 3 min. Says it is good iced but today was the first time trying it. I have like 20g to go so maybe I’ll try it iced next time.

It’s 16:07 here, and felt a little tired before I drank it. I definitely feel the anti-fatigue effects. So, that’s good. :) I recommend it if you like ginger.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
307 tasting notes

Sipdown. I had received a cute little gift set that included this. The little tin cans are adorable. Girly girly moment I guess.

I liked it as suggested but it was far better with splashes of milk and ice cubes. Is that a latte? I know nothing about how you all prepare your lattes… Etc. lol I just know that the cardamom, cloves, cocoa… Etc. melded together better with a little milk and ice cubes. Maybe because it is so hot outside.

Alone, it was good too. I wouldn’t classify it as rich though. Very light taste. Unflavored black teas have stronger notes. I could taste (as usual) only a hint of the cocoa. The cloves were more prominent. It’s a light tea though, no matter how long I brewed it. Desert tea, for sure.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Kittenna

I think a lot of people do the classic hot milk/froth/extra-strong shot of steeped tea sort of latte. I’m too lazy for that, and only do the infuse-directly-into-hot-milk type, and the add-a-splash-of-milk type. Neither of which are likely technically lattes, but IMO has a similar effect?

Kawaii433

@Kittenna I’m too lazy for all that too. Guess I’m a “Add-a-splash-of-milk” type here. I agree that it all has a similar effect. Thanks for some clarification. Always love feedback :)

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90

Sipdown and I really liked this. :)

Malty, smooth, mellow, fruity, lightly sweet of a mixture of honey, molasses and brown sugar notes. Lots of berry fruity goodness along with sweet potatoes. I got some slightly good bitter dark cocoa notes which really played well with the fruitiness. I liked that it was a stronger flavor, full-bodied. I think I would really enjoy this with a teaspoon of milk in the mornings because of the stronger flavor/notes. It’s a drag that I have to have a little milk in my tea in the mornings now but I still can enjoy nekked tea :P in the evenings since it’s not on an empty stomach.

Prepared it gongfu 5g, 6 steeps: quick rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 50s at 185℉.

Mood: A little somber, thinking of the El Paso shooting. Thinking of them and their families. I was just at a busy shopping center the other day…

Flavors: Berries, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
derk

Feeling it, too, Kawaii. The Gilroy Garlic Festival here in CA last weekend…

Kawaii433

Derk :( and now after a nap, 10 more dead and 16 injured in Dayton, OH.

LuckyMe

Same here. 250 mass shootings in 2019 already. It worries me that people are becoming desensitized to it all :(

mrmopar

A sad state our country has become with all these shootings.

tea-sipper

Is this the 2019 harvest, Kawaii?

tea-sipper

250?!?! That is terrible. It breaks my heart every time this happens, but apparently it happens so often I missed a few. :/

derk

Kawaii, that’s my hometown. Why.

tea-sipper

derk, I’m so sorry. I think of all the people affected each time, even if they are just FROM the place these shootings occurred. So much worry and negativity so many people have to go through, the victims of course, but really millions of people affected each time this happens. I will never understand why someone is okay with shooting anyone, let alone strangers or random people. No excuse.

Martin Bednář

I just heard a news about it. It is terrible and I still do not understand why laws are there so… “weak” (is it a good word?).

El Paso, Dayton… Weird.
Just… praying they will change it.

Kawaii433

derk, Dayton is your hometown? :( I’m so sorry.

Kawaii433

tea-sipper, yes I believe it’s 2019. Sorry I missed that question and am just now answering!

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong, Black & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. Just as long as it doesn’t have any artificial sweetener.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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