369 Tasting Notes

90

So TeaVivre put out some new rooibos and of the 3 I tried (chocolate, toffee, and strawberry rooibos), I liked this TeaVivre Rooibos the best. It’s tart but delicately sweet and creamy, natural, no artificial flavor taste since it’s all-natural ingredients. roasty and earthy. I think some may put want to add a little sweetener and/or milk. I think this would make a really awesome latte so since I bought a bag of it, I’ll try it that way next. :D

Flavors: Earth, Roasted, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
AJRimmer

I had to buy all the new rooibos flavors also! I’m excited to try them, especially the toffee!

tea-sipper

Sounds delicious! I was just thinking of a strawberry tea…

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75

Thank you for the swap, Amandastory5016. :D
I’ve drank matcha all my life. Usually the traditional way. This is the first time I’ve ever tried flavored matcha. True story hehe, which is why I really appreciate the swap so I can try some. I look forward to the others you sent. This one is a bit chalky as someone mentioned but the flavors of berries, vanilla and cream as well as the matcha itself is very pleasant. It is too sweet for me but I’m sure I can send some to my nephew who will appreciate that part. :)

Flavors: Berry, Cream, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 OZ / 0 ML

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85
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
369 tasting notes

Thank you for the swap, Amandastory5016. :D I had a sample of this before, but my nephew at the time drank it all up. So I got to drink this alone and enjoyed it very much. Not overly sweet, very creamy, apple, cinnamon and full of nuts. Kind of like a cinnamon covered apple with nuts on it. Yummy on a cold night.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts, Nutty

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

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85
drank Bread Pudding by 52teas
373 tasting notes

Sip down.

It didn’t taste quite like bread pudding to me but it was a nice warm, comforting tea especially now that it’s chilly out. It is balanced, very smooth and spiced just right with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves notes. I liked it much better when I used twice the amount as directed. It was fuller, richer and was a nice dessert tea. I can taste the bread notes more with double the amount.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutmeg, Raisins

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Ambrosia has delightful notes of cocoa, malt, dark cherry, vanilla, and marshmallow. It’s smooth and creamy, nice mouth feeling… A thickness feeling and has a long-lasting finish. It is a complex tea with lots of underlying notes especially of fruity layers such as stone fruits, apricots, apples, mainly baked cherries, however, the vanilla and chocolate notes are on the forefront. Other notes throughout are baked bread, malt, berries. It is energizing and calming at the same time.

Gaiwan, 200℉, 5g, 110ml, 7steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s,120s

I have also tried it as directed, western brew. Excellent that way too.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Baked Bread, Cherry, Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Marshmallow, Stonefruit, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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85

Now that my nephew is gone, I’m left with lots of flavored tea hehe but I always welcome rooibos because of the health factor too. This particular Chocolate Rooibos tea is creamy, smooth. It has a natural sweetness of cocoa, sweet earthy flavor, and has a gentle nutty taste. It’s also full-bodied and rich. It has a very nice warm cocoa and nuts aroma and some woody notes. I liked this one much better than the toffee. The toffee one was good but came off a little artificial and this one does not at all.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Earth, Nutty, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

Ceremonial grade. Lovely Matcha. The color is vibrant yellowish-emerald green. It has a fine and smooth feel to it and its consistency is one of very fine powder. It has the qualities of high standard matcha and has no bitterness nor astringency… And thank goodness, no paint-smell, some actually smell like turpentine. Ew. Sweet, full-bodied, rich taste, and aroma. It’s energizing and vitalizing, but calming. I prepared it with 1 tsp in ~2 oz boiling water, frothed it, then added another 6 ounces boiling water. It has a very creamy texture with a vegetal, earthy flavor with a ever so slight hint of sweetness that lingers on the palate. The aroma is calming, sweet, and vegetal. Highly recommended.

In other news, my nephew went back home with his father and my mother who is taking care of him. My brother is doing better, but like all those that suffer from PTSD and other disorders, it is always a sad and difficult road. All we could do is love them, and support them in their recovery. Thank you all for your support. It’s appreciated <3.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Earth, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Not having PTSD but panic attacks, and I know it is hard. Wishing your brother fast recovering. Support is very important! Keep it up.
And tea? Well, I should try matcha prepared somewhere.

Kawaii433

Thank you, Martin Bednář. It’s so hard watching someone you love suffer and then the children too… I’m so sorry to hear you are suffering from panic attacks. :(

mrmopar

We will be praying for your brother. I hope he can heal given time to.

Kawaii433

mrmopar Thank you <3

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drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
369 tasting notes

I’ve been a fan of Mandala Tea for a while now. It’s so strange that for some reason I never bought this until recently especially since I love GABA teas. It provides energy but also a feeling of being centered, you know, a peaceful state of mind which I felt was especially needed in the last few days. ^^

Ahh, the tea. The leaves are big dark leaves, the liquor is a golden clear amber. The taste is delicate but flavorful. It’s a light fruity black tea with baked bread and sourdough bread notes with delightful raisin, dried fruit notes. Malty, and maybe slightly tart here and there but I wouldn’t call it sour. The finish is malty, bready, slightly sweet of honey.

It began as a gongfu session and well, I screwed up big time lol. So I added water and continued with 1 min., 2 min., 3 min, 4 min. and a final 6 min. infusion with boiling water.

In other news: I spoke to my mother and she says that my brother is doing better so for that I’m glad especially since being a natural loner, my only real-life friends are my family who is states away at the moment. I will go to visit him in California soon. In the meantime, I have a tea-loving nephew who is taking up a lot of my time. hehe I hope you are all doing well. <3

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Malt, Pastries, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mrmopar

Hope your brother is doing well soon.

Kawaii433

mrmopar, thank you :D

ashmanra

Glad you have good news! ❤️

Kawaii433

ashmanra, thank you :D

LuckyMe

Glad to hear your brother is doing better

Kawaii433

LuckyMe, thank you :D.

tea-sipper

I hope you and the family have been doing well!

Kawaii433

Doing much better. The kid went home back with his father and my mom. Thank you tea-sipper and all <3

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85

There is no stevia or added sugar (which I prefer) so it’s rather tart (which I also prefer). The liquor is a clear reddish color and has a lovely bold natural peach flavor, not the artificial peach flavor which I’m not crazy about. There is also a hint of apple, and citrus rind notes. Kind of tastes like there is hibiscus in there but it’s not in the ingredients so maybe because it’s a little tart.

My nephew, of course, put honey in it. He enjoyed it too. :) He wanted it iced and I had it warm. Both ways it was refreshing and had a nice bold, fruity flavor.

Flavors: Apple, Orange, Peach, Stonefruit, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
derk

Love that you have a tea/tisane-drinking nephew!

Kawaii433

hehe I do too, Derk! Every day now, in the afternoon, he asks me what flavors do I have or can he pick the flavor today… Etc. It was so surprising that he really enjoys it. Where he usually lives, they drank soda >.<. He told me that when he goes back home when things get better (poor kid), can he take some different teas with him. Of course, I said, absolutely!

Martin Bednář

I wish my nieces would like drink tea. But no, they prefer only water or homemade juices. At least it is not sweet sodas.

mrmopar

Passing the torch!

Kawaii433

Martin Bednář, yes, at least it’s not sodas :D. My other nephews (my sister’s kids) are not like this one (my brother’s kid). It is so surprising.

mrmopar, I’m trying! hehe

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90

I think this is one of my faves from 52Teas. I made it for my nephew who loved it with milk. It’s very creamy, with caramelized sugar notes, custard, cream, vanilla, malt. I love that there is no stevia or sugar, just a natural lightly sweet tea. I can see why some may add a little sugar to it but I prefer it without any sweetener. I prepared it as suggested, and I took a sip of my nephew’s latte and I think it is better as a latte. Either way, highly recommended if you are a Crème brûlée fan. ^^

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Custard, Malt

Preparation
Boiling

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha, Genmaicha… Etc. I like all teas: Green, oolong, black & pu’erh (prefer ripe over raw).

Chanoyu (for matcha prep) and Gongfu cha (for other types of tea) are the main ways I prepare my tea (Gaiwan, Yixing teapot, Kyusu). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. This past year, I’ve tried many flavored now because of all of you lol. As long as there aren’t artificial sweeteners, it’s all good.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, 52Teas, Whispering Pines, Bird & Blend, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia.

The flavors I dislike: Artificial sweetener, lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, papaya, honeydew, rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, any mints, leather.

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

I generally don’t add anything to my teas unless they are flavored, then I may add a splash of milk.

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

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