2145 Tasting Notes


The flavor of this tea varies greatly depending on how you prepare it. If you follow the package directions it’s strongly floral with hints of an almost orange-like citrus. I actually found it to be a little overpowering this way, even though I love floral teas. Instead I prefer to cut the amount of dry leaf I use in half, which produces a lightly floral cup with strong hints of citrus and a slightly sweet undertone. This is one of those teas that gives you a lot of wiggle room in terms of preparation, so it can be prepared to fit a variety of tastes, but brewing it at a higher temperature tends to bring out a somewhat astringent note. If you’re a fan of floral oolongs or even jasmine scented teas this will be right up your alley.

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was the tea that sparked my entire order from A Quarter to Tea, it sounded too good to pass up (especially since my all-time favorite drink happens to be Mexican hot chocolate.) Unfortunately the tea didn’t really live up to its name. It’s a little sweet, with a hint of chocolate flavor and a slight kiss of heat. The flavor is nice, but not really what I was looking for, especially since the dominant flavor comes from the oolong. Still, if you’re looking for a spice tea that isn’t chai, this is a great alternative, it just isn’t something I’m likely to order again.

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190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve tried a number of teas from Golden Tips lately, but this is the first one that I’ve considered a miss—it really isn’t to my tastes, despite my love of herbal tisanes. The flavor is mild, tasting mostly of cinnamon and dust. It’s an odd combination really and one that I haven’t found entirely appealing. While this blend does contain a number of ingredients I generally love—rose petals, lemongrass, licorice and mint—there are just as many ingredients that I’m either unfamiliar with or have found I don’t care for. It looks like this tea is destined for my giveaway box, hopefully one of my friends will enjoy it more than I have.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Anji Bai Cha by teasenz
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must have gone through nearly a gallon of tea over the past two days in my effort to relax, most of which happened to be a fabulous tea sent to me by Teasenz— Anji White Tea (Bai Cha). The name is a bit of a misnomer, this is actually a green tea, but as the leaves are exposed to hot water they turn white, hence the name bai cha or white tea. The flavor is delicate, with a slightly nutty undertone and creamy texture. The vegetal flavor of this tea is strong, but it doesn’t over power the more subtle flavors. There is a nice balance to this tea and a slight sweetness—this cup lacks for nothing and I find I could drink a lot of it (and certainly have over the past few days.)

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g

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There really aren’t enough words to convey how much I love this tea—it’s everything I ever wanted out of a chocolate tea and then some. The combination of quilan oolong, hojicha, and chicory is brilliant—it gives the tea a nice roasted flavor with a tinge of bitterness on the back of the tongue, just like good quality dark chocolate. It really hits all of the right notes for me and then comes the sweet cherry flavor. This tea reminds me of the chocolate covered cherries my grandma bought every Christmas throughout my childhood. I have such fond memories of them and it was always such a treat when she would share a bite with us. Those cordial cherries from Queen Anne were her favorite (and I wouldn’t have blamed her if she had decided to hoard the entire box, those things are delicious.) This is hands down the most realistically flavored chocolate tea I’ve come across. Lauren at A Quarter to Tea really is a talented tea blender, I can’t wait to see what new flavors she dreams up next.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bamboo Buddha by Zen Tea
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There is a very unfamiliar undertone to this tea. It’s most likely the bamboo and to be honest I have no idea what bamboo on its own is suppose to taste like. I can’t quite describe it—its not quite earthy or nutty—it definitely stands out, it isn’t unpleasant, but I’m not exactly sure that I enjoy it. This is one of those teas that just continues to mess with my mind because I can’t figure out how I feel about it.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have to say, I’m a huge fan of the green teas that have been coming out of India the past few years—they’re a welcome alternative to the traditional Chinese and Japanese greens. The flavors tend to be light and slightly sweet, quite different from what I’m accustomed to. This particular tea leans more towards sweet and floral—depending on the temperature of preparation you’ll even see an undertone of citrus. The bright, refreshing flavor is just what I need to chase away some of the dark gloom of a cold winter day.

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The appearance of this tea reminds me a lot of Dragonwell, with its long rolled leaf, but the flavor is light and tastes slightly of sweet corn. It reminds me somewhat of cornsilk tea, which is popular in Korea and some parts of the United States. Because this tea is so lightly flavored, water quality plays a larger than normal roll in the final flavor of the tea. We’ve been having hard water issues the past few months, so my first cup tasted flat and mineral-like. If you have not-so-great tasting water then I definitely recommend using filtered or bottled water when steeping this tea, it makes all the difference in the world.

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175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Single Origin Teas, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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