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86
drank Rajasthan by La Via del Tè
257 tasting notes

My first impression when opening this tea was a sigh, thinking it would be a Christmas tea- like blend (which all seem to be so very similar to me, and they tire me quite quickly), but then the fennel got through and I started to appreciate the spices used in this blend. Once steeped, the strong and spicy character is confirmed, which makes it not only an ideal after-lunch drink (as recommended by La Via del tè), but also a nice wake-up drink (as far as I am concerned).
BTW, I am very grateful for the cinnamon or cloves or ginger in this blend not to overwhelm the rest.

Flavors: Cardamom, Clove, Cookie, Fennel, Spicy, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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50

I have had this tea sitting on my shelf for the past maybe 5 years, and am coming approaching the sipdown. I don’t reach for it very often because of the strange, strong, artificial fruit taste of it. I would rather reach for my Hediard Melange Quatre Fruits Rouges / Four Red Fruits Blend or…when I still had it, the superior Mariage Freres counterpart when I wanted something fruity. I usually brew this tea with honey and whole milk, which do a lot of work to take down the perfume taste and surprising astringency. It wasn’t until it mellowed out over the years that I was able to enjoy it more. What’s interesting is I don’t recall there ever being pieces of fruit (strawberry or papaya) in this tea. I only saw leaf and rose petals. It was not at all what I see of the tea pictured on the website. But then again, I also got this at a TJ Maxx for a discount. Despite how pungent and perfumed the aroma was, the tea itself, to echo another reviewer, seemed stale.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Candy, Floral, Fruity, Perfume, Rose, Strawberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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84

First tea of another large order of 10 teas I made over the Christmas period. I could buy teas from this Italian company in a private sale, which mainly means at more reasonable prices! as far as I know, I´ve never tried teas from this company but I thought their own blends sounded fascinating (and different from what I´m used to).
I also bought this Darjeeling, as I´m currently trying out some different origin Darjeelings (from different companies, that is) in replacement for a wonderful one I finished (and the tea company in UK called it a day as well, unfortunately). Enjoyable enough, but far less elegant than I what I expect from a Darjeeling TGFOP. I infused it twice with similar result.

Flavors: Floral, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85
drank Secret Moon by La Via del Tè
24 tasting notes

Very pleasant Pai Mu Tan base scented with rose petals and rose buds. The rose scent is persistent both in the nose and the mouth, and lasts through two infusions. The result is a sweet tea, with hints of honey and a slight cinammon aftertaste. I like to drink it in the early afternoon, or after dinner.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Flowers, Honey, Rose

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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57
drank Relax by La Via del Tè
1287 tasting notes

Green tea with chamomile?
It did not work in matter of taste or aroma. Aroma is musty, herbal and naturally chamomile.

Taste is way too similar. The base green tea is not much apparent, it’s mostly chamomile and then some notes of generic herbs, maybe lemon balm bit stronger than others.

Not sure about relaxing purpose.

Flavors: Herbs, Musty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Brews dark red, very fruity in aroma. So fruity, I can not recall a single fruit.
Fruit is similar. Very fruity, berry like, quite tart.

Probably past its great times. Or just common fruit tea.

Flavors: Fruity

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Just an individual teabag of this that a coworker brought in to the office for me to try; I don’t know that I’ve ever had a tea that came from Italy before? I mean, obviously the tea itself doesn’t come from Italy – that’s probably from Japan given how marine-y and sencha like the taste was. This is just an Italian tea company; and it looks like it was intended in part for consumption within the country but also maybe for export?

I thought it was kind of unpleasant – the base is really strong with a lot of sharp oceanic notes and grassiness to it that I kind of loathe in Sencha; and even ignoring the fact those notes aren’t really my jam they also just seemed to read as not very fresh? Like, the tea itself seemed pretty stale/aged. The strawberry was ok; but somewhat artificial and perfumey. Also not nearly as strong for what I would have wanted to mask the taste of the base. However, gotta remember this is European tea and it feels like a lot of European tea companies have a very different approach to flavoured teas. Like, they don’t seem to like to hide the taste of their base teas the same way North American tea companies do? Just as a generalized observation, anyway. Especially when you look at companies like TeaGschwendner, Fauchon, Dammann Freres, etc.

So yeah – tasted, added to my tally of teas I’ve tried. Not personally impressed though.

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85

I received this tea bag with my Pink Parcel this month. I’ve never heard of the brand before, but according to the little brochure that explains where the “for you” items come from, they can be purchased from Harrods and are hella expensive – about £30 for 20 or something fairly ridiculous like that. The packaging doesn’t give much away – no ingredients, for example. It smells lovely, though – very fresh and lemony. One thing that is highlighted is the “innovative” cotton tea bag. I probably wouldn’t say innovative, exactly – Mighty Leaf have been doing similar for a while, except that theirs are nylon, but the woven pouch idea in general isn’t new (unless these guys were doing it first and I just didn’t know. Apparently they’ve been around since 1961.)

I gave the bag the recommended 5 minutes in boiling water. The bag looks to contain whole chamomile flowers, rose petals, and lemon verbena. Brewed, it smells more “herbal” than it does dry, and just a touch floral.

To taste, I’m actually quite impressed. There’s a creamy lemon flavour at the forefront, then the sweet, honey-like almost-cloyingness of chamomile, with just a touch of rose/lavender floral at the end of the sip. I’ve had other “lemon cream” tea that are equally good, but it’s always nice to find another one (especially when you’re least expecting it.) It’s supposed to be a relaxing tisane, and I guess it would be. I’d definitely drink it on an evening as a pre-bedtime cup.

What I’d be less willing to do is pay the quoted price. Harrods is an overpriced tourist trap anyway, so I’d not buy tea from there if I had any other choice, but if I could find this from an alternative supplier (or maybe direct from La Vie del Te, who are based in Italy and have a website…) at a more reasonable price then I’d definitely consider buying more of this one (or trying some other blends…) Best not to look, though. It’s such a slippery slope :)

I’m happy to have had the opportunity to try this one; I liked it a lot more than I was expecting to, and the quality appears to be there even though it’s bagged. Unexpectedly good!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92

this is one of the best milk oolong i have ever had! i normally don’t fraternize with the likes of a flavored tea as i am a firm believer that tea, it’s cultivation, and terrior are quite enough to make the world of tea reach far beyond the ability of my pallet. that being said if i can’t find a way to order this tea soon i’m booking my flight back to Italy cause i can’t life without it! upon first sip i am overwhelmed with the flavor of butter and cream, but somehow not to the point where i loose the flavor of the high quality tea it is obvious was the base for this scented tea. the regular hints of raisins dates and almond that i expect from an oolong are waiting for the cream to make way culminating in a slight appley finish. i love this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Looked up their website looks sooo good! Love Italy! One place I’d like to return to!

ashmanra

Have you tried the ones from Teavivre?

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65

This time I brewed this for one minute more than previously.
More nutty, better. I just drank it happily without remembering to notice misstakes and all, so I guess it was a good cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65

First try, according to sellers suggestion.
Quite balanced a bit sweet, a little weak body. Mayby 4 minute brewing or 95 degrees makes it better, or mayby not. Mayby this is the quality of tea. Quite good, but I miss the quality of Wulong back home. Italy ,Brescias best tea shop.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jesse Örö

Tyyppaa HC-gongfuna, tunge gaiwan tms niin täyteen lehtiä ku saat ja uuta 5s tms kiehahtaneella vedellä!

Joni Selinheimo

Unohdin Gaiwanini Suomeen. q.q Yritin pakata sen mukaan, tiesin et haluan sen, mut sitä ei löytynyt, eikä sitä toistakaan, eikä kolmatta Gaiwania. Taisin pakata ne muuttolaatikoihin. Prkl! Jos aion ol tääl yhteensä 5kk ni miun pitää tilata jadepisarasta tai jostain uus Gaiwan. Täält ei saa sellasii.

Joni Selinheimo

Olen taas soihtutasolla. Ach, vois uppii avatarin tänne, joskus.

Jesse Örö

Luulis nyt et jostain lähempää saa… Ebayssä toimiva Dragon Tea House muuten shippaa täl hetkel ilmaseks kaikkialle, ja ne myy gaiwaneitakin.

Joni Selinheimo

I looked at their Gaiwan selection and just the bare list of the types of gaiwan aviable made me grin with happines, surprice and even made me produce a manic laugh. xD (this smiley has never been more appropriate.)

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62

I brewed in 75°C and 3 minutes like the man said(company). It tasted kinda like Lung Ching. But I’v had better. A bit grassy a hit of sweet,quite too watery. Mayby I am making injustice for thease teas by using water from the espressomachine boiler. I miss propper waterboiler.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Very good tea !!!! I loved it and im still fascinated with this filtrofoglia bags are hmmm a miracle besides they are pretty cute.
Talking again about the tea I can describe the flavor as a perfect tea for a summer lunch, perhaps rainy day perhaps not, but its simply great for a summer lunch alone or with that special person. Its a strong green tea in his class and its a very good quality too, it worths the price and I will keep drinking this for a while because its really yummy :)

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89

This tea i taste it in Florence. Its WOW! i totally advice to all green tea lovers this good quality green tea mint. I loved the fact that comes with a FILTROFOGLIA bag which means if for many cups of the same bag which is quite cool since the tea its pretty good. I like it with very hot water and slowsly drink it since like that the sweet refreshing flavor can come into my mouth and remind me that im in Florence.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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84

my favorite christmas tea! the smell is awsome, and the taste is sweet, fruity and well balanced.
sugar crystals look like big and bright diamonds, and give some extra sweetness to my cup if I decide to pick up a spoon of tea with a crystal in it and put it in the teapot.
Perfect for winter and Christmas time.

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