14 Tasting Notes


The Jade Dragon Mao Feng’s color is very light and has a vegetal taste, so if you aren’t a fan of that kind of flavor, stay away. Drinking it invokes a feeling of gently waking up on a sunny spring morning. There is a pleasant aftertaste and it almost feels refreshing. It also seems to be more delicate than other green teas I have encountered. The leaves are long and unwieldy; it’s a bit of a challenge to get an exact teaspoon amount when brewing. I make sure to steep the tea for about 3:30-4:00 minutes on a second steep for maximum replication of the taste, and I have never brewed a third cup for fear of severe dilution.

This is easily one of the best and pure-tasting green teas I have had. I am quite disappointed that Teavana has elected to remove this tea from their collection. I made sure to purchase a couple of pounds from their clearance section.

Flavors: Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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A robust tea that makes one think of leather and smoke. But don’t let it frighten you off; it’s got plenty of heart. This tea is full of gruff flavor between the pu erh dante and gunpowder. The hazelnut is faint among the presence of the other two teas, but the blend is comforting in a way that reminds you of curling up in your father’s armchair, wrapped in a well worn flannel shirt.

Flavors: Leather, Smoke

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Easily my favorite green tea to date. The citrus flavors are strong but don’t overpower the flavor of the green tea, and there’s absolutely no need for any kind of sweetener.

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While the novelty of the name/inspiration amused me, the ingredients are what sold me on making the purchase. Now I can’t imagine NOT having this tea in a permanent spot within my cupboard. The almond makes it sweet enough without needing to add any sugar, the soft yet warm cinnamon notes linger with every aftertaste, and the black assam steadies the entire cup. I prefer just a splash of milk in my morning tea, but have also happily sipped on a pure black cup of it as well. I cannot recommend this blend highly enough!

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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One of the better chai teas I’ve had outside of homemade/from scratch. The peppercorn and star anise are definitely present, so if you’re getting used to the spices, I’d recommend sweetening it and adding some milk.

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Finally got around to trying this sample! Upon opening the package, it immediately brought to mind caramel candies! After steeping, I could smell the roasted mate at the forefront. I added a little sugar in the raw and a tiny bit of milk (again with the caramel candy vibe, I felt it needed a ‘creamy’ texture).

It’s definitely not terrible. By the second cup, it’s grown on me. It also isn’t likely to be one I’ll order in the future.

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Light, earthy oolong with the pomegranate sweeping in as a lively aftertaste. I wouldn’t try steeping it ANY more than twice; the flavor is the strongest in the first cup.

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Approachable, subtle, smooth, and delicious! My first foray into peach tea, and it still holds a special place in my memory.

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Initially tried this as an iced tea, and that’s probably still how I prefer it in general. The fruit really pops with the cold temperature, however, the spices pleasantly surface when brewed and drank hot! Bold, a little tart, but very nice either way.

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I’m an avid drinker of black, green, and white teas. I also enjoy oolong and the occasional herbal. I am somewhat experimental by blending my own teas from what’s in my cupboard, which is a collection of local shops and larger online retailers.

I strongly prefer hot tea over iced, without sugar, and only rarely add milk, usually to cool down my black teas.

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