373 Tasting Notes

75
drank Toffee Rooibos Tea by Teavivre
373 tasting notes

Sipdown. Boy, are my sipdowns super slow. In the beginning, I bought way too much of a tea at a time.

The dry leaf smelled good, sweet caramel aroma. It brewed to a pretty deep red, liquor smells of caramel. To me though, the flavor came off as artificial. I do like that it wasn’t overly sweet, but this caramel/toffee flavor rooibos just wasn’t for me. To be fair, I admit that I’m not a huge fan of rooibos and I drink it for health purposes. The strawberry is by far the best of the three.

Preparation western brew: 12oz, 212 ºF, 5g, 5 mins

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet, Toffee

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

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93

The first time I tried it Cameron B. sent me some. Ah, I got to try this again. Thank you TeaSipper! Lightly cinnamon, just the right amount. I love Cinnamon but not overly done cinnamon that it masks all the other flavors. This was just right. Freshly baked apple hints, french toast, maple goodness, buttery, bready… And not overly sweet at all. Nice balance. This time I tried it was a splash of heavy cream. Oh my, a delicious breakfast for me today hehe.

Flavors: Apple, Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Maple, Sweet, Toast

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

OH didn’t know you tried this one yet. I try to convert anyone and everyone to this one. :D

Kawaii433

I really loved it with the cream, tea-sipper!

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90

I am a fan of Jin Guan Yin. I have never tried Jin Guan Yin Black. Rich, complex tea with many different dried fruit notes. Fruity. Maybe some grape, melon notes. Throughout the infusions, I got some passionfruit, baked peach, stonefruits, fig. In the earlier infusions, some sweet notes, of caramel, sugarcane, honey with maltiness. Certainly, not your average “black” tea. It has a nice creamy textured mouthfeel and a lingering fruity, malty taste.

Gongfu, 6g, 200℉, 110ml
11 steeps: rinse, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Fig, Fruity, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Passion Fruit, Stonefruit, Sugarcane

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
tea-sipper

Sounds like a great one!

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85
drank Blueberry Shake by DAVIDsTEA
373 tasting notes

Like most of David’s Tea that I’ve tried. I have to do a pre-rinse because it is just too sweet (stevia) for me. I think most people won’t find it too sweet at all but I prefer teas with no sweetener. I like it much better with a splash of heavy whipping cream. Once I get rid of the extra sweetness, it’s yummy. It has a delicious baked berry flavor, very dessert-like.

Flavors: Almond, Blueberry, Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AJRimmer

And here I am adding a whole tablespoon of fake sugar to every tea I drink, including this one. I’m a monster!

Kawaii433

hehe AJRimmer, well, you’re like my nephew then :D. He’s a monster too! <3

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85

I buy Goji berries (dried) all the time and I put them in homemade kefir jello and smoothies. I got this as a sample from TeaVivre and well, just like any other Goji Berry… If you make a tea out of it, all you taste is sweetness. It is natural sweetness. I can vouch for that because I tried making a tea out of my no sugar added organic goji berries that I have in the fridge and it was exactly the same. So, I’m just going to eat these straight because if you make a tea out of them, the berry taste doesn’t come out in the tea, just the sweet taste of the berry. I’m not going to dock the rating though because it is far too sweet for me because I’m sure people who enjoy Goji berry tea will love this too.

Flavors: Goji, Sweet

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89

Yummy Genmaicha. It’s very similar to the other Marshmallow treat Genmaichas from 52Teas but now I think this is my favorite because of the bananas. :D Just like I love their pancake breakfast but my favorite is the one with bananas. ^^

Flavors: banana, Marshmallow, Toasted Rice

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90

Quick note. I see mixed reviews on this one but I really liked it. It was a very light fruity taste, but it was perfect for one of those super thirsty days. Good sencha. I really like the Bird & Blend teas, at least the ones I tried. They aren’t overly sweet and they don’t have artificial sweeteners. At least the ones I tried.

Lemony, raspberry flavor, a hint of apple. The color threw me off before I tasted it. It’s so… BLUE! lol, It looked like Koolaid. I recommend it and look forward to buying some B&B teas and matcha once I get some more sipdowns. Thanks so much, Tea-Sipper!

Flavors: Apple, Grass, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Raspberry

tea-sipper

I knew you’d like this one. :D

Kawaii433

DELETE3 minutes ago
hehe I do! I’m going to have to get some of the blue raspberry one since you said you liked that one too.

tea-sipper

They are both very similar! Though if I remember correctly, the Blue Raspberry doesn’t have any lemon.

tea-sipper

I’m having this one again today and I think Blue Raspberry and Lemon + Raspberry are both too similar to stock both. There isn’t too much lemon in Lemon + Raspberry, so they almost seem the same. Though Blue Raspberry has that POP of raspberry since the blend is strictly green tea and raspberry, rather than a ton of extra things like flowers that Lemon + Raspberry has.

Kawaii433

kk good to know. :) Thanks!

Martin Bednář

And I am sitting here, checking my reviews and thinking if I have such a different sense of taste :D

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90

Yummy. It’s vacuum freeze-dried lemons so you can guess what it tastes like. lol It tastes incredibly fresh unlike other types of lemon tea. It was sour but not too acidic like if I dropped fresh lemons in there so it was a wonderful nighttime drink, especially after a heavy meal. I’ll have to stock up on this because it is so convenient. I could also use it to add to my other teas. I like sour so I brewed it Western 16oz / 355ml, 212 ºF, 4 or 5 pieces lemon but I would think most would like a little honey with it.

I’ve been having to drink herbal tea instead before I go to bed cause all the tea was keeping me up all night. I still stay up all night hehe but at least when I fall asleep, it’s less interrupted. I usually drink their Tartary Buckwheat and/or Hawthorn Berry Herbal tea so this was a nice switch. The Goji berry is good too but in tea form, it’s far too sweet for me.

I’m shocked, as is the world, at NBA Legend Kobe Bryant’s and his 13 yr old daughter’s death. Some of my fondest memories are going to Laker games with my dad. #RIPKobe

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

I am not a basketball fan (unless it is World Cup), but yeah, it is such a huge loss! Even here, where basketball is not popular it is news no. 2 (right after a “saved” a lots of country money on highway toll system)

Kawaii433

Martin, it’s so sad. 9 people died. I have a private pilot’s license and flew in that area for years and it’s a bad area for visual flight rules… Right now, it is looking like it was preventable :( so sad…

Martin Bednář

Indeed it is, and I can’t imagine it in so much basketball country as US is. I heard about 5 people, but every single one was necessary for someone!

We should let NTSB do their job, I don’t want to say anything about causes, becasue – it could be anything. Maybe more troubles were in air there.

Kawaii433

Martin, yeah I agree. I was just reading the recent report and they said that the pilot was under VFR rules and usually in fog, you have to be under IFR rules. It would be horrific if it was preventable is what I’m saying. You’re right about those 9 people. Every one of them was loved by someone. Tragic.

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90

Lovely sencha with a perfect balance of apricot and spices. I always appreciate a good high quality cup of sencha. Creamy, vegetal, slightly buttery feeling. The little freeze-dried apricot bits give this an authentic apricot taste. The ginger notes are subtle, not overbearing, not artificial. Nothing in this cup comes off artificial. A perfect balance of nutmeg, spices to make it a warm cup. I adore this one. Highly recommended especially if you love apricots.

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Fruity, Ginger, Grass, Nutmeg, Spices, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
amandastory516

I absolutely love this one too! Such exceptionally balanced flavors.

Kawaii433

amandastory516 :D

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95

I had read that one of the reasons Anji Bai Cha is so healthy for you is because less of the theanine is converted to chlorophyll, and therefore, it has a much higher theanine content, ~3-4% higher than most green teas. Theanine has lots of health benefits, if curious, there is a lot of data on it. I personally like the relaxation aspect but it doesn’t make you sleepy at all. Adds concentration and mental alertness.

The dry leaves are long and slender, a pale green, sharp looking. The dry leaves had a slightly grassy aroma, and the extremely pale yellow-greenish liquor also had a slightly grassy aroma with hints of fruits, citrus.

Deeply umami. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Slightly nutty, maybe chestnut. Definitely vegetal: Asparagus, celery, green beans, some soybean notes. Don’t quote me but I believe the high presence of amino acids also contribute to this thick mouthfeel, the brothy-ness, a little sweetness in some infusions, and alas, a complex tea. It’s full of amino acids that help lower cortisone, therefore reducing stress levels.

Very nice.

Flavors: Asparagus, Celery, Chestnut, Citrus, Fruity, Grass, Smooth, Umami, Vegetal

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

I just received my tin of Dragon Well from teavivre today that I won during their Black Friday giveaway. I’m so thrilled.. especially as the tin is beautiful and somehow I have managed to miss all their tins so far with all the Teavivre I have acquired. :D

Kawaii433

That’s great! Congratulations on the win :D. I really love they Dragon Well too.

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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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