1388 Tasting Notes

58
drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
1388 tasting notes

I’ll give it this – the tea leaves are beautiful. They twist and curl about, long strips of green and cream, supremely fragrant. I saw an infographic yesterday from chinalife that showed the many differences between loose leaf tea and bagged tea. On one side, two slumped, sodden bags of brown in a shallow puddle of tea. On the other, a mix of beautiful multicolored leaves unfurled to show their natural shapes. Don’t get me wrong – I like bagged tea. But there is something amazing about seeing tea as it’s meant to be, it’s pure form opening up in front of your eyes.

I mentioned above that this tea is very fragrant. It seems to lose that fragrance once steeped. It’s there, but lightly so. After a thirty-second steep (with no dipping), the liquid is a pale amber color. The leaves are slightly damp and have become a bright green.

And at last, all traces of bitterness are gone. I feel like I’m tasting this tea for the first time. Even without honey (which I almost always add) it is enjoyable. The flavor is gentle. It tastes entirely of tea. I’m not getting any of the bergamot here.

Side Note: I usually flush the caffeine with a thirty-second “pre-steep” but since Teavana says that white tea has an extremely low amount I decided to leave this one as is. I can definitely feel the effects of the caffeine since I never have it in my system so I’m not sure Teavana associates should be telling customers that this is virtually caffeine free. For those of us who are sensitive, even this small amount is noticeable.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58
drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
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Even at a super low temperature, this tea is still bitter on the aftertaste and is now leaving this weird drying sensation on my tongue and the roof of my mouth. Not only that, since I used a lower temperature it cooled much more quickly. This is quite undesirable.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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57
drank Youthberry White Tea by Teavana
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65
drank Calm Chamomile by Tazo
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I was surprised when I opened the bag and smelled mint first and foremost. I’ve had this tea before, but it’s been so long that I guess I forgot it had mint. It isn’t a menthol smell like I’ve had in other teas recently but more of a sweet mint.

This is very good. I can taste the chamomile but the mint also adds a little something extra. I don’t really taste the other ingredients (hibiscus, rose, sarsaparilla, licorice) but only chamomile with a bit of mint. It’s a good combination and a nice change from a basic chamomile.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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72
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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A repeat from yesterday. I left a bag of this in my purse so another cup of Earl Grey Black it is.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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I have been trying so hard to like Teavana’s Earl Grey White but everything I try still results in a bitter tea. I really wanted something good today, something creamy, so I settled on this. It’s sweet and warm and completely reliable. I taste a lot of the bergamot today, maybe because I steeped with a little less water than usual. I also steeped it a little longer than the suggested time.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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91

This is one of three teas I ordered from Satori and the first I’ve had the opportunity to try. I brewed a full pot over the weekend to share with my brother who was over for a visit. He loved it and drank over half the pot on his own, but my husband didn’t really care for it. I thought it was really something special.

Aside from the tea itself, the dry mix includes bits of fruit and brightly colored pieces that look much like saffron. Red, orange, yellow – almost neon in color and very beautiful. The final cup is sweet and floral to taste and has a lingering flavor that brings to mind rosewater. Creamy and fragrant and somewhat exotic, this is an indulgent cup perfect for a cozy afternoon at home.

Flavors: Floral, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

This tea doesn’t seem to be much affected by change in water temperature or steep time. I bumped up the temperature and let it sit on my desk for a few minutes longer than usual and it tasted just the same.

I have so many new teas to try but I can’t seem to break away from this one.

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I’m trying the resteep one more time. The last time was an awful fail. I’m using 8 ounces of water at 200 degrees and will let it sit on my desk until the color looks similar to that of the first cup.

It’s dark but not quite as dark as the first. I’m surprised that this still has flavor. It’s a little weaker but not by much and that could be because I added a bit too much half and half.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated July 2021.

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