19 Tasting Notes

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I bought this at a large Asian supermarket in the US. The package looked different but I think it’s the same tea (mine was white with a green Chinese character on the front). It’s a very plain oolong. It’s certainly drinkable but not what I would call a fine tea, just standard commercial grade. Randomly shredded leaves with lots of twig. Heavy roasted flavor. After a lot of steeping, some light pine notes emerge.

Flavors: Pine, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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My friend ordered this in their teahouse. I had a sip of it and had to bring home some for myself.

Large, stiff, tightly rolled leaves. The aroma of raspberries and cream rises to meet your nose.

Brewing retains those berry aromas and a touch of sweet milkiness, while adding a bit of maltiness and a little bite of astringency and bitterness. The texture is silky smooth and medium-thin.

This would be an excellent breakfast tea, if you like yours a bit on the lighter side. Superb with milk (and sugar, if you wish). A nice example of an Indian black tea with that touch of tart berry giving it something unique.

Flavors: Berries, Malt, Milk, Raspberry, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80

Second to last in the Verdant $5 sampler (possibly the best $5 I’ve ever spent, by the way).

Dry leaves—Thin curled strands of dark green. Wonderful multi-layered aroma, quite creamy, reminds me of a matcha latte, strong green-vegetal notes, and a distinct touch of cocoa powder.

Pale yellow-green liquor. Rich mouthfeel, on the creamy side. The taste, while not being bold or overpowering, is fairly robust. Quite a roasty flavor, almost malty, good green-tea-grassy-vegetal flavors up front, a bit of bitterness and spice, hints of something vaguely sulfur(?) at the end. Steeping brings out the bitterness quite easily, so stick to short steep times at first.

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec

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84

Dry leaves have an alluring chocolate-covered-berries aroma. They’re a roughly cut mix of leaves and some stems averaging out to tobacco-brown, but with a range of colors from black to green.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Spice and Tea Exchange, but this brews up a quality cup of tea. It has a coffee-like richness with a fruit/sweet quality, finishing with a touch of spice. It’s pleasantly smooth on the palate. This is a versatile tea that would be great on its own, with milk, or iced.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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78

Working my way through the Verdant sampler pack…

I think I could just smell the dry leaves all day. Dark, rolled leaves giving off an aroma of dark-chocolate-covered caramel, cinnamon, slight floral notes and perhaps raspberry?, plus a special oolong quality that I’ll call “X-factor.”

Steeped, it comes up toasty and nutty, with green tea-like flavors, and a subtle layer of chocolate. It has a light, clean texture, very drinkable. However, astringent and slightly bitter flavors do creep in with longer steeping, so be careful not to oversteep. Multiple shorter steeps are best.
I did not get much (if any) of the cream/butter qualities others picked up on.

Nothing crazy or shocking here—This is an oolong for when you just want a good oolong!

Ze_Teamaker

ahahahah X-Factor

Yeah Wuyi’s are pretty much short quick steeps only. I tend to like to under-leaf slightly. It helps when you are trying to get out subtle nuances in it; especially if you don’t have a gawain or have a slow pour tea pot.

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66

Leaves have a pleasant herbal smell. There’s a fruity, berry quality to the aroma.

Steeping reveals a roasty, almost nutty taste, although ginseng adds its own flavor and slight bitterness. Not a bad tea but more of a “functional” tea for energy and health benefits.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Honest Tea
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This is pretty good. I’ve been wanting to try Moroccan mint tea. I don’t know how “authentic” this is, but it’s refreshing. Definitely a strong mint flavor, the tea is barely noticeable.

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drank Assam Black by Honest Tea
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Not bad. I’m not sure how I feel about their “just a tad sweet” philosophy. I like plain tea, and I like sweet tea, but this kind of tastes like watered-down sweet tea. I didn’t even get much tea flavor until I got to the bottom of the bottle. On the other hand, I appreciate that they’re giving us a low-sugar option.

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drank Pure Leaf unsweetened by Lipton
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There are worse bottled iced teas out there (I’m looking at you, Gold Peak).

I appreciate that they have an unsweetened variety, which is hard to find. But if you’re looking for an actual good iced tea, you have other options, whether homemade or commercial.

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