596 Tasting Notes

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After several stressful days I decided this one was a good one to try. They say that Tulsi is an anti stress tea, I don’t know if they are right. With this blend you get the flavor of the tulsi, the flavor of the pomegranite, but not much flavor from the green tea. It is relatively good though.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 5 min.

Flavors: Tulsi

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
596 tasting notes

This tea is really good. I am really getting the strawberry notes, modified by the rhubarb. It is a bit like drinking strawberry ice cream shake to be honest. This is excellent tea and I am glad I ordered it. This is another one I need to try iced. Unfortunately, I try to stick to decaf iced tea but I have to try some of these Damman Freres teas iced. They have all been sweet and tasty. I have tried four of seven and they are four for four so far.

I brewed this in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

This value priced tea from Streetshop88 was pretty good. It was bittersweet in the early infusions. It was thick and very earthy. It held an earthy character for I would say eight steepings. It had what I would describe as a thick mouthfeel. There was a flavor note that I was unable to identify. It was not a note that I particularly liked or disliked, it was just there. I think another year or two of aging will improve this tea dramatically. This is one of the few examples of a ripe MengSong tea I have found. I don’t know that I could find the MengSong character behind the fermentation.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 170ml teapot with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. The tea was by no means finished I was simply finished with the tea. Had I wanted to I think I would have gotten at least five more steeps out of this. This was strong tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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Bought this on EBay after trying a Tulsi blend from my local tea shop. Trying it now because it’s caffeine free and I have to be awake before 3 am to catch a flight to Texas. It is an interesting blend of the herbal character of the tulsi and the raspberry and peach flavors. Tulsi is a type of herbal that is new to me so I am not sure what to think.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

Tulsi is the one herbal “magic bullet” that actually has a de-tensing effect for me. Never tried it in a fruit blend.

AllanK

Right now little will de-tense me but it was good and available in loose leaf.

Ubacat

Tulsi has a strong basil taste to it. I find it has a very subtle way of de-stressing when I’m at work without making me tired. I would never say I got used to and loved the flavour but it’s okay. For this tea I never liked the added flavouring. It’s probably hard to find a good flavoured Tulsi since it’s so strong tasting.

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84

This is a tasty tea, but I’m not liking it quite as much as the ones from Damman Freres that I drank yesterday. It is quite sweet, very sweet with fruit flavor. I think it would be incredible iced. The description says this has cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, and elderflower in it. There are two ways to look at the taste of this tea. One they are so well blended that no one flavor dominates, the other way that you can’t pick out a particular flavor. Either way it is good.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89

This is good. Received this the other day with my order to Dammann Freres. There is a slight bitterness from the black tea base, just enough so you know you are drinking a black tea. Next you get a mixture of flavors from the cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and redcurrant. There seems to be a dominant flavor between these but I am at a loss to tell you which it is. I can’t wait to try this iced.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89
drank Temple d'Angkor by Dammann Freres
596 tasting notes

Got this tea with my first order from Dammann Freres yesterday. The hard thisg about describing this tea is no one fruit flavor dominates. I taste melon, caramel, and I think the papaya pieces in there. It is quite good. I will have to try it iced.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Caramel, Melon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaNTees

I can’t wait to get this with the group order we just placed with Marzipan!

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85

Bought this with my recent Yunnan Sourcing USA order. This review is based on a single western style steep so I am sure there are more nuances to the tea. There is a lot of fermentation flavor to this tea, it is think with it. It also has a nice natural sweetness to it. There is one other note too, it has a spicy aftertaste to it, not entirely unpleasant, just spicy.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 9g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 9 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

This is a malty ans somewhat sweet tea. When I brewed it I was for some reason thinking it a black tea so I brewed it at the wrong temperature. It is listed on the Yunnan Sourcing USA website under black teas. It is tasty and a good tea but I am not feeling any effect from the GABA. I find GABA to be hit or miss and that usually means miss.

I brewed this twice in a 8oz teapot with 3.7g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for three minutes each infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tealizzy

Have you tried mandala’s GABA black? I had a sample once and gongfu infused it many times and it totally had an effect on me!

AllanK

I also have Mandala’s GABA Black and their GABA Oolong. Perhaps it was because I didn’t gongfu it. Perhaps you need to gongfu it to have the GABA effect.

Tealizzy

Try it out and let me know. I steeped it a crapload of times and felt very calm afterwards! ;)

Liquid Proust

Interesting… I bought GABA powder for my friends and I to put under our tongue while we drank tea. This makes me interested in drinking a GABA tea now.

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Streetshop88 has sold me some incredibly good teas. This is not one of them. While on the plus side this had substantially cleared of fermentation flavor it also had a decided sour note to it. I gave this eight steeps. While the sour note had substantially disappeared by steep eight it had still been strong for the first few steeps. Perhaps in a year of aging it will lose the sour note, I don’t know.

I steeped this eight times in a 170ml teapot with 10g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Preparation
10 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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