449 Tasting Notes

So far on my Amazon order of decaf teas I am one for three. I have tried three of the four decaf teas I bought with my gift card and this is pretty good tasting. It doesn’t taste artificial like their raspberry and its better than their strawberry. I wouldn’t compare this to a major brand of tea but it is not at all bad. I would actually buy this again for those times when decaf is a must for me. Despite the fact that it is not at all bad I would rather be starting in on my Mandala order, but all of that is high caffeine black and puerh and I will have to wait until tomorrow morning.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 2 min.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
449 tasting notes

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This one came out better than their Raspberry. It is another decaf from my Amazon order. My 5 am days are taking a toll on my tea drinking and I am limited to decaf in the afternoon or sometimes green tea. At least the flavor of this one doesn’t taste quite so artificial like the last one. If I hadn’t had a gift card I probably wouldn’t have bought this but there is a limited amount of decaf on Amazon and I thought this worth a try. At least the decaf coffee I bought from Amazon was quite good, can’t review that here though.

I brewed this one time in an 18 oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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This tea is average at best. I had an Amazon gift card to use and was looking for something decaf so I thought I would try this brand with the bizarre name. There is a raspberry flavor to this tea but it comes off as slightly artificial. It is not so bad as to be undrinkable anyway and I think it may make a decent iced tea cold brewed.

I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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I initially reviewed this in the wrong place and was asked to move the review here.

This is the best raw tea I have drank in ages. It is very sweet in nature. There was almost no bitterness, even in the first steep. I really didn’t notice any bitterness at all. It was not a weak tea. It had a nice golden color to it. If this is a good example of Yiwu teas I like them. It is a pity Misty Peak doesn’t make ripe tea too.

I brewed this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, and 1 min 15 sec. I might go back to this tea later for a few more steeps.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Ubacat

I agree. This is an amazing sheng. Two things stand out for me: One, it’s wonderful taste. And two, it’s calming energy. I can drink loads of this tea and still feel relaxed.

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This is the best raw tea I have drank in ages. It is very sweet in nature. There was almost no bitterness, even in the first steep. I really didn’t notice any bitterness at all. It was not a weak tea. It had a nice golden color to it. If this is a good example of Yiwu teas I like them. It is a pity Misty Peak doesn’t make ripe tea too.

I brewed this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, and 1 min 15 sec. I might go back to this tea later for a few more steeps.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Tea junkie

Is this the spring or autumn?

AllanK

This is the Autumn. It is still available at Mandala. I got this from Misty Peak Tea. I think Misty Peaks is sold out of it. The Spring 2013 was already sold out when I bought this some eight months ago. I’ve been told that Misty Peak no longer produces the Spring Tea because the Autumn is better. I don’t know for sure about this, just something I heard on Instagram.

Tea junkie

I actually have the spring 2013. I also just purchased the 2014 autumn. Looking to get my hands on that 2013 autumn.

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
449 tasting notes

This tea is tasty. It has a lot of tangerine flavor or flavor from the orange peel. I think it has orange peel in it anyway. The bergamot is on the back burner. That is good because I am not a fan of strong bergamot flavor. Can’t really taste the grapefruit.

I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 2.5 min.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Lychee (Lichee) Oolong by Lupicia
449 tasting notes

There is a nice sweet Lychee flavor to this tea. There is also a slight sour note. It is also true that there is a slight sour smell to the dry leaves too. Its still fairly good though.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Lychee

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Thank You Angel at Teavivre for this sample. This tea was very good. It was sweet in nature and had very little fermentation flavor. It had almost completely cleared as far as fermentation goes. I think I could describe the sweet notes to this tea as dates or plums what have you. This is one I will look into buying a cake of.

I steeped this eight times in a 220 ml gaiwan with 9.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, and 2 min. The tea was by no means played out there was plenty left to it but I had had enough caffeine.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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Bought this last year thinking it was teabags. It is a package of small packets of powdered ginseng tea. It has a flavor that I have never encountered before and don’t know where to begin describing it except to say it is bittersweet while only being a small touch bitter, just barely. I bought this last year on a trip into Chinatown at Ten Ren Tea. Ten Ren Tea is an interesting store although their store in Flushing only carries half of what their store in Manhatten carries. I really don’t know what to think of this tea. I could not list the ingredients in the tea description because most of them are not in the catalog.

The tea contains, Glucose, Korean Red Ginseng Root Extract, Lactose, Jujube Fruit Extract, and Ascorbic Acid.

This is perhaps the oddest tea in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 14 OZ / 414 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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