1232 Tasting Notes

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Bought this from Amazon to get my order above their free shipping threshold. Bought it mostly to make caffeine free iced tea but am drinking it hot now. It is actually fairly tasty from the various fruits added to it. The flavor from the rooibos takes a backseat to the fruit flavors. It’s hard to pick out any individual fruit flavors, they blend together quite well. I think this will make a great iced tea. This was really cheap too. Only something like $13 for a pound of it. There was no option to buy in smaller quantities however.

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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81

Got this in the other day from Yunomi. Made it today as an iced matcha latte with almond milk. I used around 8g of latte mix for about 6oz of water. I added some sugar and added almond milk and ice. It came out quite tasty. It is basically a latte mix made of ground hojicha. They add various ingredients so it is not straight matcha. The main note I get from the tea is the taste of the roasted hojicha, a roasted note. Then of course I taste the unsweetened almond milk without which this would not really be a latte. On the Yunomi website they list this mix as caffeine free. I sent Yunomi an email asking if this could possibly be true and their reply was they really should take that down that it was low in caffeine but not caffeine free. The error is still on their site. In any case this is a good tea and low in caffeine. As my insomnia has been really bad lately I have stopped caffeine for the day after this low caffeine beverage.

I whisked approximately 8g of latte mix with 175 degree water. I added sugar, almond milk and ice to the mix for the iced latte.

Flavors: Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95

This is without a doubt one of the best green teas I have ever had. Global Tea Hut doesn’t send much but what they send is good. I figure I have enough for one more pot of tea. This tea was sweet and creamy in nature with vegetal flavors strictly in the background. It was good. I am not a big drinker of green tea but I would buy this if it were available that is certain. This was just fantastic tea. I didn’t gongfu this I was being lazy. Instead a brewed it twice in a 300ml Kyusu that I got from Japan. I only used 5g of leaf and probably should have used seven. It was a bit weak in the first steep. But I wanted to leave enough tea for another session of this sometime.

I brewed this twice in a 300ml Kyusu Teapot with 5g leaf and 175 degree water. I steeped it for 2 min and 4 min.

Flavors: Creamy, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank 2011 Bu Lang by Teanami
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Decided to try this sample today, Thank You Teanami for this sample. Overall this was pretty good tea. It was good in a strong, kick your ass sort of way. It was strong and bitter in the early infusions. The bitterness was noticeable and potent for the first six steeps. This is not to say there were no sweet notes but they took a while to develop. As I have heard bitterness is good for aging this one might be one to buy and store for ten years but alas my Pumidor is full and I would have to dry store it.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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88
drank Pineapple Berry Blue by Teavana
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Bought this the other day not realizing that I’d already drank it and reviewed it. This time I cold brewed it overnight in the fridge. It is quite tasty. The pineapple and berry notes are quite strong. I don’t get an artificial taste to it either.

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88
drank Pineapple Berry Blue by Teavana
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82

Overall this was a nice tea. It had a lot of fermentation flavor to it and that flavor was somewhat unpleasant but not fishy. There was a little initial bitterness. There was a sweet note that developed and became dominant. Overall this was very good. This came in a Jian Shui tea jar so I wonder how this will effect the tea aging.

I steeped this twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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85

I am far from a matcha expert, but this tastes pretty good to me. It was on sale at Yunomi for $29 for 30g. I used approx 2g for about 4 ounces of water at 175 degrees. It tastes fairly sweet as matcha goes. It’s not bitter. I don’t know what umami tastes like to know if that is there, but they talk about that in matcha. I just know I like this one and the price was reasonable as ceremonial grade matcha goes.

I whisked approximately 2g of this with about 4 oz of 175 degree water in a chawan. 2g was the Yunomi recommendation.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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86

Overall this was a good tea. That is not to say it had zero negative notes. The initial note of this tea was a sweet fruity note, perhaps apricots or stonefruits, perhaps something else like nectarines. Starting around steep three I also noticed a subdued sour note to the tea. It only lasted a couple of steeps and was not very strong. With a sour note there is always the possibility that it was my taste buds. There was very little real bitterness to this tea. A little crept in after the leaves had opened up around the third steep but it was never very strong. I have generally had good results from the Puerhshop house labels and this is no exception. I liked it overall. The Puerhshop website also says pesticide detection on this tea was negative so that is a good point. Puerhshop tests most or all of their teas for pesticides not sure which. I think they test the finished product where I believe Yunnan Sourcing tests the maocha before it is pressed.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec , 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The tea leaves were not particularly watery at twelve steeps. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of them but I had had enough caffeine for today. In the end there was good and bad to this tea, but the good I think outweighed the bad. All twelve steeps were sweet in nature. Only a couple had that sour taste and it was not very strong, I had to really think about it to determine it was a sour note.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Sour, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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70

I bought this to cold steep as a caffeine free iced tea but am drinking it hot today. It is very sweet tasting. I added sugar but it really doesn’t need it. The pineapple flavoring tastes a little artificial. I will see if it tastes a little bit better iced. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t bad or anything but it could be better.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 minutes.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 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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