51 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
51 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: Tea Bag

Steep: 1m, 2m

Aroma: Peppery

Color: Reddish Brown

Taste: This is my first time trying a Earl Grey tea. I had ordered a sample packet on iherb & it came with 3 different teas from St.Dalfour. I had never heard of this company before so i decided to give it a try. What I found unique about this tea was the aroma it was peppery, which is quite different from what I’m used to when it comes to tea. As for the taste it was strong peppery & bitter, the second steep was lighter in flavor.Overall, I didn’t like this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML
K S

I tried this once. Didn’t like it and I love earl grey.

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60

It had a nice aroma of spearmint & lavender. Yet when it came to brewing i didn’t notice the rose or much of anything else it was quite bland & a little bitter.

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
51 tasting notes

To be honest I couldn’t drink this. The aroma was too strong for me, it was a sickly sweet candy smell. It was overpowering soo much so that I couldn’t bring myself to drink it, my mother had a cup & said it wasn’t good at all.

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75

Water: 8oz

Leaves: powdery medium rolled rods

Steep: 2m,3m

Aroma: Roasted

Color: pale almost clear

Taste: I decided to try a reverse brewing method,by doing so this meant to add the hot water first then add the leaves. The tea was very light, lacking in flavor throughout the steep times. Another thing I noticed it is that this tea doesn’t last long 2 steeps maximum. Overall an okay tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85

The key to making a good flavored match is to use vanilla milk! At first this tea was rather bland using unsweetened soy milk.With the addition of vanilla soy milk it really had a great flavor not really chocolate it was just good. I had it as a cold drink,i dissolved the powder in hot water first then added the cold milk.

Preparation
1 tsp

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80

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tiny fuzzy rolled rods

Steep: rinse,30s,50s,80s

Aroma: Grassy

Color: pale almost clear

Taste: Due to last nights brewing session I now know that 15 minutes is the perfect cool down for my kettle when steeping green tea. Upon opening this tea it reminded me of a fuzzy Laoshan green. As with the other tea the aroma was grassy & pleasant. A 30s steep left me with a light flavor with the fuzz from the leaves floating in my cup. 50s the color deepened but the flavor remained about the same. Lastly the 80s the grassy aroma it once had faded a bit, as for the taste it was relatively the same. When speaking of the leaf size once they fully unravel they are much bigger than what you start off with, which was pretty cool.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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90

Water: 8oz

Leaves: large rolled rods

Steep: rinse 30s,60s,90s

Aroma: Grassy

Color: pale almost clear

Taste: I decided to use my new electric kettle today which made this experience more exciting. I hope to get the brewing right since i don’t have a thermometer yet. I let my kettle cool about 15 minutes then i gave the tea a quick rinse & steeped for 30s. The aroma was grassy & vegetable like. The large leaved had unraveled quite a bit after rinsing and steeping. As for taste it was slightly grassy but overall very light and refreshing.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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70

Water: 16oz

Leaves: Small chopped leaves with bits of orange peel, safflowers & hibiscus

Steep:

Aroma: the usual rooibos

Color: Rich deep copper orange

Taste: Today I decided to test out my new Brita water pitcher for making this tea. I use 16 oz due to the amount of tea that comes in a sample packet. The aroma was that of the typical rooibos (dry leaf). Upon steeping the tea had released more of a citrus note (wet leaf). I noticed the color was much deeper and richer than the rooibos I had previously, this was probably due to the addition of the hibiscus. Overall I found this to be an okay lightly flavored tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tiny copped leaves

Steep: 5m

Aroma: not good

Color: Coppery orange

Taste: The first time I brewed this tea i wasn’t fond of the aroma it didn’t smell good like the other teas I had. Surprising upon brewing for a total of 5 minutes the flavor wasn’t as bad as i thought it might have been due to the scent.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

Water: 8oz

Leaves: medium length fuzzy leaves

Steep: 30s

Aroma: floral

Color: pale almost clear

Taste: I’ve had to experiment and test this tea out a couple of times first. The first time I use 2T as recommend for a 8oz cup and it came out way to strong & it didn’t taste good. The second time I got it right, it had a very nice floral aroma specifically that of a Honeysuckle. The color was pale almost clear. The taste was pleasant and light, a good finisher for a lemon cupcake i had just demolished instead of paring it with the usual glass of milk. Overall a very nice tea with a lingering aroma.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I’m a student majoring in Psychology. I really got into tea early last year (2013). I’m happy I stumbled upon Steepster because I’ve been able to learn soo much more! Before I drank my tea from tea bags never really venturing out to try loose tea.

I’m apart of Teavivre Free tasting activity,I joined after making my first purchase with them earlier this year.
Thank you Angel & Teavivre

Tea Ratings:
90-100 = Very Good! (90,95)
80-89 = Good (80,85)
70-79 = Okay (70,75)
60-69 = Didn’t like (60,65)
0-59 = .

*I may adjust ratings depending on when the tea was brewed again & if i liked it more or less.

Companies (ordered from* / work with**)
Teavivre**
Verdant Tea*
Single Origin Teas*
Little Red Cup Tea*
Red Leaf Tea*
Persimmon Tree Tea**

Favorite:
Green Tea

Brewing Notes w/ Electric Kettle:
Black-
Oolong- Rinse
Green- 15 minute cool down
White-

(Working on updated brewing notes June 2014)

Location

USA

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