73 Tasting Notes
Leaves: small rolled leaves
Aroma: regular black tea
Taste: One more tea to go in my collection! This is my second Keemun Fragrant Black Tea but this time with a different company. The first steep was light in flavor & aroma so decided to go for 2 more steeps to see if it would reveal any thing different. 2m slightly more flavor but still light. 3m revealed the same even though i slightly over boiled my water lol. Overall a nice light black tea no bitterness & great clarity!
Leaves: large green/brown leaves
Color: dark yellow
Taste: This tea was more messy then the rest in terms of measuring i just pinched off a bit & put it into my tea ball. During the steep quite a few of tea particles escaped, for the 6m brew time. Aroma i didn’t pick up on much of anything it was very light and faint. As for taste it was bland.
I have been using this matcha for years mainly to make my mom’s favorite green tea ice cream & a delicious green tea pound cake. I have never drank it it straight b/c i don’t currently own a proper matcha brewing kit & I’m not sure how to brew it other wise w/out proper tools. It also makes for great lattes with vanilla soy milk so you don’t have to add any extra sweeter. I decided to leave this with a score of an 80 due to me not having this tea plain.
Happy Earth Day!
Leaves: dark green with white sections
Taste: I was shocked when i first opened this pack of tea it wasn’t the typical pu-erh i was used to seeing. What i encountered was green leaves followed by a vegetable aroma, instead of the typical dark leaf/earthy aroma. It produced a yellow toned tea the aroma closer to a white or green tea. As for taste it was very light in flavor that is what set it apart from the previous pu-erh.
Leaves: large tea block
Color: dark reddish brown
Taste: This time i came across cake from of pu-erh, i tore off a piece hoping it wouldn’t be too much for a 8oz cup. With a rinse done i was ready to brew 3m for starters. This brew was bland with no bitterness at first then upon cooling i noticed a slight bitterness that faded in and out as i sipped on my cup. Not much of an after taste left but it had a bit of a cooling sensation at the back of my throat.Overall i don’t quite know how i feel about this particular pu-erh.
Leaves: medium w/ tangerine pieces
Color: reddish brown
Taste: Due to my previous brewing i decided to let this cup go for 6 minutes instead of the longer steep of 8m. what surprised me was the large pieces of the tangerine peel that was in the sample packet i received. The aroma of the dry leaf was sweet & earthy while on the other hand the brewed cup had a bit of a burnt/earthy smell to it. The color was lighter in comparison to the previous pu-erh & i could see the bottom of my tea cup. I should also mention before brewing i also gave this tea a bit of a rinse. As for the taste i really didn’t get much of anything in terms of flavor.
Leaves: mesh tea bag
Color: deep brown/black
Taste: I don’t have much experience when it comes to Pu-erh teas,this was something new to have it in tea bag from. I also have quite a few other teas like this one that i will be getting threw in preparation for new spring teas. I was surprised by this tea during the brewing process b/c of how dark the color is like black coffee. As for clarity I couldn’t see the bottom of my cup, but when scooped up with a spoon I noticed a reddish-brown clear tone tea. Overall I found this tea to be bland & bitter
Leaves: medium leaves + rose buds & chamomile
Color: Pale yellow
Taste: I got my first tea ball the other day b/c i was running out of Finum tea bags. I decided to go with this tea for today since i wanted something different, the aroma was lovely with a hit of roses as the main note with slight a chamomile note. As for the taste I had a little bit of difficulty when measuring due to the large rose buds I went with 1 table spoon & added it to my tea ball. The first steep was for 1 minute and produced a clear tea with light flavor w/ the same great aroma. As for the tea ball only a few tea particles escaped! The second steep was also great no bitterness very smooth. I found the last steep to have less flavor then the first two but overall this tea is great & works wonderfully when using a tea ball.
Leaves: medium leaves/ Triangle tea bag
Color: Golden brown
Taste: Feeling a bit under the weather i decided to go with something really quick & simple for today. Going with a tea bag, but this bag was different from all the others I have had in the past, i found it cool how it had no string. therefor i could just toss it in my mug & be good to go! The bag was a very fine mesh like material with plenty of space for tea to float around. When brewing not only could you see the black tea leaves but also flecks of green. The aroma of various spices filled my cup as i brew for 3~4 minutes a slightly lighter shade than other back tea I’ve had in the past, with great clarity no cloudiness at all as I’ve experienced with other traditional tea bags. When drinking i found this to have a nice smoothness with a light spice flavor.
*Update: This tea stopped my runny nose! I was even able to brew 16oz for 8m and it was still good! I say 4 steeps max for now. I’m surprised i was able to fall asleep normally due to the tea having high caffeine amount.