416 Tasting Notes

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Can anyone identify this tea packet? It’s what’s in my cup today. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the Life in Teacup charcoal roasted Tie Guan Yins.

http://imgur.com/WgPEDRO

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drank Asahi by Ryuouen
416 tasting notes

Nice tea. Not crazy about it. Maybe I need to experiment more with brewing it, since I don’t even really know what it is. (Anyone read Japanese?) It’s not very sweet, but also doesn’t have a strong umami flavor either. It’s a nice, mellow, vegetal green tea.

Rasseru

weird, asahi is the name of my favourite lager! Japanese, ofc.

http://www.asahipremiumbeverages.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/asahi-home-1800.jpg

CharlotteZero

I could be wrong about the name. I found the name off of this blog: http://miya-koma.com/blog/page/10/ Wikipedia says the name means “morning sun”, and it also appears to be a very common place name.

Rasseru

sounds like the perfect name for a japanese lager right? its seriously crisp and dry and fizzy if you ever get the chance

CharlotteZero

I know I’ve seen it, but I don’t usually drink. Hence, the obsession with tea.

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Meh. I prefer more delicate teas in the morning because my palate is fresh and can really enjoy subtle flavors. This has just a touch of astringency, and may be good for someone who needs a stronger “wake up” tea. It’s okay, though. It’s malty, but not sweet, mildly woody and earthy and has some hay-like notes. It’s kind of “meh”, but we’ll see if it grows on me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Having this with leftover Chinese food – Vegetable Deluxe with Chow Mein. I forget what the other Steepster Select tea I tried was, but I wasn’t impressed. This, on the other hand, is fantastic. What a nice surprise! I tend to like Yunnan Gold teas that are a bit lighter and sweeter, but this will definitely do! Nice and tobacco-y and chocolatey. Yum yum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This morning, I’m drinking another tea that I should have consumed much sooner. Again, though, this is still pretty good. It’s missing something in the mid-palate, I’m not sure if it’s from age or what. There is a moment in imbibing this tea that is all tactile and no taste. It’s odd. But this tea has a great, long-lasting, sweet, floral aftertaste. I’ll probably be ordering more of this in the spring if I can sipdown enough of my stock.

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drank Westchester by Trump Tea
416 tasting notes

Didn’t actually drink this tea. I’ve just been drinking more of the same stuff, so I didn’t want to keep logging it over and over again. I just found it amusing that Trump once had his own tea brand. Also, fuck Donald Trump. I’m sitting on my sofa tonight and watching Fear the Walking Dead. My dog came over and started licking my mouth, and just as I opened my mouth to tell him to stop, my dog COUGHED INTO MY MOUTH. This is what I imagine this tea would taste like. Also, I’m from Westchester, which is why I chose to log this one.

TeaExplorer

Thanks for the dog anecdote. “This is what I imagine this tea would taste like.” I can’t stop laughing over that!

I grew up in Westchester, but as I recall it’s mostly made up of dirt and concrete. Not sure I’d want a tea that tastes like “Westchester”.

KiwiDelight

Everything in this note is horrifying.

Marzipan

This cracked me up.

CharlotteZero

Ooo. Where are you from, TeaExplorer? I grew up mostly in Mamaroneck. (I’d think Westchester tea would also have notes of well-manicured golf course sprayed with pesticides.)

TeaExplorer

CharlotteZero — I grew up in White Plains. How could I have forgotten the golf courses … they were everywhere!

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I’m drinking a sample of an older version of this. It’s a pretty good tea, but not what I usually like in a Dian Hong (which is basically lots of sweetness and maltiness). I basically want a malted milk ball in a cup without the chocolate coating. This tea’s flaw is the mild bitter tannin I taste at the end. I’d probably do a shorter steep next time. This review might sound critical, but it’s only that way because Teavivre is one of my favorite companies, so I have very high expectations for their teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Ok, so this sample is probably 2 years old…But it’s still tasty. Like, chocolate milk or something. Just ridiculously chocolatey and smooth. I hope these things are restocked sometime soon. I’d like to taste what this tea is like when it’s fresh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
yyz

They are back in stock.

CharlotteZero

Hm. I swear I looked up “pearl” on their site earlier today and it didn’t come up…But there they are! Thanks!

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So, I am drinking the Autumn 2013 picking of this tea. I may have dulled my palate prior to drinking this by eating pizza drenched in habanero sauce, but I’m still really enjoying this tea! I really like how it has lots of malty and chocolatey notes, but it isn’t a tea with big tannins, which allows some very strong floral notes to come through. The combination isn’t what I’m used to or what I expect out of a black tea, but I get the feeling that this tea might grow to be a favorite.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
mrmopar

MMM Habaneros…

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91

Still loving this tea two years later. Must drink it up soon, though! I said I was going to drink some flavored tea today because of my cold, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I picked up my canister of “Hello Sweetie” and the dry leaves smelled like Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen, which is a really great smelling sunscreen, but the association was not appetizing at all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

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