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drank Yun Cui (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

edit: Please see my newer review for an update. It’s not that bad

Went to DAVIDs today to pick up lots of Pumpkin Chai and to get a few other teas to try out. I don’t have much green tea at the moment so picked up Yun Cui. With my first steeps today I’m left feeling disappointed. I can’t imagine steeping this for more than 1 minute, the flavour is very harsh and “in my face”. Smelling the wet leaves also made me cringe a bit. I can’t exactly describe the scent, but it is off putting.

I’m not sure if I am starting to hate green tea, or if this really isn’t very good. I wasn’t a big fan of it to begin with, but I have a desire to enjoy it. Unfortunately I doubt by the end of this stash I’ll like it any better.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
noordelijk

I get what you mean by the smell of the wet leaves. It’s kind of gross, which makes the flavour of this tea kind of suprising. Just a note though, you shouldn’t really be brewing green teas for over a minute. Some greens are even perfect with just 45-50 seconds. Over brewing causes some greens to get very bitter. If you want it to be stronger, don’t brew longer but just add more leaves. Maybe this will help in your quest to finding a green tea you will enjoy. Good luck! :)

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I get what you mean by the smell of the wet leaves. It’s kind of gross, which makes the flavour of this tea kind of suprising. Just a note though, you shouldn’t really be brewing green teas for over a minute. Some greens are even perfect with just 45-50 seconds. Over brewing causes some greens to get very bitter. If you want it to be stronger, don’t brew longer but just add more leaves. Maybe this will help in your quest to finding a green tea you will enjoy. Good luck! :)

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

What my tea ratings mean:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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