25 Tasting Notes

96

This tea makes an amazing chai latte. It’s delicious straight, but I do love my chai lattes. This is the most spice-balanced chai I’ve found. None of the spices jumps out as too heavy or too light. Easily my favorite “all-around” chai.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

This is my first green rooibos, and I was very anxious to try this since I enjoy red rooibos. Its liquor is a pretty yellow-green and tastes like summer and happiness. The “leaves” are fairly small pieces so I had to use my finer tea infuser. I believe the longer this is steeped, the better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

Today, I drank the last of this that I had in my stash. I did 2 teaspoons in 500 mL water at 190 for 3:30, which is more tea than I normally use. This is a light oolong with good floral/grassy flavors, and it brews up to a light golden color. I like this one a lot, and will probably get some more at another point in time.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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83

I finally got back around to this tea in my morning-tea rotation, and it is every bit as good as I remembered it being. The comforting buttery texture and the slightly-earthy taste are the perfect start to the weekend

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

I’ve had three cups of this today, testing how the leaves handle multiple steepings. The first steep (190 degrees for 2:30) was quite lovely – full-bodied, earthy, and I may have detected a small hint of sweetness, not sugar-sweet but almost the natural sweetness of white tea. The second steep (190 degrees for 3:00) had less body and more of a bitter taste than the first steep. The third steep was actually quite disappointing. It was bitter and incredibly weak, and the liquor was so close to clear that I actually double-checked to make sure that I had actually added the leaves to let it steep! Since the first steep was quite good and the second was acceptable, I can let a less-than-desirable third steep by.

Overall, I was very pleased with this tea, which I got as a part of Upton Tea’s sampler set “Introduction to Oolong Tea”, but I will definitely only do two steeps with the leaves.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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84

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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84

My first words after tasting this tea for the first time were “wow, that’s good.” It’s a bit earthy, but has an almost sweet or mint-like aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with a smooth texture. I like to almost slurp it, because I think that pulls out more of its earthy tones that I love in a good oolong.

I got this in a sampler pack, and I have a sneaky suspicion that this will become a staple in my cupboard.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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83

I brewed this according to package directions, and it is delicious! It’s a less oxidized oolong, but still has good body to the flavor. It has a bit of a buttery texture, and a lovely light green color. I’ve gotten three steeps out of these leaves with no diminished taste, though I did increase the steeping time to 2:30 for the third steep. Since I got this in a sampler, I will definitely be buying more once my sample is gone.

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

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68

I usually drink this straight, no milk or sweetener, because the fruit and the stevia leaves make it plenty sweet on its own. This is a white tea blended with green tea, which I’m sure is what gives the smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. There is ginger and cinnamon in the ingredients list, but they are not overpowering, instead they give a lovely flavor depth and pleasing aftertaste. The strawberry flavoring is barely perceptible, but is clearly present in the aroma of the brewed tea. Overall, a very comforting, pressing cuppa.

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

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