21 Tasting Notes

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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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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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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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drank Russian Spice by ZenTea
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I’ve begun to really enjoy this tea as a staple tea to have with my breakfast. The spice is pleasant, and the flavor has enough body that it stands up well to a hefty eggs and bacon breakfast.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have finally acquired this beautiful machine about a week ago. I have yet to gave a bad cup of tea from it. Now, this may be because I already know my teas and exactly how I like them. But it is absolutely wonderful to wake up to the perfect cup of tea every morning. And because it is so easy to use and clean and the pot is glass, I’m actually able to enjoy more tea than previously with my DAVIDsTea Steeper.

Pros:
- Perfect cup of tea every time since it always has the exact right water temperature and never over-steeps or under-steeps.
- Auto-start timer so that tea can be ready for drinking at whatever time your little heart desires.
- Keep warm feature keeps your tea at temp for an hour.
- “Lower Basket” feature to steep again for any amount of time, i.e. no timer, after the steeping process is finished (see the cons section for more on this)
- Allows you to customize the water temp (in 5 degree inctements) and steep time (in 30 second increments). This is wonderful for me because I prefer to steep my black teas in 205 degree water rather than 212.

Cons:
- Keep warm feature has no beep to signal that your hour is up. The display turns off and the tea starts cooling. So you do have to pay attention to this.
- The auto-start feature can’t save the current time, so it has to be set every single time. Now, this really only takes about 45 seconds, but it’s kinda frustrating that such a magical machine can’t keep the current time in memory.
- The lower basket feature doesn’t have a timer, so it is extremely easy to over-steep the tea here. I’ve only used it once, and I don’t see it being a commonly used feature for me.

All in all, definitely worth the money!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I usually steep this in half water half milk for a latte-type drink. But, since I just bought my Breville Tea Maker, I wanted to play with it. So I drank this straight for probably the first time. It was so much better! There was no over-bearing chai or pumpkin taste, just a very pleasant light pumpkin flavor in among a muted spicy flavor. I believe I will drink this tea straight from now on.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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