716 Tasting Notes

drank Peshawari Kahwa by Pakistan
716 tasting notes

I just looked at the instructions on how to prepare this tea and I’m doing it all wrong! It is smooth and light, but it has this peculiar ashy hint to the taste. Maybe I’ll try it again the right way!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Walnut by Two Guys' Tea
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The start and the end of the sip was nice, but somewhere in the middle it went a little flat for me. The walnut flavor is good, but seems a little weak. I’m going to chalk it up to not aging well in a traveling tea box and hope to try it again someday.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Sicilian Vespers by Red Leaf Tea
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Wow, this is really nice! I want to say this is the first not matcha that I have tried from Red Leaf. It is light, well balanced and has almost a fragrance like flavor; present, but not full on. It has a fruity/floral way about it that changes and morphs through the sip with a smooth aftertaste that makes me think of candied cherries. I could see buying this someday.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Yumberry Wulong Oolong by Teavana
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This is weird. I think I taste a touch of hibiscus on the edges of my tongue. It isn’t overdone, but I still don’t appreciate it’s presence. After the hibby tang passes, there is a brief moment of an alkaline taste which is washed away by a fruity perfume like aftertaste. After the sip I’m left with a slight sour taste in my mouth. Even if I did like the flavors, the oolong base seems strange. The whole thing is unbalanced, which I have come to expect from the majority of Teavanna teas, but I keep trying them anyways when they pass by me in a traveling tea box.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by The Tea Smith
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Trying some of this from the Matcha TTB.
The first thing I notice is an almost earthy grain taste, but it is gone before I can pin point it. This tea is smooth with a very light taste. I’m not a huge fan of oolongs, but I’m trying to understand them better. This one doesn’t captivate me, but is a nice cup none the less.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
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From the matcha TTB.

This tea is really nice! It has a little sweetness to it, slightly grassy on the end of the sip, but without the tang. It is pretty smooth! I don’t know if this is a run out and grab it type tea, but it is enjoyable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I *think * this may be the tea I’m drinking. Traveling matcha tea box sample that came in a metallic blue bag and no name on it. It has a bit of sweetness on it’s own. I’m drinking it with some soy creamer which amps up the sweet and creamy. It’s really nice for an American public take on matcha. The front of the sip is a mellow on the matcha taste, but then come in stronger later in the sip and aftertaste. I can see how this would be a good one to add to smoothies and shakes without feeling like you are abusing finer top quality matcha.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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RedLeaf’s cheesecake is the best! It’s so creamy and smooth. A little bit of cream and sweetener really rounds out and amplifies the taste. Super good!

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drank Raspberry Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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It smells like fresh raspberries. The taste is a little perfume like, but raspberry is in there. It tastes a bit better with cream and the fruity taste would probably be rounded out well with some sweetener. It isn’t something I’m going to be running out to buy, but it does have attention.

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Matcha Traveling Box

I must have made this too strong at first because I got a bitter perfume unpleasantness. After adding a little creamer it was much better. I get a little bit of popcorn on the sip with some mild caramel. The popcorn is a little more present in the after taste. It is a fun flavor, but not one I’m compelled to run out and pick up. Glad to have gotten the change to try it!

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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