71 Tasting Notes

85

2nd steeping, with a pre rinse this time. The rinse helps a bunch. The smoke aroma and flavor was overwhelming yesterday, today it is just what it should be. Bold and to the fore but not so in your face that it feels like you just spent the entire night with campfire smoke blowing into your tent.

With the rinse, the earthy tea flavor is allowed to come out and actually create a nice balance of smoke with that rich sweetness it is advertised to have.

Tomorrow I’m going to try a shorter steep time to see what that does.

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

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85

Smoky. Only word needed to describe this brew.

The aroma smells like campfire. This first steeping is the strongest, and it’s really in your face.

The taste is the same. Very smoky, like a campfire in the backyard. Wonderful smell, wonderful taste, but close to being overdone.

Flavors: Campfire, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

3rd steeping. Remembered to rinse again. Makes a big difference. Brighter, fresher in taste and aroma.

This one has a beautiful earthy, grassy aroma, leading to a clean, refreshing, earthy taste with hints of grass and nuts.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

2nd steeping on the same leaves. I actually remembered to rinse them this time. It really freshened up the flavor. Light and fresh earthy and nutty aroma is more present, the taste is much cleaner both in the initial sip and the aftertaste. Very good tea!

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

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90

Slightly smoky, with a strong presence of roasted nuts in the aroma lead to a wonderfully balanced tea. Just the right amount of bitter-ish bite balanced with an earthy, roasted nut, all combining to create a smooth, super drinkable Oolong.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

I’m liking this white tea more and more as I keep brewing it. It’s got a complex taste, but in a simple, subtle way. It’s bright, clean, earthy, just plain refreshing. What a way to start the day!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

2nd steeping for these leaves. My allergies are going crazy this morning, so I don’t notice much aroma, but I do get a touch of that earthy, woodsy feel. Taste is as wonderful as ever. Nice bright, nutty, earthy taste. I really love this tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

This review is specifically for a batch of sun tea I made with this tea.

I used a loose leaf tea pod into about 4 quarts of water. I’m going to have to adjust that next time, probably to use two tea pods. It still had that earthy, nutty, woodsy aroma and taste, but it just wasn’t a prominent as I like. This tea might also be to subtle and light to make a good sun tea.

I used it because I had a lot of it and wanted to just try. It’s still good, just not as bold as I like my sun teas.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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87

1st steeping on the 2nd time through. Subtle earthy, nutty aroma. Nice, bright, woody taste. I let it steep a little longer this time, it went about 3-4 minutes. It got a bit more bitter, but nothing overwhelming or brew-ruining. It’s just a bit more bold. Great simple white tea!

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

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90

4th steeping. Aroma still there, just a bit more subtle. Coffee and woodsy, earthy, nutty scent still noticeable. The bold tastes of a few days ago have blended together more, and while each individual flavor is more subtle, the flavor all together is still bold and big.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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