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drank Plum Green Tea by Ten Ren
31 tasting notes

I picked up this tea from a small teashop in Vancouver’s Chinatown after being offered a sample and being impressed with its strong flavour (being a person who often finds fruit flavoured teas smell lovely, and don’t taste like a whole lot). While it is called Plum Green Tea I’ve always associated the taste more with green melon, and after serving it to several friends I can say this is definitely a love it or hate it flavour. This is a tea that required no additions, especially not sugar/honey, I find the plum flavour to be sweet enough as is, and becomes especially strong as the tea cools.

I find this is one tea you don’t want to over-steep as it can quickly develop an overpowering bitter note that along with the fruit taste can cause unpleasant mouth-puckerage. Mind you I also tend to forget what sort of tea I’m making and pour boiling water over this poor green tea which might account for the tendency towards bitterness. This is a nice tea for people who enjoy green teas, strong fruit teas and especially sweet melon/plum flavours.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ricky

Don’t they have a Plum tea on a black base? I know my family use to love that one. I hated it and avoided it, but I don’t know if my taste buds have changed over time. I haven’t drank a plum tea in years.

Feisty

Unfortunately I don’t know about a black tea as the stores where I am now don’t seem to carry Ten Ren teas. Though if they had it I would definitely try it, I think mixed with the stronger tea flavour of a black tea the plum might be less overpowering then in the green and make for a better brew.

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Ricky

Don’t they have a Plum tea on a black base? I know my family use to love that one. I hated it and avoided it, but I don’t know if my taste buds have changed over time. I haven’t drank a plum tea in years.

Feisty

Unfortunately I don’t know about a black tea as the stores where I am now don’t seem to carry Ten Ren teas. Though if they had it I would definitely try it, I think mixed with the stronger tea flavour of a black tea the plum might be less overpowering then in the green and make for a better brew.

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In hopes of standardizing my ratings a bit more I’ve devised my own scale:

1 – 19: (F-) Ugh. Given to Mr. Sink Drain to enjoy after a couple sips. Never again. Would only give away with a strong warning (or to someone I didn’t like).

20 – 29: (F) Ick. Managed to finish the cup out of stubbornness, but tasted bad the whole time. Will throw out/give away any I have left.

30 – 49: (F+) Meh. I didn’t warrant an “ugh” or “ick” it but I can’t say I enjoyed it. Will throw out/give away any I have left.

40 – 59: (D) Okay. Not a truly bad tea but just personally not my thing. Will (try) to finish but won’t reorder.

60 – 69: © Decent. Drinkable and getting towards good but just falls a little short. Will finish but won’t reorder.

70 – 79: (B) Good. Enjoyed this tea. Will likely reorder at some point but probably won’t be a tea shelf regular.

80 – 89: (B+) Very good. Would definitely put on my “reorder” list when I run out.

90 – 99: (A) YUM! A favourite. Would go on my “pre-order before I run out list” to keep it on hand.

100! (A+) OMG! Mind blowingly-good. The tried-and-true favourites that I MUST ALWAYS HAVE.

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With a palate ruined by years of hot-sauce-on-everything, espresso-based lattes and university student cooking I prefer bold teas and often miss nuances unless they are the gustatory equivalent of a two-by four. I don’t enjoy bitterness and love chais.

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