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102 Tasting Notes

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Even though I only drank this yesterday, I decided I needed to have it again today. I thought it would go well with Sunday breakfast, homemade waffles and omelettes. This time, I had it with both sweetener and milk (well, half & half, to be precise). It was very good and I enjoyed it. However, I think I like it better without milk, because the flavors are stronger that way. I’m kind of wishing I’d ordered a larger amount of this; I can see this becoming a new favorite.

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92

Yunnans and Assams are two of my favorite black teas, so I was eagerly looking forward to trying this tea. I’m happy to report, I was not disappointed. This is a full-bodied, yet refined, breakfast tea. Strong and smooth, with very little astringency. Adding a pinch of sweetener enhanced the flavor instead of covering it up. This is what a classic black tea is supposed to taste like. Satisfying and flavorful. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to my next cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Tried Tangier again. Liking it even more. The flavors are just so juicy and natural. I guess I’ll have to order it.

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77
drank Sencha Zuiko by Den's Tea
102 tasting notes

Vegetal. Mild. Out of all the Den’s senchas I’ve tried, this one is the closest to being bitter. When I brewed it the suggested way, it was both weak and a tad bitter. So I experimented with brew temps and times, and found I got the best flavor when I brewed it for 2 min. 15 sec. at 150 F. When I brewed it this way, it was not bitter, and the grassy flavor stood out. The liquor is pale green in color. It’s a better quality sencha than many I’ve tried; however, it does not have the umami and depth of savory flavors I get from some other senchas, such as Den’s Fukamushi Sencha Yame.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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89

I liked this so much, I bought a pound of it when Golden Moon had a sale. I drink it 2-3 times weekly now. It’s one of my favorite morning black teas, and it has a reliable, pleasant flavor. See previous note.

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91

I’ve tried a lot of oolongs and I’m finding I tend to prefer the greener ones over the more heavily roasted ones. This is an oolong that I think anyone who likes tieguanyins would enjoy. It doesn’t have as many subtle nuances of flavor as a tieguanyin, but it tastes wonderful just the same. It’s kind of floral and grassy, a bit leafy/mossy, and very fresh, with almost a tingly sensation in the aftertaste. This tastes good any time of day, and has a bright, refreshing quality. I think it’s going to become a cupboard staple of mine.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Drank it again. Still love it (see previous notes). Need to buy more. If I could only drink one green tea for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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drank Shanghai Orchid by Teavana
102 tasting notes

Awful. So fragrant it’s like drinking floral perfume. All other flavors are overwhelmed by the floral perfuminess. Will never drink this again.

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drank Gyokuro Imperial by Teavana
102 tasting notes

This gyokuro is on sale right now at Teavana for 75% off, so if you’re thinking of trying it, now is the time. Only $5 for 2 oz. I stocked up. This has always been one of my favorite gyokuros. I have branched out since I discovered this tea — in the past year or so I’ve tried a lot of different Japanese greens — but I still like this. If you brew it correctly it’s flavorful and gives you that really “green” green tea experience.

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I like strong, robust flavors. My current favorites include strong black teas (Keemuns, Yunnan teas and Assams, for example), flavored blacks such as Harney’s Paris, oolongs of any kind, and gyokuros. I like Rooibos and honeybush teas as well, and other herbal blends to help me relax in the evening.

I am willing to try just about anything, but I am not particularly fond of jasmine tea, very fruity or heavily flavored blends, anything with pineapple; and I know this is practically heresy, but I don’t like Darjeelings.

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In my kitchen, heating water

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