1610 Tasting Notes

83

De-cupboarding this tea as well. I’m glad I found a good Russian Caravan that isn’t too astringent or smokey; I’d definitely buy this one again the next time I’m in Vancouver.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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74

After reducing the steeping time I noticed that the tea tasted less tannic and astringent, though it loses a bit of that sweetness as well. I’m still not tasting the pepper people talk about when they describe Yunnan teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Root Beer Float by 52teas
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De-cupboarding this tea as well. You know, I was really excited when I ordered this, but it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be in my opinion. Drinking it with milk and a bit of sweetener (honey or agave nectar) does improve things however, though I never really get near what I’d call ‘root-beer float’ flavour.

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

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71

Not bad…it tastes like a rather generic green oolong without a lot of the complexity I’m used to tasting in a Tie Guan Yin. But I think that might be because I got spoiled by the awesome TGY I got from the Granville Island tea store last year. There is a bit of a fruity flavour present, though it isn’t readily distinguishable as promgranate necessarily, though it gets bit stronger when the tea cools and the natural sweetness of the oolong seems to work with it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
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De-cupboarding this tea. Unfortunately the dregs at the bottom of the bag were rather bitter so I didn’t enjoy the last few cups as much as I would have liked.

Thank you for sending me this tea Angrboda, I did enjoy drinking it. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

You know! I had the EXACT same thing happen to me with this when I got to the end and it was aged a bit…glad I wasn’t alone…

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85
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
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The leaves of this tea are a dark, pine green and look like little bits of chopped-up needles. I’m not quite sure what to expect of this tea, I’ve never tried any of Mellow Monk’s products before – this and one other sample were gifts from TeaEqualsBliss. I’m not even sure what type of tea this is or where it’s from, though my guess from the flavour is that it’s Japanese.

It’s faintly sweet and a bit hay-like at first but then it takes on a savoury, slightly nutty-tasting tone. Then the flavour trails off into a grassy, slightly bitter aftertaste. The touch of bitterness actually seems to work with this tea providing a counterpoint to the initial sweetness that gives this tea balance. It also leaves a nice, fresh, palate-cleansing taste in my mouth.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
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It’s been awhile since I’ve drank this tea – I’m not quite sure why, I certainly don’t find it objectionable. It smells just as smokey as I remember, but I find myself surprised at how smooth and gentle the tea actually is. The tea doesn’t have a heavy, lingering flavour and I find it feels quite clean in my mouth.

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

I was just eyeballing what little bit of this I have left in my stash…

Jillian

I split what I had left to give some away for the Secret Santa thing – it’s to a worthy cause, though so I won’t mourn the loss (as much). ;D

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63

I just noticed that this tea/tisane brews up a very bright, almost neon yellow color – I’m not sure I’m fond of drinking something that looks like it’s practically glowing. 0_o

It’s been five months and I still can’t really bring myself to like this tea – it’s too vegetale and hay-like in it’s flavour and it tends to leave my mouth feeling a bit dry after drinking it. Meh.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79

I dug a sample packet of this tea out of my cupboard just now; I’m honestly not sure when or from whom I got it. Hmm.

It an interesting tea that starts out with a floral flavour when the tea is hotter and then as it gets a bit cooler it takes on a deeper, and more well-rounded flavour. The floral notes fade and the tea takes on a sweetly buttery flavour. The feel of the tea in my mouth is very smooth and pleasent. As the tea cools some more the floral notes come back slightly along with a honey-like sweet flavour.

The resteep (@ 5 min) is less floral and has more of that honey flavour. It was an enjoyable oolong and I liked that it wasn’t as flowery as some other green oolongs can be.

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

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80

This tea tastes quite similar to da.u.de’s Xaouen blend, although I found that one to be more floral while this one tastes more fruity. Also this blend lacks any green or white tea which seems to make it taste a bit sweeter and less vegetal.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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