223 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon Ginseng by Lipton
223 tasting notes

Another easy sipper flavored green tea from Lipton. The lemongrass nicely complements and lightens the ginseng. A light flavor that allows the green tea base to show through which is acceptable but not the best.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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76
drank Honey Green by Lipton
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A very interesting and good tasting teabag green tea. What impresses me the most of this tea is that it tastes like honey yet the ingredients do not include honey as it is actually a mix of green tea, orange peel, chamomile flowers, licorice root, roasted chicory root, natural flavor (whatever that means) and soy lecithin. While not a traditional tea in any sense this herbal honey blend with a very decent green tea base (or at least I could taste that it was green tea and not bad green tea) is very enjoyable. Better watch out tea snobs because if Lipton keeps it up with more teas like this one it can no longer be used as a synonym for bad tea.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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79

Wow I must admit that I was very skeptical of the free sample included in my last order as in my experience aged ripe puerh tends to be both overrated and overpriced. While I would not buy a full tuocha of this one given its price the sample made an enjoyable set of gaiwan infusions. It is indeed sweet and smooth but I can not really say too much else about it as it is a fairly weak and plain tea, which is a bonus for a lot of people but not for me given my love of strong puerh. No off earthy or musty tastes or bitterness in this one but that is how it should be with a good ripe puerh.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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96
drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
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Wow now this is a really good Dancong tea that makes me wish I would have gotten a larger size than the sample. Clearly a lightly roasted oolong but the roast is more subtile than with most Wuyi oolongs. This one has a very nice light and sweet fruity flavor to it and a REAL honey sweetness to it that I would actually naturally describe as tasting like honey might have been added when I know it wasn’t on my own without being told that it “is supposed to” taste like honey. Not to mention that this tea holds up very well to multiple gaiwan infusions for me.

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49

Golden Flower or Huang Jin Bolero is a very interesting light green oolong. When brewed very lightly with little leaf it comes out tasting a bit like Pouchong. When brewed with more leaf it comes out as having some light floral and maybe honey notes. I can understand the honey from how it is described but quite honestly if it was not suggested I would not have noticed. The only problem that I have with this tea is that it is really hard to brew right even as one that is reasonably experienced of gaiwan gongfu brewing oolongs and it is way too hit or miss for me. I’ve brewed it several times with multiple infusions and while the few cups that turned out well were excellent the others were not so good.

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44

Honeybush Apricot comes off to me as having a very light taste that like most herbals reminds me a bit more of juice than tea. Has a light sweet and fruity flavor to it but it is not my favorite flavor. Although my grandmother loved it so much that I gave her the rest of the sample to take home with her.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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49

Personally I’m not sure how to rate this tea as while it is a really good in how it tastes I know it is also a really bad for me as unlike the others on my list this one is a lot closer to soda than tea in how much sugar and artificial creamier that it has mixed in with it. Has a very sweet creamy taste and a light smooth slightly spicy taste to it. Good but one that I only see myself having once or twice a month tops and one that I am not sure if I will be buying more when I finish it.

Preparation
Boiling

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87

This is the most unique old nugget puerh that I’ve seen in how it comes off more as little bits of loose puerh leaves twisted together instead of the more typical nugget shapes, so maybe this is what is meant about it being unusually clean in how it is still possible to make out the individual leaves in the nuggets. Personally I would say that this puerh has some smoothness but it also a bit of malty so I would not call it very smooth, yet the vendor description is right on with no bitterness or bad aftertaste. Overall a safe middle ground puerh that is a safe bet for most people. For me I did not get within the 8 to 12 infusions but I would not hold it against the tea because I like my puerh strong.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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91

I feel when it comes to ripe puerh that puerh nuggets are always a safe bet for your money as I have yet to have encountered bad quality among nuggets. This is a puerh that demands to be brewed strong to have a thicker texture otherwise it comes off as a mediocre puerh. It produces a dark color brew with a light silky texture that is not too thick with the expected sweet mellowness. Although what sets this one apart is that it also has a bit of a fresh crisp taste to it that I have not encountered before in a ripe puerh. I am not sure if this is a result of the ripe puerh being aged as at 7 years old it is also the oldest ripe puerh that I’ve had to date. Regardless while it is not the best puerh that I’ve had recently is clearly in the upper middle range when it comes to puerh.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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100

This is one of the best lighter fermentation ripe puerh that I’ve had yet. A lighter sweet and mellow blend with a very enjoyable rolling smoothness with each sip, where the silky texture is complemented with lighter slightly malty notes in the background. Absolutely no traces of harshness or earthiness/mustiness in this wonderful blend. A very wonderful puerh that I’ve already bought an entire tong of which is the first time I have done so and I have not ruled out going back for a second or third tong.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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