229 Tasting Notes

90

I brewed this one for 10 minutes as the upper end suggested as one that likes strong tea. Yerba Mate is hard to describe as it has both a mellow smoothness to it which is a bit like puerh but a light freshness to it which is a bit like green tea. Nice for something different and could be a possible tea alternative but not something that I plan on drinking too often.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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94
drank Pu Erh Pearls by Adagio Teas
229 tasting notes

I brewed this one in my gaiwan with a quick rinse which loosened up the pearl enough that it started to break apart when I poured in the water for the second round. The brew was a darker mellow smooth brew with a bit of earthiness in a good way with reasonable refusability when it comes to ripe puerh.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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79

The first infusion of this tea in a mug infuser yields a basic light and sweet green tea. The tea pearl is still partially intact but is more unraveled than not at this point. I tried a second infusion with the same conditions as the previous one and like most green tea it was really bad so I dumped it after a few sips.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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54

For a novelty packaged puerh tea from an American company designed to look like an upper end chocolate bar, my expectations were not that high. While they say that it can be brewed 4 times, I would recommend dumping the first brew as it almost made me give up on the tea. The second brew is where things got more interesting as it does indeed have some chocolate flavor notes mixed in with the earthy smoothness that I must admit I was skeptical of upon seeing it in other reviews as that is not common when it comes to puerh in my experience. Overall this is not the greatest puerh but at the same time likely represents a potentially good entry level one for somebody that wants to try one they can pick up locally.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
ElaineMHG

If you had done a “wake up” brew as recommended, you may not have needed to dump a whole steeped pot.

John Grebe

By first brew I mean the first brew after a quick rinse or wake up brew as you call it. I brew my puerh in a smaller gaiwan and this is a tea that I would advice rinsing twice compared to most that I only rinse once. Also think you for the article that is the best intro to brewing puerh that I’ve seen yet which I bookmarked to be able to share with people that are new to puerh.

ElaineMHG

Oh, gotcha. And, you’re welcome :-)

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72
drank Green Needle by Adagio Teas
229 tasting notes

A very light green tea that is sweet with a bit of a light floral nature that is not overwhelming. Easy to drink but a flatter tea that one can become easily bored with so I do not see this one making a good regular tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

A light and sweet green tea with a good balance of peppermint and spearmint with a splash of lemon. If you like Tazo Zen this is a similar tea but with a mix of peppermint and spearmint instead of just spearmint.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

A very good green tea. Sweet with a bit of floral notes but not overwhelming. While this tea claims to be a blend it comes off as a Japanese Sencha to me, so if you do not like Sencha this is not a tea for you.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

This comes off as a nice light cup of tea with a bit of sweetness. Overall when it comes to teabags this is light when it comes to a green tea blend but when compared to loose teas I’d say it comes off as a green tea with a bit of white tea thrown in for the sake of doing so. So think light green tea as white tea is subtle enough that you have to have it unblended to really be able to taste it.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

I went into this with a single change to brew it and having no idea what to expect as this is a lone teabag that my girlfriend got with junk mail. Overall my impression of this tea is that it is a spicy mint blend.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
teaddict

The plain Tulsi is dried holy basil, which makes a spicy and tasty brew. I’d bet this blend is quite tasty. I’ve enjoyed using some bagged Tulsi as a base for varying herbal blends that have nearly all come out well.

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100
drank Chinese Oolong by Bigelow
229 tasting notes

Wow I am really impressed at the quality. If I did not personally brew it from a teabag I would think somebody was puling my leg if they said that it was brewed from a teabag. The tea has a nice smooth dark roast oolong, if you enjoy dark roast TKY than you will like this tea, if nothing else as a nice travel tea when loose leaf tea is not an option.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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