25 Tasting Notes

90

This one definitely gets one of my higher scores. I am normally not one for sweet flavored teas, but the folks at blue raven tea definitely put some effort into this one. I was very pleasantly surprised. I opened the sample to a bright fresh aroma of green tea, vanilla and a fruit of some sort. Looking back at it now i was able to read up a bit and find it to be dragon fruit and pomegranate. This was one of those teas that is naturally sweet, not overpoweringly but you could get away without adding sugar. The fruit and green tea almost make you feel quite a bit better about it when you’re done, like you just sat outside and really appreciated your surroundings. The pomegranate and vanilla are delicious, they are another one of those scents you can pick up from across the room. 3 minutes at 175 degrees F is just perfect for a great cup the lasts for what seems like 4 or 5 steeps. Definitely well worth the $4.50 for the small sample. This may be come a staple in my cupboard:)

Flavors: Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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75

This one can go in the books as the first gunpowder green tea that I’ve tried. I really had some great powerful and very well pronounced green tea flavors. Lol, as weird as it sounds it tastes like i just mowed my lawn. Although it is such a strong grassy green with nutty tones included, it also keeps a pleasant fresh crisp taste, which can sometimes dissipate after the second steep or so, but this tasting made it through 3-4 before losing its taste. However, when it begins to lose it, it goes fast. Great green taste and i would recommend to any first time gunpowder tasters.

Flavors: Grass, Nuts

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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85
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

I know its been forever since i last sat to write a review, so here goes… The Buddha must have had some good taste and so do there people at David’s tea because i was very happy with this green/ white blend. Now, normally I find white teas to be extremely mellow and sometimes without a strong overtone from another flavor i often lose sight of the tea and just taste warm water:( But they really did a great job with this one. As soon as you open the tea a very floral and sweet smell of hibiscus flower and green tea. The opening aroma in itself is amazing, so it lends to the inability to wait long enough for the tea to really brew:) The smooth taste of green tea and white tea really work well together in this blend. It might have been the white that absorbed the grassy flavor of a true green and the green lent to the white tea. However the true wonderfulness of this tea really comes from hibiscus flower petal that are so abundant in the tea itself, not mention they bloom out wonderfully and lend even more of that floral and sweet smell to the tea. You can smell it from around the room as it steeps and i can personally say that after 5 steepings this tea blend definitely has some staying power. 5 steeps! and the smell and flavor maintained tip the end…i just wish i had some more:)

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 1000 OZ / 29573 ML
Admiral Solaire

4tsp in 29573ml of water, I bet that watered down the taste a tiny weeny bit! lolol

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75

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33

Now, honestly i was a bit disappointed by this tea. I opened the packaging, i was very impressed by the tight rolled leaves and the bright green fresh leaves. However, after the initial brew which often seems to be the most powerful, i really didn’t get much. Almost to the point of just warmed water with a very subtle flavor. I chalked it up to maybe a bit over temp. I tried a second steeping, but to little avail. I am not sure if it was supposed to be as mellow and subtle as it was but i definitely noticed a lighter color but a more pronounced taste. It was very very subtle. I still have more for another try, but i honestly just wasn’t impressed. Maybe after another try i might get a different result, but i am happy i tried it nonetheless.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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80

This was my first real experience with matcha. I didn’t really know what to expect. I opened it up and got a pleasant smell of caramel and the fresh fragrance of green tea. It dissolved quickly and nicely into the warmed milk as per the instructions and didn’t leave any sort of chalky taste that i would have expected from a powder. Defintiely has peaked my interest toward other matcha powders. Not an everyday thing definitely a treat, but a great tasting one at that:)

Flavors: Caramel, Grass

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MissB

This one comes pre-sweetened, so the others you try, you’ll want to add something to. Glad you liked it though – matcha is an addiction for me. :)

carol who

I enjoy my matcha as a cold latte. I use the little Nutri bullet blender. Cold milk, a dash of ice. Comes out with a nice froth. Yum!!!

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100
reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
25 tasting notes

It’s here!!! Finally after all the looking at them and reading about them, i finally bought one! It was on eBay as a matter of fact, and i got it for about 25.00$ cheaper than everywhere else i’ve seen them, so needless to say i was extremely happy about that! I tried it tonight, absolutely amazing!! I thought i was making some great tasting tea, and just the difference between this morning and tonight was night and day difference! It does it all!! Its a hot water kettle, its a tea maker, it has the auto start, what more could you ask for?! I am just so in love with this thing!! Thanks to all my friends here that helped me and pushed me to take the leap, now i couldn’t think of drinking tea any other way!

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84

Well this is my first cup of tea with my new Breville!!! So after tasting the difference between the cup of this tea i made this morning is huge! this one has some great color and awesome re-steepablity. Initially, I noticed the grassy flavor that is often easily recognizable in green teas. However, i noticed this green really has that fresh flavor, not overpowering but fresh and crisp. I don’t know if its just me, but i noticed the taste of edamame (soybeans)…and normally that would come off as really strange, but this time it just added to the freshness of the cup. I was pleasantly impressed by this one. As i am normally not a huge fan of greens, the folks at Shan Valley seemed to do a good job with this one:)

Flavors: Grass, Green Beans

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 750 OZ / 22180 ML
carol who

That Breville seems to work miracles with the tea, doesn’t it! No more overstepping, water is the right temp. I know I just go on and on about it. It seems you think its wonderful too. :)

Josh Buteau

Absolutely right Carol! I assume the trick to re steeping is just leaving the leaves in the basket and setting it for another go in the AM? That’s my plan, we’ll see how well it works:)

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84

Nothing is more nice than waking up on a single day weekend with something to make it feel somewhat worth it. This cup had that crisp citrus scent and zing that a slice of lemon usually brings to a hot cup of tea. Now i don’t know how they were able to mix the gentle subtleness of white tea with the gentle tones of green tie, while achieving the nuances of an Earl Grey. Granted its not the Earl Grey that you normally think of, but this gets the merit for the technicalities and the flavors that pronounce themselves from beginning to end. The second steep was much more mellow on the flavors of the tea which can be expected from a green-white blend, but the citrus notes of the lemon and bergamot hold true. Good cup to wake you up and make just say, “Ahhhh” :)

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Grass, Lemon Zest

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
NayLynn

I’m glad you had this tea to help. Sorry to hear you don’t have a 72

Josh Buteau

Its ok, one of the banes i guess of preparing for a deployment. As long as i can continue to enjoy a nice cup of tea every day, it’ll all be worth it:)

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Just a normal guy that gave up the normal daily coffee for a healthier, more flavorful, more intrinsically complex beverage. Being a US marine and deploying on the regular makes enjoying a decent cup of tea difficult at times but shows that even the “rough” guys can enjoy a great cup of tea.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Absolutely awesome! I don’t know why i’m spending time typing about them instead of drinking!
85-89: pretty damn delicious, and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the cream of the crop.
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy and would drink again when i can find it, but more than likely will not make a second appearance except for freebies and samples.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: The unfortunate bottom category. This tea is just disgusting to me.

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