400 Tasting Notes

One the first things I thought of this tea when I opened it was that it smelled like mushrooms. That scent comes across more in the brew. The flavour reminds me a bit of mushroom soup. Certainly very earthy.

Flavors: Mushrooms

boychik

i love mushroom soup. i dont think you liked the tea. Right? Did you rinse it first?

Lariel of Lórien

I did rinse first, but I wasn’t that flavour to be so prominent. Not that I mind mushrooms. It’s not that I didn’t like it, more it wasn’t what I wanted at the moment. Might end up using it as a rice flavouring.

boychik

that never occur to me. Good idea!

Lariel of Lórien

It’s one of the most savory pu-erhs I’ve had. Nothing wrong with that really, but I’d like it more if it were soup.

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86
drank Jin Jun Mei by teasenz
400 tasting notes

This is the latest in my quest to try as many Chinese black teas as possible. It has a lovely scent of honey and maybe bread as well. The flavour is sweet with hints of orange, along with a bit of wheat toast. Overall, I’ve found this to be a good morning tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
@ligongsf

that sounds really good/ I want to try now:-)

Terri HarpLady

I really enjoy Jin Jun Mei teas!

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95
drank Yunnan Gold by teasenz
400 tasting notes

I was looking forward to this sample. It smells awesome! Like sweet potato crisps and honey. The honey comes out a bit more in the flavour, and I get a little roast yam too.
Any tea that can taste like my fave tuber is a hit for me.

Flavors: Honey, Yams

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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89

This is the last of my new Teavivre samples. It smells so good… like malty cocoa. The flavour tends toward grape. Reminds me a little of wine somehow. I might need a few more cups… for uh, science. And tasting purposes.

Flavors: Cocoa, Grapes, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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76

My first tea of the day. It smelly like I’m having citrus fruit salad in the forest. I liked the dark orange colour of the .liquor. The flavour is woody, with the tang of tangerine.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Osmanthus by teasenz
400 tasting notes

I have been wanting to try this one for a while. So I was pleased when Teasenz would send me this to try. It smells like running through a field of wild flowers that is near an orchard. (This here means, I get floral and citrus scents.) The flavour is mild, and refreshing.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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79

Tried this in the store. While I did the like the chocolate/ nut/ coconut combo, I didn’t really care for the extra sugar. It would be fine as chocolate nut blend.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

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70

I tried this at the Teavana store. That might have been a bad idea, given how much they like the rock sugar. It did smell nice though. The ginger came across way too much in the flavour (I do like ginger, just not that strong), and none of the others spices really seemed to come forward.

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93

I tried this in the Westfield Center store. It was mildly fruity and delicious. As I was there just to pick up something, I don’t remember much beyond really liking it.

If I am able to visit a store again, hopefully I can get another sample.

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
400 tasting notes

I got this as a sample from the Santa Clara location last month. It smells like these muscat gummies I really like. The flavour is sweet, and floral. Too much jasmine though.
Still glad I got to try this one.

Flavors: Flowers, Grapes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Rooibos/ Honeybush, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple

Ratings-
unrated: still unsure
69 and below: meh
70- 74: it’s okay
75- 80: like
81- 84: really like
85- 88: it’s fantastic
89 and above: my favourite

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Beach, California

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