625 Tasting Notes

95

On dark and stormy mornings, have this tea. It goes well with apple pancakes and Dresden Files. There is a nice yam scent with hints of cocoa. The flavour has a nice amount of malt, sweet, yam, and a bit of chocolate. Very good. Especially in this weather.

Nichole

That sounds like an amazing combination!

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88

Today was two day of my pancake experiment. Somehow, I hadn’t made them before now. But this time was blue corn. Sans pinons. Since the batter was too wet, I tried added a little more flour. When I was just trying to make the pancakes too big. After using a smaller measuring method, they turned out fine. And I still say blue corn tastes different.

I’m down to my last few cups of this tea. It smells nicely sweet and floral. There is a bit of a honey scent in the brew. The flavour was lightly sweet and somewhat floral.
Nice for this sunny Autumn day.

Flavors: Floral, Honey

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89

The final sipdown. I am down to the last steeper basket. It smells nicely like cocoa, and little like yams. With maybe a little bread scent too. There is an apricot flavour with malt and other dried fruits notes. Made it a little strong, but I will miss this tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Malt

Terri HarpLady

I miss that tea :)

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89

From the other local tea shop. I was getting some black teas because Winter is coming. This has such a nice malty scent. There is a nice, sweet flavour. With notes of fruit. Overall, it is a good tea for cold mornings. Or just cloudy afternoons.

Flavors: Fruity, Malt

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84

My latest Yunomi sample. It smells like fruit, mostly plums. There a kinda dark and sweet flavour with hints of grapes. Enjoyed having it with the cornbread pancakes.

Flavors: Grapes, Malt, Plums

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85

Found this yesterday afternoon. There is a nice malty honey scent. Maybe a little darker than I remember. It’s still a nice, sweet flavour. Good with my b-day cake.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

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88

Birthday tea- This has a nice muscat scent. There is sweet grape flavour. Still reminds me of those Japanese candies I like. Had some while watching the Lord of the Rings movies yesterday. (Other teas went better with the carrot cake.)

Flavors: Grapes, Muscatel

Indigobloom

Happy birthday!! Mmmm carrot cake, sounds yummy

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93

In a box, inside another box, I finally found this tea. It still smells of earth and dark chocolate. And maybe oak. The flavour is on the sweet side. There are hints of dark cherry and caramel. It’s smooth and rich. Still makes me think of a certain chocolate bar.

Made once again in the Western style.

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Earth

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87

My first oolong of Autumn. Yesterday, I went to a world music festival. Saw a Chinese group (from New York) play in the evening. Very pretty music, even if I can’t remember what the instruments were called. So, today, I wanted to try this tea. Mostly smells nicely like cocoa, and fruits. With some grain notes. When I first brewed, I got a vanilla scent. There is a bit of floral and honey flavour. It’s light and a bit creamy.

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Grain, Honey, Vanilla

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89

Happy Autumn! Yesterday, I went to a Japanese Fall Festival. Most fun. However, nobody had brewed tea. Just a local Asian tea company with wares for sale. Did enjoy checking out their sample jars. The gyokuro smelled nice, and I remembered I had some.

It smells nicely like seaweed and spinach. There is a seaweed flavour as well. Reminds me a little of seaweed salad.Somewhat sweet and vegetal. And I get a hint of nuts. Would have went well with the onigiri I had yesterday afternoon.

Flavors: Nuts, Seaweed, Spinach, Vegetal

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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), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
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, Bergamot
Other flavours- Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, Cream

Ratings-
95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure

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Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

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