54 Tasting Notes

100

I found this tea to be quite excellent! It is delicate, tasty, does not get bitter through the duration of drinking. I really enjoy this tea. It has a well balanced flavor profile, you get the essence of Jasmine with a bright, clean and clear taste of green tea without the astringency. I am anxious to try this brand’s other offerings. I would recommend this tea as an “everyday” green tea for the Jasmine green tea lover; as compared to the Jasmine teas I have recently reviewed, Steven Smith Teamaker’s Jasmine offerings are more for elegant dining because of the quality of the tea and the amount of Jasmine used to make such premium products.

Good Earth Tea products are for the everyday, health-conscience, environmentally-conscience consumer. I will be purchasing their other flavors in the near future. I do highly recommend this tea and this brand.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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20

Ok, I must start by saying I am not crazy about this brand anymore…sorry The Republic of Tea, but tasting other tea brands out there, your teas just don’t taste that fresh.

Taste: The Ginger Peach Green Tea is pleasant enough; it does have a nice aroma and the taste of the Ginger is soft and the Peach is a hint overpowering; it tastes more of peach than anything else…where’s the snap of ginger? Where’s the vegetal, effervescent taste of actual green tea? If you are just starting your venture into teas, green and otherwise, than this is a good starting point, but if you already have a developed palate then this would seem a step backwards. It’s a “good” tea, not an “exceptional” one or brand.

Note to The Republic of Tea: IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY [QUALITEALOL!]

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

I really like this tea a lot. It does not turn bitter no matter how long I keep the sachet in and the one’s who know my reviews by now, know that I keep the sachet in the whole time I am enjoying my cup of tea.

Taste: It is a very pleasing and satisfying cup of Jasmine green tea; the blending is spot-on, top-notch. You appreciate the essence of Jasmine without overpowering the green tea. The green tea itself is very fresh, not too vegetal, strong or astringent. I would most highly recommend this tea and the brand…this is truly a Premium tea purveyor!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

Check out my review for the No.96 Jasmine Silver Tip—the same review applies to this select blend, however, this Jasmine Pearl is a bit more fragrant and there is an exceptional aftertaste that is slightly sweet [somewhat reminiscent of vanilla] yet very pleasing. Once again, I would most highly recommend this tea and this Premium brand.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80
drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
54 tasting notes

Hmmm, quite an interesting and pleasant tea. This is my first venture into Yunnan teas, with that said, this has the light aroma of a Lapsang Souchong, the palatable clarity of a Ceylon and the aftertaste of a finer bitter chocolate…not overpowering. This Tippy Yunnan is quite tasty; and yet it reminds me of a lighter Formosa Oolong…a little floral but less sweet…not malty at all. For my tastes, this is better as an afternoon tea. I would recommend this tea to try and for the experience. Look for the samples, that way it’s easy to try without spending a fortune.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I really like this one! I have had other White teas and liked them as well. This one has all the characteristics I look for in white teas…sweetness, delicacy and a nice aftertaste. I have the sachet form and keep it in the whole duration of drinking time, about 15 mins. or so. This Mutan White is nicely sweet, delicate and has a pleasant aftertaste and never becomes bitter no matter how long I keep the sachet in the mug. I highly recommend this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

15min?! That’s intense for a white.

MacchaMan

yeah, kinda, it may not be that long, but it really doesn’t hurt the tea.

MacchaMan

question: I just used my Adagio Ingenuitea brewer, I LOVE IT! Do you know about it or have one?

Cofftea

LOVE IT! hate that it’s plastic, but totally LOVE it and use it for ALL my tea brewing. Send me a PM if you have any questions.

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63

Surprisingly, not impressed…usually I really enjoy Harney & Sons teas but not this one so much. I have the tea sachets for this type and maybe it’s the duration I keep the sachet in the whole time I’m enjoying my mug of tea but I find this Formosa Oolong watery and a bit too floral. I have had other Formosa Oolongs and really liked them. Luckily it does not get bitter, just a tired, watery somewhat bland and weak floral taste; the floral isn’t overpowering too much but does seem to play a mischievous cameo roll in the taste…not too pleasant. I may retry this to steep the required amount of time instead of keeping the bag in the whole time I drink…so stay tuned!

UPDATE: Still not a fave but enjoying it a little more…the parameters are still the same, haven’t changed them any because I like a strong cuppa, I guess I am just enjoying this more because maybe getting used to the taste. I do like it so my rating moved upscale; don’t know if I would buy again. I will try Harney & Sons other Oolong offerings though to compare.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88
drank Black Pearl Tea by Lipton
54 tasting notes

Must admit, I am using teabags more and more lately due to convenience in the morning; I am handicap and use teabags in the morning before getting into my wheelchair in the afternoon when I am able to prepare matcha.

With that said, I am surprised at all the negative reviews here regarding Lipton’s Black Pearl Tea! I quite enjoy this tea [have many boxes.] It has a clear crisp taste, not brisk and it has a nice mouth feel, not malty but a little more noticeable than a Darjeeling the longer it steeps. I keep teabags in the whole time I am drinking to reap all the health benefits and yet it never gets bitter! I tend to find there is no aftertaste either; it is just nice and clean.

I do like the pyramid/sachet teabags better because they contain whole leaf teas and the desired room to unfurl. Lipton’s “regular” teabags aren’t so desirable because they contain “tea dust” and the Brisk tea has a murkier taste and characteristic profile.

I would highly recommend Lipton’s Black Pearl Tea…a must buy!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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91

I really enjoyed this tea. It has the flavor of fresh spinach but that’s about it. I was hoping it was a little more balanced and complex with a little sweetness and an earthier, grass taste as well. It also lacked the umami mouth feel I tend to look for too. Nontheless, I do give this a high rating because of the quality characteristics such as freshness, bright color, quality taste and the way the foam whisks up nicely after a short time. I do recommend this tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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96
drank Matcha by Teavana
54 tasting notes

A very good tea. I enjoyed this one very much. It possess many of the characteristics I look for in matchas and yet lacks in other ways, but not many. It has an earthy, grassy taste but not balanced with the fresh spinach or the sweetness matchas are known to possess; also, it lacks the umami full mouth feel which I rather prize. This is a quality tea with freshness, a vibrant color, foam that whisks up in a short amount of time and the palate of a quality tea. I highly recommend this tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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