162 Tasting Notes

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drank ANXI TIE GUAN YIN by teasenz
162 tasting notes

The smell of the dry leaf of this is very creamy yet floral, and a touch vegetal. Steeped up the creamy mostly only translates over in a smooth almost buttery mouthfeel. The flavor is very floral with a hint of butteriness at the end of the sip. Second steep is similar to the first, but also a bit chestnutty, especially as it starts to cool.

The third steeping is much like the last, but the forth brings out a smooth creamy note. And with that, it’s getting late and I’m gonna hit the hay.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Alishan Milky Oolong Tea by teasenz
162 tasting notes

The dry leaf of this smells amazing. This is my first experience with a milk oolong, and it’s smells sweet and creamy and almost buttery.

Steeped up, the aroma is so creamy and milky. The mouth feel of this is buttery and the tea seems to almost coat the inside of my mouth. The taste is a bit more mellow than the smell, but still have sweet and creamy. There’s also a bit of a floral note present. The second steep features a sweet buttery flavor in addition to the mouthfeel.

The third is much like the second, but brings back the floral notes a bit stronger. The forth steep the buttery and creamy notes has faded quite a bit, taking the background to the floral.

I know this is a flavored oolong, but it’s delicious.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Milk

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

The leaves of this smell floral and nutty and lightly vegetal.

The tea steeps up a very pale peachy yellow, almost clear. This is a quite floral and delicate, with a hint chestnut and green beans. The second cup is much like the first, but a bit stronger. The floral is more like a jasmine type of floral than a rose type of floral, which I definitely prefer. I imagine this will make a great cold brew.

Flavors: Chestnut, Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Monkey Picked by teasenz
162 tasting notes

First of all, the leaf of this is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Long flat leaves ranging from about 2-3" long. Almost translucent in some parts, and delicate. I’ve never had a monkey picked tea before, so I don’t know if this is the norm, but it’s beautiful. And the smell smells just like all my favorite green teas, deliciously vegetal.

Brewed up, this is a pale pistachio color. The flavors are very soft and delicate, gently caressing you taste buds with light asparagus and green bean like flavors. The second steep provides a darker, deeper asparagus flavor complemented by a soft chestnut flavor. As it cools it develops a slightly floral hint at the edges.

This was an absolute delight, and one I’ll have to restock on.

Flavors: Asparagus, Chestnut, Green Beans, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

This is the least puerh smelling puerh I’ve ever smelled.

The first cup is a mix of floral and grassy hay like notes. The second cups deepens, both in color and in taste. Now there’s a pleasant earthiness at the beginning of the sip that melds into a sweet dark florally note by the end. The wet leaves are also beginning to smell more earthy and pond water like.

Third cup loses more of the floral, and your left with a mellow light earthy cup that just barely hints at an almost caramel or honey type of sweet note. The forth cup has more of that sweet note teasing you from the edge. I still can’t decide if it’s more caramel or honey, but it’s a pleasant surprise either way. It’s there at the beginning and end of the sip, with the earthiness sandwiched in the middle.

I have a feeling I can still get a couple more steeps out of this, but for now, it’s getting late and I’m leaving it for now.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Emerald Surprise by Market Spice
162 tasting notes

Wow this is so tropical. Cold brewed.
Juicy orange, pineapple and mango meld together and create a bright tropical juice like tea. The orange and pineapple give just a bit of tang to keep it from being too sweet. The base tea in this takes the back seat, letting the fruits do there thang.

I’m more of a berry type of fruit person when it comes to flavors (but I love all actual fruits), but this reminds me of a beach resort in Cozumel that I went to last month. It had an open bar, and I used it as an opportunity to sample a bunch of mixed drinks, a bunch of which featured pineapple mango and/or orange flavors.

The aroma when you go to take a sip is very much orange peel, and when you take a sip, the first thing I taste it orange, quickly followed by diluted pineapple juice which carries on through the end of the sip where there’s a hit of mango melding in with the pineapple, and finally the orange comes back in a lingering aftertaste. Not bad!

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I cold brewed this up last night, and was amazed at how sweet and nutty and creamy it smelled. It smells like a dessert tea, which surprised me considering I was expecting something much more fruity.

I woke up with an upset stomach and decided to sip on this in order to settle my tummy. It’s not too surprising considering how strong the creamy hazelnut smell was, that this tea is very nutty. Much more nut than fruit. There’s a hint of something fruity towards the end, but I definitely wouldn’t call this a fruity tea. The good news is I didn’t experience any tartness, despite the rose hips.

Considering that this is much more nutty than fruity, I’m going to need to try this hot next. But overall it’s not a bad dessert type tea.

Preparation
4 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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77

Hmm, the description says that oolong is considered the champagne of teas, but I always thought that that was Darjeelings. Anyway, this oolong still has bits, but there’s bigger pieces in this one too, and no stems.

The liquor of this one is darker, and more brown. Taste wise this is a bit weak in taste, it probably could have used another minute steeping. But the flavor is a lot more honey. This actually isn’t half bad. Lots of honey notes, the only thing holding this tea back is the lack of depth or complexity. The only flavor I detect is honey. Not bad, thought. Much better than the standard grade.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve never seen an oolong with quite so much broken leaves. The leaves were a mix of black pieces, green pieces, and brown pieces, along with some twigs.

The liquor brews up a golden color. Taste wise, it reminds me a lot of a mild bagged black tea. It’s vaguely sweet, and honey tasting, but it also has the distinct brewed from a bag black tea taste. Eh, not a fan, hopefully the choice grade is better.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Well “Standard Tea” certainly doesn’t bode well… Lol.

Mandy

Eh, I guess it depends on the company and what their standard is. Like if I got a standard grade from say Mandala, I would expect much more than this. This was more like standard as far as grocery store quality goes. I expect more from a straight loose leaf tea than bits, but thankfully the choice is good.

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drank Green Market Spice by Market Spice
162 tasting notes

Smelling the leaves, I had a feeling I wouldn’t be a fan. I realized that the idea of combining orange (which can be bitter) with fiery cinnamon doesn’t appeal to me. This smells like red hots, which smell like Fireball Whiskey, which I really don’t like (my bfs liquor of choice, and after some bad experiences last year, my least favorite). The smell kind of turns my stomach (like I said bad experiences. Let’s just say that I must be really special if I could up chuck all over my boyfriends bed before we were dating, and still have him ask me out).

I absolutely sweetened this, expecting a fiery bitter mess, and I’m glad I did. Sweetened up, there’s still a red hots vibe going on, but it’s in the back and it’s subdued by the sweetener enough to keep me forming dumping the cup. The orange isn’t bad actually.

The aroma when you lift the cup to your mouth to take a sip is all cinnamon, but when it hits your tongue, the first thing you notice is the orange. I wouldn’t say it’s quite juicy, but it’s not bitter either. It’s not till the end of the sip that the cinnamon hits you, and then it sticks around in a lingering after taste.

This tea was doomed for me from the start. I love chais, but not straight cinnamon teas. Due to the bad associate I have with the red hot type flavor, it’s not for me. But that being said, if you like fiery cinnamon, and you like orange, then you’ll like this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spicy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

He must have really liked you to still want a first date with you after that! <3

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20 years old
I love green tea, its an old favorite and my favorite standby! Oolongs are quickly becoming my second favorite.
I’ve only recently began exploring straight blacks and puerhs, and I’ve been loving the one with cocoa and bread-like notes the most!
I love dessert teas, basically if it’s vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, or anything of the sort, it’s bound to have my heart.
I also have been really into fruity teas lately, and I love to drink them iced!
I will always love a good chai.
I despise licorice and bacon.

Notes I like:
Vegetal, Grassy, Seaweed, Spinach
Cocoa, Bread, Caramel, Nutty, Vanilla, Cream, Honey, Butter, Maple, Marshmallow
Fruity, Berries, Lemon, Jasmine

Notes I don’t like:
Banana, Bacon, Licorice, Smoke, Astringency, Bitter

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Florida

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