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drank Mao Feng Green Tea by foojoy
33 tasting notes

I wasn’t expecting too terribly much from this tea since the international grocery store I go to can be a hit or miss when it comes to tea (and this was a lot of tea for the price)…but I was still kind of disappointed with this one. The overall flavor is really weak, and the cups I have had so far have either been tasteless or bitter. I really want to give this tea the benefit of the doubt so I should probably try it at home to better control the steeping conditions. I got this to be an “at work” tea since I didn’t have any Chinese greens at work, so I’m not too picky about it, but it could be a lot better. While steeping, it smelled a little like the Bi Lo Chun I have, but the taste just isn’t there…it’s kind of like the ghost of a good green tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I usually save the cheapies like this for iced tea season; when you’re just hot and need something cool and soothing, flavor takes a backseat to COLD!

Juliet Earth

pfff i hate when green teas taste very bitter pfff gets me on my nerves

Meeka

@gmathis – Will definitely try that – when I was younger I never liked iced tea much, but luckily my taste buds changed after I started drinking more tea…I keep forgetting that iced tea is an option :P

@Juliet Earth – I can’t agree more :)

Kashyap

think the flavor is just the hazard of buying from a grocery..I seem to find that even international groceries, sushi restaurants, and even high end Asian restaurants, typically offer low grade tea and are chasing poor expectations from a customer base. Groceries usually buy at low cost and high volume to get better costs for themselves, but these means a long time on shelves and in storage and tea specific vendors usually have to have more turnover and better quality….just as a general rule

Meeka

@Kashyap – I think I have learned my lesson about that now…I got some awesome samples from Life in Teacup that put grocery store tea to shame.

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gmathis

I usually save the cheapies like this for iced tea season; when you’re just hot and need something cool and soothing, flavor takes a backseat to COLD!

Juliet Earth

pfff i hate when green teas taste very bitter pfff gets me on my nerves

Meeka

@gmathis – Will definitely try that – when I was younger I never liked iced tea much, but luckily my taste buds changed after I started drinking more tea…I keep forgetting that iced tea is an option :P

@Juliet Earth – I can’t agree more :)

Kashyap

think the flavor is just the hazard of buying from a grocery..I seem to find that even international groceries, sushi restaurants, and even high end Asian restaurants, typically offer low grade tea and are chasing poor expectations from a customer base. Groceries usually buy at low cost and high volume to get better costs for themselves, but these means a long time on shelves and in storage and tea specific vendors usually have to have more turnover and better quality….just as a general rule

Meeka

@Kashyap – I think I have learned my lesson about that now…I got some awesome samples from Life in Teacup that put grocery store tea to shame.

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I’m a 25 year old software developer working from home in (mostly) sunny Southern California. The best part of it all is being able to use my zojirushi for an endless supply of tea…mwahahaha….

I drink mostly pure green, oolong and black tea – but I have been known to fall in love with the occasional flavored tea (I’m looking at you, Lupica Melon Oolong).

My rating scale is rather arbitrary, since I find it kind of hard to compare teas on a numerical scale. The text part is much more useful…provided I can figure out how to describe the tea.

The rest of my time I spend in yoga, zumba, hanging out with my beagle and husband, cooking, reading, trying to learn to draw, and attempting to not play Skyrim. I’m never going to finish that one.

The only teas I stay away from are rooibos, since that gives me a weird headache thing. Other than that, I’ll try anything once.

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