526 Tasting Notes

Let’s try this again. My computer is having a little temper-tantrum and shutting off on me again. Oh well.

I was expecting a plain green tea with this one, but when I poured my water over it I thought I smelled mint. I was correct and my first sips were mint. It was a plain mint. Nothing really stood out about it. It had a nice toothpaste clean mouth feel after it. But I wasn’t really tasting the green tea.

It cooled down a little bit and the green tea finally stood up. You can still taste the mint, but it isn’t as strong as it was at the beginning of the cup. It is slightly astringent. When it cools more you can really feel it at the back of your throat.

I’m not sure I like it as much as I did when I first took a sip. The green tea is a little rough for me this time and the mint is having a strange aftertaste in the back of my throat. It is nice and light and delicate. I think I would drink this with smaller cups though instead of in the big mugs of tea I normally have.

So, I don’t think I would go out and buy it for myself, but it is nice to drink. I like their Japon tea better.

Edit: So people are classifying this as a Moroccan mint type of tea? That’s interesting because I keep thinking of how nice it would be to mix this with my gunpowder green to see how it would turn out. That’s funny!

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I used the rest of the leaf I had with this big mug. I am so glad I stopped at three minutes and that I like milk with the Twinings Earl Grey or else it would have been way too strong. But I didn’t have enough leaf for a second cup after this portion or else I would have saved it. Oh well. It is warm and delicious and not coffee.

I’m afraid I’m starting to turn into a coffee person. That will cut into my limited tea fund.

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I only have one more sample packet of this left and I am so glad I found it today. I used half the sample packet for my press and steeped it for three minutes.

It is so delicious! Light and sweet. Faintly fruity and floral at the same time. The fruit is coming at the back of the tongue during the aftertaste. The floral is at the tip of the tongue when you sip it. Nice and sweet and smooth. I am going to enjoy this one today.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
526 tasting notes

Not only have I had tea, I’m actually having a second steep of a tea as well! I brewed the water slightly hotter this time and boy oh boy is this second cup tasty!

I’m getting warm roasted marshmallow with a nice blend of green tea and black tea flavor. Then on the aftertaste I get melted marshmallow like I had just eaten a real golden fire-toasted one. It isn’t as sweet as the first cup was, but it is more delicious.

I have a feeling that if I had a tin of this then it would make a fantastic sweet iced tea. Sadly, I only have enough for one more big mug of this and I think I might save it and have it for another day.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
526 tasting notes

I’m really tired of my body trying to get me sick. I was scheduled off today, but my doctor is making me stay home the rest of the work week because they think I might have something going on with my appendix. I hope not. I am feeling better today, but we will know more tomorrow.

So I am finally getting back into tea (even though I am having quite a steamy love affair with coffee) and I decided to break out this one. The caramel notes and the vanilla are morphing into marshmallow. I’m not sure if I got this hot enough because that is all I am tasting. I’m not really tasting any of the green tea, but I am getting a roasty feeling from the rice.

Either way it is tasty. The fiancee approves too.

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I almost forgot that I did have this about a week ago. At first I was expecting something sweet. I have no idea why because both limes and pomegranates are the complete opposite of sweet. (Especially if you like the bitter pomegranate seeds like I do)

It was a nice light white tea with lime. The pomegranate taste was on the aftertaste side which made me sad. I was hoping the pomegranate would be the more dominant flavor with a lime aftertaste. I think this pairing would go better with a green tea, but the white tea is nice.

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Why, hello tea! I’ve missed you. In the time I’ve been away, I’ve had a short relapse with an extra large iced coffee drunk in a too short time period and with various sodas.

Hot and sweet in a nice large mug. Yum on the green tea with a hint of smoke. Extra sugar in my cup because it helps control the lion that is the smoke in this tea. I knew I was saving this for a good time. I’ll probably have this brewed more times and maybe have one iced. If I do have it iced, then I will write a tasting note for that one.

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I always find the mug method a little challenging to do without drinking the leaves. I really need to get myself a bombilla to help me with that. But I love the flavor I’m getting out of this with the mug method! Rich and buttery with both a floral and a mineral note. The leaves are slowly starting to unfurl so it will be easier to drink soon. I love doing this in my clear mug so I can see that.

Edit: Woah! Beware the last sip when you can’t figure out how to drink this quickly. Very veggie and mineraly. Good though. It looks like I have a forest in the bottom of my mug. Very fun.

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Backlog #6: I made a cup of this when my fiance was over visiting my family with the Hobbit. Hot with milk. Very different from Teajo’s Earl Grey but yummy and comforting in its own right.

I had a crazy work week last week so I just realized that my backlog was probably an entire week’s worth of teas that I managed to have even when I was utterly exhausted.

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drank Organic Mao Jian by Butiki Teas
526 tasting notes

Backlog #5: It is time to finish up this sample and I am going to be sad to see it go. It is just a mellow green tea that is great to go with anything. I will have to bring it back to my cupboard one day when I have more money to spend on tea.

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I like Steepster, but I find that I come and go as I please. I might spend months on here and then disappear for no apparent reason. It depends on how busy my life is.

I have been moving solidly into the loose leaf tea territory lately and loving it. I have a french press I like brewing my teas in and I have all of my teas straight with no additions the first time I try it.

I like to try everything and I am starting to like everything. I love black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, yerba mate,and honeybush. I’m still not the biggest fan of roobios, but that is probably because I haven’t found the right brand yet.

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