260 Tasting Notes

95
drank Genmai Matcha by Rishi Tea
260 tasting notes

I was really impressed with this genmaicha. I have tried sooo many brands, and this one is leveled up with Den’s Tea. It’s refreshing, full of unami. I tried it hot, and I see this being amazing iced. I prefer genmaichas made with sticky/sweet rice, I think the tea it just tastes all around sweeter and has more body.

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50
drank China Lung Ching by TeaGschwendner
260 tasting notes

I bought this since I am looking into touring the Dragonwell tea producing area of China. I never had Dragonwell tea before. I am more a Japanese green tea fan, so might point of view and taste come from that. I just wasn’t that impressed with this tea. It needs to cool down to have any depth to it. I used 2 tsp per 8 oz of water, and it still was very mild. I don’t know if Dragonwell is known for being weak. I taste the chestnut notes, but really nothing else remarkable.

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98

NOM! I left to be my last tea I would drink in my package YuukiCha. This is a perfect Asatsuyu Sencha. It’s thick bodied, savory, buttery, lush. Not much astringency. I’ve only drank it hot, but would excellent iced. I’ll probably cold brew my 3rd infusion to get every bit from this tea.

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90

Of all the Upton black teas I sampled, this one stood out. It brews to be crystal clear, makes for an amazing iced tea. Refreshing, brisk, no bitter, lush. I actually bought it with the intentions of making Hong Kong milk tea, but brought it to work to drink up. This is my first Uva Ceylon, I am very interested in what else the area provides.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Pure Joy by TeaGschwender
260 tasting notes

This is everything I want in a herbal tea. It’s such a wonderful mix. Applemint is the main ingredient, which is a mild mint. I love drinking this iced in the morning, or after work. It’s just a perfect mix with thyme and chamomile. There’s a very light floral background which works well with everything.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Sweet

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60

I was interested in the blending of these two teas. The outcome? I prefer these teas as their own. It didn’t stand out. I didn’t see it was great for iced tea, either. Just wasn’t my taste.

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55

This wasn’t what I thought it would taste like. It’s peachy and has alittle lychee like flavoring…not the passionfruit flavoring I was seeking. It’s ok, but I wouldn’t buy again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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33
drank Java Bop by Upton Tea Imports
260 tasting notes

I bought this thinking it would make for a nice, brisk black tea in the morning. It’s far too astringent for my taste. I brewed it 3-4 minutes, and still bitter with no other notes to make it drinkable for me. It is bland, like the other reviewer mentioned.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

The more I am drinking it, the more it reminds me more of houjicha than a sencha. There’s some of the smokiness.

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80

When I opened the bag, the tea didn’t appear as green as I thought it should of been. This is my first type of kamairicha, so I didn’t know what to expect. The look of it reminded me of some Chinese greens I’ve had. I read on the description it’s higher flamed, which was to produce more juicy flavor, I am interested.

I followed the instructions given by Yuuki-cha on how to brew. This tea is freaking amazing! So much depth, unami, savory like quality. The dry leaf smell is soooo yummy, reminds me of a bowl of buttered greens or potato chips.

I can’t really compare it to anything else I’ve tasted. Reviewers on the Yuuki-cha says their taste of coconut, too. I agree.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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