260 Tasting Notes

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drank Asian Pear by TeaGschwendner
260 tasting notes

I got this as my free sample. I really like this tea! I haven’t been a fan of the apple or fruit teas from TeaGschwendner, but this tea has changed my mind. The pear flavor is wonderful, light, and tastes like it smells. Crisp is the one word to describe it. I would consider getting this again. The green tea blend is quite tasty, medium flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a nice, straightforward black tea. I didn’t pick up much astringency. It has a wonderful sweetness to it. It’s rich on the tongue. My friend who just visited the Nilgiri Mountains said this tea was just okay. This tea is my first experience of the regional Indian tea.

She gave me 500g of different types of Nilgiri teas, so I should have a better opinion on it later! But from this sample I had, it’s quite good. Very different from the assams and ceylons I’ve had.

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drank Tencha-Kuki Houjicha by Den's Tea
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I got this tea on a whim, and also after reading the reviews. I have had all kinds of kukicha. Some I either hate or like. This is one I will love. When I opened the bag, I didn’t think it smelled like anything special. I thought it would just taste like another houjicha. Well it sure surprised me.

It has such an distinctive taste I never had in a tea. Savory, earthy, unami. I like the idea another one had to make potato chip flavored with this! I might have to grind some in my spice grinder mixed with salt and sprinkle on steak. I could see this tea as a spice, it’s that original and good!

I will update when I cook with it….but I am still going to drink this stuff. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Le Touareg by TeaGschwendner
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I got this at the TeaGschwendner store. It’s very pepperminty and you can barely taste the tea. TeaGschwendner’s herbal blends with applemint, nanomint, and lighter mints spoiled me with their light elegant dose of mintiness, I can barely stomach spearmint or peppermint.

I actually like the tea for what it is. I am not the world’s biggest fan of gunpoweder tea, but this was drinkable to me. I wouldn’t buy it, but I would drink it again if given the chance.

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
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When I got the email that this tea was back, I was tempted into buying right away. But then I saw it become sold out twice within a week, I knew I had to purchase quickly. Holy crap, this is quite amazing. It’s so delicate and REAL cherry flavor. I drink tart cherry juice everyday, and this capture cherry’s flavor perfect. I love the little heather flower buds in it. I never had a tea with heather. I just makes it look so beautiful.

And the tea was so GREEN! I kind of wish I bought a pound of this. I didn’t think anything could beat the pineapple flavor. I am loving the sencha in this, just a tip of astringency. So relaxing and tasty.

Just a cup of perfection, and wonderful iced, too!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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I got this in the V-Day sample set. I loved every tea I got, this being the last to taste. And I kept it last , because I was looking forward to it. Compared to the strawberry teas, I would say this wasn’t what I thought it would be. I was hoping for more fruit. I have had amazing pineapple and coconut tea, I was hoping for more of that. I didn’t like the rum flavoring, it just came off weird to me. And I do love rum, just more hidden.

My dad really liked this tea, though. I went through it quick, but I don’t think I would buy it again. It just wasn’t what I expected.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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This is like Marco Polo’s twin! I love this tea. It has a wonderful creaminess. And I LOVE strawberry teas, they make me so happy. I read how others said they thought the tea came out a little too bitter, so I brewed with water just under boiling. It’s an excellent blend, not just strawberry, but with so many background flavors.

I made zabaglione in school, and this pretty much captures the essence of it. A little more wine would be lovely. I still will chug this tea.

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

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drank Genmaicha by 1TTEN
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I read about this tea on someone’s tea blog. It’s a mild genmaicha, which is very nice for a change. Smooth and terribly delicious iced. It has a nice sweetness to it, light though. It is good for 2 rebrews. I would consider buying this again. Thank you Shinobicha for letting me try this!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Needle by Adagio Teas
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I have become a devoted fan of Silver Needle. I picked up a sample bag of this. It is half way from a light Chinese green to the silver needle. It’s good, but drinking it makes me long for silver needle! It is different, light, and tastes great iced. Very mild and neutral.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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I drank this today with my breakfast. It’s really sweet on its own. I think this might be one of the sweetest green teas I’ve had. I am not crazy for the flavoring, it reminds me of Bossa Nova with the caramel, nutty taste. I love the sesames in it. The green tea itself is nice, I would of liked it without the sweet flavoring. I just haven’t found a tea with caramel I liked, it is just something that doesn’t agree with me.

Thank you Shinobicha for a taste! I have been interested in knowing what this taste like.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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