518 Tasting Notes

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Very sweet. I did a double take on my first sip. Did someone sneak sugar into this? Very floral and creamy. I’m really happy I ordered these sample packs. All their oolongs are so sweet and smooth. I especially enjoy this one because of that hit of sweetness. Later steepings bring out more creaminess and balances out the floral flavors. Then the peachy kicks in. And later the more typical oolong flavor reminds you that you’re drinking tea and not some heavenly nectar of the gods.

I had the tiniest bit from my sample pack so I can actually enjoy this again later. :)

TeaBrat

Tea from Taiwan – looks like a great website. Have you tried the GABA oolong?

Charles Thomas Draper

I have heard the GABA is very good for the mind and body….

Mercuryhime

I haven’t tried GABA but I have a sample. When I get to it, I’ll log it and you can read what I think. THough the existing logs aren’t looking too promising…

Jessie

Yeah, I have a sample of the GABA and haven’t tried it yet. I really shouldn’t let reviews deter me, but they’re not glowing to say the least!

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62

A pretty classic chai flavor. I don’t really taste the rooibos and honeybush much. They’re probably doing some background work. While it was okay, the flavor was pretty weak. I’d probably use two teabags next time.

Anyway, it fulfilled my craving for a caffeine-free chai before bed. :) I added a bit of almond milk and honey, but I think I like it better plain.

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drank Sencha Gold by The Tao of Tea
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Mmm…japanese tea. So yums. As much as I enjoy Japanese green tea, I have only small sample sizes of them from swaps. I should fix this. :)

As for this tea, it’s slightly oceanic, which I greatly enjoy. It’s green and fresh and toasty. And the liquid is a nice yellowish green. Very enjoyable.

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77

I made a mug of this for the fella cause his throat is bothering him. It is much improved with a huge dollop of honey. I wouldn’t have known this on my own since I usually don’t like honey in tea. Next time I drink this, I’ll have it with honey as well. :) Upping the rating.

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The first time I had a good cup of Japanese green tea I was all, “Whoa! Do they put seaweed in this! Yum!” I’ve always loved seaweed. Those kids who made faces at me when I had my yummy seaweed snacks are probably eating sushi these days. hah!

So anyway. I love seaweedy Japanese greens. It’s the last of my sample from Batrachoid. sad. It’s tastes a lot more savory this time. Seaweed and hay. And most importantly, warm. I wish I could drink from my toes cause they are freeeezing! Now I want sushi.

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I woke up this morning with a thirst for some oolong. This happens about once or twice a week. I grabbed one of those sample pouches that are patiently awaiting my attention. This one’s got a real caffeine kick to it. But I’m pretty sensitive to that stuff so most people probably won’t even notice it. hehe

This is a perfectly good oolong that I didn’t really like. I thought it tasted perfectly ordinary and a little roasty. There was some sweetness in the peachy tones, but other than that, it seemed pretty boring. The quality was good, don’t mistake me. It’s just not my thing. I didn’t make more than 2 steeps when I usually make at least four with oolongs. I’m glad it was only a sample.

PS Does anyone else find that oolongs lose flavor if stored for a while? There are ones that tasted so floral and nummy. But when I go back to it a few months later, it’s kinda ordinary. Is it oxidation? I know my tins and bags aren’t exactly air tight… Sometimes I just buy too much because the larger quantities are usually a better deal. Maybe it’s not worth it if it makes my tea taste less good later.

Charles Thomas Draper

Greener Oolongs lose their flavor

Mercuryhime

Unfortunately, the greener ones are my favorite. :(

CHAroma

Greener ones are yummier!

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drank Lemon balm by Earth
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Check out lemon balm!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa_officinalis

As the name suggests, this is a calming drink. It’s related to mint but I find this more uplifting than mint because it smells so lemony. Lemons smell cheery to me. And if you let it sit in the water for hours, it draws out more menthol. Mmmmenthol! Overall, it tastes like mint and lemons. Mine also tastes like cooked greens cause I used fresh leaves and boiling water. I’m too lazy to dry it for the winter. It’s great iced in the summer too. It’s mild but very satisfying. I’m sure it’s more flavorful dried. :)

And you can all grow your own! I bought one plant a few years ago and now its growing all over the place in the weirdest locations. It’s sprouting the cracks in the concrete. You can’t kill this stuff!

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It’s rare that I have black tea. I used to like it a lot more but tastes change. Sometimes I’m sad that I’m not that fond of black tea anymore. It seems that they come in a larger variety of flavors. Some days I try to convince my taste buds to like black tea again if only because I will have more options. I like options.

Well, today was one of those days. Failure. It was drinkable but I found little pleasure in it. It’s smooth and inoffensive but the flavor was one dimensional. and too…oxidized. let’s not mention the caffeine making me feel kind of yuck. The level of enjoyment doesn’t merit the the trouble I go through. I feel so depressing lately.

I’ll stick to herbals for the rest of the day. I’ll pluck some lemon balm from the garden! That should cheer me up. :D I bought one plant a couple years ago and now it’s popping up everywhere uninvited. Eating it is the only way. :)

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So if you let the water boil and don’t want to wait for it to cool, is it ok to just add some cool water to the mug and top it off with boiling water? That’s what I did with this and it tastes fine.

It’s been kind of a weird day. I feel kind of like I’m in a dream. Is this real life? Anyway, it’s a soothing comforting tea. It’s not complicated. It’s just good. That’s all I need today. Tasty.

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I had several more steeps. I lost count on how many. At least eight. They were all yummy. At some point there was a lemon rind flavor. Awesome! Honey all the way through. I’ll buy more of this when I get rid of all this tea I have around. :)

TeaBrat

sounds so good!

Mercuryhime

It was! Oolongs are awesome!

TeaBrat

they are my current favorite as well…

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

My profile pic features my two lovable puppies, Mr. Snuggles and Sr. Caliente.

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