317 Tasting Notes

This is my first time in quite a while using a gaiwan so we’ll see how this goes!

First steep, 15 seconds: Everyone else seems to get sweet caramel flavors, but I’m getting light vegetal flavors with a bit of a sour note at the end. The steeped leaves smell like rice to me

Second steep, 20 seconds: This one was about the same as the 15 second steep, I didn’t notice a huge difference.

Third steep, 30 seconds: This one is less vegetal and more creamy

Fourth steep, 45 seconds: I didn’t get much flavor out of this one so I’m going to really up the time on the next one, and it will probably be my last of this for today. The steeped leaves smell almost like paper towels, weird.

Fifth steep, 90 seconds: Still not much going on here. Oh well

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drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
317 tasting notes

I really don’t like licorice that much, so I was hesitant with this tea. Brewed up, it had a very strong licorice scent coming from it. However, when I sipped it, I got sweet, almost bread-like notes instead and didn’t get much of the licorice at all. I’m pleasantly surprised with this one!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Licorice, Sweet

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
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I just never know what to expect when it comes to green teas. It seems that I really dislike most that I try, and love just a small few. I need to figure out which green tea base it is that doesn’t agree with me.
Unfortunately, this is one of those that I seem to not like. I think I get a bit of creamy vanilla right at the beginning of the sip, and then it’s overpowered by something vegetabley and almost fishy. It’s all I can taste, and I don’t get any peach flavor at all! :( This tea has great reviews, so I doubt it’s anything with the tea itself, just my own weirdness with green teas.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Turkish Apple by Art of Tea
317 tasting notes

This was my morning tea, and I really liked it! It has a kind of baked apple flavor, and the cinnamon isn’t too overwhelming. I also am really happy that this seems to not have any nutmeg in it. A lot of apple teas tend to have it, and I just really don’t like that as a tea flavor. Overall, this is a good mellow apple tea!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Oolong Shalimar by Tin Roof Teas
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I definitely underbrewed this somehow, because I am not getting any flavors at all out of this. That, or this stuff is just really old. I got no tea, and no fruit flavor, and all the other reviews rave (or rant) about the fruity flavors. I will definitely retry this one soon.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have been craving a smoky tea all day and I finally got to make a cup of this! This is a really nice smoky tea, it’s not bitter, gross, or overwhelming. It actually seems to be pretty mild as far as smoke in teas go.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
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I made a cup of this, and then accidentally fell asleep, oops…
When I woke up, it was cold but still tasted nice so I took it to class with me as an iced tea. Not quite as flavorful as it is hot, but still a lovely unflavored tea.

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I’ve tried this now hot, iced, and cold brewed, at least a few times each way. This is a really nice flavored tea in my opinion. It’s not too sweet and doesn’t overwhelm the tea itself. When brewed hot, it has an interesting milk chocolate flavor (not sure where it comes from though?) with some rose in there. Cold brewed, the chocolate flavor gets even stronger, in a good way. Iced is where the pomegranate really shows up in my opinion. The tea takes on a tart tanginess that you really don’t get with the other methods.

Flavors: Chocolate, Rose, Tart

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I was lucky enough to receive some generous samples of black tea from Teavivre, and I can’t wait to try them all. This was the first one I went for, and seems to be a good choice (though I’m guessing that they all are!). I’ve been tending toward flavored teas lately, and haven’t had a good unflavored black tea in a long time. I always seem to forget how much I love them until I happen to have one and I’m reminded all over again.
This tea was really lovely. It was very smooth, and I didn’t get any bitterness or astringency at all. I got some dark chocolate notes, which I always really love in these kinds of teas. I look forward to trying this tea out some more, and seeing what parameters give me the best results

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drank White Rose by Zhi Tea
317 tasting notes

I visited Zhi Tea this weekend and picked up a couple of teas to try. I love the store, I just wish it was slightly closer to me.
I cold brewed this tea overnight and brought it to class with me this morning. I thought I had added too much tea, but this still tasted great with no astringency. My suspicion is that this holds up very well to being oversteeped. The flavor is very light and delicate, with just the hint of floral rose. It is not an overwhelming rose flavor, and that’s due to the fact that this tea is not actual flavored, but instead gets any rose flavor from the roses mixed in with the tea leaves. Another bonus to that is that this is quite a beautiful tea to steep up, with the roses floating around. I’m really happy with this one!

Flavors: Floral, Rose

Iced 8 min or more

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I’ve lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Colorado, Maryland, Texas, and California, and I’m currently in Oklahoma while the boyfriend gets his grad schooling on.

I’ve been into tea for about five years now and my favorite thing is that there is still so much to learn! I personally prefer black and oolong teas, though I love trying new teas whatever they may be.

I also knit quite a bit and sell things on my etsy when I’m not busy with school.

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