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189 Tasting Notes

90

Loose
Appearance: blend of bancha, popped rice sorghum seed, evenly balance, and dusted with matcha
Aroma when Dry: sweet (eastern) roasty, toasty, nutty, chewy rice
After water is first poured: earthy toasty, nutty, chewy rice
Tea liquor:
At beginning of steep: hint of green
At end of steep: dustier from matcha
Staple? Type, yes would gladly buy brand again
Preferred time of day: Any
Taste:
At first: creamy, sweet (eastern) nutty, chewy, grassy, earthy
As it cools ? slight drying note, notes get deeper, nuttier, earthier, less grassy
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, all notes, with a creamy earthy matcha and almost chestnut note close

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

it is out of stock! hahaha…how is this different from
Premium Grade Green Tea Genmaicha w/ Matcha

Kasumi no Chajin

Not sure, found mine on amazon

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48

Loose
Appearance: deep red brown, delicate leaf, tendrils of a leather red shade
Aroma when Dry: raisins, malty, sweet
After water is first poured: raisin, plummy
At end of first steep: faint cream, plums, raisin
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: light dusty green
Staple? No
Preferred time of day: as needed medicinally
Taste:
At first: jammy, fruity, plum, raisin, creamy notes, sweet, no astringency
As it cools ? notes blend, tea gets jammyer, creamier
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? with fruity notes

Second Steep (6min)
light and fruity, no astringency

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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7

Bagged
Aroma when Dry: floral, jasmine, grassy honey notes
After water is first poured: floral, honeysuckle, honey and jasmine
At end of steep: sweet, floral honey notes
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: grassy, clear
Staple? Type yes, looking for a good loose “leaf” brand for restock
Preferred time of day: Any
Taste:
At first:bitter, buttery, jasmine notes close
As it cools ? gets grassy and harsh
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? yes, with gritty grassy notes, closing with a floral finish

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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28

Loose
Appearance: large buds, reminiscent of the tops of wheat, mostly pale blond, with hints of sandy coloration
Aroma when Dry: sticky spiced vanilla
After water is first poured: pine, citrus, melon and sweet cream
At end of first steep: same
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: clear
Staple? No.
Preferred time of day: unsure, first tasting
Taste:
At first: bright, melon tangy,
As it cools ? Notes open, tea gets velvety, fuzzy, then fluffy and brothy
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No

Lingers? Yes, with a fuzzy, creamy texture melon and honey notes

Second steep: (1 min)
Aroma: bitter melon
Taste:
At first: bitter, sour, layered, fuzzy, then pine notes
As it cools: salty notes surface, tea gets increasingly sour notes that linger, then tea sweetens again, into salty brothyness, starts to close on lemony note

Third Steep (2 min)
Aroma: bitter melon, lighter notes, cucumber minty
Taste:
At first: bitter, and then cloying sweet cocoa nutty cookie, closing on spiced vanilla notes
As it cools: cucumber melon cookie dough? notes

Fourth Steep (2 min)
Aroma: melon, lemon
Taste:
At first: silky melon floral, with lemon
As it cools: same notes, adding salty brothy notes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Why the low rating? What is it that said this is horrid tea to you? Curious.

Kasumi no Chajin

I could barely finish each the sweetness made me gag and stomach turn. I do love the idea of it

Bonnie

Ah. I am very taste and scent sensitive from my fibromyalgia. Because of this, I reduce the amount of tea leaves. This was better with few leaves and a short steep in my opinion after I worked with the tea several times.

Kasumi no Chajin

right I have fibro and likely CFS too, and also feel I am taste and scent sensitive. I only used about 4 leaves if I recall correctly.

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22

Loose
Appearance: large bicolored brown leaf
Aroma when Dry: toasty cinnamon cookie
After water is first poured: sweet
At end of first steep: sweet, deserty brothy
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: deep meadowy brown-yellow
Staple? No
Preferred time of day: unsure, first tasting
Taste:
At first:bodied, slight bite of black notes, then fuzzy sweet almost day old cinnamon roll
As it cools ? notes get deeper, sweeter, more fuzzy closes with a American mocha-like cloying syrupy note
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? With deserty, incresingly sweet, fuzzy, light astringency

Second Steep (2 min)
Aroma when water is poured: caramel cinnamon
Taste:
first notes: layered black tea astringency, then cinnamon black coffee notes close
As it cools: generic black astringency with whipped cream closing notes, then salted broth finish

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Lychee Pear by Tetley
189 tasting notes

Bagged
Aroma when Dry: light, sweet, (eastern) floral, slightly tart,
After water is first poured: light, fruity, slighty herby, deserty, sweet (eastern), chewy, light mint and melon notes
At end of first steep: melon pear notes get bolder, lychee notes get mintyer
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: light meadow yellow
Staple? flavor yes,Summer seasonal…could have been, is discontinued…I think I found a replacement to try.
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first: fuzzy, pear notes, slightly sweet, slight tart notes. Closes on the creamy sour lychee notes
As it cools ? lychee notes sour and smooth out a bit, tea deepens,gets creamier, sweeter, tea brightens
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? tea opens uplychee notes open briefly Pear closes.

would be lovely iced

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

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100

Loose
Appearance: dark bi coloured med curl
Aroma when Dry: floral, sweet, (eastern) buttery, malty
After water is first poured: light floral, buttery, salty
At end of first steep: floral, jasmine notes noticeable, buttery, creamy, salty
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: light meadowy yellow
Staple? Yes
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first: deep buttery floral, sweet (eastern) jasmine notes, hints of rose,
As it cools ? gets a bit salty, notes mellow, melon notes surface, tea gets creamy
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? yes, with mild buttery floral notes

Second Steep (3 min)
gets grassy, brothy, salty, floral notes start to fade out

Would be lovely chilled

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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9

Loose
Appearance: bicolor pearls
Aroma when Dry: light floral, creamy jasmine
After water is first poured: same notes as dry, addition of faint earthy woody note
At end of first steep: slightly floral, jasmine
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: buttery brown
Staple? Type yes
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first: bitter, floral, jasmine
As it cools ? Notes open up, tea starts tasting soapy, tea starts to sour
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, jasmine soap texture

Second steep (3 min)
Taste: Jasmine soap

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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55

Loose
Appearance: dark green gunpowder curls
Aroma when Dry: nondescript
After water is first poured: dusty, sweet (eastern)
At end of first steep: vegital, sweet (eastern)
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: dusty green
Staple? No, will usually drink type if around
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first: vegital, slightly grassy smooth hints of creaminess
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, with faint creamy buttery notes

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

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8

Loose
Appearance: dark, knobby tricolored curls
Aroma when Dry: sweet, milky, grassy
After water is first poured: nothing noticeable,
At end of first steep: faint sweet nuttyness
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: hints of brown
Staple?No
Preferred time of day: Afternoon, evening
Taste:
At first: sour, nutty, grassy
As it cools ? gets bland, sour, grassy
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? yes, with sour grassiness

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
As if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves
Slowly, evenly without rushing toward the future.
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.” ~Japanese Proverb

Tea is a cup of life.” ~Author Unknown

Tea is liquid wisdom.” ~Anonymous

tea leaves
tea loves
loves tea
lives tea
leaves tea?
never.

~Uniek Swain

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~C.S. Lewis

Divinity is a smile or a tear drop; or yes, even a cup of fresh green tea.
-Chinese Author unknown

Tea…is a religion of the art of life.” ~Okakura

I am Chajin. A 98% Loose leaf gentleman.

When in practice, and with access to loose leaf tea, I drink tea daily. With Loose leaf, often I will stay with the same tea for 2-3 days. With Teabags I flit around between kinds a bit more, though if I am restricted to only teabags due to any kind of lack of access, I often reduce my tea to a few a week, get bored easily, and as a supertaster I am very sensitive to quality.

Being of Japanese, English, French, Welsh heritage(Southern, Texas),I have had a lifetime’s experience in true teas, in one way or another. Growing up, my mother’s cupboard was rarely without a daily go-to quality genmaicha, and a matcha for cooking. My father loves blacks, and his mother was never without a box of Red Rose Tea. My Aunt and Uncle usually had Greens,Pouchongs and Oolongs around the house. Due to location and accessibility issues, I have gravitated towards bagged tea recently, but grateful to find more options opening up for me, and it is a relief to restructure my loose leaf stash!

I think of Teas as friends…exploring new relationships, deepening established ones…having a strong circle of solid support to stand alongside you through life…I have found some of these kinds of relationships with individual teas, I am hoping to find/build more along my journey courting my current circle of acquaintances, and not get sidetracked by frivolous dalliances flirting too long with a newcomer along the way.
(Due to this point of view, I will often taste a tea at least twice before fully evaluating enough even for a first rating.)

I drink true teas, and tisanes. Among Tea,
I love my Japanese Greens, and more recently love exploring whites and oolongs, and want to rediscover Pouchongs. Mixed results so far with pu-erh and also blacks, but use blacks for chai, as well as medicinally. Limited exposure to (Chinese)red teas, but interested. No experience with yellow or purple teas.

Among herbal and floral notes, my favorites are (Seaweed) Kombucha, Mints, Ginger, Honeysuckle,Yuzu, Jasmine, Lavender, and Rose.
After all this time, I still understand unflavored Matcha, jasmine or rose fragrance in tea to be a sweet tea.

The flavors I Treasure in my Tea are the Classics/Orthodox blends, I gravitate most towards the layered and nuanced teas.
Of those I always return to Scented and “Plain”…while I do enjoy some classic flavored tea also. I feel strongly that life is to short to drink bad tea.

Ingredients you will not find in my tea stash: 1. Stevia, 2. rooibos (red or green), 3. Fermented kombucha, or more accurately, kōcha kinoko.
I am attempting to avoid any artificial flavors as well.

My permanent stash consists of mostly varieties, teas I know I enjoy at any temperature( at least 1-2 each of Houjicha, Genmaicha, Sencha, Moroccan or other Green tea/Mint Blend, Thai blend, Silk Oolong, Jasmine, Chai, and White, Matcha, Darjeeling Black..

Ginger, Lychee, Lavender, Mint, Rose, Rosehips, Hibiscus, Mugicha, and Japanese Konbu-cha (both plain, and Ume flavors) and Yuzu are among the tisanes/blends ideally in residence) I chose based on overall quality as well as how a tea’s flavor and texture holds up over various temperatures(as in can it cool and keep my interest?).
I try not to be too brand loyal, in case of discontinuance, or lack of common availability.(Of course I do have my further favorites, but I try to find a few qualifying faves to rotate through.)
I have a small collection of tea ware, collect some lines of Wade Rose Tea figurines.

Rating Legend:

100 = What I will restock first and most likely always have on hand

90-99 = Where is the Tea IV again? Soul Nourishing Teas I never want to be without.

79-90 = Daily Drinker Teas, comfort teas must haves.

66-78 = Specialty stash. Seasonal must haves, Medicinals, Teas that I love that are too expensive/rare to qualify for unrestrained consumption, or that I have to “be in the mood for”

65-50 = Acceptable, 2nd choice brands or types of of my staple kinds of tea, teas that may need reconsideration.

30-49 = Will drink if only tea around. Won’t buy personally.

48-20 = Might finish a tasting cup…For Research only.

20-1 = Why am I drinking this?….Just…NO.

1= also often a tea where the smell of it, dry, or brewed makes my physically react badly, before tasting

Rated, but No tasting note?
I have tried it prior to joining, and rated from memory. If it is in my stash, or something that got a high enough rating to revisit, I will get to an update with a formal tasting note as well. OR: The first smell or sip made me ill enough, I did not proceed with the tasting.

Favorite Companies So far:
Numi
MAJANI
Shang
Tealet
Butiki Teas
Nature’s Tea Leaf
The Persimmon Tree
Steven Smith Teamaker
Japanese Green Tea Shops
Mellow Monk
Blue Lotus Chai
Red Leaf Tea
Hibiki-an
Yuuki-Cha
O-Cha.com
Maiko
Den’s
Hojo
Aiya
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the minimalism of tea

“Tea is a an act complete in its simplicity.

When I drink tea, there is only me, and the tea.

The rest of the world dissolves.

There are no worries about the future.

No dwelling on past mistakes.

Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.

I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.

I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.

I am informed by the tea, changed.

This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.

There is only the tea, and me, converging."


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