587 Tasting Notes

93
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
587 tasting notes

The leaves are the darkest black, thin & slightly curled. This is a beautiful tea to look at!

First infusion: Smooth, sweet with a tinge of a leathery note. I detect something bitter in the background, but it just stays in the background and doesn’t press forward.

Second Infusion: The scent is a bit like sweet potato. A bolder version of the first infusion remains for this cup. As I am walking to the kettle for more water, I realize the flavor that has lingered on my tongue. Chocolate. I almost missed it, but it’s there.

Third Infusion: A nice malty, chocolate note is what I primarily taste. The chocolate is a bit like cocoa – drying, not too sweet and a little bit rich. Mmm. I think this is my favorite infusion so far!

Thank you, Meeka for a sample!

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70

This is a mellow white tea with a nice fruity tone. The melon is subtle and soft. The fruit flavor seems to be a continuation of the sweet, hay flavor of the white tea. I wish I had more sweet, juicy melon. I have yet to find a Golden Moon tea that I truly enjoy. While this isn’t horrible, it’s uneventful and not the most pleasant thing to drink.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I liked their coconut pouchong but otherwise I agree, they’re kind of boring

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70
drank Caramellissimo by Teaopia
587 tasting notes

The scent of this tea is lightly buttery and sweet. There is something in the background that reminds me of burnt bread. It’s a little bit sweet (not exactly a caramel taste) and ends with a wheat-like flavor. This reminds me a bit of how the milk tastes at the bottom of a bowl of cereal. It doesn’t have the nicest finish as it’s a bit drying in the mouth. Thank you to lizeepea for swapping a sample with me!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Amazing Vanilla by Teaopia
587 tasting notes

This is a nice vanilla rooibos tea that is just slightly on the verge of having that liquor/cough medicine element. I have a strong preference for rooibos blends that are more like wood and less like cough syrup. Surprisingly, I can still drink this tea and enjoy the vanilla flavor without being entirely disappointed. If the rooibos base was a bit different, I think this tea would be great! It’s a personal preference, I suppose. Thank you to lizeepea for a sample!

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50

This is a murky, mysterious green cup of tea! I feel like I’m looking into a swampy portion of the ocean. I smell seaweed, popcorn, barley and a little bit of toast and fish. First sip: I’m extremely surprised at just how salty it is! There is definitely a heavy seaweed note paired with burnt or toasted popcorn. The finish is pure sea water. I feel like I’ve just gulped in the sea – plants, barnacles, fish & all! It’s a little too strong for me to truly appreciate, but I am impressed that such strength comes through in a teabag.

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec
Itsyknits

oh I love this description! x

JC

I have to say that most of the characteristics you mentioned were to be expected. I would advice to be careful with Japanese tea in general since they tend to go around those taste profiles (a bit astringent, oceanic/seaweed ‘umami’. There are some that differ, but if you want a broader spectrum of green tea flavors go for Chinese green tea. :)

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73

Thank you to Mercuryhime for a sample of this tea. This is a nice white tea with a heavy coconut flavor. I wish more of the “creme” element came out in this first cup. This is a good tea to have when nothing but coconut will do!

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88

My first tea from Den’s Tea and I am so excited. I want to start drinking more green tea each day and this seems like a good place to start. The tea in the teabag seems to be of great quality and I end up with a rather murky cup of yellow-green tea. The scent is grassy, but not sharp. It’s that comforting “green tea” scent I love. Sipping, I simply taste a mellow and very slightly sweet, slightly grassy tea. This was just what I needed! There is a bit of fullness in the mouth, as well. I wouldn’t say that it’s a silky kind of fullness — just a bit thicker than some other teas I’ve had. This Sencha tea bag was easy to pop into a cup and enjoy within minutes. I hope to add this to a future Den’s tea order.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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92

I’m increasing the rating of this tea because this is the best cup that I’ve had so far. It’s buttery, milky and just slightly floral. What a tasty, gorgeous cup!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79

The dry leaf smells a bit sour, but smooth and creamy. The first thing I taste is the tea base. It’s just slightly smooth and a little bit astringent. The rhubarb comes out at the end of the sip as a tart bite. The cream is more present in the scent than in the taste. I am enjoying this cup, but I think that I like the idea and the scent more than the actual taste. I’m expecting more flavor than tea base… but maybe that’s just me. Thank you to maisonlula for a sample of this tea!

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69

I love milk oolongs, so I simply had to try another one out there! I don’t taste buttery or milky flavors that I do in other milk oolongs. There is a little bit of a peachy note in the background, but otherwise it tastes like an astringent green oolong, to me. Not a favorite, but I’m happy that I was able to try it! Thank you maisonlula for a sample!

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Tea (& Coffee) lover. Bookworm.

Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

Note: Teas in my cupboard are all of the teas that I’ve logged, regardless of their current presence in my actual cupboard. For an updated list on what teas I have available for swap, check out the swap thread and not my cupboard! Thanks!

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