556 Tasting Notes

92

Dry leaf has a strong floral/vegetal aroma.

Brewed tea has a strong vegetal aroma.

Flavour is mostly vegetal with a clean sugary fruity (cantaloupe) finish). Buttery notes in aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel with a very satisfying savoury note. As the tea cools, I am detecting a mild smoky note in the back of the throat- somewhat like charred asparagus.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Fruity, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 370 ML

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79

Dry leaf is vegetal and floral in scent.

Brewed tea has a strong spinach aroma.

Savoury sweetness on the sip. Slight melon tone. A bit bland at the beginning of the sip. Slightly thin mouthfeel.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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85

Very green tasting. A bit of a minty tone. Strong note of bean. Milk creaminess. Medium thickness mouthfeel. Milky taste and texture near the end of the sip. Orchid floral note. Mild chamomile sweetness. More of the milky flavour comes out as the tea cools.

Flavors: Beany, Creamy, Floral, Milk, Mint, Orchid

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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96
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
556 tasting notes

Very authentic and juicy melon flavour with roasted tones. Fresh-tasting- like biting into a just-harvested piece of fruit. Sweetness is balanced amazingly-well with the other flavours. I would love to see this flavouring paired with tea- that would probably be the only way to make this blend better!

Thanks to Sil for sharing with me!

Flavors: Melon, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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85

I was served this tea gong-fu style at Pekoe Tea in Edinburgh.

The first infusion reminded me of houjicha flavour but was also quite complex. I could taste a faint note of cinnamon. There was also a roasted and floral flavour. The wet leaves smelled a lot like pumpkin seed. I noticed a little bit of oolong bitterness- possibly because it was brewed too long, I’m not entirely sure what the standards are for serving this tea in the shop.

The second infusion had a smooth bean note with a wheat flavour.

I didn’t track the tasting notes for the infusions after that- I was having a great conversation with one of my classmates!

The complexity of the flavour is what I like most about this tea. I would definitely try it again if I had the chance- although it is quite expensive.

Flavors: Beany, Cinnamon, Floral, Roasted, Wheat

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62
drank Bien Sûr by Jardin du Thé
556 tasting notes

Dull green tea note with a peachy tone. Sweetness close to the end of the sip. I can taste the lavender note which is a great match for the peach.

Thanks to MissB for sharing!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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80

Deep floral tone. Brisk astringency. Malt or muskatel note.

Thanks to donkeytiara for sharing with me!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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Floral cherry sugary sweetness balanced nicely with black tea flavour. Flavour is a bit dilute. I would try this again with a greater ratio of leaf: water.

Thanks to MissB for sharing with me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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72
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
556 tasting notes

Note of bitter grassy/leafy taste. Houjicha is an interesting choice for a flavoured tea. I find that it has a quite unique flavour itself and could use a complement flavouring. This tea tastes mainly like Houjicha with a very faint caramel sweetness note. I think a bit of a stronger caramel flavour would do well here. The Houjicha on its own is quite tasty with fresh roasted tones and light chestnut finish.

Thanks to Sil for sharing with me!

Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Fjellrev

Oh nuts, I ordered this one and was looking forward to an ultra caramel flavour. Too bad about the bitterness too.

Raritea

It might be because I didn’t drink this quickly enough or all the delicious flavour bits sank to the bottom. I would definitely be willing to give this one another shot (I still have some sample left too!). The Houjicha in this one was quite nice and carries the tea even with a milder flavour.

Indigobloom

Hmm I would have thought those two would work great together!

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59

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Brewing tea aroma has a pineapple-tropical fruits aroma
Good pineapple flavour. Interesting mouthfeel that I would describe as “slippery”. Good balance of flavour. Lychee note present. Flavour is a bit dilute.

Thanks to MissB for sharing with me!

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 13 OZ / 375 ML

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