562 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Bien Sûr by Jardin du Thé
562 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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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
562 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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1 teabag used
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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drank Moonlight White Tea by PekoeTea
562 tasting notes

Unbelievable soft sweetness and strong jasmine-like floral note. Slight astringency.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 365 ML

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71

Slightly bitter brisk flavour.

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

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
562 tasting notes

This tea has gone rancid after purchasing 50 grams 4 months ago. It must be the coconut and other nuts. I’ll have to make sure that I’m drinking it down more quickly next time or put in in a tin as well as the bag it came in!

Preparation
Boiling 5 tsp 375 OZ / 11090 ML
Indigobloom

Oh no that’s awful! So sorry to hear that. On the plus side, it’s great seeing a post from you!! Hope things are great across the pond :)

Fjellrev

That’s rough! That’s why I try not to purchase too much of a permanent one at once so it can stay fresh.

Kittenna

Anything with coconut. Just not a good idea :(

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drank Elderberry and Echinecea by Pukka
562 tasting notes

1 tea bag used

There are too many flavours in this tisane which can be detected in the aroma which is slightly off-putting. Flavour does not have a focus- it is mostly bland, savoury-tasting. I can pick out the orange note as well as the licorice.

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

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