561 Tasting Notes

66

1.5 tablespoons for 375ml

Almond beverage flavour in the background close to the end of the sip. Dark cocoa notes. Very slight creaminess. I’m not tasting any coconut. This one may have lost flavour in transit.

Thank you to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Kittenna

This one was weak to begin with, sadly. I just picked up (in that huge box) their re-blend though, and am hoping it has more flavour!

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90
drank Houjicha by Tsaa
561 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375 ml

On the sip, oceanic but with a slight lingering sweet note that reminds me of licorice or ginseng. Earthy/woodsy-ness that reminds me of chocolate. Hay-like qualities. Roasted tone. Hint of buttery-ness. Ginseng-like sweetness quality is accentuated as the tea cools.

Second infusion at 4 minutes. I’m detecting a bit of some black tea flavour qualities. There is still a hint of vegetal taste. The overall flavour reminds me of seaweed crisps.

Third infusion at 5 minutes. Still an enjoyable tea experience.

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

I had a feeling you’d like this one! :P

Sil

If you bought some of this, I’d love to try a wee taste :)

Raritea

I can definitely set some aside for you, Sil!

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77
drank Kitchen Sink Green Tea by 52teas
561 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water.

Fruity flavours balanced with buttery green undertone. I can pick out apricot, cherry and berry flavours. Something in here reminds me of 52teas Black Currant Bai Mu Dan .

Thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

The brewed tea has an incredibly buttery aroma- very much like a fresh pastry. I’m detecting pie crust in the scent.

The buttery taste does translate into the flavour. A little bit thin in flavour on the sip but the taste blooms into a very convincing pumpkin pie taste close to the end of the sip into the aftertaste. Slight earthy/astringent note from the black. The black tea flavour compliments the pie very nicely near the end of the sip into the aftertaste. Very nice black tea and pumpkin pie notes in the lingering aftertaste.

Thanks to Sil for passing on some of this to me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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87

1 tablespoon for 375 ml

Lightly buttery vegetal flavour. Very delicate taste. Light broth-y mouth-feel. Crisp finish. Only the slightest hint of an astringent note near the end of the sip which is well balanced with the flavour profile. The overall flavour profile tastes like mix of green tea notes and the delicacy of white tea (about 65% green tea traits and 35% white tea traits). Fruity grape-like notes in the lingering aftertaste.

Second infusion using 82 degrees Celsius water, 300 ml, for 4 minutes. The taste of the tea reminds me a lot of the Gyokuro Imperial from Teavana (Creamy, vegetal spinach). There’s more of a smoothness in the flavour and a very buttery finish. The aftertaste is very sweet grape-y. The grape flavour reminds me a bit of an artificial grape taste but there is a astringent quality to it near the end of it that makes the taste bloom into something much more refined. I’m detecting the grapefruit-y hint that I sometimes find in the aftertaste of oolongs. This second infusion is incredibly flavourful- the best tasting second infusion that I have experienced.

Third infusion using 100 degrees Celsius water, 248 ml, 5 minutes. There is a corn-like aroma from the brewed tea. Mild, brothy green tea taste. Very faint hint of a leathery, astringent black tea note near the end of the sip. Grape-like flavour develops close to aftertaste as the tea cools.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

grape in an oolong, neat! I though it’d be more floral

Kittenna

This is closer to a green than an oolong, I think. Although Stacy says that depending on brewing temp, different profiles can be achieved. I’ve only tried my bag of it once though, and to me, it tasted like a green… I think.

Butiki Teas

The anthocyanin, which gives the leaves their purple hue is a little on the astringent side and to me gives a more wine-like flavor.

Kittenna-Absolutely, this tea can take on different forms when brewed differently. My favorite way to make this is to boil the water and steep for 5 minutes. It has a strong wine-like taste that is more unique than the other brewing methods but is more similar to a black tea.

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1 tablespoon for 248 ml

Too much astringency near the end of the sip. Very rosy and floral flavour. Wheat-like mouth-feel. Spices present in the background. Leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste with citrus notes.

Rating: 46

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

I’m in love with the tin !

Sil

I love the tins this company puts their teas in.

Indigobloom

oh darn, I was hoping it was just me that wasn’t in love with this one. Girl at the shop was all over it!
The tins… omg the tins. Sighs

Kittenna

Haha, I guess I’ll be trying this one? :P

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23

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Extremely unpleasant aftertaste which I think is from the added sugar in the pineapple pieces. Tartness from the hibiscus is very apparent. The hibiscus does not seem to be well-blended. I can detect a little bit of the punchy-ness from the rooibos but the flavour profile is very much taken over by the pineapple and hibiscus flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

This blend reminds me of fruit punch. It’s so much more like juice than tea!

Indigobloom

Eeeeeps. I’ve always found pineapple in tea to be hit or miss

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88
drank Strawberry Oolong by Butiki Teas
561 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375 ml

Sweet, floral and creamy. Strawberry is present in the background and blends right into the oolong. Really nice oolong flavour with pleasant sticky/tangy sweetness. This tea is what I would imaging a strawberry flower to smell/tastes like.

As the tea cools I am detecting a very authentic strawberry aroma which translates into the flavour- although I find it to still be in the background of the oolong taste.

Flavour continues to increase in strawberry taste as the tea cools.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Mmmmmmmmmmm

Indigobloom

Love this one!! can’t wait to try the grape one day

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74
drank Coconut Baozhong by Queen Mary
561 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoon for 375 ml

Overwhelmingly floral. Coconut flavour in background. Hints of nutty and roasted tones.

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
561 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 248 ml

Marshmallow flavour very well captured. There is a hint of sweet coconut flavour. Flavours all flavours well balanced with black tea. Creaminess present.

Thanks Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Kittenna

You clearly liked this a lot more than me! Glad I shared!

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