256 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
256 tasting notes

Once again I lost my note while I was in the middle of writing it. SIGH.

I’ve had this tea for awhile, and had forgotten that I never wrote a tasting note on it. I’m actually glad I waited, because I remember at first being disappointed that it didn’t taste more like traditional genmaicha. However, now I can appreciate it for what it is. There are already many notes on the taste of this tea, so I don’t feel that I need to go into great detail. The green bean flavor of the Laoshan green melded with the toasty rice makes for a comfy and gentle cup. It’s hard for me to describe what I feel toasted rice adds to any blend; it adds more body and richness. It adds more YUMM.

Note to self: 1 teaspoon of leaf is quite enough.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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For several months now I’ve been preferring black and oolong to green and white teas, but I thought I would try this tea today. Thank you Angel and Teavivre for such generous sample sizes! I have enough here for many many steepings.

This is very pleasant. Mild, sweet, and with the characteristic Dragonwell taste. The green taste is more vegetable than grassy, and like I said, mild. I’ve had many green Oolongs that had a much more vegetal taste, so this tea is a nice break from my usual. Don’t mistake ‘mild’ for flavorless, though. I think this could easily be oversteeped, to my tastes anyway. Keep the water temperature low and don’t overleaf! I used a little over 2 tsp and I think next time I will use less. Lots of flavor in these leaves.

Thank you again Teavivre for the chance to try this yummy tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaVivre

Black tea is suitable for drinking in the cold season! And sometimes it is enjoyable to try some green teas.

Rellybob

And believe me, it’s been cold here! We had the coldest December on record. Windchills have been down to -60 F. Cold like that usually waits for January or February, and usually doesn’t stay long. Most of the month has been this way tho! So let’s just say I’ve been inside, drinking tea, for weeks.

TeaVivre

How cold the weather is! Just stay inside,drinking tea. Wish the cold weather will leave soon.

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This is a lovely tea. I used my whole sample packet and steeped for one minute.

The wet leaves smell creamy and rich. The taste is at first very floral, and becomes more vegetal as the cup cools. The creamy sweetness appears almost immediately, and is on the front of the sip, not the end as some other Oolongs I’ve tasted are. The creaminess dissipates, or is less noticeable, as the vegetal notes become more prominent. As far as vegetal taste, this tastes more spinach-y than grassy. Aftertaste is sweet, like I just ate fresh garden peas and perhaps some flowers. :)

This resteeps well too. I would recommend this to those who enjoy floral, vegetal, creamy tea. If you are looking for a roasted oolong, this is not it! :)

Thanks again to Angel and Teavivre for this delicious sample!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Organic Genmaicha by Den's Tea
256 tasting notes

Sipdown! I’m going to have to order more. Thank you to whoever it was many moons ago who recommended Den’s to me for their awesome genmaicha. I have been passing along the good advice! If you are new to genmaicha, just start at Den’s.

I was nervous to try this the recommended way – boiling! I recommend you try it though. I think this is my only green tea that can be steeped with boiling water and turn out perfect, with no bitterness.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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I am on my 3rd steep of this and I really like it. The bergamot is more in the aftertaste, while up front it tastes like cloves and cinnamon. I’m always happy to have a blend with Laoshan Black as its base. It really makes a difference, especially in resteepability. This is my favorite blend of the month.

I used 2 tsp and steeped for 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 6 minutes and still going!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
CelebriTEA

My fave blend this month as well

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Gah! I lost my tasting note. I was saying this was mild but yummy. I don’t feel like retyping the whole thing. I used 1 tablespoon, boiling water, 3 minute steep, 7 minute second steep.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is the first of the three December teas I’m trying. They all sound and smell fantastic! I couldn’t help opening them all and smelling them. Looks like these blends have healthy doses of my favorite spice- cinnamon!

3 min first steep. Dry ‘leaf’ smells like mint and cinnamon, whereas wet it smells like mint and cacao. I wasn’t sure how much of this to use- I used 2 tsp, but perhaps I should have gone for a full tablespoon because first sip doesn’t taste like much. The flavor reveals itself in further sipping however. It really does remind me of peppermint bark- very minty, especially. It isn’t super chocolatey but the undertone of cacao is enough for me. I think sweetened this tea would be positively decadent. In any case I enjoyed this first steep.

7 minute 2nd steep. This steep has much more cinnamon, and just more flavor in general. Nom nom nummy. Both if these steeps were delicious, and I think next time I will go a full tablespoon. I think it would probably be really good with a tea like Laoshan black added as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

That’s what I did and I added some honey. Seems that the Verdant herbals and Chai’s steep and resteeps well, love honey…dash of added tea like laoshan black and some cream or milk.

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67
drank Jasmine Tea by Royal King
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One of my friends who knows of my love for tea brought me a large tin (8 oz!!) of this back from her trip to New York. The secret to this rather generic jasmine green is to use water around the 165 degree range and to steep for no longer than 2 minutes. The directions on the tin to use boiling water and to steep for 5 minutes produces a horribly bitter cup of tea! It took some experimentation to find the magic steeping parameters, but carefully steeping this produces a pleasant cup. I found it mild and good enough for everyday drinking.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Drinking an exquisite cup of this before we leave on our road trip to Las Vegas. I won’t be bringing any tea with me on this trip so this will probably be the only good tea I have for awhile. Unless of course I find a good tea house in Las Vegas! Anyone know of one?

This tea is just wonderful. It tastes more roasted today than the last time I tasted it; mood really makes a difference when tasting tea!

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I love tea. I first tasted loose leaf when my grandpa brought some back from Russia and I remember just savoring it. Not sure what kind it was; all I remember is that it was loose leaf and it was good. =)

I really enjoy oolong, jasmine tea, green tea, and white tea. I have been getting more into black tea, especially those with chocolate notes! Also, chai is a constant favorite.

As far as tisanes go, I enjoy chamomile and occasionally a mint. I am interested to try rooibus and honey bush. I do prefer teas without artificial flavoring but I’m willing to try most things.

I know next to nothing about puerh, but I like what I have tried so far.

I am consistently amazed at the flavors contained in one leaf. I am on a quest to discover all of them! Slowly, though. Good tea is expensive. :P

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