47 Tasting Notes

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How come this tea wasn’t in Steepster? It’s awsum.
I have been quite silent for some time since I have been drinking everything from my tea stash so I would have more room to 2015 teas. Also I have been familiarizing(?) with japanese green tea. I have bought my first matcha powder, fukamushi kyusu and this delicious fukamushi green tea, I’m so sold. I have also been learning some japanese and chinese language, yay.I have been also thinking about launching a tea blog, writing these is fun, but I don’t know what language to use.

But to the matter, this is really cloudy and green coloured tea. It’s not clear, there is a lot teeny tiny leaf particles floating around. So tiny they are almost like powder. I think it’s nice addition, I’m really drinking TEA when those leaves come with the brew (or leaf particles whatevs).
My lovable kyusu is 360ml/12oz and I’m using about 2 teaspoons of leaf. Everytime I get 1,7 litres of tea (57,4 ounces), maybe little bit less since the flavour disappears before that, but that awesome color keeps coming.
The flavour is really seaweedy and grassy, full bodied but not too strong. This would be really good as ice tea or cold. It has bit nuttiness and wet leaf has grassy aroma.
This is really worth the price. I will definitely recommend this to everybody.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Nutty, Seaweed

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 360 ML

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This needed to be steeped on christmas, so I did. I will use my notes to write this review since I have been kinda busy.
These are always so enjoyable to watch, when they sink and suddenly start bloooming. This is pretty looking one, I like how those four flowers form a triangle and really look somehow like colourful christmas tree, globe amaranth on the top is like christmas star.
Pale yellow tea tastes really flowery and sweet. It was really entertaining show in christmas table.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling

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I just literally found a tiny brown beetle from my green tea powder tea. Second time I found a bug from my tea, hah! I once found snail cone. Not the most pleasant thing, but I don’t really mind.

K S

Honestly, it surprises me that I have never found any foreign stuff in my teas. I’m really glad, but still surprised.

Riimu

Or you haven’t seen those bugs and you drank ’em, hehe. >:D

K S

lol, Protein!

Riimu

“Tea with added extra protein, totally natural. Come here to taste!” We have new hit product right here.

K S

100% Organic!

Riimu

Lol, exactly.

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drank Mao Hunan by Forsman Tea
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I got a small sample when I was buying a christmas gift for my friend last weekend. It looks quite much like Lu shan yu wu -tea, leaves are really small and twisted and they’re dark green in colour. It has kinda seaweedy and champagne like aroma. Wet leaves show to me some whole buds and leaves but also there is some shredded leaf bits. This needs quick steepings since tea gets bitter easily. Maybe 60C-70C would be more suitable for this.
It has really strong flavour, that has little roasted nuts in it. Also it’s bit bitter, maybe it’s my fault or it’s supposed to be there. Go and know. I still like this soft mouthfeel, maybe next time I will make this better.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Roast nuts, Toast

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85
drank Christmas Carol by Demmers Teehaus
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So, I did buy couple of christmas teas. Still I don’t actually know how orange tea has anything to do with christmas, but I don’t care since this is pretty good orange tea despite christmas tea status. It smells like orange candy and tastes nicely tangy and sour just how I like my citrus teas. I have heard before that Demmers Teehaus makes good tea and I had to see if it’s true or not, it is.

Flavors: Orange, Sour, Tangy

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drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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I have been drinking this quite a lot and finally I have time (and energy) to review it. Ordered this from black friday sale from Teavivre.
Leaf nuggets are brown/yellow/green coloured their size is pretty even, and they have really strong strawberry smell, bit artificial though.
There was no brewing guide for gongfu so I used classic 25s-35s-45s-55s-etc. and 100C water. Also I got a new gaiwan as christmas present! It some kind of clay but inside is porcelain, it keeps temperature better than my whole porcelain gaiwan.
Tea is bright yellow with green in it. It has vegetal and strawberry aroma, there is that typical oolong tea smell that is you can smell, it’s not overly flavoured which is good. Also you can really taste the green oolong over the strawberry, but that strawberry is still there. You know you’re drinking oolong and not just any strawberry tea. Bit sour and sadly I have to say too that strawberry is quite artificial tasting, it would be a lot better is they would use strawberry oils or something to get that real strawberry flavour. I have to try western way to see how different does it taste. Despite the artificial strawberry, this is not bad I will drink the whole 100g of this, for 7,26e (8,90$) is it worth the money. Also I have to say that strawberry is losing it’s flavour with each steeping, it becomes soft after couple steeping, but I think I have to recommend western way for this, I have to try it myself fist still.

Flavors: Artificial, Sour, Strawberry, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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96

It’s finally my birthdaaay! And what tea could be better at celebrating it than my favourite one, Longjing.
Only sad thing is, we still don’t have snow and it’s christmas soon, naaay.

K S

We got a little snow last night. It could have gone to you instead, really, I wouldn’t mind. Happy Birthday.

caile

Happy birthday!

Riimu

Thanks both of you. Our snow probably got lost and went to New York this year, maybe it will find a way here soon.

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80

Couple more to go, this ones name was probably my favourite of them all since I really like dragons and this one is called two dragons and a pearl. Maybe jasmine vines resemble the dragons and globe amaranth is the pearl, and those dragons are fighting for the pearl so another one can rise to the heavens and be the Celestial Dragon! Sight, that D-war -movie could be good if it wasn’t that cheapy.
Back to the tea. I really like the appearance of the flower, the arc is pretty. Tea doesn’t have any specific aroma, also I have a flu so I my nose doesn’t work that well. I really like the taste, it’s like creamy vanilla with hint of sour. I haven’t mentioned the packaging before in these reviews but it’s really excellent, every flower is vacuum packed and in zip bag. Also in every vacuum bag is picture of the flower and name of the flower.

Flavors: Cream, Jasmine, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling

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This is surprisingly good as cold/iced tea. wink

K S

Not sure I’ve ever tried it hot.

Riimu

I think it is better cold, now when I have tasted both.

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And now it time for the flavoured version of Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk oolong. The smell that comes from the zip bag is oddly familiar. It smells same that that milk oolong that I bought from Forsman. This thing differs from the unflavoured one with the milk flavouring that is sprayed on the leaves, so this is supposed to have stronger milk flavour. At least it smells like milk, bit vinegary like milk or sour milk.
Nuggets of this tea are more even in size compared to the unflavoured milk oolong. Yellow in colour and has milky aroma, but without that osmanthus. Wet tea has more vegetal aroma.
It has quite sweet milk flavour, with hint of vegetality. Milk flavour could be stronger, now it’s about as strong as the unflavoured tea. It’s still pretty good one but my number one in milk oolongs is still from the local tea shop. It has been steamed with goats milk, and that is the stuff.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Milk, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Tea lover and poor student.

Favourites – Green, Sheng puerh
Likey – Green oolongs, white
OK. – Black, Shu puerh, darker oolongs
Meh Infusions

New Rating:
100 The most perfect tea in the world.
90-99 It is definitely one of my favourites.
80-89 Delicious, but there is something little that I don’t like.
70-79 Pretty delicious, not my favourite but I like it.
60-69 Alright, might buy more.
50-59 Average, nothing special here.
30-49 Holy smokes, is this stuff even tea?
1-29 No. Just no.

Flavours/nuances I like:
Fruits, flowers, floral, berries, sweet, astringent, nutty, cream, butter, vegetal, sour, vanilla, honey, marine, seaweed, grassy, woody, smoky, dried fruits, citrus, umami

Favourites list:
Teavivre – Organic Superfine Longjing
Teavivre – Tie Guan Yin
Forsman Tea – Cranberry-Vanilla
Forsman Tea – Pear Sencha
Théhuone – Sweet Strawberry
Teavivre – Bi Luo Chun
Chaya – Milk Oolong
Chiran Asatsuyu Sencha – O-Cha

~ Because I always say some tea it ‘my favourite’ this list needed to be done. They’re not in any order and more will be coming.

//My english can be a bit rusty sometimes. Sorry about that.

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Uusimaa, Finland

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