235 Tasting Notes

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This tea tasted of peaches today. Odd. There did not seem to be any nuttiness to it, but the peachy flavour and peach-coloured liquor was still smooth and creamy. My tastebuds must be doing odd stuff.

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

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85
drank Jasmine Pearls by Canton Tea Co
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I can’t believe that I have not written any tasting notes about this tea. It has been in my cupboard for ages and I drink it regularly. I really must get better at recording all my teas! Anyhoo, I put half a dozen pearls in my infuser mug, wait a bit and drink. Resteep, drink again, etc. I can get half a dozen mugs of good tea out of that lot. This is the tea I go to when I want something sweet and easy to make. The balance of jasmine flavour to tea is just right. It is smooth and velvety, and is just what I want when I want something that does not require me to pay very close attention to it. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. There is more there if you do pay close attention to the tea, but you can get plenty from it without that. This is a staple tea for my cupboard.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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90

I returned to this tea on Saturday but have had no chance to post at all over the past few days. Anyway, I like it more now than I did before. It makes me feel all calm and happy. The smoky flavour is there and all the other notes that I recorded before, but now they are mellowing a little. My duan ni yixing teapot is perfect for this tea and really seems to like it, which also helps, and I really think I am learning to get the most from this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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95

It’s all gone. :-( I have really enjoyed this tea as you will see from my rating of it and my notes about it, but I just finished it off. Perfect for a hot day here (well, hot by my standards); light, refreshing and tasty. I need to buy more of this, but I am torn by the range of teas I have not tried yet. Talk about being caught on the horns of a Dalai Lama!

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

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60
drank Genmaicha by Hebden Tea
235 tasting notes

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60
drank Genmaicha by Hebden Tea
235 tasting notes

My wife was given this tea for her birthday. Naturally, she wondered if it was really for her! We have not tasted Genmaicha before and we tried it for the first time today. It is a hearty tea with a very toasty taste and aroma to it. I cannot decide how much I like it, but suspect that it is a ‘mood’ tea: great when you are in the mood for it. I did not notice much green tea in the flavour, because it seemed to be swamped by the toasted rice flavour that dominated. I think I was expecting something more delicate. Well, never mind. This is another tea that has its place in our cupboard for when we are in the mood for it. I shall try it again and report back when I have more time to spend working out the flavours and seeing if there is as much behind the rice flavour as the blurb from the website claims.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Was it for her? :-P

Roughage

It was intended for her. I’m not sure if my beloved’s friend realised that I am the tea-head in the house. I’m not complaining though! :)

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70

My brother in Copenhagen sent me some of these for Christmas and finishing the packet has reminded me that I need to write them up.

I like flowering teas because of the sheer aesthetic pleasure to be had from watching them unfurl. I have a large glass teapot for this purpose and often bring it and a flowering tea out at the end of dinner when we have guests round. My family are a bit blase about flowering teas now, but I still get a good reaction from other guests.

This tea is a nice green tea that unfurls with pink flowers. The tea itself is as you would expect a decent green tea to be. It is not absolutely stunning, but it is just the thing for a hot day: light, refreshing and you can drink a lot of it without unpleasant side-effects. It is not stunning like my favourite Anji Bai Cha, but it is not awful like some of the bagged green teas either. It is a solidly good product. I shall certainly not complain if I receive more of this next Christmas! Hmm, I wonder if my brother actually reads Steepster. If so, hint, hint, bro! :-)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a historical consultant, Vikingologist and tea enthusiast! To be honest, I have always liked decent tea, but in 2011 I started working at learning what good tea really is. I continue to expand my horizons and discover new teas with the aid of my chums on Steepster, much to the chagrin of my wife, who despairs of my enthusiasm.

My favourite teas are Darjeelings, sheng puerhs and Anji Bai Cha. I return to these every time, after whatever flirtation with other teas I have been involved with.

I no longer rate the teas I drink because keeping ratings consistent proved to be rather hard work while not really giving me anything in return.

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