304 Tasting Notes

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Dark with that touch of acrid charcoal-black-burnt brown but it is way deep down into back of mouth and throat.

It has a medium level astringency that spreads across the entire top of tonue.

There’s a bitter, sort of rotting wet winter leaves, flavor that fills the mouth with it. While at the same time it has a lighter sweetness tending towards a malty feel and taste but not going there… just a hint that it could, but doesn’t. If that makes any sense.

That lighter sweetness starts during the sip in the back of the throat but higher up, just above, the dark acrid bit I spoke of. Then in the finish it moves to the upper half of the mouth with strongest at middle between front and back of the roof.

Id gives a deep and round impression. Fills the mouth, hitting multiple areas with the sensation of flavor. Causes production of a little extra saliva to pool at where the teeth and tongue meet in front, but not a dryness strong enough in mouth for such production from astringency level or style. Just an odd little texture and reaction note there.

As it cools a pink, a soft flower petal pink, takes up the place of the sweetness before and holds on with whites and pinks of light flowers into the cooler tea’s finish.

Hot ranging down to cool as I drink my cup the finish on it is very quite long and it is a tea that makes you want to take gulps almost from the way it leaves your mouth.

I bought this on a whim, being lured to the Leaves of Cha site by their post on the name and discount code in memory of Prince. I then found myself excited by the site in general’s mix of teas I was familiar with and more that I wasn’t combined with their very thorough info on their tea pages. Ended up grabbing a few things new to me.

I’d say this one was definitely for me and I’d recommend it.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Burnt, Floral, Flowers, Round , Sweet, Tannic, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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15: first taste is a dark sort of musky mud/soil. Fishiness that is barely discernable. The orange presents in the center of the tongue as dark heavier round taste than I’m used to in citrus pu-erh. There a light-fishy-yellow flavor that develops after it cools some. During this all, the citrus is transforming into a tiny zing that grows in size and shape til it is almost a burn that settles in that same center tongue area but also the very front inside lips and center roof of the mouth.

That zing/burn is not unpleasant, just of a sort of tea sensation I’ve never had before at all. It’s oddly unique.

The ginger develops in clarity at the point where the tea sips become cold. Until then it just develops that feeling described above with the orange. The citrus leads the way with the ginger being it’s support, unnoticed and hidden until the temperature drops. Then it shows itself clearly.

Another weird one for me these past couple days.

The fishy isn’t strong but just a tone to that musky/muddy.

I’m not a fan of the strong fishiness some pu-erh has so that rocks.

First steep is nifty.

10 sec: fishy mud is stronger but not very much, still, and ginger zing is more and more cleanly ginger. Orange rind is very strong and black and surrounds the outside edges of the back of the mouth…a range of over the tongue, up the insides of the cheeks, and then nestles into the back of the top throat, that gap that goes slightly upward behind the roof of the mouth stops and the throat extends a bit (maybe where others still have there adenoids?).

As it cools is all blends together into a more balanced taste, something whole rather than a ton of separate experiences. It’s somewhat thick and round in texture with a flowing sense to it.

Darker and more complex steep, unsurprisingly.

10: this one seems almost like water except the ginger hits the mouth a moderate amount. Totally worthless one to me.

I tend to only report on three steeps, so it may develop more as I do more and up the time now, but that’s where I stop writing today beyond to say that the pu-erh flavor isn’t clear or defining in this tea. It’s a meh item for me, but I might change my mind. So far lackluster.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Fishy, Ginger, Mud, Peppercorn, Round , Thick, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 29 ML

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Very weird taste. It’s green but not strong and has a zing sort of deal when it first enters your mouth, especially on the outer edges of your tongue.

It’s a yellow grassy green that then moves farther into the yellow as you swallow.

It’s a medium-light strength green tea taste, with a sentcha like dark green bitterness deep underneath the flavor and it hits and sits on the bag center of the tongue.

Makes mouth water but doesn’t have a distinct astringent. I feel like that astringent sensation, itself, is buried by the rest of it all.

Certainly a zing to it, each sip.

Parchment sensation. Yep, that is what it makes me feel. Odd, fair enough, but that’s what my mind goes “ah ha!” on all of a sudden as right. Hm.

This is definitely good and an interesting character, but I’m not sure if it’s a rebuy for me. Is a good decision to buy a handful of samples in this shipment instead of larger sizes of any one thing so that I only have this small amount.

I give it a thumbs up as it also has a looongg finish I’m noting as I write. A dark, heavy and still having some weird zing sort of green stuffed sort of deep low in the back of my throat. Heavier and lower than anything else I can recall ever having, really…

Hm.

Interesting.

Again, not sure if it’s for me, but it certainly is something it was good to try out.

Flavors: Astringent, Bok Choy, Grass, Green, Heavy, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Accidentally ordered again so as reviewing again! Realized by seeing I’d rated it before when I went to put it in my cupboard and rate it now. I saw I gave it a low score but decided to not look at the review itself and give it a clean go-over without past observations read and basing my perceptions. Gonna read afterward and see how they matched lol.

And if I like it better this time it certainly wouldn’t be the first!!

Weak bodied, with a fairly standard but less brown/black/burnt flavor of assam tea.

Very mildly astringent, around gum lines but mostly in mid-underside of tongue.

Extremely short primary finish. Almost non-existent. There is only a flat generic assam feeling in the back of throat and front end, little more than the tip, that lingers for a long while. Actual specific tea traits are gone during the swallow.

A bit of malty sweetness halfway through sip in almost the direct center of tongue.

This isn’t a bad tasting tea, but not a particularly pleasant one either for me. It just doesn’t seem to have much personality in any direction and leaves me going, “ehhhhhhh. No.”.

Like, I am gonna finish what I made of it but give the rest of the sample to my two roommates and make myself a different tea I received today. Maybe whoever uses the rest will like it.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Zen by Tazo
304 tasting notes

Zingy, a feeling of light pressure against gum line of top front teeth, green in middle of tongue which in the finish rolls into the back of the tongue and meets the throat with a sweet green taste… Sort of like the four leaf greens or clover greens we ate as kids when out walking.

Yellow around the top half of the mouth as a point longer into the finish.

It has a general sweetness when you sip and it’s a little cooler. The sweet green again wraps around the back of the tongue but also the rear portion of the sides of it, more forward than the finish a bit.

The lemongrass is certainly noticeable and puts that pleasantly unbalanced feel to the taste

Mildly astringent.

It’s pretty good for an off the shelf bag tea. Something I’d pick if that was the best of the options in the supermarket sort of good. Not something I’d want in my collection if I was able to have one again right now.

A pretty good supermarket tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Green, Lemongrass, Plants, Sweet

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

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On bringing up to nose the smell of mixed berries, raspberries and blackberries mixed, hits hard. Is strong delightful sweetness of scent before the much harder taste of the tea.

The tea is a light standard black but with no charcoal or cinder to the taste, none of that acrid burnt of often black tea tastes. It has the darkness, but a yellow to the lightness that exists. And a sense of citrus at the very back top of throat.

The sides of the tongue are yellow, too, but with hints of green further you go on them. The yellow is much more burgundy in its depth and shape, as hard as that is to describe or see to others with them being such different colors… But it’s there inside the yellow.

Sweet malt blues under the front of the tongue in the pit behind the front teeth and about 1/2 way backward to base underneath.

As the tea cools those berries come out clearly onto the center tongue where they didn’t show before in the taste itself. They roll over and as the tea comes into the mouth and other favors stay much the same everywhere else. A bit of astringency creeps in as the berries quickly disappear and the rest of the tea mellows into its lower-temp’s finish.

I love the golden, yellow, citrus, dark, red, and berries in full of this yunnan. I’m a fan of yunnans and having that lighter and yellow tones compared to the rich thick darkness I like in assams.

Loving this one.

2.25g/6oz, 205 degrees, 4 minutes

Flavors: Astringent, Berries, Blackberry, Citrus, Malt, Raspberry, Round

Preparation
2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Rasseru

Someone else who sometimes can only describe things in colour. Neat! :)

Rumpus Parable

Groovy! Don’t run into others often, that’s for sure. I’m taste/color and pain/color synesthensia person. Are you the same or a personal habit?

In either case, very cool!!

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No time for specific taste details right now, another brewing later.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 15 g 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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90

It’s dark and rich with the cocoa being the primary flavor supported by the deeper tones of the pu-erh. It’s not strong or heavy. It smells chocolaty, but there is little to basically no chocolate to the taste. Just a thick brown molasses textured flavor of cacao filling the mouth.

Note: that’s molasses feel, not flavor.

Slight natural sweetness that isn’t defined but is, like the earthy pu-erh, an underlying structural support.

Heavy enough flavor to be satisfying. Noticeable and distinct without a strong pu-erh taste. If you’re a cocoa lover I strongly suggest it. But also light enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the palette, good for any time of day, IMO, or with most foods.

Flavors: Cacao, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Mud, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Note to those who read my reviews:

I only about a year ago learned I have synesthesia and that is why I’ve always wrote my reviews primarily in colors. Clearly, if you’ve read any recently, that’s still how I write most of the time as that’s still how I best describe flavors. Today I realized that may be worth putting out there for folks who come across my reviews.
Moving on:

Unless otherwise noted, I use 2.25g of tea to 6oz of water for my tastings.

Geeky, vegan, dominant, serious, non-gendered, childfree, eclectic, alternatively-styled, friendly and open-minded are good descriptors of me, I think. Also: extremely introverted, but not at all shy.

I grew up on bag teas, mainly Lipton, at my father’s and great-grandmother’s homes. I loved getting up before everyone else and sitting with a hot cup and reading or watching some quiet tv in the morning.

I didn’t bother much with tea for the years of my teenhood because of no longer seeing either of these people and my mother’s house wasn’t one for tea… more coffee drinkers, instead.

During my adulthood I started drinking it again, but still mostly bag teas like Lipton, Tetley, and some herbal mixes. I enjoyed these but went no further…

…until I was at a restaurant one night and ordered a Darjeeling tea to give it a try.

I fell back in love with tea and have since been trying all sorts of loose leaf and some bag teas.

I’m currently delving mainly into white teas, but my tastes wander.

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