297 Tasting Notes

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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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Delicious!

Grabbed it with a bunch of my other blacks and put it near my bedside table near my tea/hot water maker as part of moving all meds and comfort items nearby because I am fighting a cold that could win at any moment… And last night was feeling like it may have. Happily this morning I’m back to fight-off symptom levels.

Grabbed this one to make out of just random, really… Looking over the packages gauging when I’d had this or that last, that sort of thing, and decided to go with this.

I’ve twice now at the Coffee & Tea NYC festival bought things from them and enjoyed, grabbed this with 2 last-year ones I liked.

So, on waking this morning I prepped and turned on my Breville with it and am having it.

First mouthful was an actual “yum!” thought in my head, the word. I’ll not go into all the colors and details this review as I know I’ll have it again and can then add more, but right now: molasses, orange color in back of tongue but not throat area, moderate brown richness on mid-tongue, and lots of little finer notes that will add. It’s a medium strength black.

Absolutely a buy again.

2.25g/6oz

Flavors: Molasses

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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83

Phwoo, this one is pure zip!

Being tulsi jasmine green tea on the label I was expecting a taste of green tea with Jasmine and herbs listed on it.

No distinguishable green tea at all. You have to hunt for the chamomile and jasmine and can only barely, barely, find them. It’s all spice basically with the green and flowers to round it out in the background though they can’t be picked out.

I like it and am looking to buy some more.

Not a normal buy for me at all, I am not sure but it may’ve been part of the gifts at the Coffee&Tea Festival here in NYC. If not, then that is where I bought it, anyhoo.

Bizarre and zippy. Not overwhelming, just a nice clean zing on the tongue. I’m currently having this before bed as my first try with it.

I am setting my Breville to make hot water for a cup in the morning for both the pleasure and as I need to take meds. Seems a nice one to wake up to and good for night, both.

Again, not my normal kinda thing but so glad I got it. Grabbin’ more, heading to their site I saw it’s on sale and I could grab some others to give a check out.

Sorry can’t give clearer or more detailed description as this one is just sorta blind. The basil lies over all, the spices as a whole lie over the flowers, the green tea is nowhere to be found. Just plain zippy good.

1 bag in 6oz in 175 degrees, 2 minutes. Not what was recommended, but I went by taste.

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Dark, thick molasses sort of initial feel and thought it makes. Top, back of mouth has a darkness, too, some of black.

The rich brown goes to the front bottom teeth and after a bit creates an acrid taste in the back of my throat.

Not much to this one. The flavor isn’t that complex and the feel is a bit flat after the molasses feeling passes a moment later. Not loving it.

2.25g/6oz

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Molasses

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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50

Orange. Very barely almost not there bit of floral with green underneath. Astringent but only mildly and it’s around the top of the back of the throat.

Blues and greens with a leek tone. Dark green vegetables like leeks, raw kale, but no taste at all of broccoli or Brussels sprouts. Not like those.

Finish becomes astringency behind the front teeth and lightly back of tongue, between there is none.

Fruit comes to mind but maybe apple. Apple that is not sweet, a dryer, blander apple taste..

It’s not bad but I’m not impressed. It’s a mid-level taste.

2.25g/6oz

Flavors: Apple, Astringent, Floral, Flowers, Leeks, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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60

Dark, heavy clearly Assam black tea. Black and dark oranges on back of throat. Apple reds around the middle sides of tongue. Moderate bitterness. Very astringent in the finish.

Dark and chewy in texture.

This is, indeed, a very heavy black. Not as much as could be, but Heavy.

Feeling of a round fruit in my mouth that presses against the roof of my mouth. Sort of like an orange in the back of my mouth. No orange fruit flavor, just that size and texture.

And yes, continued astringent finish.

2.25/6oz

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Round

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

Floral, almost jasmine. Crispy but not clearly noticeable black tea underneath. It’s rich and dark after a few moments before the floral flavors come back up over it. The taste flows and switches. It’s nifty.

A back of tongue/throat bitterness comes through after a while as a blackness. The floral is purples and yellows and poppies and petals. It’s a weird bouquet sort of flavor in the flower tastes.

The finish is long and the flowers stay on the front half of the tongue and wraps around the sides towards under it. The light black flavor seems to float inside the mouth above the tongue and throat as it ends.

This is a very good tea. But at the same time I don’t know what to make of it. Maybe that’s why it’s as good as it is.

2.25g/6oz water. Since the rating here doesn’t show decimal amount.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Jasmine, Round

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 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.

Not sure what else to say here… if you like my notes or are interested in chatting about something, do feel free to send a note. I love meeting new folks, especially since we share at least one interest, being on this site and all.

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