282 Tasting Notes

47

Strong, strong scent. I have the cup on the floor a little from my feet since I’m sitting on the couch doing my nails. Even from here I can smell it. It is distinctly oolong, with also a hay and raisins tone.

Taste:

Thick, dark, gooey (which is weird, I know, for a flavor description).

The dark is a tan and black, almost burnt but not that far. Under the tongue is juicy. Red and green and brown on the center-back of the tongue and throat.

I’m not a big fan of oolongs in general and that’s the same, still, here. But I do have to say that if oolongs are your thing it’s worth a try. It’s definitely pleasant.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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97

This has an initial strong berry sweetness.

The black tea flavor doesn’t have at all the pleasant burnt edge to it like most have… While I love that in some, this tea’s taste is wonderful without it.

The back top of my throat gets a rich round berry black flavor… Hard to describe but full in it’s fell and taste.

It has a green around the inside edge of my gums… Not green tea, green color flavor.

The darkness comes in later, after it starts to cool some and my mouth adjusts to the rest of it’s manner.

This is so nice. On immediate first mouthful this was a WOW for me. From there this review unfolded as I drank bit by bit more.

Am thrilled I got this sample. I’ll be buying more in plan. Mental and here note.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Green, Round , Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Sweet, green, golden, musty, complex.

Depending on the part of the mouth it touches and length of time there this tea shows a lot of different aspects in taste.

Most basic review: when I took my first drink I paused and thought how good it was and how interesting. Liked it right away.

Flavors: Broccoli, Grass, Hay, Perfume, Sweet, Toasty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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81

I’ve had this for a good long while and reviewed it before. Today’s a follow-up.

It’s a sweet green, that medium dark green flavor of the sweettart leaves that are similar to clover. Golden tones along the side of and under the tongue. A darker, more… Almost bitter but not… A richer green at the top of the mouth and upper back of the throat in the long finish.

With each sip the golden sweetness to this tea is the strongest thing to hit me. Green, but first and foremost gold in taste.

Really enjoyable.

Made it to the directions on the back of the package.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72

Phwoo! Lots of jasmine in this. Flowers flowers flowers!

The jasmine I think may be a little more than suits me, but it rides that line to where it’s good and might qualify as a here-and-there tea.

Because this is very pleasant.

The white tea is somewhat overwhelmed by the jasmine, but again not to a bad level… Riding that line, as said. You can taste the underlying white but as a backup supporting taste, vaguely a base flavor.

This is very jasmine.

Note: after posting this I looked at the numbers and realized I put way too much tea in to my container due to Waking-Up Math. So that may be effecting the above review lol.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 7 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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85

4.5g/12oz

Flowery, perfume, roses. That tiniest bit of perfume-y sting in the back of the throat. The colors are all pinks and light purples and a little bit of a flower petal yellow pastel.

The flavor is strong and all in the back third of the mouth and throat. The front of the tongue picks up nothing for me. There’s also the teensiest tiniest something that makes me see/taste orange.

Very strong floral taste and smell, though. A really lovely Darjeeling.

It makes the mouth water after you swallow, for a while.

I like.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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58

Medium musty, more green than a white and less green than a green. It has a slight savory green-yellow in the back of the throat.

A sweetness in the noise that is very faint at the end of the swallow.

The finish is strong and throughout the mouth.

I’m only a little above so-so on this. Am gonna have a coupla more cups to see what happens over them.

On drinking more, there is also something a little zingy of to the upper right, diagonally, of the mouth.

But yeah, I’m meh on this one. But think others may dig it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 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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