275 Tasting Notes

58

Tried this cold-brewed. In a word: nasty.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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60

The scent of this steeped tea is very green. It has a slight hay-like sweetness.

This is a rather good tea. Moderately sweet, green in the throat, a touch of the generic “tea flavor” to it (barely, but there).

I would say it reminds me a bit of honey. It has that same sort of sweetness and a bit of the coating feeling that honey gives you.

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

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89
drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
275 tasting notes

New batch:

2oz water, 1.3g tea, 160F, 60sec

This is quite similar to my first batch and steep, except it’s a bit more buttery/sweet. I’m surprised such a little difference in temp made a difference!

Second steep: followed Den’s directions -boiling water for 15sec

It smells very floral and rich.

The bitterness is almost completely gone… just the faintest touch of it in the finish. The mouthfeel of this is quite buttery. It’s lightly floral with a lot of green flavor.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
275 tasting notes

Second steep, 160F, 45sec

This steep has the buttery feel others have mentioned and is all green, no cherry blossom floral-ness. The joining bitterness is still there, but not as good tasting without the floral to balance with.

Gonna keep fiddling!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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89
drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
275 tasting notes

Tea courtesy of swapping with Kaybee!

2oz water, 1.3g tea, 60sec, 170F

This is my first try at sencha and am going off the Den’s instructions on how to brew it, with the exception of the temperature. With that I went down to 170F for starters, due to Kaybee including a note that 180F seemed its upper limit.

The scent is slightly sweet and floral. Very pleasant.

The flavor is very green in the middle back of the tongue. It is very floral around the middle front of the tongue. The finish is floral and a touch sweet around the nose. There’s a solid bit of bitter, too… not in an off-putting way, but rather in a way that ties the whole flavor of the tea together.

As said, this is my first sencha and if the taste of it is at all representative of how sencha will be, then I’m going to be a fan. I really like this tea and would definitely buy some; it’s going on my Shopping List.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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64

The steeped tea smell sweet, a bit bitter, too with a hint of tobacco scent (of the plant, not of cigarettes or cigars, in case anyone was unclear).

In sipping, it has that tobacco scent turned to flavor that wraps around the sides of tongue up into the nose.

It is a bit bitter, especially on the middle of the tongue it feels. The bitterness isn’t great but isn’t terribly off-putting either. It’s not bad, I’m just not sure I like it.

That’s about it… Maybe a faint mustiness to the scent and flavor, too.

Another quality tea I wouldn’t buy more of.

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

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46

So I’ve now tried all of them and only really liked the Blueberry Merlot, all others were “okay” except the Kiwi Lime Ginger which is like drinking Vicks Vapor Rub.

As to the sampler set itself, I liked the easiness of the single-cup pouches. Though, I would ordinarily like two of such size as, unless I get a strong first impression, it takes me a couple cups to tell if I like a tisane. So, since they are single-serve only, my reviews of each are first impression and not fully rounded reviews.

All in all, I’m glad to have had the sampler and to have tried the variety; but only one drink stood out as one I’d buy more of.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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25

The dry and steeped tisane smells more like something you’d rub on you than drink.

The taste isn’t far off, either. Not horrible though, but quite strange. I can’t taste any of the fruit in this, just moderated Vicks.

The ginger makes my stomach warm/burn as though I’d swallowed Vicks, too. Not in a good way.

It’s not so bad as to want to spit out, but I probably won’t finish the cup and definitely won’t be buying it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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43
drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
275 tasting notes

The name “Cherry Cosmo” described the scent of this right… it smelled of red cherries, alcohol and something else I couldn’t place.

The steeped tea is lighter in scent and you can get a hint of the raspberry and what I assume is the hibiscus others have mentioned since I don’t know/recognize that flavor/scent on its own.

The flavor isn’t very mouth-filling… it’s rather watery. It brings to mind cherry Sucrets. It’s also lightly tart. The taste that I’m learning is Hibiscus is rather strong as it cools.

It’s not bad by any means, but not delivering on its name nor that great in general. I’d not bother buying it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65

Now that I got the safety go-ahead from 52teas, I’m trying this drink.

The scent is very much the name. Dry and steeped it smells like a sweet cinnamon roll.

I’m not sure about the taste. It’s nice tasting, but I’m unsure about the flavor itself; not sure how to describe it.. hmmmm…

It doesn’t have the sweetness the scent does. There’s no real sweetness to the flavor at all.

It has a bready taste mostly around the back of the tongue, but without the yeasty side of bread, if you can imagine that… it’s medium-dark and does have a hint of cinnamon to it.

I’d say it fits its name as is very pleasant, but not a buyer for me. I can see how others would really like this, so will rate it well based on quality because it delivers what it advertises!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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