299 Tasting Notes


This has a strong, sweet fragrance from a few feet away. It does indeed have a strong dairy scent, but I can’t place just of what sort.

The taste is sweet like cream and the mouthfeel is silky and filling. A bit like yogurt, without the tartness of the cultures in it.

This is such an unusual tea to me; I’ve not had a milk oolong before. Very weird and good.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Second steeping: the coffee scent translates some to the taste, now. Not strong or overwhelming at all, just as an aspect of the over-all flavor.

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drank Sencha Sakura by Rishi Tea
299 tasting notes
I bought this after loving another Sakura Sencha and being out of it, I decided to try this one.

I’m not going to rate this numerically yet because I need to tinker with temps and times, clearly.

So far I haven’t gotten it right. Because what I’m getting is truly not good. It’s so far been a rather unpleasant acrid green flavor. None of the rich green and sakura flavor I was getting from my other one… nor any of the lovely buttery mouthfeel… Just mediciney yuck.

It got better as went into the third steeping and dropped the temp down to 150F, so I’m hopeful that all I need to do is fiddle with this one a bit.

165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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This has a strong coffee/cocoa scent that is very surprising.

The flavor is very… I don’t know. I can’t find the right words for it.

It’s sweet, but not your standard tip-of-the-tongue sweet… rather the sweet seems to be a round softness through the sides and back of the mouth when sipping.

It’s green without be green… I can’t locate any grassy, vegetable, or standard “green tea flavor”. But still, it’s lightly there on the side of the tongue at the end of the sip and swallow.

There’s almost a berry component up through the nose mid-sip. And maybe some hay in the ending, too.

This is a very strange one, I can’t describe it accurately as the taste is just so odd. Good, but odd.

Will need a few more cups, probably, before I decide if I like it well enough to buy.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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First infusion: pretty muddy tasting. Really, it tasted like muddy creeks smell like. It wasn’t horrible, though -just weird to taste that so strong in a tea. It smelled and lightly tasted of fish. Got no sweetness from it.

Second infusion: Still smells and tastes a bit fishy/muddy. But this steep is much milder, with a bit of a pleasant but not quite sweet finish. I’m liking this more, we’ll see how the other steepings go.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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First, the little “stars” this tea is formed into are both beautiful and adorable. So much fun.

The steeped scent is very sweet in a berry sort of way with a touch of green.

When sipped hot, it has a coating berry taste along the back of the tongue and throat. Very distinct, very enjoyable. There is also a buttery mouthfeel behind the lips.

This actually reminds me some of the Sakura Sencha I recently had… the sencha buttery fullness in that tea.

This is one that loses it’s lovely “oomph” as it cools, best drunk while nice and comfortably hot.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

The dry smells very fruity and good. The steeped tisane smells tarter… like goji and lemon with a faint hint of melon -so it’s smelling pleasantly like its ingredients. Good so far!

Brewed as prescribed, this is another tisane that comes across as a bit watery. It is pleasantly and lightly tart, with a citrusy-berry flavor that lingers a little.

It’s another for trades, for me. I don’t care for it enough to have any more but could see how someone into tisanes might like it.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Pterosaur = the other

Thanks autocorrect!

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Just had my last cup of this sample. I can rate it better now that I’ve more experience with whites.

My earlier description of the flavor is accurate, but it’s not anywhere near as good as pterosaur whites I’ve since tried. It’s reminiscent of wheat but a bit on the weak side of white flavors. I’m not unhappy to be out of it now.


Pterosaur Whites are definitely my favorite kind!

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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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