297 Tasting Notes

drank Sencha Sakura by Rishi Tea
297 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.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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59

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.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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51

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.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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72

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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
297 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.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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40

Pterosaur = the other

Thanks autocorrect!

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40

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.

Dinosara

Pterosaur Whites are definitely my favorite kind!

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51

This brews up dark but not with a strong scent, surprisingly. The scent that is there is slightly malty with a light and slightly spicy “dark tea smell”. Pleasant.

The taste is dark on the front of the tongue with a sense of honey in the top of the mouth when swallowing. It has a bit of bitterness around the sides and under the tongue, but not unpleasantly so. There’s a pleasant burnt taste in the middle of the tongue as the tea starts to cool.

I was worried that a black tea would seem to strong after I’ve been drinking so many whites lately, but not at all. While this isn’t Awesome, it is Good. I’d drink it again, and will, but wouldn’t buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is my second from 52teas and again the smell matches the name.

However, I’m not too sure of or big on the taste. It’s strong on green tea and after you swallow you get the touch of cherry cheesecake through your nose, but it’s not really in the taste of the tea itself.

I didn’t finish testing it until it was cool, as tea shows different aspects at different temps… sometimes one I am not big on hot is yummy cooler. But not with this, it got more green and bitter as it cooled and I couldn’t finish the cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

What a bummer I wanted to try this one.

Ashley Bain

I got the same :( This isn’t how Frank’s teas normally are at all. I’m so surprised.

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