282 Tasting Notes


I cold brewed this for 23 hrs.

It is very floral but in an artificial/perfume way. It has the dark taste that tends to go alOng with black teas, that somewhat generic “tea flavor”.

Overall: not good. I could t finish the cup.

This tea is generally disappointing so far.

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This time made with 4.5g to 12oz water, steeped 1 minute.

The smell has a stronger “muscatel” fragrance than other Darjeelings I’ve had. Slightly sweet.

This one is best drank warm but not hot. When truly hot the flavor doesn’t yet come out fully.

It’s a richer Darjeeling than I’m used to. It doesn’t have the (much loved by me) daintiness of others I’ve had.

It’s very round and filling in the mouth without hitting one particular area for flavor/feel. I’m not getting any of the pineapple or such from this. It’s a fairly flat tasting tea.

I’ll try this cold-brewed and see what I can get out of it that way.

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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I made this with 2tsp to 12 oz water steeped for 2 minutes. Wasn’t greatly impressed. It came across as a fairly middle-of-road Darjeeling. It was nice tasting, very pleasant, with a lovely aroma but nothing I’d put on a must-have list.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Cold-brewed this for 24hrs.

Very intense flavor. VERY floral in the back of throat and mouth. Delicious if you like such, in this case I do. Yum. But not for every day.

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The steeped tea is yellow, with a strong fresh apple scent… sort of a tart, maybe green apple.

The tea isn’t sweet or apple-juice toned at all. It’s a touch bitter and astringent and has only the lightest, barest hint of fruit to its finish… and that seems more plummy than apple.

As it cools it takes on more of the taste of a green (maybe granny smith) apple’s skin. It doesn’t have a flesh or juice taste.

The more I drink, the less I like it. Not finishing the cup.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tried this cold brewed.

The flavor is again very light for an Assam. Closer to a Darjeeling. The cold-brewed tea is vegetal and somewhat sweet, with maybe a hint of berries in the finish.

It’s not bad, but I’ll not bother cold-brewing this one again.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Very Berry by Utopia Tea
282 tasting notes

Cold-brewed this, but not sure how long it spent in the fridge so it’s not a very good experiment haha.

What I can say of how it turned out: It is more tart with just a touch of the berry flavor in the finish. The taste is pretty weak except for the tartness… that’s about all there is in flavor.

I might cold-brew it again when I can do so for a set time, basing it off one of the suggestions in the cold-brew thread. Until then, not impressed.

Iced 8 min or more

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The steeped tea smells lightly, not a strong scent here. It has a slight berry scent to it and a bit of the nutty associated with Oolongs. It’s a delicate fragrance.

The flavor is light, has a hay or nutty taste, a mild maltyness in the back of the mouth. Maybe a vegetal edge along the sides of the tongue. It’s also a touch floral. As it cools there are a lot of different aspects that come out.

It tastes like it’s somewhere between a black and oolong, really. It has a bit of both to it and not quite completely either.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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As the cup cools more of the “tropical” flavor comes out and fills the mouth. Now it’s noticeably different from a straight green tea. That top-of-mouth floral and citrus is much stronger and rounder, filling. I can’t quite place what food it reminds me of, darnit.

Much better now, it’s one best drank semi-cool.

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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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