282 Tasting Notes

85

Got this as a sample. The color brewed is a muddy tan-pink. From a distance the peppery scent is the strongest, on closer sniffing you can pick up the strawberry and some ginger.

On tasting, I’m not sure what to think. It’s not bad, I’m just not used to fruit or flavored teas, for the most part. The strawberry is subtle and not overwhelming. The ginger you can’t really taste, but can feel that ginger-feel in your mouth during and after a sip. The pepper aspect is the largest flavor in a sip and is surprisingly pleasant.

I was dubious going in, but it’s a return-to-it tea. I like it enough to make me reconsider the world of flavored teas and will explore this area more due to it.

The only thing that could really be improved would be to bring up the strawberry flavor a bit more.

On describing it and sipping further I think I do like it. I’ll fiddle with temps and strengths to see what they do to this tea. It’s interesting.

Edited to add:

As this cools, the strawberry comes up some.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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64

I really like this tea as a casual bag tea for hot or cold grab-a-mug’ing. It’s a dark pink color when done steeping and has a nice tart pomegranate flavor. I usually don’t like RoT teas and over-all I don’t tend to like fruity teas, but the tart and fruit of this one is pleasant.

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47

Brewed this after a day of a less than impressive Assam, for a nice change. Just the scent of it while it’s cooling to drink temp is gorgeous. Floral, rich, delicate, pleasing.

Again the flavor is SO good. Malty, astringent around the sides of the tongue, a tiny bit of floral off the front middle of tongue. Just lovely and exactly what I needed.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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37

Second Steeping: Charcoal flavor is less, but so is everything else. Short finish, nothing greatly catching about the flavor in general or specific. Okay, but I’d rather trade or give it to someone else who might get more out of it than I.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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37

First steeping: This is a solid, but rather run-of-the-mill assam. Warm notes on the middle of the tongue and a charcoal flavor in the finish. Some herbal touches. Generally ok but nothing great.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

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40

My first white tea so it’s hard to describe well as I don’t have the experience or tasting ability for it yet. So far, it has a light taste; green with the tiniest, hard-to-find sugary note feeling under the front of the tongue. I say good but not awesome, but then, as said, I don’t have any experience with whites, really.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89

Honey colored, seed-toned scent; the flavor is very interesting, front of the mouth is the tiniest bit sweet and tan, the back of tongue is very nutty and rich. Little finish, but pleasant. Best when drunk when juuuuustt cool enough to drink; letting it cool more leaves out a lot of the flavor.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89

Smokey, wonderful scent and flavor with lingering finish.

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Boiling 4 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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