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So far, to me, this doesn’t have a lot of flavor. I’ll let it cool more and see if anything comes out. Right now it just tastes generic-white to me, nothing special or distinct.
As it cools it doesn’t get much more depth to it. Maybe a very, very, barely there hint of melon.
It’s not bad and I’ll finish the pot, but I’d not buy it.
Having this again after a long time away.
The scent is complex but not overwhelming… light with berry notes.
Again the taste has so much to it. The burnt flavor of a black tea in the middle of the tongue, a bit of berry to it, a bit astringent, leaves a clean feeling in the back of the throat. Light finish throughout the mouth.
This smells fairly unremarkable with a plain “black tea” scent. No noticeable notes stand out.
Ditto on the flavor. It tastes like a run-of-the-mill black tea… not strong in any particular flavor, no pleasing feeling of balance… just plain old generic black tea.
Not bad tasting at all, but I’m going to pour this cup out and try something else. It really has nothing about it that grabs me and makes me want to finish the cup.
Another nice jasmine scented tea from Red Blossom. I bought this and their Supreme as I ran out of their Organic and it’s now out of stock.
This is a very jasminey tea. Round mouth feel, jasmine finish in the back of the nose that lingers.
I’m not getting any of the “buttercream” taste to it. But maybe I will after it cools a bit, we’ll see. For now it’s just a nice, strong, jasmine white.
Forgot what I’d previously rated this when I found it in my stash while looking for something I don’t normally drink. So here goes another try of it, steeped a little longer than before.
I like it better than before and am raising my rating, but it’s not at all a favorite.
1st steep: 20 sec, boiling water. Not much flavor and not very pleasant.
2nd steep: 30 sec. Yeah, I really don’t like this, I’m not going any further with it. Yuck.
I have to take back what I said in my last review of this: It has turned into a favorite.
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Just tried this at 185 degrees, 10 seconds. It was Very green and Very savory. There was a almost-not-there sweetness, too, but as said it was barely there. I like it much better than last try.
Second steep, 15 sec: bitterness is coming out strong, but it’s still good.
Third steep, 15 sec: The bitterness is lighter and I’m mostly getting the vegetal flavor.
Fourth, 15 sec: This one is a much gentler steeping. The flavors are more muted and lighter on the tongue.
And so on as I keep trying it! Fiddling with it this way I like it MUCH more than I did the first way I tried it. I’m learning to not follow the website’s steeping instructions and follow my “standard Japanese greens steeping” method of trials and errors.
This isn’t a favorite but I AM glad I got so much of it from my Club membership shipment. I can try it all sorts of temps and steeps and not worry about running out. A good tasting tea to play with!
This has a greenish, hayish, honeyish scent. Hard to pinpoint but very pleasant.
The taste is also a mix of these. The main flavor is quite green…reminds of spinach or zucchini, but not as heavy. Then there’s the dry, warm, beige taste of hay swirling into the sip after a while. A faint sweetness on the front of the tongue.
The finish is long with the green flavor.
Made at 185 degrees and 2:30 minutes.
Revisiting a past favorite. I steep it for 2.5minutes, with 5g of tea to 12oz of water.
It’s still what I consider a great Assam. It’s strong but not overwhelming, has that burnt flavor that comes across the middle and back of your tongue, a slight malty taste, and is full and round in the mouth. The finish is lasting with the burnt classic Assam flavor.
A very full and strong tea, but not bitter or too intense, IMO. A good morning or late evening cup. I can see this being good with milk and/or sweetener, but I prefer it without.
This smells of a very honey sweetness.
It tastes like that charcoalish burnt flavor of black tea, but pleasantly so. Not too heavy like some can be. It is very red and round on the back of the throat and under the tongue. The finish is faintly bitter and a mix of the red and black flavors, depending on where in the mouth you focus.
Over all, a very pleasant tea.
This wasn’t bad tasting, but it didn’t taste like sour apple at all. It had a very mild apple taste and that’s it. I was quite disappointed as I really love sour apple flavors and was hoping for some yummy apple tartness in this.
Having this again after a long while. Turns out to not quite be what I was in the mood for, but still very good in itself. Tasty enough that it had me window-shopping the China Cha Dao eBay store for Pu’erhs to try. A nice cup.
In short, this was disgusting. Mouth coating in a sickening, medicinal way. Sweet in an unpleasant, sickening way. Just, in general, sickening.