282 Tasting Notes

89

Ut oh, an update to my earlier raving:

The plastic inside parts of the tops absorb scents/flavors and so far I’m having a hard time getting the last out. I’d hope/assumed they were made of plastic that was as limited as possible in this, but it was actually quite easy. I have made two fruited/scented teas in it and each time I had to scrub and soak the lids to get the neutrality back.

The first one wasn’t an intensely flavored tea so a day of scrub and soak practice got it back to normal.

This second one is the admittedly one with a very strong cinnamon component. They’ve been soaked and scrubbed a few times today and are currently soaking again.

100% neutrality isn’t necessary in such things, but these were both strong enough that I’d be smelling them while sipping something else out of the bottle so I need/ed to get them out or at least gone to just a trace.

Will update on success.

Otherwise, though, still an awesome product that I highly recommend. Just be more careful than I in using flavored and scented teas in it.

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90

Green on the right side of the tongue and teeth. Medium dark green with a pleasing level of bitterness that is just right to me in this tea. Some burnt umber shades with a bit of deeper brown and also lighter into yellow tones in the front of the mouth.

It’s some harsh but in a way that makes you want another sip. Very pleasing. I like this dragon well. Definitely one of the best I’ve had I’d say.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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30

Green, round, dark to the back of the throat, light in the front sides and tip of the tongue.

It’s a medium strength tea. A bit astringent. A slight sweettart (plant, not candy) touch to it at the end.

Finish is comfortable but has a bit of an edge. Yes, as I drink it’s definitely drying my mouth.

Not a fan.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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34

Tart. A bit juicy in feeling and taste. The only traces of the green tea is a bit of light bitterness and a medium spring green color taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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55

Sort of like asparagus without the heavy dark parts to the taste. Light thin body, bit of bitterness in the upper back throat. Medium finish.

Not bad but nothing special either.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

Green and it’s fishy up in my nose. A slight bitterness. Sort of yellow. Mildly astringent.

I’m not sure what I think. It’s an odd mix of flavors.

I’ll need to continue a few tastes over time to decide what I really think of this one… So far I like it I think… Odd.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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67

Rather pleasant. No astringency, the green tea is soft and a light pale green flavor, the mango sweetness isn’t sweetness… It tastes very lovely balanced with a tiny flowery touch. There is yellow, pink, and a light golden green.

I’m not huge on fruit flavored teas, but this is almost refreshing. Not something I’d have often but nice to get to have tried.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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65

A bit sweet, a bit of gold, a little darkness. Some green bitterness at the back of the throat and roof of the mouth.

The sweet wraps lightly around the front sides of the tongue and the gold is a feeling throughout the mouth. I like the sweet touch to this. I’m not usually much for oolongs but this is nice.

Preparation
2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Rumpus Parable

Interesting reading my previous note… The experiences are so different, though on thought I can pick up a bit of flowers in it.

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61

Very dark and earthy flavor. Short to medium finish that is very, very top of the back of the throat mostly.

Second steep is really sharp almost black. Also a rich brown, coffee-like almost. Thick mouthfeel, yep almost black.

A weird bit of not really there sweetness.

It puts me in mind of a light espresso, really…

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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50

The earthiness some puerhs have is light in this one on first steeping, not deep or strong. The tangerine aspect doesn’t come across as fruit at all, that sweetness the is still in the rings usually… Instead it gives a pure rind hint to it where the fact that it’s tangerine is in no way clear. It’s just that hint of rind that very vaguely comes from them.

It’s a light and subtle puerh on first steep. Nifty but nothing special to me.

Second steep, much earthier. There’s no clear tangerine influence of any kind detectable unless that bit of bitterness in the back of the throat is it….

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
TeaVivre

Did you brewed this tea together with small Chenpi pieces? If you prefer a stronger flavor of orange in the tea, you can break 3 or 4 small pieces of Chenpi off from the whole peel, and brew the tea together with Chenpi.

Rumpus Parable

Yep yep, had pieces :)

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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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