286 Tasting Notes

drank Decaf Chai by Element Tea
286 tasting notes

Unhappy to say that on further drinking I’m not enjoying this much at all. The tastes that first grabbed me are cloying after having more. I really loved it until the last half of the second cup… then today made a third and couldn’t finish it.

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drank Snow Buds by Radiance Tea
286 tasting notes

I haven’t had any green tea in a while and this is surely a strong one to return to. The vegetal nature of it is Intense. Makes me think of the skin of zucchini in it’s strength and bitterness.

As it cools I’m able to get more out of the flavor. It has a sweetness around the back of the tongue and throat.

Very pleasant cup.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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First steep, 15 sec: It tastes like a wood camp fire smells. There’s also the faint fishiness that many pu-erhs have, but it’s barely there. I can’t tell if I like it or not. It assaults the palate, but after swallowing you want to take another sip. Hm.

Second steep, 20 sec: Same, no noticeable change.

Third steep, 30 sec: Again, not any noticeable change. This seems a pretty straight-forward tea.

I’m going to do some more steepings but am done with my review unless something special pops up to add later.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

You had me at wood camp fire!

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This is a simple and straight-forward ceylon. Nothing special, nothing bad.

A just-grab-a-nice-black cup of tea.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This has a zing to it. It definitely does not taste like a “standard black”, to me. I don’t get the sweetness that others mention, but I do get something that reminds me of peaches… again, not a sweetness, but the peach taste without, if that makes any sense. Say, more of the skin of the peach than the flesh.

It has a very warm, cinnamon-colored flavor up through the nose.

The finish is very short.

Something that, pleasantly, puts me in mind of soap, too.

Odd tea. Very good.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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I’m not a fan of coconut, but I got this as part of a Steepster package and tried it.

It has that toasty coconut flavor to it and it doesn’t overwhelm the tea, but no.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Ah I adore this tea. Sorry it didn’t suit you.


I don’t know if you have any left – but this is really good cold-brewed and lightly sweetened. You might like it more that way- just a thought.


True that!

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Gongfu style today.

Slightly fishy, earthy, and something in the back of the throat that I can’t figure out. I’m not sure whether I like it or not… I just can’t say.

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I’ve had this several times, can’t believe I hadn’t rated it!

Today I am trying it differently, gongfu this time.

It is quite good, warm notes with a honey touch. Nice burnt edge typical of Assams.

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drank Decaf Chai by Element Tea
286 tasting notes

I’m not big on flavored teas, but some chais do grab me.

I ordered this one mainly because it was decaf and I’m limited on my caffeine intake by doc’s orders.

I’m so glad I bought 4oz of it before they ran out of stock. It is delicious.

It smells strongly of the cinnamon in it when brewed.

The taste is such a mix of its ingredients I’m not sure how to describe it… if you like sweet and cinnamony blacks with that mouth-tingle that cloves can give, you’ll like this.

It was tasty on its own, then to try it milked up I added just the slightest touch of Pacific Select Low Fat Vanilla soymilk. Heavenly. This will be a regular cup for me.

Very flavorful on it’s own or milked. Gulpgulpgulp.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Trying this one gongfu style for a change up.

Very vegetal. Quite pleasant.

Second steep is even stronger vegetal flavors and starting a hint of bitterness. Still nice, though.

Third steep and not any noticeable change. This seems a pretty one-taste-tea, though I’m going to steep it a few more times.

It is quite tasty if you like those vegetal tastes to your whites.

I’m on my iPad so can’t really do the rating and time and such with those darn drag lines, so: a rating of 50-60, 25sec steeps, water of 180 degrees.

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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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