282 Tasting Notes


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.

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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
282 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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This one’s a weird one. A strong white tea… that puts me in mind of bubblegum. Not that it tastes like bubblegum, it’s just that after swallowing for some reason my mouth says “bubblegum!”. As I said, weird. A tiny, tiny bit of chocolate to it, too.

A strange and pleasant cup.

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Seems odd, and I’m not sure what to think of this one. :-//

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This is a stronger white… it hints at an Assam in some ways, even. Strong dark flavor in the middle and back of the tongue.

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Not impressed with this. Nothing bad about it, but nothing special.. just tastes generically “white tea”.

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This has a strong cocoa flavor to it, it also makes the very front edge of the tongue, back of the lips area water a lot. A bit of tobacco and I don’t know what… a taste that I can’t quite place.

As with the 1973 Baozhong I bought from Red Blossom, I like this much better than most oolongs. I think from now I’ll try to stick to aged ones as I don’t find much flavor in newer oolongs. Both this and the 1973 are very good.

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Rumpus Parable

Reading another’s review I have to agree about the prune aspect. I think that’s what I couldn’t quite name before. Still a fan of this compared to newer oolongs. Much richer and more nuances flavor, to me.

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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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