892 Tasting Notes

85

I doubled the dose of leaves in my infusion of Teavivre Huang Shan Mao Feng, and the result was much better. I still find a taste of green beans in this single source Mao Feng, and I do not like it as much as the Green Tips full-leaf blend from Tazo, which seems to have more body and oomph to it.

The taste of this Mao Feng is light and thirst quenching, and I’ll experiment with further infusions later today…


second infusion: this brew was quite delicious. better than the first!


third infusion: starting to lose its oomph…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

My final refill at Starbucks today had to be Tazo Refresh. It’s becoming less and less possible for me to leave the premises of one of these establishments without first imbibing a cup of this tea. Otherwise I somehow don’t feel complete.

No one can accuse me of being dehydrated.

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80

I had a cup of the sachet version of Tazo China Green Tips today at Starbucks. It was very good. The sachet provides the perfect dose. The water they use for the brew is officially too hot, but so long as one does not oversteep, the resultant bright yellow brew is quite tasty and not at all bitter. I enjoyed this cup a lot, more than my recent brew of the loose leaf at home!

This is a Mao Feng blend, by the way…

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77
drank Chai (Full-Leaf Tea) by Tazo
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I worked at Starbucks (I mean my work on my computer while sitting in the café) this afternoon, so once again I chose as a refill the sachet form of the Tazo Chai to follow up my Chocolate Chai Tea Latte.

The brewed chai was not quite as good today because I did not request honey and instead decided to try it with the raw turbinado sugar. It was not bad, but it was not as good as my last experience—yesterday! I’ll remember this next time. Honey will be first choice for sweetener in Tazo Chai from now on.

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67

I had another one of these today: grande, soy milk, extra hot with whip. It tasted better in one of the big cream-colored mugs than in a paper cup. Still pretty much a meal replacement. There is definitely not enough caffeine in this concoction, but I do like the level of spices.

There is a big dose of pepper—very obviously—but lots of other stuff as well, including cardamom and ginger, two of my favorite spices. Chocolate Chai Tea Latte is pretty good, if evaluated as a dessert, which is what it really is.

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82

Another first for me, this Liu An Gua Pian was sent to me as a sample by Angel and Teavivre. Thank you again for expanding my horizons!

The liquor brewed up light but also somehow bright—a nice green hue veering toward fluorescence, but gently so… The taste has a bit of a bite to it, but I believe that this is how it is supposed to taste—and I definitely did not oversteep…

Liu An Gua Pian tastes a bit grassier than some green teas, but very far from anything related to darjeeling (which I usually find grassy). I do find this flavor to be more grassy than vegetal, and I do not believe that it has a taste identical with any particular vegetable. Perhaps a little like peas? Yes, on second thought, I do believe that peas are the closest to this flavor. But still I find it more grassy than pealike. Liu An Gua Pian does not taste at all like sencha to me. I’ll have to compare this to some other China greens to be able to say more.

I noticed that there are tiny threadlike white filaments in the liquor. The liquid is still clear, but they are floating about, having snuck through my medium-mesh colander-style sieve.

All in all, I like this tea. It’s good!


second infusion: just like the first. Still a near-fluorescent hue of yellow-green. Same slightly grassy flavor.


third infusion: a bit lighter in flavor and more of a golden color


fourth infusion: this final round was so faint that it was veering toward hot water territory, but I was thirsty so I drank it anyway.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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65
drank DeTox by Yogi Tea
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I opted for Yogi Detox again tonight because—well, why not? It tastes pretty good and perhaps does what it says. (On ne sait jamais…)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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85

This was my very first cup of Gyokuro. After having heard so much about it, I was naturally very excited. To my surprise, it tasted a lot like a super-fine sencha. No complaints, mind you, since I happen to love sencha!

The liquor was more green than yellow, the dried leaves very dark green and somewhat broken up, without being powdery. I really enjoyed the first infusion earlier today and am looking forward to a follow-up tonight.


second infusion: jade dew—yes! delicious and beautiful


third infusion: still peridot-citrine perfect green, the taste is still great, and the texture is silken on the tongue. I love this stuff. Dare I try a fourth?


fourth infusion: (a first for me…) I made one more cup with the spent leaves. Remarkably, the brew was still good! I love this tea!!!

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

Try it next time at a lower temp, around 140 degrees and see what you think.

sherapop

I’ll try that, Morgana, thanks!

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90

I grabbed a second refill on the way out the door from Starbucks today. So, yes, it was Tazo Refresh. I had actually requested the Vanilla Rooibos, to segue coherently from my afternoon of chai, but somehow the store was out of that blend.

In the end, I think that Refresh was a better choice anyway. The same harmony of spearmint and tarragon as always in the amply filled sachet bag. I’ll probably never tire of this herbal infusion…

__Morgana__

Love this one. It’s my favorite mint that doesn’t contain tea.

sherapop

Agreed, Morgana! The tarragon really makes the difference…

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77
drank Chai (Full-Leaf Tea) by Tazo
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For my refill at Starbucks today, I opted for the full-leaf Tazo chai, because it matched my original beverage (a chocolate chai latte).

This cup of chai was good. I let it steep for several minutes and sweetened it with honey and also added half and half. That’s my preferred way of imbibing chai, the only tea blend which I prefer with both cream and sweetener.

Today’s cup was spicy and sweet and creamy, but also had enough black tea base to taste through the chai spices. I believe that the base is the same tea as is used in Tazo Awake. In some of the earlier iterations of loose-leaf Tazo Chai, the spices overwhelmed the black tea. I used to brew it along with an extra bag of Awake to compensate. Not a problem with this full-leaf version.

A good chai!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

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