556 Tasting Notes

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drank Obukucha by Steepster
556 tasting notes

Second January Steepster tea of the day. Hopefully I can do it justice. I’m trying this one unsweetened to start with. Sometimes I can get away with that for really nice greens. I don’t have a lot of experience with Japanese greens like this but the last sencha I had, a cupping class at the JusTea headquarters, I really liked it and that obviously didn’t have sugar in it. Thankfully this experience won’t involve so much slurping.

This smells very much a very vegetal green. As soon as it cools down a bit, I’m looking forward to drinking.

First steep (1 minute), very very GREEN. All the things are muddled together and it isn’t as clear tasting as the sencha I had before. It tastes darker if that’s possible. Not sure what to make of it.

Will be edited if other infusions are different.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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75

Brewed up a cup of this according to the instructions on the packet. Used 14 oz of water to the packet of oolong and added a little less than a teaspoon of sugar because unsweetened oolongs of any type make me do the shudder and face and I hate that and I’d rather taste the actual tea than just BITTER because I am super oversensitive to bitter.

Waiting for this to cool a little while I clear my palate from the muffin I ate earlier and another cup of the Razzleberry Iced Tea from Frank. Still good. The cup is still too hot to hold so I think I have enough time to finish my glass.

The tea for this first steep (2 minutes) is very much green oolong. I don’t have great oolong tastebuds so that’s all I’m going to get until I taste it I think. There’s a certain suggestion of forests and if I breathe the aroma in deeply several times, I get a sharp spice note in the back of my throat.

Tasted warm, this is a very nice delicate green oolong. I get more flavour along the back of my tongue and aftertaste than I do upfront. It tastes pretty floral, though I couldn’t tell you what flower. I don’t have a lot of experience with flowered teas except when they overwhelm me or there are a lot of them in the blend.

This tea suffers from my lack of absolute love and experience with oolong. If the next few steepings change anything, I’ll be sure to update this note.

ETA: Second steep brings out even more floral and even a bit of fruit. This has gotten a bit too floral for me so that’s the end.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Razzleberry by 52teas
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Haaa, finally an iced tea that I manage to not screw up, even though I tried my hardest. First I forgot that it was steeping in the fridge so it steeped for..I dunno 48 hours? I added sugar, not sweet enough. Added more sugar, barely too sweet. Hopefully on the second steep I can get the sugar right and hopefully remember that it’s in the fridge, though it’ll probably take a few days to get through 2 quarts of the first steep all by myself in the middle of winter. Nice break from hot tea and I just need something cold sometimes that isn’t as boring as water.

So yeah, this is really nice and I like it. Good to be able to try it in it’s original form for once when I love it so much as a Genmaicha.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Yvonne

Berry iced tea? Yes please!

Starfevre

All of Frank’s Razzleberry blends are amazing. I recommend.

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Wow, this really isn’t getting good reviews, is it? I steeped mine to the suggested parameters, also added milk and sugar (I know I know). I let it cool down a bunch because I lost track of time.

It smells like a nice assamica black tea, though I can’t really see the colour of the tea liquor. I pick up a bit of the Darjeeling flavour that I hate so that’s not so good. And there’s definitely something spicy on the back end of the sip that makes the aftertaste a bit strange as it fades. A bit of astringency as well.

I can’t say I like this one nearly as much as other black teas in my collection. Perhaps those looking for the spice should let theirs cool down a bit? First steep is too much spice for me. Let’s see about the second steep with some dinner and sweet iced tea in between.

ETA: Way more spice on the second steep. Still no mint but I could mistake this for very weak chai if I wasn’t careful. But then, I’m very sensitive to spices, usually in a bad way as they overwhelm me. 3:30 minutes.

ETA2: 3rd steep, 4 minutes. I think this tea is running out of steam. It has lost most of the spiciness that made it unique and has started tasting like just a slightly bready black tea. I actually like this type of tea so I’m going to enjoy this mug but I think this is the end of it. This is a 3 steep tea for me.

If someone likes the spiciness and can pick it up, I imagine they’d like this tea a great deal but it’s not my cup of tea. And I never did pick up any mint from it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
556 tasting notes

Drinking this right before leaving work. It’s still tasty. I’m running out and this will definitely be a re-order next time I place an order because even on the old side it is still sooooo tasty.

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86

Almost the last of this. Next time I have it will be a sipdown.

This is nice and comforting on a day when I haven’t gotten as much done as I would like. I can still taste the chocolate and the cherry, though not as well as before, probably due to age. It also has the slight waxy taste to it that I don’t remember from before. Oh well. Approximately 26 oz of this to drink in the next 2 hours and then hope I don’t have to pee on the way home (1 hour drive).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

this sounds interesting…

Starfevre

Do you want the rest of it?

Yvonne

This sounds amazing!

Starfevre

I only have enough for one serving. I’ll let you two duke it out among yourselves.

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76
drank Berry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Well, at least this one is still tasty, especially between cups of the wild cherry black tea. Definitely still berry though it’s acquired an softer colour from age. Not a sipdown yet, but a nice hot latte.

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Got this from Tea Haus, though it is obviously this tea here (even has the 992 note on it) from TeaGschwendner. Mouthful of a name.

This is definitely cherry but there is a touch of something..waxy almost. Like I’m licking a cherry scented candle instead of drinking a cherry tea. It’s definitely sour cherry, although that’s usually fine with me since I like those as actual cherries during cherry season (where I’m lucky to live in WA so there’s tons of cherry varietals around. Rainier anyone?).

This is tolerable but overall just okay. Not the great tea I was hoping for. Still searching for a cherry tea for me then. Oh well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

I wish I could try this!

Starfevre

Do you want it?

Starfevre

I’m about to toss it into my ‘trade or give away’ pile

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Steeped this according to the instructions on the package. Just off boiling and for about a minute and a half. Maybe a bit longer because I didn’t hit the timer on my microwave immediately.

I added sweetener because I do that. The smell of the tea is really that of grains, like the descriptions say. I’m not picking up any carmelized sugar yet. Waiting for it to cool off enough not to burn my tongue.

Keep in mind for this review, I am a relative newbie to oolongs and this might be my first taste of a Red Robe. I’m expecting to like it, but my tastes haven’t really evolved enough to identify what I pick up. I have a good memory for ‘I have tasted this before’ and a bad memory for ‘and this is what it is called’.

The first steep of this tastes rather grainy as well. Not in a bad way, like really nice bread but without the chewiness. This is still rather hot for me to be drinking this, I’ll wait for it to cool down a little before drinking more.

As it cools, more sweetness comes out and I’m getting a sugarish taste but not quite caramelized. Still a very nice tea. This never got quite caramelized sugar, but it got much sweeter for me as it cooled to just above room temperature. All in all a very nice tea.

If something changes in further steeps, I shall come back and edit this note.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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When I first opened this this afternoon, I was overwhelmed with nausea by the sickly sweet scent. I definitely didn’t know if I wanted to be drinking it today, but I made some anyway. With a bit of sugar because reverse psychology or something. Anyway. I was happy to drink this, the flavour was better though the smell is still too sweet. I think I’m getting tired of it though. Probably won’t be a reorder.

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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