501 Tasting Notes

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So I was a bad person and brewed this Western style and also added a bit more sugar than usual in hopes that this would be palatable to me because I have yet to like a pu’erh, sheng or shu. But I keep trying, especially what Verdant sends me. The whole purpose of the membership is to expand my horizons after all. All of my notes on this tea should be viewed through that filter.

This tea still has that weird pu’erh aftertaste that I always get in the back of my throat, but upfront it’s actually not bad. I taste fig and raisins mostly. Maybe a little bit of vanilla in the tail end of the steep but I can’t tell if I actually taste it or if it’s the power of suggestions since I read the description. In any case, I don’t hate this, so I’ll probably continue drinking this and actually steep it more than once.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

One thing I’ve found with pu’erh is that I used to waaayy overleaf. Or just overleaf. And the flavour was not pleasant when I did that. It improved when I reduced the leaf by a fair bit, and kept to a short infusion time (looks like you did that part, though). It certainly still tastes like pu’erh, but was much more palatable.

Starfevre

That might be it. When I used a gaiwan for pu’erhs, I would put in about as much as they would recommend and it taste extremely gross to me, even if I tried to add sugar (and that was hard to judge with the tiny cups). This time I used 4ish teaspoons (and it was really clumpy so there wasn’t much in each teaspoon) for 750 ml. Hopefully tomorrow when I try the shu, I can replicate my efforts and that won’t be gross either.

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89

Craving something sweet and this unfortunately did not rise up to the challenge. Was still enjoyable though.

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78

This note is for the 2013 offering.

This is my last tea to try from May’s ToTM club offerings. This month has oolongs so that will be interesting. I don’t generally like green or oolong tea, but the last 2 green teas have proven me wrong.

This tea also isn’t terrible, but it isn’t as good as the other 2 I tried (Spring Harvest Laoshan Green and Mrs. Li Shi Feng Dragonwell). This one becomes bitter after sitting in the cup for too long and tastes more like grass. I much prefer a beany green.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Good to know that the other 2 greens are better. I’m a big fan of Laoshan green and looking forward to trying the Dragonwell soon :)

Starfevre

It’s just my opinion of course, but the other two I tried were seriously worlds better. The Dragonwell was specifically very awesome.

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83

This is very beany. I didn’t drink this cup warm, though I will try for the next cup I made (I always make 2 at once). I taste this as very vegetal, a little minerally, and quite pleasant to drink. I don’t always like a green tea, in fact I usually don’t, but these ones from Verdant are really quite pleasant.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Yum, another one on my “to try soon” list :)

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89

I love this matcha so much I can’t even.

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86
drank Mint Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
501 tasting notes

I really like mint. This just hit the spot.

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drank Berry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Felt like some berry matcha today. I really need to bring in some new flavours. I certainly have enough unopened packages to choose from at home.

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84

Green tea isn’t really my thing, but this month’s TOTM classic club selections were all green tea and I got twice the amount as normal because I was signed up for the bundle club also so… yeah, may as well try these. I mean, I was going to anyway, but this way I have some I can put into the TTB B too. Anyway.

This seriously tastes like vegetables. I’m not quite sure it tastes like specifically one vegetable, although it might because I’m not good at identifying tastes so much beyond the obvious and black teas rarely taste like vegetables. If I were to guess, I think the combination of soy beans and green beans might be accurate but that’s not quite what I’m looking for. I know I’ve eaten whatever this tastes like before, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

I did add some sweetener to this, and brewed it Western Style. Not enough sugar to make it taste sweet, but enough to cut the natural bitterness.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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96

Backlogging from last Friday, because I totally forgot. This was sweet and simple to make and nice. I enjoyed it from what I remember. Trying to empty some bags on my desk.

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89

A little bit of this to end the work day, though it totally made me have to pee during the hour drive home from work. Unfortunate. I don’t know what the cat just did because now I have to hold down the function key to get the letters to type. Time to reboot. Oh and the matcha was good too.

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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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