15 Tasting Notes

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This was my first and only Yellow tea. I didn’t expect the smokiness, so was quite shocked. I expected it to be more gentle… in between green and white, but it was quite strong and smoky. It wasn’t terrible, but not a big fan so far, but would like to try other yellows for comparison.

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drank White Moon by Basilur
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This is a green tea, flavoured to taste like Milk Oolong. It’s good. I like it. It’s not as great as a loose leaf natural Oolong, but a bit more flavourful than a basic green. It’s a pretty good teabag approximation of real Milk Oolong. I drink it when I’m feeling too lazy to make leaf-tea.

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36

Loved this tea when I first bought it… rich, dark, sweet.
But now I find the smell nauseating! It’s too too much!! Too too rich. The smell gives me a headache and I’d like to get rid of it!

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drank Yunnan Gold by Tsaa
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Strong! If you like strong black tea, I suppose it’s good. Not my favourite.

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1

Tasted like medicine. Yuk!

Flavors: Medicinal

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I rinse the leaves to open them up, and then steep it for a short time, under 30 seconds. As I wait, I notice the floral notes, but it also smells like honey to me.
The taste is pure and earthy, with hints of apples and florals… not as strong as jasmine or rose, but equally enchanting. There is a sweet after-taste, still of honey.
This is a beautiful, delicately perfume-y oolong which I would be happy to serve to friends. It’s not strong, weird, or frightening. It’s a great pick-me-up

Flavors: Floral, Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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5

I bought this months ago because it was cheap and I liked the tin. I haven’t yet been able to brew it, as I can’t get past the artificial smell. It’s supposed to be a blend of rose + cantaloupe, and you can definitely smell them. But it’s so overpoweringly artificial… it gives me a headache. I have TONS of it! EEK!!

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I absolutely hated this fake smoke tea. It contaminates everything it touches, and leaves the whole kitchen reeking of smoke. I was ready to write off LS altogether… but then I tried a real LS from Tea Classico which is really smoked over pine wood, and was soooo much more natural and subtle. The difference between the fakey ‘smoke-flavour’ and the actual, natural pine smoke was like night and day. I’m not a sales-rep or anything… I just couldn’t believe such a difference. This one from DAVIDs …. I couldn’t drink it… used it for cooking meatloaf, and it was still overpowering and bad!!

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank A Li Shan by Tao Tea Leaf
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I brew it Gongfu style. A quick rinse of the leaves, and then steep for 30 seconds. It smells super sweet and warm and fragrant… still a bit toasty and… corn… but just a wonderful aroma! (hmm…. can’t lift the cup with my gimpy arm, so must go left!) First sip… MMMMM!!!! Sweet!!! Creamy!! It’s really reminding me of fresh creamed corn. But then, there is a layer of fruity aroma over the top. It’s kind of perfume-y and fruity-fragrant. Really good!! This is one of those teas that doesn’t taste like it smells. The flavour is so much more layered and full!
I steep the second cup for 55 seconds. It’s quite a bit darker. The leaves, BTW are HUGE! How can those little balls hold so much leaf? The flavour is now totally different. This one has a deeper, sweet, fruity, nectar-y flavour, with tones of toasted almond. It’s much deeper and richer, and the fruit comes through. It’s just delightful in the mouth!! It’s a wee bit astringent, but with no bitterness at all.
Cup #3… 90 seconds. Creamy and toasty, with a surprising little twist of perfume near the end of the gulp. My goodness… it’s almost like Lychee!! Where did that come from??
This tea is amazing! It doesn’t look or smell all that spectacular out of the bag, but steeped, it is full of surprises! I highly recommend this one!

Flavors: Almond, Lychee, Perfume, Toast

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

I steep it for about 25 seconds. It’s a nice light yellow colour. Mmm… very light. It has a mild fruit taste… like berries or currants. But it’s very subtle. I’m going to need another cup! Yes, the second cup is a bit more developed. It has just a whisper of fruity/raspberry taste. Yet, it’s so light! It evaporates on your tongue, leaving a very clean finish. Almost like it wasn’t there! This is a very nice summertime tea. Nothing at all like artificially flavoured “berry” tea, this one is fresh, clean, light… like raspberry scented dandelion fluff! Cup #3 is still delicious, but it has changed a bit. A little more floral, mixed with the fruit. I don’t know how many infusions it will take, but it shows no sign of stopping with the deliciosity!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Raspberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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