36 Tasting Notes

52

Though slightly watery, as bagged teas tend to be, this isn’t your standard CTC package. Instead of the bitter, short-flavored tea you might expect, you get a fairly well-rounded cup with a lot of chocolate and hints of barky, mossy, decomposing forest underneath. I like to pretend I’m somewhere exotic and completely elsewhere when I drink this tea.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Dirt, Moss

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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22

Here I am: so excited for tea-time (always a big occasion in our house) and I brew Red Jade. I take a sip, and do a double-take. What is that flavor? Is it the cinnamon, clove, or mint that the package speaks of? No. I freely associate the flavor and come up with: meat. Specifically, raw tuna fish. Yet, I love raw tuna fish. This tea? not so much.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

This is a light, airy tea. I can imagine that it would be a great tea for meditating, so that one would have time to puzzle out its subtle flavors. However, with a long day ahead of me and a slight cold, I was hoping for a strong tea to wake me up.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

This is a smooth and ultra-bergamoty earl grey. A damn fine morning tea. One of those teas where it doesn’t matter how sleepy you are when measuring and brewing, because it is near impossible to screw up. Too much tea? No problem, it’ll wake you up quicker than a pot of coffee. Too little? Don’t worry, the bergamot is strong enough to cover it up.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
36 tasting notes

Long Jing and Dragon Well are the same thing? I’ll be damned.. Hm. Wish it hadn’t been so long since I had my last Dragon Well so that I could compare them more accurately.

This tea, like most I’ve tasted in Steepster select, is strong and bold. The vegetal flavor is dry and serious, and is accented by a nutty base flavor. The Long Jing doesn’t taste springy as some ultra-green teas do, but it reminds one of roasting vegetables to put in a slow-cooking soup. A great winter tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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98

I occasionally regret my decision to become a sophisticated loose-leaf tea-drinker, especially when all I want is a nice, bitter cup of tea to stave off weariness. I love a full bodied tea, where the flavors hit your tongue fast and heavy, like one often finds with CTC bagged teas. I’m not always up to the intellectual task of sorting out what tastes like water and what tastes like tea, as I frequently find myself doing with the best of loose-leafs (read: Verdant).

This tea is the best of both worlds – a full, bitter black tea that hits your palate like a battering ram, but with a complicated, almost sweet, tobaccoey finish. Beautiful.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

I hear you! Occasionally I grow nostalgic for the simplicity of bagged tea, then I have a cup (usually at a restaurant, or maybe a friend’s house), & I’m like, “What the hell is this swill?”
I’m afraid my simple bag of tea days are ruined forever.
;)

BookLion

That is absolutely true. I’m sure its a nostalgia issue; whenever I actually drink bagged tea these days I always taste strange chemicals at the end. So I guess that means i’ll just have to buy a lot of this Golden Yunnan for those nostalgic moments!

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73

Woody for an oolong. Pleasant, but nothing special. I’ve talked before about how my palate doesn’t seem sophisticated enough for the subtlety of Vertant’s teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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91

Sometimes I love the descriptions of tea most of all, “aromatics of coffee, brown sugar, concord grapes…” I always find myself wondering whether the describer truly has such a sensitive palate, or if she simply has an innovative and lyrical grasp of language.

I had thought the claim that tea could taste like coffee and brown sugar a particularly inventive piece of whimsy, but I do taste something dark and coffee-ish in this cup. It is somehow comforting and down-to-earth in the way coffee is, without those light floral notes I’m so used to in oolong. However, I can’t say that I taste grapes, much less a taste as specific as concord grapes, but I like to think that someone can.
The second cup is every bit as strong and satisfying as the first.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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71
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
36 tasting notes

If Hot Coconut were a beverage, in the same way Hot Chocolate is, this would be a perfectly delicious example. The sweet, thick coconut flavor rounds out the cup and ensures that the Rooibos doesn’t taste tart and watery, as it sometimes can.
I’d recommend making a huge pot on a cold winter evening just for yourself.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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