159 Tasting Notes

81

Has a refreshing taste and pleasant, smooth mouthfeel that coats the mouth nicely. Has some light notes in the background that remind me of ripe green grapes (maybe melon too?), in addition to the classic white tea taste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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83

Kind of has a bright, refreshing flavor. There is this flavor in the background that slightly reminds me of… plantains maybe? Also, it reminds me of some of the darjeeling teas I have tried. Hard to describe beyond that. The cooler the temperature gets the more I’m enjoying it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

I love tostones and mofongo made with plantains!

El Monstro

I’ll have to try them, the mofongo sounds especially interesting with the garlic in it.

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84

Long flat green leaves in the bag. Slightly buttery taste mixed with vegetal notes that are a little different than the typical vegetal/grassy notes I get in green tea (in a good way). It kind of reminds me of the taste of fresh off the vine snow-pea pods. Kind of mellow and mild.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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86

Smells roasty, nutty and a little like fresh linens in the bag. The description the company had about apricot and peach notes is pretty accurate; I picked that up both on scent and taste. Speaking of taste, I’m also picking up the traditional oolong taste, which makes me think of minerals and roasted nuts. On re-steeps it stays good, and the roasted nut-like flavors I picked up earlier come to the forefront. This is something I’d order more of.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Nice cocoa-esque smell in the bag. Upon steeping, it has a classic tea smell, a little vegetal smelling too. Has a classic tea flavor, plus hints in the background that remind me a little of artichoke (comes out at higher temps). Relatively smooth. I made some iced and sweetened and liked it that way by far, would make a good every day iced tea. Hot score 80, Iced with sugar 84.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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86

The big dark leaves in the bag are looking pretty enticing. Taste is what I’d expect out of a good oolong: minerally (especially on the second steep), nutty, a little roasty, but it has also got some fresh mixed herb-like notes that differentiate it from some of the other oolongs I’ve tried recently. Easy to drink, no harshness, and a good price last time I checked. I like it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Smells really fresh in the packet. Robust, yet smooth mouthfeel. I kind of get notes that remind me of whole wheat toast, but there is something else going on I cant quite place. Now that it is cooling down I’m getting some roasted nut like notes as well. Really good for iced tea, would buy it again for this purpose.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88

The leaves in my sample are cut relatively small and smell good. They brewed up pretty dark/robust/rich. Tastes pretty malty to me, a worthy effort that I’d probably buy again. I thought this might be a little too strong for iced tea, but after trying it on the rocks I prefer it that way. I prefer it with a very quick steep time.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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80

Brews up a pretty dark brown. Smells and tastes pretty earthy and robust. It’s fun watching the blocks expand in the hot water.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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89

I figured I’d like this, as I’ve had other senchas that were really good, but the others can be a bit pricy for my liking. This is generally in the same ballpark as those taste-wise, but has a more reasonable price. Taste reminds me of buttery cooked greens (good ones). I’m going to order more of it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a young, as a way of relaxing before bed. I ventured out from bagged, mass produced tea when I tried some loose leaf Earl Grey at the old man’s house years back. I’m still not too proud for the occasional bagged stuff, saving my snobbery for hard to find craft beer.

I gravitate towards Chinese black-tea varieties, Japanese greens, unflavored oolongs from wherever, and the occasional “I cant sleep” type of herbal teas. I signed up so I can keep track of the teas I’ve tried, and what I want to keep in my cupboard on the regular.

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