153 Tasting Notes

86

I’ve been very interested in trying this one for awhile. Smells very cocoa-y in the bag similar to most Yunnans I’ve tried, BUT also has a crisp freshness to it, almost lemon-like.
Taste makes me think of minerals/hot rocks, ripe green grape, and light hints of cocoa, maybe citrus. I also get the “linen” note mentioned on this company’s website. Silky, refreshing and enjoyable mouthfeel, no bitterness or funky aftertaste. I’m liking this more with each sip. Second steep is just as good as the first. Shall I go for a third? Why yes, I think I shall!

After going through a bag of this tea over the past few months, I find it is a nicely refreshing contrast to some of the “darker” tasting, robust teas in my cabinet (not that this is what I’d call a light tea, it is just a nice change). Great with or without sweetener.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87

The Lapsang blends in nicely with the other teas in the mix, giving a nice earthy, smoked taste that compliments rather than dominates (I usually don’t like anything with Lapsang in it). Rich and robust, I accidentally put too much sugar in the first cup, but the tea wasn’t even phased. I let it steep for a long time, and it wasn’t bitter, which is always a plus. This is perfect tea for a cold rainy day…which just happens to be today. My uncle said it tastes kind of like scotch to him. I just tried it iced on a hot day and I definitely prefer it hot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80

Mild. Reminds me of high quality chinese black tea in that I’m picking up that cocoa-esque scent and taste, except more understated I guess? One other thing of note here is the aftertaste is pleasing and velvety-smooth…not bitter at all like some teas. Now that I’ve had more of it, it has kind of a unsweetened cookie dough like taste to it.

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82

Smell in the bag makes me think of cocoa, honey, and caramel.
Steeped: it smells rhubarbish.
Taste: This is really good. Kind of citrusy, with a little bit of natural sweetness. That rhubarb like smell is also there on taste in the background. Clean mouthfeel, goes down easy…I want another cup.

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

Did you add milk or sugar, or drink it neat? I brewed it 3 minutes in 190F water and got a tannic bitterness that competed with the aromatics.

El Monstro

For Indian teas I almost always drink them straight. I’ll have to look through my cupboards for this sample and try it again.

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85

Balanced, I can clearly smell and taste the tea base pretty well here, unlike many earl greys. The bergamot isn’t overpowering like it can be in some teas. I made it kind of weak the first time, used more leaf and steeped it longer this time, and it was way better. It didn’t seem to get as bitter as other earl greys can on a longer steep. With sugar and milk it makes one of the better home made lattes I have attempted.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

This really got my attention on first sip in a good way, tastes like clean, fresh hops to me.

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

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80

Mild. Reminds me of high quality chinese black tea in that I’m picking up that cocoa-esque scent and taste, except more understated I guess? One other thing of note here is the aftertaste is pleasing and velvety-smooth…not bitter at all like some teas. Now that I’ve had more of it, it has kind of a unsweetened cookie dough like taste to it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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84

I’ve been looking forward to trying this one for awhile. Before steeping I’m getting a deep chocolatey smell, with a fruity sweetness in the background. After I got it in the cup it smells like the yeast rolls my grandmother makes. The taste reminds me of buttermilk biscuits, roasted nuts, and a hint of cocoa. A little malty tasting too. It’s also tasting a bit like artichoke when I steep it multiple times. Mild lingering tang in the aftertaste. I like this best with a relatively short steep time, lower than boiling temp., and sugar.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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85

First steep: Lightly vegetal, minerally, and has some natural sweetness, no sugar needed (for me at least.)

Second steep: I’m picking up floral (almost jasminey) and somewhat nutty notes. Very good oolong.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Smelled like it was going to be strong, but it ended up being pretty well balanced after I steeped it. Taste to me is buttery, with a faint grassy note that is just right.

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I’m basically a bum with gourmet taste.
I’ve been drinking tea since I was a youngin’, 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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