160 Tasting Notes

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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79

Smells like chocolate chip cookie dough in the bag. Steeps up pretty dark. Taste surprised me and is quite honey like, with flowery notes as well. Just a hint of mineral-esque notes on the finish. No harshness. I didn’t use any sweetener; I don’t think it needs any. Iced it tastes the same…I prefer it hot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Looks like pink grapefruit juice. The smell reminds me of walking around a food court or theme park with lots of places selling sweets. Taste reminds me of churros mixed with apple cinnamon rolls. I like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83

The description the company gives is pretty accurate on this one; I don’t have much to add. Refreshing, a very good version of what I think of when I think of the classic tea taste. This would also make a great iced tea no doubt.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Pretty good, I mostly taste coconut, cinnamon, and a little pepper. Theres something else that almost tastes lemonish in the background? Maybe that is the rooibos. I prefer this with a splash of milk, doesn’t really need any sweetener…it has a sweet aftertaste on its own.

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

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81

Smells like dark chocolate with a little bit of smoke.

Taste is robust, yet pretty smooth, and reminds me somewhat of the UK breakfast blends. The smoked smell comes through on taste quite a bit…this might be the smokiest tasting Keemun I have tried so far. There is a faint note I’m getting in the background that is kind of maple like as well. After it cooled way down it actually kind of tastes like some white teas I’ve tried. Good tea at a good price.

I oversteeped some and made it into a latte using almond milk, really liked it that way.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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Pre-steeped it has that cocoa smell common in Chinese teas.
That changed the second I steeped it, the smell and taste here is pretty unique. I guess the closest thing I would compare the flavor to is grilled artichoke, and/or maybe marinated olives? Rich and robust, kind of surprised others found it mild. Creamy mouthfeel. Held up well to multiple infusions. A winner for sure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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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88

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’m on the fence whether it is better hot or cold.
If I’m going to drink Lapsang (or something blended with it), this is the one I prefer thus far.

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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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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