156 Tasting Notes

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This is one of the better green teas I have had over the Summer. No harshness or nasty grassy flavors here. It passes the girlfriend test (she is hard to impress when it comes to tea)…she wanted more when the cup was empty. Has a mild pleasant taste that is hard to describe (chestnut-like maybe?). I am surprisingly getting some fleeting notes that remind me of cinnamon or nutmeg. I think I prefer this to the dragonwells I have tried, will have to drink more to be sure.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Garret

Thanks for the writeup on the Valley Peak! I had the pleasure of visiting the farm where this tea is grown last April. So wonderful! Will be there again next April and will get some video to add to our site and facebook page so everyone can see how great it is. I really like to get teas from clean and pure growing areas and this one is no exception. I don’t source Dragonwell because after visiting the area, I felt like I had been smoked out, the pollution was so bad because of neighboring factory cities. This Valley Peak is grown in a whole different place… can’t wait to go back! And I’m really happy your girlfriend asked for more :) Thank you, once again, for writing this up!

El Monstro

Thanks for the background on the tea, the trips to China (minus the pollution part) sound awesome.

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
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Smells amazing in the bag, I can’t stop sniffing the dry leaves. Smells like a fresh spring garden combined with a peach orchard, or grove of osmanthus trees. The flavors I am getting are similar. It tastes like an oolong leaning towards the green side, with clean, lightly peach-like flavor. It kind of reminds me of the mild sweetness I get out of wheat-grass as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86

We keep a big bag of this around as a daily drinker. I find this is about as good as many of the more expensive, fancy greens I’ve tried. I get the traditional gunpowder green tea flavor, plus I get some mineral-like notes, and a very subtle toasty taste. Even when other people in my house steep this for way too long, it still remains pretty smooth drinking, unlike some other types of green tea that are out there. This is a straight forward, great bang-for-the-buck (especially for organic) green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

One of the people I live with brought some of this home, and I have been enjoying it quite a bit… hot or cold. It is strong and malty tasting, yet smooth (always a good combination). This is one of those teas that is good for every day drinking. This box of tea came with bags, not sure if this is available in loose leaf or not.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

Smells nutty and chocolatey in the bag before steeping, like a Chinese black tea. Smells like a dark oolong after steeping. That oolong smell seems to come through on taste as well, kind of minerally tasting to me. Crisp and refreshing, good characteristic for iced tea. There seems to be a little bit of natural sweetness there too. I’m going to have to make a few more cups to be sure, but I think we have a winner here. I made a big cup to share with my girlfriend, and just realized I drank the whole thing while I wrote this, bahahaha.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Butiki Teas
156 tasting notes

A nice, robust (yet relatively smooth when I steeped it at around 190-F), malty tasting tea. I use it for straight forward, classic tasting iced tea. I bet it is good as a latte as well, will have to try that.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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84

Kind of bored today and stuck inside because of hot weather, time to try some tea (iced to be exact, but I’m going to sip it hot first). This has Ceylon tea in it. I haven’t cared much for other Ceylon teas I have tried in the past. BUT WAIT…what?! This is good, definitely surpassed my expectations. Tastes pretty roasty, caramelly, and perhaps woody/earthy? Has a creamy mouthfeel. I gave some to other people and they all liked it as well. My re-steeps didn’t turn out as strong as i’d like though.

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

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
156 tasting notes

Smells roasty in the bag, yet there is also a sweetness there, almost like roasted marshmallows or something.

After steeping, the smell reminds me of roasted nuts, toast, and honey. A bit floral. Maybe just a hint of boiled spinach or greens. Mineral/hot rocks also. The roasty-toasty honey-like flavors comes through on taste as well.
Great oolong.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Organic. This is a good green tea, slightly vegetal, smooth, maybe a little sweet, it would be good for someone that doesn’t usually like green teas. I usually don’t think green tea takes sugar very well, but this one does.

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

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Described on the bag as “a blend of the finest black teas from China and India.” I can definitely smell the Chinese tea characteristics in the bag. Brews up dark pretty quick. Has a good clean, classic tea taste. I made some iced tea with it and shared it with some other people…it was a hit.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a whipper-snapper, 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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