156 Tasting Notes

84

A triumph. I figured I’d like this before I even tried it, as I like the base tea a lot. Very rich and calming, this would make a great tea for cold Winter nights. The flavors are all nicely balanced here, nothing overdone. Adding sugar seems to intensify the caramel/vanilla notes, and compliments this tea nicely. Pairs well with apple pie!

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

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85

Awww yeah, I’ve been waiting for this one to be back in stock so I can try it.
In the bag it smells quite peppery. After steeping it smells like plum pudding. The taste is great and reminds me of dark fruit, berries, mild artichoke, maybe white wine a little bit. It has a creaminess to it that makes it very easy drinking. After drinking this for awhile it definitely reminds me of berries.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

I’ve been kind of bummed lately, because I have too much tea, which is actually a good problem to have, but it also means no new reviews/teas to try for awhile while I drink my collection down. Then while going through my tea tonight, OH SNAP YO, I found this unopened sample hiding in my cupboard.

Smells great in the bag, nice and balanced. I hate it when chais have one or two ingredients overpowering the rest. Taste is quite good. I think this might be my second favorite chai, and perhaps a contender for the first spot…we’ll see. I have to experiment with it a little more to know for sure.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93

Smells like a good Yunnan should right out of the bag, fruity and maybe a little cocoa-esque as well. Brewed up dark pretty fast. This Yunnan tea is particularly fruity tasting and smelling, like sun dried apricots and figs. Nice and smooth. I was originally planning to ice it after I tried a few sips warm, as it has been a hot Summer, but this cup is so good hot the ice will have to wait. I can already tell this is worth ordering again.

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

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82

Before steeping, it smells kind of like dark chocolate, malty, and maybe a little like caramel, plus of course some smokey notes.

Taste wise it is kind of hard to describe. Kind of floral in addition to malty tasting. To me it kind of tastes like a cross of the different flavors I get from Indian and Chinese teas. It reminds me somewhat of their bailin gongfu, but has its own thing going on. All I know is I cold brewed some, added ice and sugar, and really like it that way so far.

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

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82

Smells malty and sweet in the bag. The taste for me is pretty much the same as the smell: malty with a little bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Perhaps some earthiness as well? Sugar brings out honey-esque notes. I cold brewed the leftover leaves for iced tea and it’s good that way as well, nice and refreshing taste. I’m drinking it iced now and liking it more and more with each sip.

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

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91

This is a great all around Yunnan tea when it comes to taste, smell, and price. Has the notes on taste that remind me of fig cookies. Nice, smooth, and medium bodied… not too light; not overly strong either. It doesn’t need sugar but I like to add some anyways, which tends to bring out flavors that make me think of mild molasses.
Iced it tastes a little bit like a Keemun tea. Very good hot or cold.

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

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90

Directions call for 2-3 teaspoons at 194F. This smells good in the bag, kind of like honey and leather. Slightly tastes like a Dian Hong to me, except I’m getting the addition of earthy, oaky, roasty nut-like flavors, some sips even bring to mind coffee notes. That honey like smell comes through on taste too. This isn’t bitter what-so-ever (that is a good thing).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93

Pretty unique. I’m having a hard time thinking of how to describe the taste of this, but it’s good. It kind of reminds me of ripe grapes and/or raisin, except it also has some mild toast-like notes going on. I cold brewed my leftover leaves and it came out very flavorful.
Update: After drinking more of this, the best method for me seems to be a steep of

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

I always wanted to try one of these. It unfurled slowly (the opening process was definitely cool to watch, as was the end result), and I was afraid the long steep would make it bitter, but I never took the leaves/flower out and it was good the whole time, even after sitting for like 20 minutes. Kind of a mild, pleasant, mostly green tea taste. It kind of reminded me of the dragonwell green I just had from the same company. My lady friend really enjoyed this as well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more

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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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