334 Tasting Notes

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It seems I am the first to leave a review for this Autumn tea but it’s still pretty much the same tea from Spring of 2014. I’ve had this tea few times already but was too lazy to set up a new tea on Steepster.

I brewed western style for this morning at 200F . This is a pretty good tea for early mornings. It’s got a bit of caffeine kick to it but not overly strong. In fact I can’t tell too much of a difference in caffeine compared to having my green.

I love the bready/molasses sweetness of this early morning. There’s also a floral note but I haven’t figured out what it reminds me of. What appeals to me about this black tea is that it’s a bit lighter than I expected a black tea to be. The milder brew and light floral notes are things I enjoy in some greens. This tea is dark enough and strong enough to give to my Hubby (He likes it too) but light enough for me to enjoy as well.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Molasses

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Tiger Monk by Temple Road
334 tasting notes

This tea is pretty old in my cupboard – about a year but I had it this afternoon and it’s still flavourful. I did about 4 infusions on it and probably could have squeezed out more.

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87

The last of my Cedar Ridge sample. It’s been nice and I will consider ordering more of this when I place a future order.

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94

I didn’t know where to post this tea review. It’s a new tea sample. I ordered the sample pack of Japanese teas on Ebay from Ebay seller yuu.choose. This tea is Suizawa Tokujou Kabusecha. All the little sample packets came with only Japanese writing on them and I didn’t know what was what. So I brought up the Ebay auction sample pack and matched symbols to their English translation and figured it out. I couldn’t find a company name anyway unless it’s Ise Tea.

No brewing instruction either so I used Yunomi brewing instructions. The first cup was very light (30 sec) but I loved it. A light grassy sweet tea. So delicate and tasty. Second brewing was 1 min and the tea brewed stronger. Still soooo beautifully sweet. Not a hint of bitterness. The colour of the tea was a bright green, like a matcha tea and tasted very grassy. I have to go back for another steep. This is so good. I definitely will consider buying more of this tea.

For those that are interested , the shipping was a bit slow with this seller but otherwise a good transaction.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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78
drank Toffee Caramel Rooibos by Tealux
334 tasting notes

This tea makes me laugh. I bought it awhile ago but haven’t had it because I normally don’t like ooey gooey sweet stuff. It had some pretty good reviews on the Tealux website so I thought I’d try it out.

It is quite tasty. Definitely a caramel yumminess to it without being overly sweet. This is one rooibos tea that seems to be fairly hidden underneath the caramel creaminess. I like rooibos in general but for those that don’t they might like this tea. I’m okay with the flavouring too (no tongue tingling). I didn’t really expect to like it but I am enjoying it.

A good tea to grab when craving something sweet!

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Green Gold by Mandala Tea
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86

I know I left a review on this tea before but feel like leaving another one. I dreamed I was having jasmine tea last night so woke up wanting jasmine tea. I botched the first brewing. Got the temperature right but put in too many pearls. Too strong. Ditched that and brewed 1/2 tsp, 8 oz, 185F, 3 min. Perfect. Or at least the way I like it. Balanced jasmine notes, good astringency without being bitter. Love it. Had a second cup too.

Flavors: Astringent, Jasmine

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85

I might have botched the brewing on the infusions a few times but this tea is still very good.

The first infusion, I followed their directions but think I cooled the water just a tad too much and had a bit too much water. It was still very grassy and sweet. Nice and rich and perfectly balanced for a deeply flavoured sencha.

2nd infusion was supposed to be 10-20 sec but I botched and it went a minute. I was glad because it was still a flavourful cup.

3rd infusion. Used their instruction and did 30 sec but this brew was way too weak.

4th – Went back to longer infusion of 1 min but it was already becoming a weaker version of the tea.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 103 ML

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44
drank Pumpkin Cream Rooibos by Tealux
334 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for awhile and not tried it out. It was a big disappointment. I didn’t really get much pumpkin. Was too artificial tasting to me.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tealizzy

Bummer! It really is hard to find a good pumpkin rooibos. Most of the time, there’s no pumpkin!

Ubacat

It must be a hard flavour to do.

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I had this tea early this morning and a few days ago. I’ve been brewing with boiling water, 8oz water , for 2 min. It’s been good with caramel notes but I think the higher temperatures are just not doing this tea any justice so I’m not rating it yet. The smell of the tea in the bag is heavenly , very similar to green Bi Luo Chun. However, when I brew it, it’s just not living up to the way it smells dry. I plan on trying this with lower temperatures but was wondering how others out there have brewed this tea successfully? BTW, love the colour of the dry leaves! So pretty!

Cameron B.

I generally use 200 degree water for blacks, but I’ll sometimes go down to 190 if it’s a pure bud tea. They just seem more delicate to me. :P

Ubacat

Thanks! I’ll try that. I haven’t had a lot of black teas in the last few years. I never would have thought to try them at temperatures as low as oolong.

Cameron B.

I have a weird paranoia about boiling water, I’m always afraid it will ruin everything! I generally only use it for herbals and rooibos. :P

Dexter

I agree with Cameron – I don’t normally use boiling water on blacks. I general uses 90 or 95C depending on the tea. (Red rooibos is less woody if steeped at a lower temp too….)

Ubacat

I always thought most black teas can take boiling water but will definitely try it at the lower temperatures.

Terri HarpLady

with this one I usually go gongfu, 5G x 4oz 15/30/45sec/1/2/3/4/min

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.

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