414 Tasting Notes

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Enjoying this one this morning. I love sencha but it has such a caffeine kick. This morning I need it because I didn’t get enough sleep. This is the last of my sample on this one. It’s a great sencha and I will miss it but I have lots of great teas in my cupboard to sip down.
Not leaving any details on it since I did that on my first review of this tea.

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This tea came from CameronB. Enjoying it this morning. It’s sweet with chestnut notes with a slight bitterness that hits the tongue on the finish. The bitterness is not unpleasant but adds to the enjoyment of the tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Chestnut, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve already left a review on this one but am enjoying it this snowy afternoon. A wonderful floral oolong to dream of spring flowers. Today is groundhog day and I can’t believe they got Wiarton Willie out on a day like this. So it’s supposed to be an early spring but two other groundhogs say 6 more weeks. Hope Wiarton Willie is right.

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drank Løv is Good by Løv Organic
414 tasting notes

I don’t know how I can ever remember all these Lov names for their teas. They all seem to sound alike after awhile although their tea packaging is cute.

This one is a mild herbal chai blend. Definitely strong on the anise/Fennel flavour. The other spices are not too strong and it was a pretty pleasant tea. Even though I don’t hate anise/licorice it’s just not my thing when it comes to tea but I’m glad I got a chance to try this tea.

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Licorice, Spices

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drank Lotus Green Tea by Tealux
414 tasting notes

This has been in my cupboard for awhile and I’ve never left a review. I knew I didn’t like it because I wrote something on the package but I thought I’d give it another try.

NOPE, this tea is horrible. I don’t know what lotus tastes like but I just don’t like this. It’s not artificial tasting .,…just bad.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Enjoying this tea this evening. This was a sample from CameronB.

I like how each tea has it’s own special colour on the package for the tea bag. This one was a dark French blue. It seemed this tea would appeal to me since I like mint and lemon.

It’s definitely mint and verbena with the verbena being the stronger of the two. To me verbena isn’t quite lemon though. It has it’s own special flavour that comes across as a bit medicine flavour to me. I guess I’m just not liking the verbena that much but I can appreciate that this is a nice herbal blend with no artificial flavouring. It would definitely appeal to those who love verbena. Glad I got the chance to try it!

Flavors: Mint

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I had this tea this morning. The little ball is so cute and it’s really packed tight. A bit too tight since it takes forever to break up. I gave it a couple of pokes with my pu’erh pick on the 3rd rinse just to get it going. Each ball is 7-8 grams of tea. That’s a lot of tea!

So I did 3 rinses 10/10 & 15

Then I brewed for 15 sec. It was a bit rough, really spicy/peppery and some bitterness.

4th brew – 20 sec. It was getter better. Smoother , less bitter, apricot notes were coming through. A bit less peppery.

5th brew Went back to 10 sec because this was a lot of tea for me and it was just too strong at 20 sec. The peppery/spicy note was stronger again. It started out smooth on the tongue with a slight bitterness on the finish. It had a nice silky mouth feel

6th brew-15 sec Peppery notes disappeared and it became smoother .

This tea just kept changing and getting better. I put the tea leaves aside to have some more for tomorrow. There’s definitely plenty of infusions left in those leaves. I didn’t get any orchid notes off it like they’ve mentioned on their website. Maybe that will come out in later infusions.

Flavors: Apricot, Pepper, Spicy

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Yesterday’s tea.

I took this one to work and brewed in my double glass walled travel mug. I thought I took a pu’erh and was surprised to find a white tea. And one I hadn’t reviewed yet either. I just used the hot water from the hot water dispenser (water cooler) as I think that one is around the 175. I know it’s definitely less than 185. It was the best I could do at work.

I love how these leaves looked. So big , furry & white. It brews up to a pretty bold white tea. The liquid was an amber colour.

What struck me first about this tea is I got a caramel note. It seemed to taste like caramel to me but was between a caramel/malt flavour. This is the element I believe CameronB picked up that was similar to a black tea. On the YS website , they note that as this tea ages it becomes more like a black.

It’s interesting how we all get different tastes and then our brains interpret it in different ways too. What can I say? Caramel just seemed to stick in my head .

I didn’t get any fruity notes but I noticed this tea was VERY sweet; and of course I picked up the typical hay notes I get from most whites. The second brew on this was a bit too weak for me but the colour was still quite dark. I would like to try brewing this one gongfu next time.

Overall, an exceptional white tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

interesting..may have to try this one out as i don’t generally ever get drawn to whites..

Ubacat

I’m drinking a lot more whites lately since I’ve had quite a few I’ve really enjoyed.

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Yesterday’s tea.

This little sample from Garret must have gotten a bit lost in my huge collection of teas. I was searching for a green tea yesterday morning and came across this sample.

The dry leaves looked so dark. I would have taken it for a black tea or roasted oolong. The leaves were long and twisted.

This tea was a nice surprise. First thing I noticed was how sweet it was. Sweet, nutty & smooth. Then it’s got this mild roasted flavour to it. It’s nutty & sweet along with the roasted.

I find with oolongs there’s a huge difference between a light oolong and a roasted oolong. I’m just using that example to explain how roasting changes a tea a lot. This was a surprise because all the elements I love in a green tea: nutty, buttery, smooth, chestnut notes, sweet – were all there along with the light roasted flavour….kind of like roasted chestnuts!

I just sorry it took me so long to try this tea. It’s really a great tea!

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank #05 Kirameki No Sencha by Yunomi
414 tasting notes

Having this tea this morning. Brewed at 185 , 8 oz, almost a min. Meant to go 45 sec but couldn’t get to it in time. Anyway, I’m really surprised with my last review. This morning this tea is pretty good. Not the best sencha I’ve had but still a decent quality one for the morning. I’ve upped my rating.

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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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