431 Tasting Notes

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I got a sample from Liquid Proust and it was hard to read what was written on the sample . I think it’s Fukuyu Sencha from ESP Emporium. I couldn’t find that tea listed here so I didn’t bother setting it up.

Had this one at work and just brewed up western style. Oh, wow, was it ever good. It tasted fruity. Really fruity and sweet. I really want more of this green tea. Soooo good!

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

That sencha ended up in the Blueberry Sandstorm Genmaicha I made…
Sorry about the handwriting :p

Ubacat

So I did have the name right then! That’s good to know in case I want to buy some. Your Blueberry Sandstorm Genmaicha must be really good then if it’s made with this tea.

Liquid Proust

I don’t want to be subjective about my own teas… but, being that I used no flavoring for the blueberry taste leaves me with room to improve the overall taste. While I may be pleased with what I came up with, I can understand how others may want more fruity notes in the tea; but in regards to the sencha used, I am rather picky with my greens :p

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I found this one at Loblaws tonight. There were some Dragonwell teas too but just grabbed this one for now. It’s a loose tea (no teabags! Yay!) but they include some teabags with the box that you can fill (made from unbleached paper).

I’m really enjoying this tea. It’s hard to find a rooibos that doesn’t have a bunch of artificial flavouring added to it. This one does have a bit of that vanilla madacasgar taste to it. Now they called the cocoa nibs Madagascar which doesn’t make sense to me. I really don’t get much cocoa from this tea . I do pick up a faint mint and there’s something about it that has probably come from the aging in the barrel. I can’t quite describe it . Maybe it has absorbed some of the oak .

Overall a great tea!

Flavors: Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
431 tasting notes

This was one of those teas on my wish list. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding it in.

I had this one yesterday and should have kept notes. I know I enjoyed it but wasn’t wowed by it. I found the bergamot was done nicely, not overpowering. It was quite mild as was the jasmine. I think I might need to have this tea again to really get a feel of it. I’m glad there was enough for two cups so I’ve still got enough left.

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Wow! What an amazing Jasmine tea. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding a sample in our swap.

I brewed this gongfu. Currently am on steep 3 – or is it 4? I lost track. It’s soooo good. I have always loved a good jasmine green with a fairly strong floral taste and aroma. The one I used to enjoy years ago (way before I got into fine teas) had an artificial flavor to make it that strong. Trying many different jasmine teas over the years I came to the conclusion that infusing the tea naturally with the flowers could just not give such a strong jasmine scent and flavor to it. Well I was wrong.

This tea is jasmine and a bit buttery. Very delicate but at the same time very strong. I’m surprised this is listed as a green tea. When I checked it out on Capital Teas website it is made with first flush peony silver needles. Sounds like a white tea to me. It is tied in such delicate bows. I can imagine that definitely adds to it’s high price because of the labour to make those little bows.

I just can’t help it but would love more of this tea. It would be nice to stock a tiny tiny amount of the bows but to find this tea without the bows to have more often. I wonder if Capital Teas has it without the bows?

Flavors: Butter, Jasmine

Equusfell

Have you had Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine? It is the most floral and amazing jasmine tea I have ever drunk. And it is relatively reasonably priced for such a high quality tea.

Ubacat

No , I never did. I’d love to try it.

Ubacat

Ha ha I checked out the reviews here and I had already saved that one to my wish list.

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
431 tasting notes

I took a sample of this from the GCTTB and was saving it for when I got a day that was a bit more relaxed. Life has been so hectic lately.

I think this sample was put in by Sil. Thanks Sil. I was pretty excited to try this tea.

I brewed for 10 min at 205F. Added just a little almond milk and a tiny bit of sweetner. It’s like having a cup of hot chocolate. Very nice! I can also pick up a bit of vanilla in there. Really enjoy this tea and might consider ordering if they have a good sale on in the future.

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

you can sometimes find it at the grocery store. That’s actually where i found mine to try haha

Ubacat

Really? I’ve never seen this in the grocery store but I have to admit; I pass by the tea section a lot more now than I used to. Which one did you find it in?

Sil

it was one in vancouver – uh…safewat if i remember right

Ubacat

Oh. Haven’t seen one of those in Ontario.

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86

I had a sample of this The Finest Brew sent me some time ago. I couldn’t find brewing instructions on their website and I couldn’t remember exactly how I brewed the last moonlight tea I have. So I started at 190F and brewed a few seconds.

It was good. Smooth and sweet. No bitterness. Had a bit of that hay taste that I get off of white but was strong and full bodied with a bit of malty flavour. There’s a bit of fruitiness in there too.

I messed up the brewing infustions after the first one and left it a minute or so. It was even better. Sweeter and more flavor.

This one kind of reminded me of the one I got from the Ebay seller Goshopstreet. Both are great moonlight teas.

Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Malt

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drank Roasted Barley by assi brand
431 tasting notes

Picked this up at the local Asian supermarket. I am having tea buying withdrawal symptoms since it’s taking since April for my Yunnan Sourcing order to come! lol

I love buckwheat tea so I thought why not give barley tea a try? It came in this HUGE 2 lb bag for $3.99. If I didn’t like it I wasn’t out a lot of money.

On the bag it said to add 2 tbsps. to 2 litres of water and boil for 20 min. I checked out some other reviews and other people had used more tea and about the same amount of water. I just put what looked like 2 litres in a pot, not really measuring. Then added 3 tbsps. and boiled for 20 min.

Mmmm, it was nice and comforting toasty . It doesn’t taste like buckwheat. Definitely has it’s own flavor but it’s toasty with that grain flavor. Hot, this makes a soothing, warming herbal drink in the colder days. I still enjoyed it now and took the rest to put in the fridge to have as iced. It’s supposed to be pretty good cold too.

Flavors: Roasted, Roasted Barley, Toast

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90

Enjoying this tea this morning. I find a lot of Japanese teas are so over the top that they make nice occasional teas but not everyday teas. At least that’s my experience on tasting some. I realize there are plenty of everyday senchas out there.

This one has a delicious green bean, mossy green & sweet flavor without being over the top. It still borders on decadent because it’s soooo good but I could it enjoy it more often.

I would definitely consider adding this one to my next Yunomi order.

Flavors: Green Beans, Moss, Sweet

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

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drank Peach Yellow Tea by Cornelia Bean
431 tasting notes

GCCTB4

This tea is not for me. The peach came across as too artificial tasting. I’m just really sensitive to artificial flavours so I think others who drink them might like this tea. It definitely was peachy.

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I had this tea today at work. Just brewed Western style. The smell of the dry leaves smelled so much like chocolate!

I wasn’t even sure of the temperature I was using but I know it wasn’t boiling.

This tea didn’t taste quite as chocolatey as it smelled at first. The chocolate notes were still there along with a roast flavor. As it cooled down the chocolate notes became stronger .

So this tea makes me think of chocolate genmaicha! There this roasted flavor coupled with chocolate. That’s all I could think of was chocolate genmaicha even though there wasn’t any rice in it. I really enjoyed this tea but the one downside to it was the major caffeine kick. After I had it , I was done for the day with caffeine. This seemed to pack as much caffeine as coffee.

It was really good though!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Roasted

Liquid Proust

THIS STUFF IS SO GOOD!

Ubacat

I could still smell the infused leaves sitting on my desk all day. Chocolate was waffling under my nose and tempting me for a 2nd infusion but my heart was pumping too much from the last cup!

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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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