488 Tasting Notes

83

This is really good – it is creamy and floral. I like it gongfu and western style, but the gongfu is more nuanced. The first steeps begin very creamy and move to a sweeter, floral flavor, becoming almost juicy at the end. The western brew is similar, but more compacted – first steep being creamiest, second and third steeps being fruitier.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is a strong cup, but not so strong I can’t drink it straight with no milk. That being said, I think it would take milk really well. It is perfect for a morning pick me up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Woody, but a bit sweet and fruity. I really like this – it held strong for four steeps and I am positive I could have done more if I really wanted. I always appreciate that.

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65
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I had a sample of this, and I am glad to have tried it. Maple sugar sounds like the exact kind of flavor I would love, as I love maple sugar. But this didn’t taste all that great – artificial, mostly. I wouldn’t get a bigger size, and I would probably rehome any future samples I got for some reason. It wasn’t awful or undrinkable though. Perhaps I need to stop going for maple teas.

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80

The hazelnut flavor here is intense, which is actually perfect because I am not sure I like honeybush without any flavoring. I think this will be even better with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I enjoyed this, but it pretty much tasted like a standard jasmine green tea to me. Strong flavor though, and it stood up to three steeps easily and was still flavorful at the end. If I weren’t ready to move on, I probably could have squeezed out a fourth.

ashmanra

I like this one with food, but otherwise I strongly prefer their other jasmine teas.

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90

I don’t think I’ve ever felt punched in the face by an orchid before. But this first steep was practically like chewing on an orchid dipped in butter. A full minute was FAR too long.

That said, the next 4 steeps were lovely. A minute and a half for the second steep worked out just fine, and the orchid was softer and the cream heavier. Each steep after gave pretty wonderfully until the very last, when it felt spent. I have never had an oolong this intense before, and I think with a reduced first steep, I’d get more out of the leaves in general. I would totally buy more of this knowing that.

Not for the faint of heart or haters of florals.

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78
drank PGB Black Tea by 52teas
488 tasting notes

This is interesting – I thought it would be spicier than it is, but it was just warming. Low heat, but with a bit of kick. The citrus blends in with it well, and I find that it tastes a bit sweet too. There are so many flavors, I honestly couldn’t pick them out upon tasting it without referring to the official ingredients list. But I am glad that the amalgamation was an overall good one, and not a yuck one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Ever Spring 2014 by Tearroir
488 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this most of the day and really enjoying it. It is creamy and sweet, and I got a solid 5 steeps out of it and enjoyed each one.

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