501 Tasting Notes

80

This is really good. I love genmaicha, even though it is a bit odd because it just yells POPCORN to me. I drank some…and then made popcorn because it induced a craving. That said, this being good green tea, it tastes a bit more like veggies and popcorn. Popped veggies maybe.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Lemon Mango by Davidson's
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I had a cup of this while cat sitting. I was surprised by how flavorful it is – most bagged teas don’t do anything for me. I used two because this a big mug and it was pretty flavorful. Not strong enough to be a big wake-me-up in the morning, but pleasant. It is definitely citrussy and tropical, though I can’t say I taste mango specifically.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Monks Blend Organic by Zen Tea
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This is a nice, strong black tea. It seems to be mixed with a bunch of different blacks, and while I like black tea, I tend to find assam too intense without milk and I prefer my darjeelings a bit fruity. So for me, the flavors muddle here a bit into a blend that to me will work best with a splash of milk or as a base for stovetop chai.

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

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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
501 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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