39 Tasting Notes

70

An ok tea. I mistakenly got this thinking it was NOT flavored (it does not mention flavor as an ingredient on the site), but the label says it has flavoring in it. So I’m a bit disappointed in that.

Floral and creamy scent and taste. It’s a very mild, non-bitter, non-astringent tea. It does taste like there’s a bit of cream or milk in it, even though I only added sugar to mine.

It’s not a bad tea, but given there’s added flavor and the price is higher than other teas from this vendor, I probably won’t be getting it again once I finish the 50g I bought. It’s not quite the flavor profile I was looking for either…I wanted something that tasted “nutty” and this doesn’t quite get there.

Get this if you want something smooth, mild, and pleasant. It’s sort of like getting a hug from a well-mannered grandma.

Flavors: Milk

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91

Delicious. The other reviewers have already given reviews/tasting notes more eloquent than mine, so I’ll keep mine short. It’s a great tea, no bitter or astringent tastes at all even when I let it steep for forever in an effort to wring the last little bit out of the leaves, and smells and tastes like cocoa. It’ll be going on my “must buy” list for the future.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

A little goes a long way!

So, I got this Tie Guan Yin because I wanted to see how well it matched another Tie Guan Yin I’d had previously. I actually think What-Cha’s Ding Dong Oolong matches what I was looking for better, but not because THIS tea is bad.

The tea comes rolled into little dry balls. I made the mistake of adding too many to my teapot, and when I came back to look at it—leaves, leaves everywhere! Almost spilling out of my diffuser. The little balls had rehydrated into HUGE tea leaves. I felt a bit put-out I’d used too much, but I recovered the leaves and will use them for a second pot later…I’ll just use fewer of them. (Still surprised how big they are…two or three teaspoons of dry ended up being split between FIVE small teacups when I took them out to save for later.)

Anyway, the tea itself has a wonderful floral aroma. I steeped a little longer than I intended to…I was aiming for 2 minutes, I think it ended up 3 or 4. Didn’t harm the tea, it had no bad notes and no bitterness, just ended up stronger than I’d intended.

It’s a good tea. I use sugar with my tea, so I don’t know what it’s like without it, but it definitely matches the description—vegetal with sour finish. Not an unpleasant sour. And the floral smell/taste is great. It’s a bright, cheerful tea, if I can say that. :)

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

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70

I had this sitting around for a few months, and while looking through my stash for any samples I might have overlooked, I found this.

It was fine. Better than any teabag/grocery store tea, but not really memorable. I think I had too little in the sample to get a good taste…I greatly reduced water in my pot and sugar and while this tea wasn’t bad tasting, it didn’t really catch my attention. Maybe I should learn to brew by the cup for when I get small sample-sizes like I had of this. Maybe that would have helped? But as it is, neither pot I made really caught my attention.

Still rating it a 70, because there was no bitterness, no off-flavors…nothing worse than the crime of being a good tea that was unmemorable when compared to other good teas in its weight class. Still very drinkable.

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

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90

I really like this. I was alternating pots of tea (over the course of a few days) between this and What-Cha’s Assam Heritage Green Tea and the Taiwan Green Dong Ding Oolong, and this hit a good balance between the two of those. I use sugar in my tea, and this tasted like a bit like white chocolate to me. The package says “gentle nut tones” which I agree with. It’s a little bit savory, as opposed to floral or sweet or fruity, but it’s not at all astringent.

I think I’ll eventually add this to list of regular-buys.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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80

Got a sample of this with my order of mystery teas. I’ve made two pots of it. First obviously had most of the taste, and I definitely enjoyed it. Second is a bit weaker (expected as I didn’t start out with much tea) but still good. I like it.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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70

I got this white tea with a bunch of other “Mystery Teas” I purchased from What-Cha.

At first glance, I wasn’t particularly excited about this tea. The tea is broken leaves and dust, and very floaty when I poured water into my pot…I had to stop pouring a few times because the particles were clogging my infuser’s holes. (Usually that only happens with certain chais…)

Once brewed, I expected it to be terribly bitter…I much prefer whole leaves since I have to abuse them more in general before they turn bitter.

But it’s actually it’s a completely serviceable tea. There is a tiny bit of bitterness, but I think that’s because I overbrewed it because I half-ignored it while cooking breakfast. I think I left it brewing over 5 minutes. It’s a white tea, and my tea came out looking red…if I hadn’t known better, I would have thought it a lighter black tea. I expect if I don’t abuse it, the hint of bitterness wouldn’t have been there and my white tea wouldn’t have been a reddish color!

Overall, I’m not terribly excited by this tea, but it weathered my overbrewing better than I expected. I’d be perfectly content to drink this if it’s given me, and I expect to use up the rest of what I have.

I’ll leave another tasting note when I brew it under better circumstances. I did brew it once prior to this, and I recall liking it just fine.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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74
drank Assam Heritage Green Tea by What-Cha
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100

Got this in an assortment of mystery teas, and it’s delicious. It has a floral scent and taste. Smooth, no bitterness or astringency. I could drink it every day.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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74
drank Assam Heritage Green Tea by What-Cha
39 tasting notes

I got this tea in an assortment of “mystery” teas from What-Cha. I find this to be an…interesting tea. I didn’t pick up the fruity or citrus taste that the bag claims, or that other reviewers tasted. Instead, I got a taste that reminded me of the pu’ers I have tried, but much fainter. I’ve found I don’t like pu’er teas at all…but that taste in this green tea was actually interesting.

I do think I over-brewed this one a bit—either my water was too hot, or I let it steep too long. But I am enjoying it, because it’s interesting but not overpoweringly interesting! (Ha.)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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