2337 Tasting Notes

96

This tastes a bit muddy to me but perhaps I am having an off day, I rated it very high previously – see notes. :))

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94

This came as a free sample from the people at Mandala Tea who also seem very nice, thanks for the sample, guys!

The shape and smell of this one does remind me of a dragonwell, but I’ve been very underwhelmed by dragonwells in the past. I was not too stingy with the leaf here and steeped it at 180 F for 3 minutes, regular infuser mug method.

I did like this one! It brews up to be a very light yellow color in the cup. I was expecting it to be wimpy but it really isn’t. The flavor is quite delicate but there is a also a delicious macadamia nut like richness about it with a sweet finish. yummy!

This is a beautiful cup to be savored and now it goes on my shopping list… heh heh :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Spoonvonstup

Yay! Nice to see some other folks trying Mandala. Sincerely nice.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, how much tea do you use?

TeaBrat

@Scott – for…. what?

ScottTeaMan

For this tea. Approx 1 tsp? more? I was just curious because you said you weren’t to stingy with the leaf………

TeaBrat

It was a tablespoon I am guessing…

Garret

HI Friends!! I will be visiting the growers of this particular tea during my tea buying trip in April! The growers brew it 1-2 minutes for 5 or 6 brews. The other day during a tea session, I did one minute steepings over and over again and adored the flavors. As far as amount, customers are using anywhere from 2 tsp to over a tablespoon in 8 ounces. 3 grams of this is over a tablespoon. So… up to you as far as amount.

ScottTeaMan

helpful info Garret.

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76

Another sample from Palais de Thes… this is an oolong and it smells very fruity in the tube. I decided to steep it according to their instructions which was 5-7 minutes at 205 F. At that amount of time my cup is much darker than the one which appears on their website. I may try to cut the steeping time down with the rest of this sample.

Overall, the flavor is okay but it’s complicated. I am definitely getting fruity, I sense some stone fruit flavors here that I quite like. I almost wonder if this tea is scented in some way though because it is kinda perfumey, maybe that’s the flowers. I could really do without the floral element in this tea. I do like some floral teas but not others yeah, I’m picky like that. :) Sometimes I think one flavor element in a tea is really enough.

This is not a great morning tea for me, I would probably prefer something like this in the afternoon. It’s ok but not something I would purchase right now. They have a couple of other oolong blends, one is a tropical and one is a straight up fruit blend, those look better to me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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71

I got some of this with my recent order at Den’s and I am not sure what to make of it quite yet. It is an iced beverage and low in caffeine, still I think I am most familiar with roasted barley being in an herbal coffee substitute so it tastes a little odd to have it as a cold drink. I can’t help but think I would just prefer this heated up and with some cream. This is my first mugicha so I don’t really know what I am talking about…. ;-)

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62

I found a way to make this better, I added some of my own rose petals and some cinnamon, that helps to offset the stevia a bit, but still it smells a lot better than it tastes…

ScottTeaMan

What Tulsi tea would you suggest?

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85
drank Pu-erh Blood Orange by Rishi Tea
2337 tasting notes

this would be better without the hibiscus…

I need to try Samovar’s version one of these days. :)

Jillian

In my opinion, everything would be better without hibiscus. ;)

TeaBrat

Really! I hate it too…

ScottTeaMan

Mees toos. :))

Jillian

We should form the Hibiscus Haters Club or something. XD

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97

Thanks to ScottTeaMan for this lovely sample. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get around to trying some… this tea seems like it has a personality complex and does not know if it’s a white tea or an oolong.

After steeping the wet leaves smell quite floral and relaxing so I know I am in for a treat of some kind. :))

I steeped this for around 90 seconds in 180 F or so water and I was not skimpy with the leaf. My cup is light yellow and quite delicate. The flavor is lightly sweet like sweet peas or corn, but also floral with a honeysuckle like quality. Very relaxing and aromatic and some slightly creamy elements in the finish. This is quite nice, almost intoxicating!

Second steep is also wonderful… a little buttery but with some crazy, wonderful Himalayan floral thing going on. It reminds me a bit of the White Shangri-La from Rare Tea Republic.

I will be looking out for more teas like this from Thunderbolt. Thanks for sharing Scott. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Your welcome! I knew you’d like it. It is so delicious! I want to review a white tea today, but I think I’ll revisit this one. I hope I gave you enuff for afew more cups. :))

ScottTeaMan

Did you experience any maltiness, nuts, or light chocolate notes? My sinuses aren’t clogged today, so maybe I’ll get some of the sweet peas, & more florality!

TeaBrat

I thought I sensed the white chocolate but of course I read your tasting notes which probably put the idea in my head. ;-)

ScottTeaMan

I find that sometimes descriptions by others DO zero in on an aspect or flavor characteristic. I do try not to read other descriptions too much though- for the reason you said. Does any of this make sense? :p

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88
drank Bancha Suruga by Den's Tea
2337 tasting notes

Thanks to whoever recommended this bancha from Den’s tea, I forget who you were… :)

I think they do recommend boiling water for this one, but nevertheless I believe I steeped mine in around 190F for 60-90 seconds. This is very vegetal and marine, I am also picking up a bit on the buttery quality others have mentioned. It’s pretty rich in flavor although more savory, not much on the sweet side. I was worried after reading the description that said it was more astringent than sencha, I am not really picking up on that much in the first steep.

My second steep was around 208 F and here I am picking up more on some astringency so although still delicious, I think I prefer it at the lower temp.

It is raining today in San Francisco and this robust green tea seems very comforting. It’s also nice to have at least one green tea you don’t have to worry about steeping with a thermometer, which will make this a nice one to have in the office.

I’m starting to wonder why I even bother buying flavored green tea because I actually like the taste of green tea and more often than not the flavoring kind of ruins them in my opinion… I think this is a good value especially for the price.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Any Bancha I’ve had (only a few) has never been more astringent than sencha tea. I like them sometimes for there lack of astringency, and even on a resteep, are not as astringent as senchas. I’ve only resteeped bancha teas twice, and I do like an occasional flavored green. Most of the teas I consume (95%) are unflavored. How much was this Bancha?

TeaBrat

$6.25 for 2 oz: http://www.denstea.com/bancha-guricha-and-mecha-bancha-suruga-625-c-102_103.html

I may get the Harney tea someday to compare, it is cheaper…

ScottTeaMan

I really don’t like too many flavored teas, but I like Harney’s Bangkok Blend – Bancha with vanilla & lemongrass. Their Tokyo Blend is even better IMHO, becuse the bancha is blended with caramel & toasted sesame seeds.

TeaBrat

The Tokyo blend sounds really good… :)

ScottTeaMan

It is! I’m not one to lose tea, but I know I have some of this left…….somewhere! Even if I find it, it may now be stale. ://

TeaBrat

Yes that is a problem with green tea, u need to drink it fast

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Another flavored green from my Palias de Thes gift set…

I steeped this at 3 minutes at 170 F and found it to be quite unremarkable so it will be hard for me to review this one. :) The base of this green tea is fairly mild and slightly vegetal, a bit nutty. The cherry element here is fairly light and lends a bit of sweetness along with a slightly tart element. I have to add I’ve tried a few cherry green teas in the last year and it’s been difficult for me to find one I really think is good! They all end up reminding me of cough syrup. I want something dark and luscious like a bing cherry. Maybe there’s a cherry black tea out there for me?

I think I’ll have to try cold brewing the rest of this sample…

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

I think that’s my problem with most flavored teas. The flavoring is usually overdone or artificial tasting to me. ://

TeaBrat

a lot of them are…

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97
drank Organic Houjicha by Den's Tea
2337 tasting notes

“Running around as you do with your head up in the clouds
I was like you
Never had time to lay back, kick your shoes off, close your eyes
I was like you
Now you’re not hard to understand
You need someone to take your hand

Have you never been mellow? "

Hee hee – well enough easy listening, this is so. very. yummy.

Thanks to Den’s I’ve discovered a newfound love for houjicha! I love the way this smells when it’s steeping and the cup is dark, but very clean tasting, roasty but not excessively smoked or burnt. It’s got a sweet finish reminiscent of caramel or burnt sugar. It doesn’t taste like wet bark like some other houjichas I’ve had (well not much anyway)

This will be a great choice for my afternoon tea, low in caffeine and relaxing. It reminds me a bit of a roasted oolong. This is nice mixed with some soymilk too – I really need to make a houijcha latte someday! :)

As always, your mileage may vary but I thought this was super tasty. Also I was able to resteep it 3 times. :)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I love Houjicha! I could drink this tea every day. :)) Have you iced it? I get the feeling it would be quite tasty.

TeaBrat

No, I need to try that!

ScottTeaMan

My last cup of Houjicha I drank was cold (not iced). I had fallen asleep and when I woke up my tea was cold….and tasty!

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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