2304 Tasting Notes

94

These are so good, I think the rice scent offsets most of the bitterness this toucha has, though I did let it steep today accidentally for 2 minutes, it was a bit potent but still drinkable.

Amariel

Rice scented? Like toasted rice genmaicha? Sounds intriguing.

TeaBrat

Yes indeed…

Amariel

Oh! I need to try this one then! :)

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92

I just read through the tasting notes and it’s very interesting to see the variety of responses to this one…

I got my Den’s Tea sampler in the mail today and was very excited, wow, that was fast but they are in Southern California. I was impressed by the literature they sent and all of the different brewing guides/instructions.

So it’s been ages since I’ve had a Houjicha really. I chose this because I wasn’t ready to go to sleep quite yet and thought I might try something with light caffeine. Steeped for about 90 seconds in an infuser mug, one rounded teaspoon to about 6 oz of water, 205 F.

Ah yum! I thought this was delicious. I love the roasted smell and the flavor is also woody, earthy, roasted, nutty and a bit sweet like molasses or honey. It doesn’t really taste like a green tea, it’s very meeeelllllllooowww, DUDE. :) This would be a nice one to have around for afternoon and evening and the price is sure right.

I thought this was excellent and I would definitely purchase it again. I’m looking forward to trying all the other teas in my sampler now. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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64

This one came as a sample from LiberTeas – so thank you very much for letting me try it!

Ovation Teas has not even been on my radar until now so I just went to their website to check them out, they have a lot of interesting looking stuff.

I’m not really sure about this tea though. I thought the black tea base was fine for me personally (others remarked on the bitterness). I think it’s more the flavoring here that did not strike a chord with me. I do like figs, and brown sugar of course. I’m not even sure what this tastes like to me, a slightly sweet raisin-esque kind of concoction? I didn’t hate it but something was missing. I liked the flavor a bit better after adding soymilk but I don’t think I would purchase this. A little sad because I was hoping it would be fantastic…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

Sounds good to me :)

Scatterbrain

I’ve been really curious about Ovation because like you said they have a lot of interesting looking things and it’s all pretty cheap too. I hope more people review their teas.

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96

I’ve become a little obsessed with pu-erh lately and spend way too much time looking at pictures of beengs and bricks on the internet. I need to drink more of what I have before getting more :)

In any case I discovered the best steeping time for this brick is 195 F for around 60 seconds. see my previous notes… still love it

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hahahha…….I can really relate to this review. I’m constantly looking at tea on the internet. Well, not constantly…….but alot. Ditto to your “:)” statement. I am planning on finishing :(( the Hand Rolled Bao Zhong you sent me tonight. I’ll do this & think of you looking at Beengs and bricks on the internet. That might turn my :(( to :))!

TeaBrat

It also gets very tempting when you realize it never really goes bad and might even improve with age…

ashmanra

Enablers! Quit getting in my head!

Charles Thomas Draper

This obsession sounds familiar….

TeaBrat

ha! Good to know I am not alone!

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94

It’s a green tea kind of morning and I am revisiting this today – very enjoyable!

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80

I really just got these for everyday drinking at the office and whatnot. These are small raw green (sheng) touochas. I did a quick rinse and did my first steep at 60 seconds and the second at 2 minutes, both with around 180 F water.

These are nice and inexpensive – I got a whole bag for $6.50 which has 20 or so pieces in it (I did not count). The flavor is mellow, earthy and malty. With the shorter steep I was picking up some apple flavors but with the longer steep I got some slightly bitter flavors. They claim these are aged but I don’t know for how long, they still seem kinda young. They are of good quality as you can see the long leaves unfurl with only a bit of broken leaves. Amazing how they were able to compress all that in a little cake.

I liked this, good for every day, not as astringent and sour as some sheng tou chas I’ve had but certainly nothing as complex as their loose leaf sheng pu-erhs.

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

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75
drank Chloe by The Simple Leaf
2304 tasting notes

Thanks so much to Jillian for this one who answered my swap request for some more green darjeelings to try! I’m sorry abut the now defunct Simple Leaf because I never got to order anything from them but at least I get to try this one.

This reminds me a lot of a Chinese green tea and I don’t think there’s terribly much about it which would cause me to suspect it’s from darjeeling. It is nutty and slightly vegetal, very mild in flavor with some astringency in the finish. I think I am picking up a few delicate spicy notes – or is that just wishful thinking? In any case I was just sitting here reading JacquelineM ‘s note thinking I might try cold brewing some of this as well. I generally prefer my green teas to be slightly more flavorful but this wasn’t bad at all.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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80

Finally I discovered the secret to success with this one is to use more leaf than I normally would and steep it for 7 minutes to really allow the flavors to pop. I added a sugar cube and some soy milk and it is very enjoyable now. Bumped up the score.

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89

This was a recent purchase for me at Red Blossom, it almost felt like they were trying to talk me out of purchasing this one, after reading the description I am a little scared… lol. Regardless the only other gunpowder I’ve had was Numi’s and I liked that version.

I steeped this gong fu style for only about 30 seconds, I think that was probably enough for me, I’m not sure it would need to be much stronger. The smell is smoky and very nutty and the flavor is definitely assertive, must be the strongest bodied green tea I now currently own. I’m not normally a huge fan of smoky teas (or of pungent ones)! I am getting walnuts, smoke and some hearty green vegetal notes, roasted artichoke or even brussels sprouts. It also has a nice richness which I can only liken to olive oil. If green teas were like musical instruments this might be the tuba… lol. I think without the slightly sweet richness playing a part this would almost be unbearable but it works.

I did get a second steep put of this and I’d imagine I could even one more perhaps.

Anyway since I’ve been drinking so much sheng lately I’ve gotten used to some of these flavors. The BF who normally doesn’t have much of a reaction to green teas thought this one was good. I cannot see drinking this first thing in the morning or with a stomach ache, but it would be good in the afternoon, or perhaps with a meal. Definitely recommended for adventurous types & is much stronger than the Numi teabags. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I have never had gunpowder green, but tried gunpowder black at Tin Roof Teas Friday and thought it was very good. A few months back, a sales clerk at Teavana saw me taste their flowering tea and told me that is was mostly just for show and had very little flavor. I thought it had lots of flavor! I guess some of them are used to the sweetened blends they keep for demos.

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74

Here’s yet another sample from my Le Palais de Thes gift set.

I decided to try this with my boyfriend this morning since he likes Earl Grey much more than I do. I think we both agree that this doesn’t smell and taste very bergamot-y so I actually liked it for this reason. It’s fairly subtle and allows the flavor of the yunnan black to come through. This is one smooth and delicious tea that I can just sit and drink plain which is unusual for me and a black tea. Pretty good, but I think I would just skip the bergamot altogether and go for the grand yunnan. :)

I think if you were expecting something like a typical strong Earl Grey you’d be a bit disappointed in this one. If you like lighter bergamot type teas (like Paris from Harney and Sons) you might enjoy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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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