2307 Tasting Notes

84
drank Budou Green by Lupicia
2307 tasting notes

This is one of the teas that came in the Lupicia summer grab bag and I was fairly certain I was going to hate this because generally I’m not a big fan of grape flavored anything.

The bag says to steep this in boiling water which I found to be kind of strange… I’ve never done that with a green tea. I believe mine was steeped around 180 F. This really smells like grape candy – the aroma is a little on the artificial side for me.

However, I was surprised by the flavor in this. It isn’t as obnoxious as I was fearing it would be. The package says “sweet and mellow” kyoto grapes and that’s an apt description in my opinion. It reminds me a bit of white grape juice but definitely isn’t overpowering. Mostly it’s sweet and fruity but I get a slightly sour aftertaste. It goes really well with the sencha. REALLY glad I don’t hate this since I have a whole bag of it, next up I might try cold brewing it, it could be really good that way.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
2307 tasting notes

I do have a lot of this so I tried cold brewing it yesterday and am drinking it today. I’m pretty happy with the results though it does remind me a lot of spinach. Cold spinach soup? Anyway, I like it!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
CHAroma

For some reason, top leaf makes me think of top shelf. Is this a high quality variety of tea?

TeaBrat

it is… very good quality and very pricey. :)

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94
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
2307 tasting notes

It’s a sipdown for me!
This is one of the few rooibos blends I actually like and I’m sure I’ll get more soon, it’s become an essential part of my revolving permanent collection. Better when steeped for a longer period of time.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Agreed – definitely better with a longer infusion!

Amariel

Same here. I am not a fan of rooibos, but I like this one.

Anna

Nooo. I don’t need another rooibos, but this sounds so much like something I’d like to try.

TeaBrat

Anna, maybe you can get a sample if you order something else from Butiki. :)

Anna

Yeah, I think I’ll place a Butiki order when I’m in the US in October; there are quite a few I want to try and the list is ever-growing. =)

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63

This was a bit of a disappointment to me as I’m not getting very much cherry at all, the chocolate is present in aroma and lightly in flavor. Eh, it tastes like tea flavored with Nestle Quik. Not sure what I might have done, if anything to mess this one up. Probably my least favorite thing from Della Terra so far. Better with soymilk added but not a big winner for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94

I decided I was going to finish this off in a fruit smoothie today because I’ve had it for a while. This has been a very enjoyable flavor but I’m not super into flavored matchas unless they’re in a latte. This was really good, I’m not sure if I would get anymore though. We’ll see!

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78
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
2307 tasting notes

Traditionally I have NOT been a big fan of Earl Grey. This came in my Lupicia grab bag and it isn’t something I would have chosen for myself but I figured I would try it and I can always give it away to a friend.

Upon opening the bag there is a very strong but pleasant bergamot aroma. I am hopeful although I’m not a huge fan of keemun either so it isn’t a good sign overall. :)

This is pretty good however. I am trying to rate it based on its merits and not my own personal preferences. I decided to add soymilk to it and the bergamot is very strong and citrus-y. I don’t know why but keemuns always taste muddy to me so that’s the least enjoyable part of this in my opinion but it does make a good contrast with the bergamot and is pretty unique. It’s definitely a lot better than most EG’s I’ve had though. I think my favorite is still Lord Bergamot from Steven Smith.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
2307 tasting notes

I remembered liking this rooibos so I got some with my latest Della teas order. It’s gingery and fruity and a bit on the sweet side. I like mine with a bit of soymilk added. Yummy! See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Renegade by T-We Tea
2307 tasting notes

So it’s been a while since I’ve had this one and I went to the T-We website and saw they have some new stuff, I need to go back soon and check out some of their other offerings. :)

Anyway this is a very strong and in your face blend which is why it’s called RENEGADE, I guess! This morning it seems really strong to me, almost a bit like coffee. The cinnamon is very pronounced too… It’s really good and getting me moving today!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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87

I got this tea in my latest Della Terra order and really wanted to try it based on some of the other reviews I’ve read.

It definitely smells a lot like a gooey dessert and I’m drinking it as a dessert tea. I’m getting a lot of brown sugar flavor out of this one. Pineapple and cherry are both present but a bit in the background. I’m not getting butter per se but it does seem very cake like. Adding some soymilk seems to have brought the cream flavor forth. I’ll probably finish off the 1 oz. I got in no time.

JC

This sounds good. Specially if the pineapple is not too strong. I love pineapple but for some reason extreme fruity flavors in tea put me off.

Amariel

I really like this one.

TeaBrat

it’s yummy!

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88

I got this sample from Shelley ages ago and am just getting around to drinking it now.

I followed the recommended steeping instructions and thought I’d first try this plain. It is malty but has a winey note almost like a keemun. The tea is very smooth and without much bitterness at all.

I did end up adding a touch of sugar and some soymilk. As the cup cools I am getting flavors of cocoa and also a bit of a bready flavor. Very flavorful and rich. This is nice! I can see why there are so many positive reviews, I am glad I got the chance to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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