57 Tasting Notes

60

This isn’t a great Pu-erh by any measure, but it is drinkable. It brews a deep red cup of tea with an earthy and slightly fishy aroma. The taste is more earthy than fishy. The first steep is flavorful, while the second is pretty weak. Don’t think I’ll buy it again, but if someone offers me a cup down the road I’ll drink it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Have you tried the rinsing, highly concentrated, short steepings method yet?

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70
drank Immunitea by Remedy Teas
57 tasting notes

I’m trying to get over a cold and thought that this might be just the thing. Steeping the tea yields a deep, rich red liquid that smells strongly of currant and hibiscus. Upon drinking, the tart currant flavor overwhelmed any other taste. I wish it was a bit more balanced since I actually like the flavor of enchinacea. Oh well, it is completely drinkable and hopefully will have some magical healing power to kick this cold to the curb!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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66

The vanilla aroma is very strong while steeping, but the taste is not overpowering. The tea is actually very balanced and nice. As others have noted the tea will get bitter if steeped for too long, but I wish I could make it just a bit stronger. As it is, it is good, but not astounding.

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

Love this one. Great for wanting an unflavored, flavored, or dessert tea.

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55

A smooth, buttery green tea. It has the classic vegetal signature of green tea, but it coats your mouth. Unfortunately, it produces a fairly bitter cup—I tried a variety of steep times (3-6 mins) but even on the low end, it still is a bit bitter and begins to taste watery. It’s okay, but I’ll pass the next time.

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

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74

This tea has a wonderful aroma—buttery, with a slight spice note. The taste is nice, light, buttery, vegetal flavor. It is amazing how much the leaves expand during steeping.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Pouchong by Adagio Teas
57 tasting notes

This was a pretty good oolong. It reminded me of a green tea, but with some of the vegetal flavor replaced by a delicate sweet taste. It is definitely a subtle oolong—it didn’t knock my socks off when I first tried it, but it grew on me. It is a nice tea to sip on while working since it isn’t so strong that it is distracting.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
57 tasting notes

While this tea has a nice coconut aroma, the coconut taste is so mild it is almost absent. Instead you are left with an okay black tea—completely drinkable, but very ordinary.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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63

An okay, but not spectacular green. The grassy favor is very delicate but tasty. I just wish it was about 50% stronger. I tried steeping it up to about 7 mins and really didn’t extract too much more flavor, only bitterness. At the recommended 180 degrees for 3-4 mins it is a mild green that is very drinkable, but forgettable.

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

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81

A really great tea. It is not an overpowering Pu-erh, instead it has a delicate earthy quality. It reminds me of the smell of the Pacific Northwest Rainforests—sort of a mix of wood, moss, and rain. The aroma is earthy with a slight fishy hint. The taste, however, is purely earthy (a definate plus in my book since I am not a huge fan of fishy tea). Perhaps the best part of the tea is that is absolutely lacks any bitterness that so often destroys Pu-erh. About the negative aspect is that the small cake separates into very fine pieces that went through my infuser.

Also, I like the fact that it is organic, which removes that nagging doubt in the back of my mind if my drink is laced my chemicals.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

This is a wonderful dark Oolong. The aroma from the tin is amazing. Although, I don’t detect the muscat flavors, it does have a complex flavor profile—slightly earthy and nutty with a sweet finish. It is somewhat lighter and lacks the acidity than a full black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Twentysomething Photographer, Skier, Climber

Currently a Web Developer at Golden Helix in Bozeman, MT

Being a former Seattleite, I am a converted coffee addict. I am partial to Oolongs. I also drink quite a bit of Pu-erh tea as it has become my go to morning beverage.

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