11 Tasting Notes

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Wow, this has to be one of the most awful teas I’ve ever tasted. I dumped the pot down the drain after one sip and threw away the rest of the tea.

You know how closely linked taste and smell are…and how something can taste like a odor? Well, this tea reminded me of the smell of the of the room in the barn where milk, fresh from the cow, was poured into the milk/cream separator. I’m talking 50-60 years ago, but that tea brought me right back. There was this pungent odor of barn smells and old straw that had milk spilled on it and had by then gone somewhat rancid. I don’t quite know how to describe it…but that’s what the taste of this tea reminded me of…strongly. It was awful.

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75

I enjoyed this tea…sweet and subtle. But, like so many of the teas offer by Steepster, it is not available. That’s the one downside…you find a tea you like but you can’t buy it. Happens too often.

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100
drank Fireside Spice by Tea Source
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One of my new, favorite teas. I’m generally middle-of-the-road about spice teas, but this one hints at vanilla (even though I don’t see that ingredient suggested) that is like a middle note that ties together and slightly tones down the high notes of spice and citris with the low notes of black tea.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Spices, Vanilla

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99
drank Jou Gyokuro by Steepster
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Wow, I loved this tea. It’s buttery, green flavor was just wonderful.

Flavors: Butter, Green

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95

Oh My…what a lovely tea this was. I’m so disappointed that it is not available. The balance between the toasted flavor and the matcha flavor was masterful.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 600 OZ / 17744 ML

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85

I clearly don’t have the delicate palate that the below reviewers have. I don’t taste the notes others do…never have, never will. My palate is pedestrian. But what I do have to say about this tea is this: It’s a lovely black tea. It doesn’t have any bitter notes. It has a certain clarity to its flavor while still being full-bodied and complex. It continues to taste good, even when it cools.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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80
drank Imperial Keemun by Apollo Tea
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I found this to be a lovely black tea. It was mellow, smooth, and not at all bitter. It even tasted good once it was cold. I didn’t so much catch the pine flavor, but I did catch the smoky cacao.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
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This was a lovely tea. The one flavor that came through for me was roasted grain. It produced a lovely, golden color. The appearance was different…lots of little sticks. That was a surprise, but out of that came such a lovely flavor. It reminded me a bit of roasted grain coffee substitutes, such as Roma. It even tasted good cold.

I waited too long and now it’s not available, but I’ll definitely put my name on the waiting list for more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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100

This was a wonderfully light, sweet tea. Almost tasted like I had added a touch of honey to it. It’s now one of my favorites. And it is fun to see a tea that visually looks a little different. Instead of shredded leaves, this is small, silver bud tips. I ordered a pound of it and will share with friends. I’m trying to get a dedicated group of tea drinkers started in my area so we can meet and try teas and talk about teas…a tea club.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89

This came as one of five teas in my first tasting package and was, by far, my favorite of all the teas. Afraid I can write as eloquently as others here…just want to say…AWESOME tea.

I return 3 months later to update. I ordered this tea. Came from Taiwan…and the post office made me come down to sign for it. I guess in this day and age of Big Brother, any foreign deliveries are eyed with suspicion and extra review.

Preparation
1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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