911 Tasting Notes

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Ugh, tastes like there’s Nilgiri tea in it – raw and a bit rough. The tasting notes say no, so maybe the Ceylon is just… not so good. If I could ignore that raw note, this would probably be okay, but I can’t so it’s not.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Downy Sprout by Samovar
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It’s gentle, smooth, nutty, rich and tastes likes it’s been stirred with a nectar-covered spoon.

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

I love the name of this tea! It sounds so soft and inviting

Auggy

It is! Both in taste and in texture – the leaves are SOOOOO soft and silky – like satin lining on a blanket. It’s a very comforting tea for me.

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85
drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
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I like the versatility of this tea. At 3 minutes and it’s a smooth, sweet, medium bodied tea that is bold enough to be breakfast-worthy but nice enough to make me happy without additives (even in a travel tumbler, which is a bit of an achievement). Steeped for 5 minutes though, it turns into a stout, growly, super-chewy full-bodied breakfast blend that cries out for a little milk to smooth the edges. So on mornings like today when I want a kinder wake-up tea, I can reach for this one. But on days that I need something to slap me in the face and shake me awake? Yeah, this works well then, too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
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I find this tea pretty groovy. It’s sweet and woodsy and comforting and refreshing… And for some reason I really like the sound the little pellets make as I toss them into my teapot. It’s so cheerful and tinkly. How do they make those little pellets, by the way? And why is it only ginseng teas that are pelleted?
4.6g/9oz

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83

So yeah, I’m dropping the rating on this one down a little bit. It’s just too picky. Sure, my first cup was amazing but I haven’t been able to repeat the brilliance and since then just gotten a very nice but not overly special cup. I know that there is delight hiding somewhere in there, it’s just hard to find. Hopefully I’ll be able to recreate it before I run out of this tea.
Tokoname pot, 5.1g/10oz, pour started at 25s. I’m thinking it doesn’t do well in larger quantities.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Shinobi_cha

Have you tried a small out amount of water, like maybe 2-4oz(with the same amount of leaf)? It only makes for a tiny cup of tea, but if it really is good tea, even a tiny sip should fill your mouth with flavor…though, you probably know that already.

Auggy

This one definitely does better when made in small quantities but I haven’t tried it with the same leaf but lots less water. I’ll give it a shot sometime!

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91
drank Orange Ginger by Samovar
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My ginormous Samovar order came in today and I’m so happy I ordered a tin of this! It’s what the Rishi Tangerine Ginger should have been – gingery warm, citrusy bright, fresh, cuddly, sweet, tangy, a hint of woodsy – not tart or phlegm-inducing or something that brings to mind Thera-Flu. I think I could easily become addicted to this tea.

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

Oooh! I have this in my Samovar cart as we speak…just waiting until Friday to buy it. :)

katers

Oooh what else did you get in your order? I’m putting together one for next time I buy.

Auggy

Lena, I really love this one. It’s probably one of the best herbals I’ve ever had. The husband agrees that it is great for an herbal but he doesn’t love any herbal, even this one. Ah, the divisiveness of herbals!
katers, I got Downy Sprout, Russian blend, Breakfast blend, Ryokucha, Lemon Yunnan, Scarlet Sable, TKY, Jasmine Peach Bai Mudan and this one. Biiiig order! :)

katers

Wow! Did you get samples of some of those or tins of everything? I’m putting together a sampler order because I’ve never tried any of the Samovar teas. I’ve heard you can only make one cup out of them but I don’t know.

sophistre

Ryokucha, Royal Garland. Those are winners. I seriously grieve when I run out of Royal Garland. I like the Downy Sprout (though it’s very subtle)…and the Osmanthus Silver Needle is growing on me too.

Auggy

katers, I got all tins, mostly the large size! I’ve had them all before though and know I love them.
sophistre, Running out of Ryokucha and the Breakfast blend is what spurred this order on. (Ryokucha is my crack.) Though Royal Garland is another favorite… I’m just not out of it (yet!)

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7

Based on the smell I was anticipating something tooth-numbingly sweet but this is actually quite mild. The Chinese sencha base tastes more like bancha, but it adds a nice woody touch to the flavor that, combined with the fruit flavoring, makes me think of biting on pomegranate seeds. It’s surprisingly nice. Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for the share!

ETA: Drastically dropping the rating because something in this tea has made me violently nauseous. Oh dear.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
sophistre

Oh, yuck!

Stephanie

nausea? ohh too bad! :(

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73

This tea is weird. It’s so close to perfect but it’s got two weird little things going on that just totally throw me off. The flavor has so much depth – it’s sweet and fruity and floral and rich. It’s got a sweetness similar to that of a milk oolong, floral hints like a great Ali Shan. Each sip makes me think, “AH! This is going to be perfect!” And then two things happen.

One, there’s this funky little end note and aftertaste that I can only describe as sour. It’s not an overly strong note and not totally unpleasant – a bit like sour apple candy flavor – but it just seems to clash with the rest of the notes in the tea so it keeps throwing me off. And two, the mouth feel is water-thin. This huge, rich, thick, decadent flavor… and this weak, thin mouthfeel that makes me think I underbrewed.

Neither point is enough to kill off my enjoyment of the tea, but it does leave me feeling rather confused while I sip.
7.8g/13oz

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

I just love the confusing ones. The teas that leaves me speechless are fun!

Auggy

Confusing is certainly better than boring – it means there’s stuff going on!

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3
drank Market Spice Tea by Market Spice
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I gave it a number of points equal to the sips I could manage.

It’s like drinking liquid Red Hots with a dash of overly sweet potpourri thrown in.

This is not pleasant and just the smell is making me nauseous.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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34

I have to pretty much agree with TeaEqualsBliss on this one – it tastes a lot like… hot water. There’s a small bit of a lemongrass flavor but only to the level that an unsqueezed slice of lemon adds lemon flavoring to water. Sort of a blink and you’ll miss it type thing.

That being said, it’s not really a bad tea. Just a boring one.

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

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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