186 Tasting Notes

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Wonderful as always. Lovely as an after dinner relaxing tea. I really do like jasmine teas. I need to try some other ones though. Start refining my palate. Only steeped for one minute, didn’t pay attention to the instructions. Need to try it at two minutes sometime.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tiramisu Treviso by Teavana
186 tasting notes

Mmmmm, coffee. Yummy. The orange, the almond, the cocoa nibs, its like decaf heaven in a cup. I haven’t really had much coffee since I recently started drinking boat-loads of tea, so this was a nice throwback to something else I enjoy. The smell is very gently coffee-like, more like a whiff than a full on olfactory assault. The taste is less coffee-like, and more almond, I think. My lack of a palate is starting to show. And annoy me! Maybe one day it will show up and I’ll experience the “waves of flavor” and be able to identify things the way other very clever note-writers do.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
186 tasting notes

Resteep at 2 minutes. Don’t bother. Not worth it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
186 tasting notes

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank China Lychee by Upton Tea Imports
186 tasting notes

Odd. I’m not sure about this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Alex

I’m not a big lychee fan. You know, anything you don’t like from the samples I gave you can be offered up to the tea forum on Rav. Somebody out there will like it. :)

Camiah

I know :) I’ll have a few more cups before I decide for sure.

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This is my first rose and first chun mee tea. I’m not sure what I think about it. I like it, with reservations. There is a bitterness, a sharpness of taste that I can’t decide if it is an effect of preparation or of the tea itself (I followed upton’s brew instructions). This is definitely a strong tea at the recommended preparation. This has a heavy floral note to it—don’t go into this one expecting hints of rose, since that isn’t what you’ll get. It sort of smacks you upside the head with rose. Rose isn’t bad, but so far, of the florals, I like the more delicate flavor of jasmine better.

I think 5 minutes might be too long a steep time. I think I’ll go shorter next time with a slightly cooler water temperature.
Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Taiwan Wuyi by Floating Leaves
186 tasting notes

The scent of this right out of the bag was vaguely peachy, which is always lovely. This is my first straight up oolong. It had a nice, mild flavor, very pleasant.

Alex

The flavor shouldn’t have been quite so mild — it’s because the tea is a few years old. I’ll have to buy a fresh batch at some point…

Camiah

I’d be curious to try it. Guess what I ordered? Purple tea. Sigh. Should be interesting. I need to stay away from the forums,

Alex

Purple tea?

Alex

That looks really interesting. You’ll have to let me know how it is.

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84

I love pearl teas. They just look so nice and tidy, all rolled up in little tea-leaf balls. This is good stuff, my friends. The jasmine comes through, and its a nice, well-balanced (to me, at least) blend of jasmine and green tea. Neither one really overpowers the other. I do really like jasmine teas, so I am a bit biased in this. This is a good tea for relaxing and winding down at the end of the day. It whispers, more than it talks.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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