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drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
42 tasting notes

Part of my first month of Steepster Select…
I have to admit, when I first read the description that included the phrase “chewy mouthfeel” I was skeptical. What does that even mean?? I took one sip and thought, “Wow, I actually get it!” It has something that hits you in the cheeks, and if someone hadn’t pinpointed the word “chewy,” I would’ve never known how to describe that. My first cup brewed up cloudy. I’m definitely getting strong flavors of nori, fresh cut grass, and a subtle hint of nuttiness at the end (moreso when it’s still really hot). I usually prefer to drink green tea with honey, but the flavors of this tea are so complex and strong that I like them just the way they are. :)

(Sipdown to 2014!)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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My name is Cassie. I’m 27 years old, married to my best friend, and we have 2 cats! I am a professional baker, and I own a bakery with my mom.

I sipped my first cup of “real” loose leaf tea on October 5th, 2013, and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying new flavors, anything and everything to find out what I like. I’m always looking for suggestions… Where to buy, which to try, steeping methods, tea accessories and gadgets, etc. :)

MY TASTE
*I grew up drinking iced tea in the South, so black tea will always have a place in my cupboard.
*I am obsessed with cinnamon! Anything loaded with cinnamon will become a favorite of mine.
*I like fruity teas, especially if they are tart. I love hibiscus and rose hips.
*I also like dark, strong, toasty teas, but preferably nothing smokey.
*I don’t do chamomile. Never. Ever. EW.

I’m open to try anything. Suggestions are welcome. :)

MY RATINGS
[#’s are solely based on personal preference.]
Less than 50 : Pour it down the drain
50-64 : Finish the cup // Never drink it again
65-74 : Not a bad cup // Would not repurchase
75-94 : Quite tasty // Would consider repurchasing
95+ : Delicious // Will never run out <3

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Virginia, U.S.

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