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drank Winter Green Tea by Bastek
243 tasting notes

I really wish I had bought another box of this when I first found it because I find it to be a really nice, warm and comforting tea on chilly nights.

It has the same gunpowder base of the other Bastek green I have that brew up creamy and slightly sweet. It smells of cinnamon, cloves, apple, sweet fruit and spice. It has a medium bodied creamy mouthfeel and has a sweet taste provided by the dried apple, orange and raisins mixed with natural sweetness of tea. There is a hint of smoke and bitterness all overlain by sweet spice, with cinnamon and cloves on top and ginger underneath. The flavouring tastes a little bit like mincemeat pie but is not quite as sweet and it resteeps quite well.

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This tea smells like apple juice. Dry, the tea has quite a bit of dry apple and gun powder green tea. The first steep tastes of fresh apple juice with the tea base not extremely present except to provide a feeling of alertness and provide some sweetness. The second steep is the best, the tea base becomes creamy, providing a sweet, vegetal flavour, almost like fresh greenbeans, overlayed with apple. A very refreshing, unpretentious tea, that delivers what it promises.

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Overall, this was a nice subtly flavoured, heavier green, with no smokiness, that takes well to resteeping.

Dry leaves- sage green to olive green mediumly tightly rolled small
pieces of lemon rind, scent of lemon and almost a lemon thyme coming off dry leaves.

1st steep- 45 seconds- tea straw like colour, underlying tea has flavour of clover and a hint of alfalfa, sweet with a bit of bitterness. It leaves a tingling on my tongue. The flavour is subtle, leaving a bit of astrigency over a smooth base. I’m pretty sure this is due to the lemon because I have found Bastek’s other gunpowder teas pretty creamy through at least the first two infusions. Lemon flavour tastes of lemon juice it is not heavy, sweetened or artificial.

2nd steep- 50 seconds- tea saffron colour, more alfalfa, less fresh clover, a little bit of bitterness. Same soft lemon and astrigency. Flavouring is subtle, as though one put just a small drop of lemon in the tea, not a slice.

3rd steep- 55 seconds- base oddly sweeter, less vegetal and more fruity, less robust mouth feel. Lemon flavour still present and a touch of bitterness from the rinds. astrigency has not changed.

4th steep- 90seconds- base is loosing sweetness but still delivering a tingling clean fresh feel in the mouth, faint hint of bitter green vegetables, lemon only slightly present. Tea still has a good deal of body but I will stop here.

Spent leaves fairly large and mostly entire when unwound. Easy to drink. Simple.

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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