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65
drank Snow Buds by Radiance Tea
277 tasting notes

I haven’t had any green tea in a while and this is surely a strong one to return to. The vegetal nature of it is Intense. Makes me think of the skin of zucchini in it’s strength and bitterness.

As it cools I’m able to get more out of the flavor. It has a sweetness around the back of the tongue and throat.

Very pleasant cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Snow Buds by Radiance Tea
4 tasting notes

A nice light tea. Definitely not my go to tea but a good break from stronger black teas.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Snow Buds by Radiance Tea
4366 tasting notes

In my quest to gain some control over my tea stash, I had forgotten that I hadn’t yet tried this tea from my Perfect Pairs box from Steepster Select!

This is a surprising tea. Before even opening the pouch, the name suggests to me a white tea rather than a green. And after opening the pouch, I see beautiful leaves that look like a very high quality Bai Mu Dan, complete with silvery fuzz on the leaves. So, I expected this to be more white tea tasting but it definitely has a green tea quality to it. This is not as delicate as a typical Bai Mu Dan, but it is more delicate than say … a Pi Lo Chun.

It is sweet and has a lovely fruit-like quality to it: peachy tones. Like a Bai Mu Dan, it doesn’t have a strong grassy overtone, but it doesn’t have that hay-like character that I sometimes detect with a Bai Mu Dan.

A LOVELY green tea. Really glad I got to try this one.

Amariel

Sounds lovely. It makes me want to break out my Pi Lo Chun from Teavivre to try….but not before bedtime.

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82
drank Snow Buds by Radiance Tea
138 tasting notes

sweet,floral,peachy..these are the words that followed as I smelled the wet leaf. Really nice! Creamy when sipping it, it reminds me of a Bai Mu Dan…:)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Lavender Black Tea by Radiance Tea
36 tasting notes

Floral notes to this soothing tea. I did a steep and dump to make it decaffeinated and it was perfect right before bed.

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drank White Peony by Radiance Tea
23 tasting notes

I made a date with my three year old and we went to the Radiance tea house. She sipped diluted egyptian chamomile while I slurped away on my White Peony.

Loved it! Am sure the experience added to the flavor. But the tea was fresh with a cucumber sweetness and felt very clean in the mouth.

Went down very smoothly. Will go and try their silver needle next :)

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec
sophistre

Sounds very intriguing!

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Steep Information: Prepared as part of the Steepster meetup and tea tasting

Tasting Notes:
From China, Guangzhou, Phoenix mountain
Told to expect roasty, passion fruit flavor and sweetness
A fussy tea

Smell: Sweet
Liquor: Golden yellow-brown
Taste: Fruity, citrus
After-taste: astringent, bitter

Second Steep: slightly roasty, sweet

Sorry my notes are so short and cryptic but it was a whirlwind tasting of so much information and flavor!

Rating: I am intentionally not rating these teas as I didn’t really have a chance to sit there and sip on them and think whether I would by them again, like to play with them more, although none were awful (1 leaf) or fabulous (4 leaves)

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/radiance-tea-house-and-books-loose-leaf_07.html

Ricky

I’m tempted to go and get a tin of this. This one made me go, hmmm, wow, hmmm lots of flavors.

AmazonV

it was good but for me unidentifiable fruity…too many fruits or ones i haven’t had – do it, get some! I bet you could not only get a ton of steeps per serving but i think they’d all be nice and sweet

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Steep Information: Prepared as part of the Steepster meetup and tea tasting

This was a 2009 dragon well tea
The older the dragon well the more yellow the liquor
2010 would appear mostly clear as it would be so fresh and new

The tea appeared cloudy with particulate
It smelled nutty, it has a light body, The flavor was sweet

The tea should always have a bud and one to two leaves

To me the leaves appeared as if rolled into little toothpicks

The steeped leaves should always appear very green

Sorry my notes are so short and cryptic but it was a whirlwind tasting of so much information and flavor!

I am intentionally not rating these teas as I didn’t really have a chance to sit there and sip on them and think whether I would by them again, like to play with them more, although none were awful (1 leaf) or fabulous (4 leaves)

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/radiance-tea-house-and-books-loose-leaf_05.html

Cofftea

I know you stated reasons why you didn’t rate these teas, but being such a flippin type A person when it comes to my steeping parameters, I’m always interested in the ratings of teas that you didn’t have control over a single parameter.

AmazonV

it was like 2-3 sips of each, and they were all enjoyable, but not OMG WANT – so i’d say between 50 and 75
so in order of like, least to best, lapsang souchong, dragonwell, keemun, sencha, silver needle, apricot rooibos, golden lilly, pheonix

Cofftea

Thanks, I think ratings on these teas are actually more important cuz you have to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into where as if you make it yourself you can always change something.

AmazonV

I would agree if I had been in Radiance getting a full little pot to myself or to share, and I usually do rate those – but multi-tasking (pictures, notes, conversation) with only a few sips leaves me barely remembering the tea before i’m sipping the next one…so it would be unfair to the teas to rely on my memory in that state IMO

Cofftea

Haha true. If I’m going to a place like that I take a small notebook w/ me. That way I can capture 1st impressions.

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Traveling Tea Box Tea!!!

I am feeling a little adventurous today so I thought I would try this one. There are no steeping directions on the package, so I did a little poking around and decided on a low temperature and short-ish steep.

The tea liquor smells exactly like asparagus! It tastes like asparagus too. Hmm. It’s not really doing it for me to tell you the truth. I’m more of a floral/fruit rather than a vegetal kinda gal. Sip sip sip….grimace grimace grimace! OK. I have determined that I think it’s nasty. I am throwing it down the sink!!!!

If anyone reading this loves vegetal greens and would like to take the remaining tea leaves off my hands (almost an ounce) I will be happy to mail it to you. PM me with your address :)

EDIT: I have a taker!!!!! Thank you!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Wow… a 75 and a 9… wow…

JacquelineM

Must have been an asparagus fan :) It’s a great quality tea, I just didn’t like it.

Ricky

Wait… did you pick that up from the store? They sell tea there too!??! =]

JacquelineM

Ricky – it was in the Traveling Tea Box! I think either Jack or Mike must have put it in. But they sell a million different teas at the tearoom!! They sell teaware too – I know you are looking for some and they have lots of eastern style teaware. I didn’t even think of it til now!

Ricky

Hmmm! I might have to give it a visit soon, the weather’s been so nice lately.

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79
drank Tie Guan Yin by Radiance Tea
11 tasting notes

This tea was fantastically fragrant. Reminded me of teas that I’ve had when I traveled to Taiwan and Hong Kong. Light, but powerful taste. Would definitely recommend this!

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79
drank Tie Guan Yin by Radiance Tea
11 tasting notes

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78
drank Matcha by Radiance Tea
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Prepared at Radiance Tea House and Books while I had lunch.
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: green tea, earthy, garden
Flavor: green tea, smooth, thick texture
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: vegetal, grassy, sweet
Liquor: dark cloudy opaque emerald green

It was neat to see the froth on it, and to drink from a large bowl instead of a cup. It was a thicker green tea to me, nothing amazing or special. It had no bitterness and was a sweeter green tea drink. Although I enjoy matcha ice cream and other things I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to have matcha tea again.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: you can’t resteep matcha as it is made from ground leaves.

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84
drank Baked Apple by Radiance Tea
702 tasting notes

Finished this off today, making room for more tea.
it id much better when it has sweetener, and it smells more apple than tastes, the taste is a fine black tea but nothing i really want to buy again (it didn’t wow me)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Baked Apple by Radiance Tea
702 tasting notes

Amount: 2 scoops tea, 2 cups water then 3 scoops which was better
Time: a little over 2 minutes

Served: Hot
Smell: apple, cinnamon, apple pie deliciousness
Flavor: smooth, cinnamon, medium bodied
Aftertaste: none

Sadly it was made with microwaved water, we were visiting MilitiaJim’s parents and had little in the way of tea making supplies

better with some honey
sweeter and bolder flavor

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Gyokuro by Radiance Tea
181 tasting notes

It’s good to be back in New York, albeit for only a few days. Sitting here at Radiance Tea House and this Gyokuro is delish, yo. The wet leaves smell amazing, and the liqueur is a bright lime green.

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drank White Peony by Radiance Tea
181 tasting notes

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drank Snow Buds by Radiance Tea
181 tasting notes

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drank Golden Yunnan by Radiance Tea
181 tasting notes

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drank White Peony by Radiance Tea
112 tasting notes

Very light and subtle. I’ve been drinking some heavier, earthier green teas today, so this works well to offer a clean tone after those earlier teas. The white tea has a decent flavor, pretty straightforward.

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drank Snow Buds by Radiance Tea
112 tasting notes

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drank Golden Yunnan by Radiance Tea
112 tasting notes

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75

Has a very earthy and floral aroma that takes me straight to the garden. Having trouble tasting the passionfruit though (not necessarily the fault of the tea, probably just my untrained palate). The tart bitterness is present, but I am still missing fruitiness from the passion fruit.

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