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96

So delicate! Not overwhelming at all. All the right notes in a springy balanced order, a spring chamber quartet in my mouth. Love it.

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Flavors: Brown Toast, Caramel, Nutty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

Smooth, grassy, and delicious. No bitterness at all.

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

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85

a somewhat sweet but smooth green tea

when i smell the leaves and matcha dust dry, they smell green and grassy.

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell green and grassy too (intensified)

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells grassy and smooth

when i taste the brewed tea it smells nice, smooth and grassy :D

many thanks to toad thomas for this nice tea :)

Flavors: Grass, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

a wonder full dragonwell! IMHO long jing is dragonwell

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell roasted for some reason.

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell nutty and like sweet grass

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells like sweet grass

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes nutty and like sweet grass.

many thanks to toad thomas for this amazing tea :D

Flavors: Nuts, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I really like this oolong. It’s roasted and charcoal with out being too much. Nutty, smooth and a little creamy. Yep this is a good one.
Thanks so much Sil for sharing…..

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100

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell nice and smokey and like a pine tree

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell more intense :D

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells like pine trees

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes like pine trees :D

i do note that the tea reminds me of basketballs

many thanks to toad thomas for this amazing tea!

Flavors: Campfire, Pine, Smoke, Smoked

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

Interesting, but probably wouldn’t buy again.

First steep (165, 1:30 min): More grassy and fresh greens in this cup.

Second steep (165, 1:30 min): More seaweed taste in this cup. My favorite steep.

Third steep (165, 1:30 min): Still viable but very watery, two steeps is probably enough.

Flavors: Asparagus, Cut grass, Seaweed

Preparation
4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Sencha with Matcha by Steepster
322 tasting notes

This stuff is so good. I had to order some despite being determined to reduce my tea stash. I love finding something I enjoy without adding milk and sugar. It’s sweet on it’s own without being overly sweet. My new favorite at the moment, which is saying a lot, since I usually prefer black tea with milk and sugar.

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95
drank Sencha with Matcha by Steepster
322 tasting notes

I swear I reviewed this before, but the cupboard says I haven’t logged it.

This stuff is awesome. I love it so much. My favorite green tea ever. Absolutely no need to sweeten, the matcha gives it this perfect combination with the vegetal taste of the green and the smoothness of the matcha.

Must buy more…

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75
drank Obukucha by Steepster
303 tasting notes

this is a nice tea :) allthough i may not be much for japan teteas except when it comes to gokujo hojicha

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell grassy. :)

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell grassy and sweet.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet :)

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes grassy and sweet and a lot like sencha :)

many thanks to toad thomas for this nice tea sample :)

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

this is an awesome tea :D

when i smell the tea dry, it smells sweet and like popcorn.

when i smell the tea wet, the smell is intensified.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet.

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet with a hint of popcorn

many thanks to toad thomas for this sample :D

Flavors: Popcorn, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90

Great sencha, probably my favorite tea in April’s steepster select package.

First steep (185, 1 min): Tastes like a vegetable medley cooked in butter. Very vegetal and buttery smooth finish.

Second steep (185, 1 min): Similar to first steep, much more toned vegetal flavor but the butter finish is still present.

Decent caffeine buzz.

Flavors: Butter, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

I didn’t forget I had this one to sample. I’m still trying to get over the allergy/cold that won’t quit. I opened the packet and found that I could smell the vegetal goodness of the dry leaf and figured now was as good a time as any to try it out! The green leaves smell very much like fresh veggies to me. Thought I can’t place which veggies. Not a problem, as I think I’m going to like this one!

I will admit the first sip was like buttah! If you get the reference I’m very proud of you! In fact it reminded me more of a Gyokuro and less like a Sencha. Yup that’s how smooth this tea is. Yes, the steeped leaves smell good enough to eat. Though I’m not quite brave enough for that one! The flavors profile on this tea are SPOT ON. It certainly does taste very savory with a lovely buttery finish. I paired it with eggs and sausage this morning because, well why not. I must say this was not a bad choice at all. The flavors play so well together.

The short of it is this is a VERY good Sencha. As you know I’ve very picky about by green teas. But I would buy this one again…once I sip down at least twenty teas in my cabinet. I’m almost out of room and I have NO idea how that happened. Ok I totally know how that happened.

Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

First steep (200, 2:30 min): Strong floral taste, on the verge of astringent so I may try this again with slightly less steep time. Standard black tea.

Second steep (200, 2:30 min): Lightly floral some peppery aftertaste.

Great black tea, floral seems to be common to most black teas but the peppery aftertaste really set this apart for me. Decently caffeinated, probably average for black tea. 9/10 would steep again.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Floral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

First Steep (190, 2 mins): Lightly sweetened green tea yet very similar to an oolong.

Second steep (190, 2 mins): Barely noticeable sweetness, more traditional oolong flavor in this steep than green tea.

Definitely interesting, a green tea that tastes like an oolong. Light sweet aftertaste but very complex initial taste.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

First infusion (180, for 2 mins): Very nutty, probably the main flavor I smelled and tasted. Slight floral after taste.

Second infusion (180, for 2 mins): Nutty flavor is diminished but still present. The floral flavor comes forward more in this steep.

This was my first genmaicha and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to trying more but unfortunately I will have high standards after this one.

Flavors: Nutty, Toasted Rice

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I was going to try to save it as the last tea I reviewed, but as you can see this did not last long. Genmaicha’s are one of those green teas I love, even if some folks consider it a novel-tea. It is a bit weird for those drinking it for the first time. Besides the green tea there’s a lot going on here….fire-toasted and popped rice…in tea? Yeah actually that’s exactly what you’ll find mixed in with the green tea! Spoiler alert it’s usually amazing.

When I opened the package I was hit instantly with the scent of vegetal goodness and toasted rice. As someone who loves both veggies and rice I was instantly excited to get to steeping this tea. This time I chose to use the one touch’s water mode and customized my settings to match those suggested on the packaging. In this case 180 degrees – once ready I poured the water into the awaiting cast iron pot and set the timer for two minutes steep time. The minute the water hit the tea I got a great sniff of spinach and toasted rice. Honestly this tea smells good enough to eat (and I know people who have eaten their green teas before). I chose NOT to eat the steeped leaves…because the instructions say you get two steeps out of them. Also (personal opinion) it sounds a little gross to me.

The timer I set startled me as it’s set to some very load “Good morning” tune. I dashed into the kitchen to remove the basket in my tea pot and get down to sipping business! The smell is very vegetal with the added bonus of toasted rice. My husband the non-tea drinker thought it smelled “weird”. This is what I live with folks…please send help! (I kid) The taste is really nice and there is a little hint of sweetness to the tea. I am also, as the tasting notes suggest on the package, getting a taste of grass on the finish. But it isn’t bitter, which is what also turns me off green teas rather quickly. Of course the taste of toasted rice also carries through in each sip. All the flavors play so nice with one another! This is one smooth cup of genmaicha tea. I would really suggest picking up some if you have the chance. I know I might if the funds allow it.

Now I have tried many a genmaicha and I can tell you, not all are created equal. In fact I happened to order some from Adagio Teas (that arrived Monday) as I noticed I didn’t have any in the cabinet. So look for that review later this week and we’ll see how it measures up. As this particular genmaicha was really really good.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Spinach, Sweet, Toasted Rice, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Earl Grey by Steepster
78 tasting notes

I tend to be a tea hoarder: the better the tea, the worse I feel using it up. This tea has just the right balance between being drinkable and being expendable. Drinking it also makes me feel productive, because the closer I get to the bottom of the tin, the closer I am to being able to repurchase my favorite Earl Grey: Mount Gray by Andrews & Dunham.

Over time, I’ve learned that this tea is best brewed a bit colder than most blacks – it tends to develop a bitter taste at higher temperatures.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

My first box arrived yesterday. This months teas were sourced from Japan. To my horror most of the teas were green teas. Green teas and I have what I’d call a love/hate relationship. I want to love them, but usually I just hate them. BUT there was a black tea in the bunch so I chose to try that one first. Yes, yes I am a creature of habit and went with the tea type I know and love first. I can’t help it. And I will be trying the green teas later this week. Now that I have the one touch…it should be very hard to mess up these teas.

I used the one touch’s tea basket to make four cups of tea from the sample provided. Which leaves me with 1 tsp. left to sample. Note to self with the rest of the teas use the one touch as a water boiler only and prep the teas in the cast iron pot! This tea has a short steep time. But you also get two steeps out of it. Which is nice considering how much tea I just used. It also gives some information on the flavors I should get from the tea. I always find it funny when I’m given information on what I should taste in a tea, because I almost never have the same or similar tastes in my teas.

The loose leaf did not smell very floral or fruity to me. Instead it smelled more earthy like a pu-erh tea. This could perhaps be due to the organic fertilizer the farmer used when growing the tea. It isn’t a bad smell at all. In fact I really like it. Two and a half minutes later I was almost ready to take my first sips of tea. Steeped the tea smells more like a malty beer with a hint of olives. Weird right? I don’t get it either. It isn’t bad, just different and I tend to like different! The taste? I do get a little of the fruity taste promised on the package. I also detect a little honey and hops/malt to it too. Plus the taste of olives. I’m not sure why olives, but hand to kettle I’m tasting olives. Lucky for me I love olives. I’ll say it again NOT all tastebuds are the same. So you may taste sweet potatoes were you to try this tea. Big bonus there is a really clean finish. Meaning there isn’t any leftover taste in my mouth like I have found with other black teas.

Too long didn’t read….I liked it. I don’t know that I would buy more of it only because I have so much tea already (another reason I joined Select). But this isn’t a MUST HAVE for my tea cabinet.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Malt, Olives

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Formosa Oolong #1 by Steepster
113 tasting notes

Nice and toasty with a sweetness and finishes strong. Just what I need to help me fight through a cold.

Flavors: Honey, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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74

Finished off this sample today! Very nice jasmine flavor and subtle vegetal notes – great for starting the day :)

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74

I woke up with this tea today. It tastes great, but it didn’t really seem any different than a jasmine phoenix pearl (or similar tea). It has a nice light jasmine flavor, which is good for me, since I don’t like overpowering jasmine flavors/scents. Overall, it’s a good tea :)

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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