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Walnut Street Tea Company

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This one can go in the books as the first gunpowder green tea that I’ve tried. I really had some great powerful and very well pronounced green tea flavors. Lol, as weird as it sounds it tastes like i just mowed my lawn. Although it is such a strong grassy green with nutty tones included, it also keeps a pleasant fresh crisp taste, which can sometimes dissipate after the second steep or so, but this tasting made it through 3-4 before losing its taste. However, when it begins to lose it, it goes fast. Great green taste and i would recommend to any first time gunpowder tasters.

Flavors: Grass, Nuts

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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So thankful for the Teeny Tiny TTB because even though it’s a baby box, there’s a ton of tea inside!
I’ve been meaning to try straight gunpowder for a while, but I never had the chance to till now! I’ve had it in blends, but never alone. Needless to say, I really like this tea and I think I’m going to keep it :)

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I received this lovely sample from the Tea and Card TTB! It is a nice mellow licorice tea. It has some really pretty star anise in the mix. I chose this tea because I need a non-caffeine tea for this late afternoon. This tea reminds me of something I use to drink long, long ago. Probably a Celestial Seasoning tea. That doesn’t make it bad, it just leaves me confused about what I had drunk long ago. I really can’t think of what it might have been. I guess I could go to their site and see which ones had licorice that I might have had (I’m talking about back in the late 70’s early 80’s, before all of you were even born!) I enjoyed this tea but wouldn’t seek it out.

Flavors: Anise, Licorice

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one of those teas that – even though I enjoy drinking it – I don’t actually steep as often as I probably should.

Dry this happens to have a scent that reminds me of day-old cut grass, with a little lingering toastiness from the bits of rice. It’s a smell that I absolutely adore and I’ll often take a whiff even when I’m planning to drink other things.

On the first steep there’s a crisp, almost kale-like taste that lingers comfortably. You can pick up the background and after-taste of rice that’s quite pleasant…but my deviant palate really wishes it was just a little sweeter.

Second steep is, naturally, a bit milder…but still pleasant.

This is the sort of tea I absent-mindedly drink while doing homework, papers or whatnot. I wish I could say that it made an impression, but I’m not likely to refill my jar when this one runs out; I have a feeling there are other green teas out there that would make me happier.

0 min, 45 sec

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It’s odd. There’s a surprising sourness that comes along with the floral and fruity notes. It is almost as if I steeped the tea in juice that had not been sweetened at all. The taste is alright, but I cannot get beyond the sourness. It is not overwhelming, but so very out of place with what I expected.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Steep Information:
Amount: ~3 tsp (plastic lunch spoon)
Water: hot spigot water (usually ~160°F)
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: 4+ minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral, sweet, fruity, a little coco (smell cross contamination?)
Steeped Tea Smell: apple, hibiscus
Flavor: bitter and sweet berry hibiscus, apple
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sour
Liquor: opaque red-purple

I got this in a swap with Mel.

A bit more bitter than I would like.

Pictures: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/walnut-street-tea-company-loose-leaf.html

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