99 Tasting Notes

70

My first few infusions of this tea left me wanting a bit more from it. It came off as weak, astringent and pretty boring overall. After quite a few tries I’ve found that using 1.5-2 tsp per 8oz and steeping for no more than 3 minutes actually produce a nicely drinkable cup if you aren’t going to add any additions. As this is supposed to be taken with heavy cream and sugar I understand that there is a need for it to have a good bit of astringency to balance those additions out, but it isn’t pleasant if you’re drinking it black.
I probably won’t reorder since I don’t like to add anything to my tea, but I’m happy I got to try it. Over-leafing it a touch it brews up a full-bodied malty tea that’s a great choice for cutting through the sweetness of desserts.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Oh, wow. The flavoring in this one is absolutely spot-on! Another review stated they found it more of a watermelon flavor, but I don’t taste that at all. This tastes like perfectly fresh juicy honeydew. Even hot it’s a match, though I imagine it would be incredible iced. Definitely the best flavored green I’ve yet to try.
It’s a shame Bird Pick only sells 4oz sizes. If it were available to purchase in more reasonable sizes I would snatch it up in a millisecond. But I’ll have to at least sip down a reasonable amount of my existing greens before even considering picking up 4 full ounces.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Sencha Berry Fig by Tealux
99 tasting notes

Mmm, another winner from Tealux. This is a beautifully sweet, slightly mild tea that I’m really enjoying. Sencha base (boo) but it’s not super vegetal or bitter and honestly not that noticeable among the fruity flavors. I don’t taste much of the strawberry, but the raspberry, blackberry and fig are all discernible and play quite well together. It’s a beautiful looking tea as well. Nice long leaves of sencha peppered with pink peony petals and a nice amount of dried whole berries and large fig slivers. Really a lovely tea all around. I imagine it would be delightful iced, I’ll have to give it a try tomorrow.

Flavors: Blackberry, Fig, Raspberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Green Earl Grey Cream by Tealux
99 tasting notes

Firstly I have to say I appreciate that this is comprised of gunpowder and not sencha. Almost all blends seem to use sencha as their base and I’m not exactly sencha’s biggest fan. Gunpowder was certainly the right choice for this one as I think the heavier vegetal qualities of sencha would clash with bergamot and cream.
Opening the bag I’m first struck by the lovely scent. It smells exactly like The Persimmon Tree’s Earl Grey Heaven, which I adore. It tastes quite the same as well except, of course, with a green base instead of black. Heavy notes of rich buttercream and orangey/bergamoty citrus zest. It’s really making me crave a cake with some nice thick frosting. Not artificial tasting at all which is sometimes a problem with ‘cream’ teas. I’ll certainly be picking up more of this when I’m through with the ounce I ordered.

Flavors: Bergamot, Frosting, Orange

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

I believe I have this one too, and I also appreciate the lack of sencha as a base tea! It’s so overdone, and usually not very good. Other greens are SO much better.

cookies

Agreed! I wish there would be more with bi luo chun as a base which would go SO much better with sweet additions. I wonder if mediocre sencha is super inexpensive or something.

Kittenna

Pretty sure it is, and that’s why. I can totally see Bi Luo Chun as a great base for a creamy flavoured tea!

K S

Good to see some love for Green Earl Grey. I support the Bi Luo Chun idea.

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60
drank Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
99 tasting notes

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70

Huh, kind of surprised by this one. The reviews speak of it so highly, but I found it kind of middle-of-the-road as far as Yunnans go. Of course I have yet to meet a Yunnan I don’t enjoy, but this one is just kind of ‘meh’. There’s a bit of malt, and some spicy orange notes. But overall it’s weak and forgettable. I’ll happily drink the rest of what I have, but certainly won’t pick up more whenever I get around to placing another YS order.

Flavors: Malt, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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80

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
99 tasting notes

A million thanks to the lovely Lariel for picking this up for me!

This is such a delightful little green. I would say the flavoring is pretty equal to the tea in this one. Unlike a lot of flavored teas where the flavoring completely overpowers the taste of the tea, you can still find the sencha in this one. And it seems to be a decent quality sencha as well. I could actually go for more grapefruit flavor in this one, but I suspect most would find it a nice balance.
I did my usually green steeping of 1.5 minutes at 175 degrees with a full tsp of tea. Turned out beautifully, wouldn’t do it differently. Although I suspect this would make a lovely iced tea as well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lariel of Lórien

You’re welcome. Glad you like it.

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My favorite teas are unflavored Chinese blacks, especially Yunnans & Fujians and I’m also partial to strong Irish Breakfast blends and Assams. In addition to black teas I like heavy roasted oolongs and less-grassy green teas. I enjoy my blacks and oolongs unflavored, but have a soft-spot for flavored green teas. I always take my tea without additions except for masala chai blends which I always add milk to. Generally unsweetened soy or quinoa milks, occasionally I’ll splurge with some sweetened vanilla soy milk.

Likes: Anything roasty, toasty, smoky, or malty. As well as citrus and cream flavors.

Dislikes: Anise/licorice/fennel, stevia, & coconut flavoring. Rooibos, honeybush and mate tisanes.

Allergies: Peanuts & Tree nuts

I’ve decided to use a simplified rating system in order to keep things consistent.

100- The best tea I have ever tasted. Can’t live without it.

95- Wonderful teas that I drink almost daily, and will always have on hand. Probably the first teas I will recommend and serve to guests.

90- Teas I greatly enjoy and will restock often, though I may not always have them on hand.

80 – Good teas that I may purchase occasionally, or drink when I’m in the mood. Perhaps seasonal teas.

70- Enjoyable teas. I wouldn’t turn down a cup but may have to be in the mood to consider. Probably not a consistent in my cupboard.

60- I finished my cup/sample but wouldn’t purchase, and would turn down a cup if there were any other options.

50- Didn’t finish the cup. Would not drink again if offered a cup.

1- Nothing could make me try this tea again. And it has probably reduced my opinion of the entire company.

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