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60 Tasting Notes

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I found this cake stored away in the back of a closet recently. With longer steep times it has a slightly stronger scent with a hint of smoke, decidedly amber color, but the flavor is still mild and there is little mouth feel. It’s not bad, just bland and I can’t see bothering to brew it again.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Kenya Tinderet by SpecialTeas
60 tasting notes

Very nice malty floral aroma. It’s like a cross between a mild Assam and a little Golden Monkey with a touch more fruit and very little bitterness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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58

Slightly fruity with a hint of cut grass and pleasant, fresh but mild taste. Very easy to drink but not really a lot of character. A couple China greens I’ve tried are really enjoyable, but some I find difficult to distinguish when tasting.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

This produced a cup that was lightly vegetal with this hint of floral honeyed sweetness that escapes the moment you try to focus on it. A mild but pleasing tea that requires a clean palette and some quiet to get to know.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67

I found this tea lightly nutty, and mildly vegetal and sweet with some slight bitterness. It’s could be mistaken for a white tea if it weren’t for some green astringency. Very nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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30
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
60 tasting notes

I’ve had really good Golden Monkey from other vendors, but this one seems unusually plain. It’s malty, mildly bitter, and the chocolaty slightly floral aroma that makes Golden Monkey so pleasurable comes off somewhat bland. Possibly the better qualities of this tea are overshadowed by the lingering bitterness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Formosa Pouchong by SpecialTeas
60 tasting notes

An interesting tea that has the scent of a floral Oolong, but also has a mild woody green character on the tongue. It’s not really distinctive or robust, but it’s good if you’re not expecting it to give a stronger Oolong style experience.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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67

This is an undated second flush Darjeeling from a sample collection. It brews up a tasty medium amber cup that is malty with a touch of citrus and a faint bitterness. Overall it’s very well balanced, reliable and good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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