60 Tasting Notes

The most overused description I pull out when describing a tea is ‘pleasant’, but pleasant is way better than a punch in the face. My sense of taste is muted today so I don’t have much to say about this tea. That’s disappointing, but still way better than a punch in the face.

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The taste of this was malty, had no bitterness and only a little sweetness. The smokiness was reminiscent of Hojicha. A nice cup for someone who prefers their puerh mild.

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An interesting cup. There are some bright flavors in there under the earth and wood, but you have to search for them. It may be a bit bland but it’s not bad.

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I just realized the smell memory that a lot of these Oolongs evoke. When I used to do oil painting there was some common aroma among the linseed oil, turpentine and paints that I find in this tea too.

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I’ve never found Ceylon interesting, but this made a pretty good cup. It has hints of cocoa and citrus. I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it, but I wouldn’t turn it down either.

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This was OK. I tried longer steep times and that brought out the bitterness, that didn’t kill the taste though.

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This tea came as part of a SpecialTeas Oolong sample collection, and I’m wondering if I’ll have to learn a new vocabulary just to describe them. This has an unbelievable aroma being all grassy buttery and floral… hang on, buttery? I could spend the rest of the afternoon inhaling over a cup of this. The taste is sweet and full, yet light and, er, oolongy. I guess I like it.
The second steep was closer to what I’d expect a standard Oolong to be, so savor that first cup.

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drank Assam Mangalam by SpecialTeas
60 tasting notes

Assams don’t appeal to me all that much, but even I can taste that this one is above average. It has that typical Assam malt with touches of fruit and citrus. It’s slightly bitter, but then I don’t add sugar and will try to stick to a 3 min. steep next time.

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