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42 Tasting Notes

80
drank Jasmine Tea by Fujian Tea
42 tasting notes

Very strong jasmine taste and an unexpected kick of caffeine to boot. This is the tea that gets me through the workday (usually in the bagged form), as it can be surprisingly forgiving if you forget about it and leave the bag to soak in the cup for a few hours — just add more hot water to dilute it and it’s fine.

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90

The leaves look a bit like coarsely ground coffee, and as such they can hold up to scalding water and long steeping without leaving a bitter aftertaste. A superb alternative to standard breakfast teas.

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90

The delicate scent and taste of the rose petals enhance, rather than mask, the taste of the tea itself. Can be saved for special occasions, but easy enough to drink on a daily basis.

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85

Not as assertive as some types of Lapsang Souchong — tastes better when allowed to cool to an easily drinkable temperature. May be a good introduction for those who are not accustomed to drinking the smokier Lapsangs out there.

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60

Very light for a darjeeling, with only the barest hints of the muscatel flavour. A bit pricey for the taste, in my opinion, but then again I prefer a much stronger darjeeling.

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75
drank Gemaicha by Teavana
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The popped and roasted rice that Teavana blends into its genmaicha make it an amusing sight before you add water, though as genmaicha goes it does seem as if the blending helps to conceal two less-strong teas into one slightly stronger one. Tasty nonetheless.

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95
drank Thai Nguyen by Teaism
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Very unique, as the company’s description suggests. Has a fresh, almost grassy flavour, which makes it a fine accompaniment to Thai or Vietnamese food. Also good when consumed on its own, especially for those who want to avoid drinking a stronger green tea too close to bedtime.

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drank Pu'er Tuo Cha by Teaism
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Solid pu’er tea with a flat and earthy taste. It tends to taste better served cold and long-steeped — not a bad tea to brew and then forget about for a few hours!

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95
drank Lavender Sencha by Wegmans
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An interesting tea-and-flavouring blend, with dried lavender flowers incorporated into a straightforward sencha. The scent of lavender is very strong, which some may find disconcerting, but it steeps into a smooth and soothing green tea. A nice change from the more common jasmine-based flavourings.

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One of the best bagged teas I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink — which may have to do with the fact that the tea leaves used are not the dust or fannings commonly found in most bags. You can easily cut open the tea sachet and steep the leaves in a standard infuser. Highly recommended!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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