130 Tasting Notes

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drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
130 tasting notes

This is one of the best teas I’ve had in a while. I brewed this and re-steeped twice. Each time it was flavorful, roasted but not heavy. It was really warming and tasty.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Roasted Barley, Roasted nuts

Preparation
12 OZ / 354 ML

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I love oolongs and this is no exception. The dry tea is more like pellets than leaves and look to be coated in some kind of dust. The brewed tea doesn’t have a strong smell, but when sipping has great flavor. It opens with the taste of juicy plums and hibiscus, then blends into the earthiness and warmth of ginseng. It is very well balanced and naturally sweet. The cup is smooth with no astringency.

At first I tried 1 teaspoon of tea to a cup, but then I upped it to 2 teaspoons with multiple re-steeps. This tea holds up well to re-steeping.

Flavors: Earth, Fruit Tree Flowers, Ginger, Plums

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Single Origin Teas

Glad you liked it! We’ve actually been sold out for a while and are waiting on some new batches to be rolled! Hopefully the fresher batch will be even better!

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This tea has a roasted, clean aroma and taste to match. The sip opens with a natural sweetness then grows deeper with a roasted stem taste, then lightens up with a clean grassy finish. I actually found myself stopping and sighing, thankful that I found a tea that I enjoy drinking! It really is a quality tea & you can tell. Such a relief from some of the teas I’ve been trying recently that have been bland or unbalanced.

Flavors: Grass, Plant Stems

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Artificial, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Though roasted, this tea is still light. The aroma is of roasted corn, nuts, and leaves—perfect for the first crisp day of Autumn. Sipping on the tea after brewing, I get a strong taste of barley, but it isn’t strong enough to be off-putting. This would be great brewed as an iced tea with some honey, or brewed extra strong since the flavor was a bit watery for me.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Roasted Barley, Roasted nuts

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

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Thanks kimquat for the sample!

Sadly, the main taste I get from this cup is an astringent, smoky and ashy taste. Once the bitterness subsides a little bit, I then get a grassy and mineral taste. The end has a little sweetness from the coconut, but it is very much in the background. This tea reminds me of sipping on a marshmallow over a campfire—a marshmallow that I burned and caught on fire, where the predominant flavor is ashy and bitter with a sweet after taste.

Flavors: Ash, Baked Bread, banana, Coconut, Mineral, Roasted, Smoke

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Smells delightfully smoky, like a campfire. The first taste when inhaling is smoke, but then the refreshing mint comes through. The mint cools the heat of the smoke and makes the tea lighter. It also brings a nice level of sweetness and takes the deep edge off the smokiness. I’m really liking this tea, thanks kimquat for the sample!

Flavors: Mint, Pine, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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