153 Tasting Notes

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The scent is buttery, grassy, and sweet. The beginning of the aroma smells like green tea but finishes closer to an oolong. I really like the flavor of this tea because it is sweet and floral, reminding me of blooming jasmine teas, but it is grounded and well balanced.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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This tea has a pretty mild scent when brewed. The taste was the opposite though — very strong, bold, but lacks the astringency usually associated with breakfast teas. It has a nice, even, rounded, smooth and deep flavor.

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drank Red Dragon Pearls by teasenz
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Wow, this is a great and interesting tea. It smells of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, tobacco and moist earth. The taste is malty, funky, earthy with a little hint of mushroom. There is a smooth astringency at the beginning but it finishes smooth. This is a very flavorful and fun tea that stands out from the pack. I used 4 pearls for 12 ounces of tea and it brewed up nice and strong with a slightly mellower re-steep.

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, Malt, Mushrooms, Tobacco, Wet Earth

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drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
153 tasting notes

Smells malty, rich, tannic, and robust.

First sip, while hot, tastes bright, light and ends with astringency.
After allowing it to cool, it takes on a fuller and mellower tone with chocolate and coffee notes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Malt, Tannin

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Smell: Honey, hay, chammonile

Taste: Orange is subtle, Tastes a bit like Cointreau , Well Balanced

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Orange

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mon Secret by Nina's Paris
153 tasting notes

Smell: Malty, sweet, tropical, and delicate
Tastes: Smooth, hint of astringency, and light

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Gyokuro by Sugimoto America
153 tasting notes

This is a very typical green tea. Smelling it is very buttery and then a hint of grassiness. The butteriness is missing almost completely from the tea when drinking and is instead replaced with a slight bitterness at the end. The leaves are a very pretty blue-green color and are smaller than most other leaves, brewing up like spinach. The packaging suggested 140 degrees for steeping but I think this would have done better at either a lower temperature or lower steeping time since it did have a tad of bitterness.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Spinach

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Scent: grassy, minty hay, hint of citrus and honey from chammomile
Tastes: smooth, light and sweet with a hint of floral honey on the finish

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey, Mint

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

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drank Khumbu by Nepali Tea Traders
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drank Organic Houjicha by ShiZen Tea
153 tasting notes

The dry leaf for this tea might be a bit intimidating for some. Not as strong as some lapsang or genmaicha I’ve smelled, but it is a slightly funky, earthy, and straw-like scent. The brewed tea is much more mild and smells almost like roasted corn. I was afraid this tea would be similar to barley tea (mugicha), which for some reason I don’t like the taste of, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this tea when brewed. It stood up to a nice long brewing of 3 minutes since it is less fragile than a non-roasted green tea. There is absolutely no bitterness, astringency, or even the slight acidity that regular green teas can sometimes have. It does inherit the grassiness and smooth buttery finish of a high quality green tea. The finish is sweet and smooth, reminding me of a non-salted version of those grocery snack corn nuts. The after taste has a bit of tannin that reminds me of oolong teas served in restaurants to help with digestion, but it is more of a nostalgic reminder and does not affect the overall taste of the tea at all.

Flavors: Butter, Hay, Roasted nuts, Straw, Toasted Rice

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

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