101 Tasting Notes

73

I did really like this—and maybe I might like it even more ice. If I don’t rate it that high—well, I’m actually not a huge fan of herbals. I decided to get some hibiscus tea because I’d read it could lower cholesterol—so why not give it a try? But I found the pure stuff way too sour to tolerate. I got this to see if I could enjoy it with the mix. It may be there’s too little hibiscus here to be therapeutic, but at least I can enjoy this, and the hibiscus, though still apparent, is not overwhelming. The smell when I opened the pouch was a treat in itself—flowery, fruity, candy-like. And it tasted almost as good as it smelled.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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35

Yet another green tea we won’t be ordering again. We did like TeaSource’s Pi Lo Chun Imperial—this one is a different story. My aunt said to her it tasted “like food” and when pressed what kind said “frankfurter.” I think it does have a brothy, umani undertone to it. Something in it anyway we don’t really like.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

Of all the teas in this new order this might be my favorite. It’s described on the package as having a cocoay/molasses. I can certainly taste that in it and it gives it a fairly unique character among the black teas I’ve tried—I can’t recall a similar flavor profile. My aunt found it only “Okay.” She likes very basic teas like the Kenya Milma in our order. The things that for me make this tea stand out are exactly what she doesn’t like. But yes, personally this is one I’d order again. If I’m rating it a bit lower than the Kenyan tea it’s only that given both my aunt as well as I like it I’m just that much more likely to order it again.

Flavors: Cocoa, Molasses

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Flavors: Cocoa, Molasses

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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77

I did like this one—it’s reminiscent of a Hunan Black I’m fond of. It’s smooth as advertised on the package and site, but with a bit more character than the Kenya Milma tried yesterday, which struck me as a very “basic” tea, although more reminiscent of Hong Mao Feng than say a Ceylon. The Malaysian Highlands tea struck me as more distinctive, which makes me prefer it a bit over the other tea—and which made my aunt prefer the Kenya. Both are good teas that stand up well to drink although I think neither is destined to become a favorite.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

We’d been striking out with the teas in this order—till now. This one both my aunt and I liked. The description on the package calls this a “classic British cup o’ tea” and it does feel like a very basic cup of tea, even if not quite comparable to the types of blacks I’ve tried. It’s not reminiscent of Assam or Darjeeling certainly, not quite as characterful as Hunan Black or Black Bud, and taste more robust than a Ceylon—more as the package describes, “woodsy/nutty” than the bright citrusy note of those teas. I very much enjoyed this one, even if I wouldn’t quite put it at the tippy top of my favorite blacks.

Flavors: Nutty, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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59

So far we haven’t had a keeper among this order from TeaSource—not even close. The best my aunt would say of this was that she would drink it—which is more than she could say for the white tea (Silver Bud) or green teas (a Chinese Sencha and the Organic Clouds and Mist). She likened it to a flavored tea, which she doesn’t like, saying it tastes too flowery to her. This is definitely on the green side of oolong, and there is a flowery or stone fruit flavor to it. I don’t dislike the tea, and that’s reflected in my rating, but I have a lot of strong favorites among the TeaSource Oolongs, and I admit this doesn’t taste distinctive enough to rank among my favorites such as Big Red Robe, Oriental Beauty, Sweet Silk, Rare Orchid or Brandy Oolongs—especially since this is one of the pricier teas.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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36

We really liked the Clouds and Mist Supreme tea—one of our favorite green teas, that got us to like that kind of tea. This organic version? Not so much. It’s drinkable—which is more than I can say about how we felt about more vegetal green teas such as Sencha and Dragonwell. My aunt thought she detected the taste of pineapple. It is slightly citrusy—a bit buttery—but honestly I found it too bland for my tastes to order again when there are alternatives I like much better such as it’s (alas) pricier Supreme Grade cousin.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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31
drank Sencha by TeaSource
101 tasting notes

My introduction to green teas were a Sencha and Dragonwell—and it wasn’t a happy one. I found both teas too vegetal—almost undrinkable, reminding me of spinach water. If a green smoothie makes you go yum, maybe for you, but not for me. Now since I have found green teas to love: Iccha Kariban, Hojicha, Clouds and Mist Supreme, Pi Lo Chun Imperial. This particular Sencha from China was described on the TeaSource site as “a little sweeter than most Japanese senchas, with a little less taste of the sea.” Unlike the Japanese Sencha Uji, I didn’t find this undrinkable, but I didn’t care much for it and won’t be ordering it again. My aunt who I share my teas with like this even less—if the white tea we tried recently tasted like “hot water” to her—well, she described this one as tasting like “dirty water.”

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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34

The description on the package calls this “very tart and a little sweet.” I’d call that truth in advertising. I actually ordered this because I read it’s good for cholesterol and thought I’d give it a shot. Well, it’s strong medicine and a bit hard to take. Very sour, a little fruity—reminds me a bit of cranberry juice. It might work better iced or mixed with juice or blended with another tea. I found it too strong and tangy for my tastes, although a little in an herbal blend might be quite nice indeed.

Flavors: Cranberry, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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