291 Tasting Notes

drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
291 tasting notes

Sipdown. I love this tea. Malty, sweet with orange/citrus. Always good and comforting. Tried it at the Midwest tea fest and I just loved it. It is a must replace for me, but I need to finish off a few other teas before I feel I can justify an order.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Orange

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I ate. one of the marshmellows before brewing – kind of a mistake – very spicy! 4 min, 190F I think I may be making my brew of this too strong lately as this has been overwhelmingly spicy.
-too spicy – overpowers
-added suga and milk – too much, now milk tea w/weak flavor, but still pretty spicy
-added more brewed tea to mug and I finally think I hit the right ratio of tea to milk
-still too spicy, but milk does smooth it out some and I do find a small amount of chocolate under the spice
-this is a different bag than my original. I just seems like there is more red pepper flakes in this than the other bag. I need to find a better ratio to fully enjoy the tea because I’m not liking it nearly as much as I did before. :( I’m dropping the rating a little to reflect the undesirable level of spice I seem to be getting currently.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy


Sounds like it’s spicier now compared to the batch I tried last year, which I think was one of the first ones.

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I’ve noticed that a lot of my reviews are pretty short. Unfortunately, this won’t be any different.
I just wrote one line. “grapefruit-y and ginger” I remember that this was thinner bodied than I expected, but that all flavors were present.
There are large pieces of grapefruit/ginger though and present/absence of those will affect the brew. I did enjoy eating the ginger afterward!

Flavors: Ginger, Grapefruit

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown. From the regional group buy. Did this at ‘not’ boiling . Creamy, sweet, small amount of green at the end. Very much a mouthfeel tea for me. Liked this so much better than the Bitaco black.

Flavors: Creamy, Green, Sweet

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Sipdown. Sample from Midwest teafest. Very nice black tea. Sweet and fruity. I’ll have to keep an eye out for other Vietnam blacks when I make an order eventually.

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Sipdown. Used the last this morning. Malty, earthy

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Using the last of this up at my sister’s. I had to mi it with another black because there wasn’t enough left for even one small cup.

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drank Autumn Warmth by Liquid Proust
291 tasting notes

Thanks to Daylon R Thomas for this tea!
Westren tonight as I’m feeling lazy. 2tsp, 180F
I like that this tea is nicely balanced. The cinnamon doesn’t build like mint and get overwhelming. Fruity, cinnamony, sort of warmth. Not spicy, just warming. Fruity cinnamon reminds me of pie somehow. Okay, now I want pie.
White base came through in mouthfeel more than anything.

I got three solid and consistent steeps out of the tea.
Probably not something I’d order myself, but I was glad to try it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Thick

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
291 tasting notes

I had this today at work and it reminded me of the worst artificially tasting hazelnut creamer for coffee. I couldn’t finish it and decided to get rid of the rest. The flavor doesn’t work. Unfortunately, I bought a lot of this tea. I can’t see myself finishing anymore though. Dropping my rating since it’s become undrinkable.

Flavors: Artificial, Hazelnut

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drank Jin Xuan by Gong Fu Tea Shop
291 tasting notes

Sipdown. Work tea. Not that memorable, but the package still smells prwtty good.

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I started my tea journey with Stash/Celestial Seasonings tea bags years ago. Mostly loose leaf now, though bags are easier for work.

I like black, oolong, white, and herbals. Green tea is hit or miss.

I play video games, read, and do pottery. My current favorite tea mug is one I threw and glazed.

I generally review teas twice – initial and final steeps.

I try to keep my cupboard to what I currently have available.

85-100 are teas that I loved and want to keep in stock.
71-84 are teas that are good. I may or may not get them again. Source for daily drinkers/work teas.
60-70 are teas that I didn’t like. I’ll finish what I bought.
Anything less than 60…nope.



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