17 Tasting Notes

86

This may be a dream come true. This is my first “Earl Green.” I love earl gray—and more specifically, bergamot. I’m eager to try more of these.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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94
drank Gyokuro by Adagio Teas
17 tasting notes

I’m on my third pot of this. It is a good green tea. As others have noted, I believe a 165 to 170 brew temp is optimal for this tea. It seems to bring on a bit of bitterness at 180. The appearance is a bright green. The taste is very fresh. It’s more subtle, as most greens are, but there is still a lot of flavor.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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70

Not what I expect from an Oolong. Not bad, but very different.

This tea is extremely woody. I get cinnamon stick—less cinnamon and much more stick. Another taster noted cigar ash, and I can only agree. It’s not strong, it’s just woody—did I say that?

I suspect this would be very good iced and with some sort of BBQ. The wood just begs for BBQ.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kyle Hildebrant

I just had an epiphany about this tea: It’s Thai, yes, Thai. As in the type of tea used to make “Thai Tea”… that overly sweet sugar and cream infused tea. I think I may attempt my own Thai tea; but with a bit less sugar and cream.

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94
drank Eros by Mariage Frères
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This is damned near perfect. I love this tea so much. I wish it was easier to come by. if anyone has a good source for this, please do let me know.

It’s very complex and of the highest quality. A slight floral aspect, but not fake like a rose water type fo tast. This is very good iced too.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Lori

Try Cultured Cup – it is online

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86

This is just a good tea. It’s a solid, strong tea. I like this quite a bit.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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30

I don’t really care for this tea. I’m coming to the realization that I don’t enjoy vanilla in tea. I love vanilla in many other applications, but in tea, it’s not my thing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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80

I’ve only had a single tea bag, that was a trial, of this. it was quite good. I think I may order a sampler and give it another taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This tea is a citrus sensation. It tastes like a a light, white tea with a huge amount of lemon. The verdict is still out, I’ll have to give it another try.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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54

I have to agree with a few of the other reviewers: This tea has very little personality. It is very delicate and has very little going on. It’s not bad—not bad at all, it just lacks any real flavor.

I tried multiple steep times: 3, 4, 5, 6. All producing, more or less, the same flavor. I brewed it at 180, as suggested. I may try 190 or 200 next time to see if I can coax a little more life from this.

If very delicate, extremely subtle tea is what turns you on, then this would be right up your alley.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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