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18 Tasting Notes

79

Evidently I like to overbrew my tea, because I let this one go for 4 minutes in my tea steeper.

I was all set to sing its praises, but for some reason this cup turned out rather weak. Maybe next time.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Yuzu Sencha by Samovar
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Try this again and upping my rating a little tiny bit. It’s growing on me, or maybe the bottom of the packet is a better mix. All I know is I feel like I’m getting more flavor now. Mmm, yuzu.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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67
drank Rooibos Tropica by Teavana
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Actually trying this straight for once – usually I have it with the Jasmine Pearls, but it’s too late at night for that.

A really nice blend – sweet without being saccharine. I’m always impressed at how flavorful and fruity this tea is. Still, not quite a daily drinker for me – a once in awhile, really. I do love it with the Jasmine Pearl, though.

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

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62

I actually do find the sweetness of the jasmine in this tea a little strong for my personal taste. Still, a nice tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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46

My 2nd day trying this tea, and I’m still a little disappointed by it. Maybe it’s too subtle for my tastebuds? I love the standard Bai Mudan from Samovar, but I really feel like the peach doesn’t add much at all to it and I find the flavor very weak. Even in the second cup, which I brewed for longer at a higher temperature I probably wouldn’t identify the peach if I didn’t know what it was.

Next time I’ll try adding more tea (maybe one heaping table spoon isn’t enough?), but I doubt I will buy this tea again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Yuzu Sencha by Samovar
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A much lighter tea than I expected, although the water may have been a little too cool the first time I brewed it. I like a bold sencha, so I was surprised by the mildness. The yuzu is nice (although I agree the smell of this tea is heavy on the yuzu, so I was surprised when the tea itself was a nice mix). I may re-rate depending on how the next new steep is – it’s a very pleasant tea, but not amazing at this price point.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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64
drank Sencha by Teavana
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74

One of these days I’m going to have to actually buy this tea so I can steep it at a lower temperature. I always get this tea at Peet’s when I get a free tea from buying one of the other teas. I think the water is a little too hot.

A really nice white tea, doesn’t get too bitter even when brewed in water that’s a bit hot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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71
drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
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The flavor is light, and getting the timing right can be finicky – but it can be the perfect little after lunch tea.

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74

You need to like very flowery teas for this one, but if, like me, you do — it’s a great tea.

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Mmm, tea. I am very sensitive to caffeine, so I mostly drink decaf, herbal, and white teas with the occasional green when I’m feeling feisty.