42 Tasting Notes

89

This is my standby oolong at work. It is really tasty, but cheap enough that if I get distracted I won’t be mad if I brew a cup then not return to my desk for an hour and have to make a new cup. It has a nice baked aroma with some honey sweetness. The tea itself is a little bit like honey with a slight bit of tannin. Nothing too complex, but good to sip on throughout the day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi Tea
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I have a hard time drinking this straight, but mixed with some honey it is great. I look forward to trying this iced in the summer. The taste is of real blueberries, not that artificial candy blueberry flavor. It can be very tart if overbrewed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Jasmine Pearl by Rishi Tea
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Without a doubt, this is a JASMINE tea. This is very heavy on the jasmine, really fills the room with an amazing aroma. The flavor of the green tea is lost until the third steep, the jasmine shines more than anything. Nothing tastes artificial, this is a very high quality tea. It’s relaxing to watch the pearls open up in a glass vessel while brewing. Very fragrant, no bitterness. Great tea to relax with.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
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This is a dark malty tea. The liquid is as black as coffee. There is no harshness, its actually pretty smooth. Some notes of raisins and malt. Similar to an assam without kicking you in the face!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

This is on the border between a medium roast and a dark roast tieguanyin. It has a very bready aroma and taste to it with a slight hint of sweetness, like walking into a bakery. This is an extremely forgiving tea, I’ve brewed it boiled, and at 195, both are fantastic. Got a good three steepings out of it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

I can’t get over how good this tea is. It’s extremely full bodied but not bitter. Its a rich caramel brew that needs no sweetening whatsoever. It has a smell reminiscent to a freshly baked loaf of bread along with some cacao notes. A truly unreal tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Thanks to Michelle for this sample. I bought 2 oz right away. This is like eating a caramel dark chocolate brownie. No lie.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

mmm good comparison!

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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