513 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown (126)! I took the rest of this sample (a heaping tablespoon) and cold brewed in one of my water bottles. It’s probably more leaf than I would’ve used and I left it in there for quite a while on accident (maybe 12 hours or so?), so it had a pretty strong roasty taste by the time I tried it out. I did enjoy it, though, and I think it was the right idea to try a less roasty houjicha for cold brewing. I will miss this one, but not too much because I still have tons of it’s sister (dark roast) lying around waiting to be sipped on.

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Backlog. I only did a quick steep of this in the morning before heading off for the day, so I can only say that it tasted pretty typical of a sencha: grassy, vegetal. I will rate and note properly when I can actually sit down to have a cup instead of rushing like today. Well, okay, one more note. When I came back home, there was still some left in the cup that had significantly cooled down (of course), which made me think that I may try cold brewing this one, too!

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
513 tasting notes

I cold brewed this with 2.5 tsp in my water bottle in the fridge for 6 hours. It was very tropical, almost like a punch except not as sugary. It may not have been the most appropriate for a rainy day like today, but I can see this one being really refreshing in the summer to have as a cold brew!

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Backlog. I had to wake up super early for a conference today, so I brought along a tea that I knew would resteep well throughout. Unfortunately, I was in a rush and underleafed. I also think that the scoop that I got had more of the toasted rice than actual tea. Secondly, the water they had available was not very hot. Therefore, the tea wasn’t as flavorful today, and I felt like I was wasting it. It also had less of a chocolate-y taste and more of a potato-like taste. Anyway, even underleafed and with cooler water, I still enjoyed this tea. I’m really sad because I’m getting close to the bottom of this one, eek!

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Thanks, Pyroxy, for sending me a surprise sample of this tea! I’ve really wanted to try Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea, but they only sell such large quantities. When I smelled the dry leaves and first tasted the tea, I was ambivalent about it. It didn’t seem particularly special or gross or anything. But as I kept on sipping, I really started liking it. It reminds me of my beloved English breakfast teas. As the cup cooled and I got to the bottom of it, I was suddenly hit by a smoky taste that really helped distinguish this tea. It is a bit astringent, but not bitter.

Resteeping: This time around, the tea has a slightly less boldness to it, but I can really taste the smokiness coming out. Still astringent, but not too bad.

Overall, I am enjoying this tea, but not enough to buy 4 oz at a time. I guess I don’t even have the option anyway because I just checked their site and it doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Ah, the joys of holiday teas.

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drank Starbucks Black Iced Tea by Tazo
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Backlog. I needed a quick fix of caffeine after a long day of class to have energy to meet up with a friend for dinner, so I stopped by Starbucks on the way and chugged an iced tea. It was actually tastier this time around, but that may be because I was also super thirsty. Anyway, not a bad iced tea for when I’m in a pinch.

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drank Barley Tea by Dong Suh
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Backlog. I made this for the first time in my new pitcher, which is smaller than my makeshift pitcher that I used before, so the flavor came out a lot more concentrated. I just leave the teabag in the pitcher to cold brew forever until I finish the pitcher usually, so maybe I’ll start taking it out. I like it even though it’s a long stronger, so maybe I’ll just leave it. Aanyway, I brought this tea to school today in a tinted bottle. It was all shaken up inside my bag, so when I took it out, there was a bit of foam at the top. All of this together made it look like I just poured some beer into my water bottle and called it a day, haha! I really hope other people in my class don’t think I’m an alcoholic…

carol who

Ha ha ha

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
513 tasting notes

Backlog. I realized that this is getting to be one of my older teas, so I gotta get on sipping it down! I brought it to school in my tumbler. Oversteeped, of course, because of all the school. It kind of gave a thicker mouthfeel to it than usual without being bitter. Nice! And as always, that punch of tropical flavor. I also stuck some new leaves in the fridge for a cold brew in the interest of sipping down (it’s still a while away), so we will see how that turns out!

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drank Da Hong Pao by Tea At Sea
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Blindly picked a tea just for fun. This was the lucky winner! Has a nice roasted taste like last time. I’m also tasting a bit of a seaweed broth-y type taste. Anyway, a solid tea to accompany me while I work on dreaded biostatistics.

Courtney

Dun dun. Biostats are not so fun. Even less fun, calculus. Shudder.

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drank Lychee by Lupicia
513 tasting notes

Brought this one to school in my travel tumbler today. I kind of neglected it while running to class and steeped it longer than I would’ve liked. It kind of turned out to be a happy accident, though, because it brought out some more rich black tea flavors without getting bitter. The lychee flavor was more subtle than the last time I had this tea. I also detected a bit of cinnamon at the end of the sip, but that may have been contamination from the last tea I had in my tumbler. Second steep, I pulled the leaves out before the liquid got too dark. This really let the lychee flavor come out more prominently against the black base. It may also be because it was a resteep? Anyway, it was interesting to experiment with and a really nice tea for a four hour block of lectures.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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