451 Tasting Notes

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I have a sample size of this from my last order from Yunomi that I’m finally getting around to. The dry leaf is very clumpy, which I didn’t realize was supposed to be the case until I read the description again about the tea leaves being “rolled”. It smelled grassy and a bit like hay. After steeping to a vibrant yellow-green, it tastes grassy and savory at the same time, if that makes any sense. It’s a nice cuppa, but not my favorite type of Japanese green.

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I don’t even know if this should count as a tasting note, but I used these teabags to make tea eggs for lunar new year today. I was going to use loose leaf as per instruction, but I’d never made them before, so I thought I’d go with teabags in case something went wrong that I wouldn’t waste as much.. Anyway, the tea eggs turned out pretty good, but I definitely need practice.

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100

Today’s biostats lecture was particularly heavy on notation and derivations, so I’m glad that I brought this tea with me to simultaneously calm me down and keep me focused. It’s definitely become one of my go-to teas for comfort, convenience, or anything else. I’m glad that I have so much of it to last me a long while!

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95

Ever since I cold brewed this last time, I couldn’t get it out of my head. So while I was packaging some of this tea up for bluebelle, I couldn’t resist popping some more in the fridge, even though it is freezing outside. So delicious!

bluebelle

I’m so excited to try this!

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98

I have been drinking this tea pretty often, but this was the first time I brought it with me in a travel tumbler to school. Not sure if that is the reason why, but today it smelled like sweet potatoes on the first steep. The taste was pretty much the same chocolately goodness as usual, but had a bit of a warmer, sweeter note to it than usual. Anyway, I’ve been resteeping throughout my classes and will continue to do so to help me get through the day!

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
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Sipdown! (108) Last night, I was hit with insomnia, so I took a nice, hot shower and tried to relax with this tea. Chamomile isn’t really my thing, but I know that it calms a lot of people and is included in a lot of bedtime teas, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m not sure if the insomnia gave up or if it was the tea or both, but I fell asleep pretty soon after, so yay!

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drank Corn Tea by Dong Suh
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I switched it up from my usual pitchers of barley tea to a fresh batch of this corn tea. I actually didn’t mean to (the packets look identical), so it was a nice surprise when I drank it. I love that roasty corn flavor (sound weird, but tastes good to me!).

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The whole time I read I was thinking that sounds weird and then finished your note and laughed. I always find the ones that sound weird end up tasting amazing.

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91

Sadly, a sipdown. Well, technically I have a teeny bit left, but not enough for its own cup, so I’ll probably experiment with blending it with something else. Anyway, I brought it to keep me company on my first day of my last semester in school (probably ever). Today, it tasted a little sweeter than normal. Not sure if that is due to scent contamination in my tea drawer or just my sleepy state, but it was quite pleasant. Considering my love for EBs, and this one in particular, I will probably reorder this at some point when I allow myself to buy teas again.

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95

Today is not shaping up to be the best day (not the worst either, but still), so I wanted to go for something that would taste good guaranteed. I remembered this tea from the Steepster Select box, so I brewed it up and it is just as good (if not better) than I remembered. I think it might actually be my favorite oolong so far. It has the perfect balance of roasted and floral notes and is so creamy. I just checked their website, and it seems they only sell in 4 oz quantities. Normally, I wouldn’t get that much of one tea at once, but this is so delicious that I might just…

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93

I ordered an oolong sampler from Teavivre when ordering my new teapot, and this was the only one of them that was in super airtight packaging. So of course I was curious and decided to pop it open this morning. I gotta say that so far, this is competing to be one of my favorite oolongs! It’s sweet, floral, and so smooth. It looks like everyone else who reviewed this also thinks highly of it, so I will definitely be putting this back on my shopping list for when my tea buying hiatus is over.

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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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