564 Tasting Notes

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So my sleeping schedule is a bit out of whack tonight (today?). Fortunately, my classes don’t start until after lunch today, so I will be able to sleep in a little. Anyway, I steeped this tea to start unwinding and destressing a bit. I’m getting a very strong pea flavor out of this one today. It’s a nice, smooth tea. Not my favorite flavors, but I’ve somehow managed to avoid bitterness this time around, so hooray!

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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
564 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
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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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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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