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350 Tasting Notes

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I know I’m probably getting repetitive about houjichas, but I needed this one today to really re-set myself tea-wise. For the past couple days, I just haven’t been in the mood for tea, so it’s nice to come back to a reliable, comforting tea to get me excited again. Like I have said in previous tasting notes, this particular houjicha is a bit less roasty than I prefer, but it’s still very delicious!

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drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
350 tasting notes

I couldn’t help but to cold brew this one again because I really enjoyed it last time. It’s definitely heavy on the toasted rice flavor when I prepare it this way. Still waiting to rate this until I have it hot as well, so let’s hope I get around to doing that before I use it all up on cold brewing!

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95

I’ve been finding that lately my tastes have been leaning toward stronger teas. For example, I brought this one to school in my travel tumbler with the same amount of leaf that I usually add. However, it tasted a bit watery today. That’s when I realized that at home, I’ve been adding more leaf in general resulting in stronger teas. Interesting how things change in short amounts of time! This has nothing to do with Zhu Rong, so for actual tasting notes, see previous notes!

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When I smelled this tea, I knew I had to try cold brewing it. So I stuck it in the fridge for too long (over 13 hours? oops), and just took a sip of it now. It smells like a juicy orange, but when I take a sip, the blood orange flavor comes out perfume-y for me. I also taste something a bit ginger-like. I’m not a huge fan of ginger, so it didn’t sit quite well with me. I don’t think this is the tea for me, but it was nice to try it out! Thanks to Skysamurai for the sample!

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79

Cold brewed this for a bit too long (probably over 12 hours?). I got a nice, grassy taste that ended with a sweet note. I think that oversteeping did add some bitterness, but it was easily forgivable. Since I wasn’t too big of a fan of this tea hot, I will probably use up the rest in my cold brewing frenzy.

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drank Red Robe by thepuriTea
350 tasting notes

Sipdown (123)! Today didn’t start off so great, so I needed a tea that I knew I could rely on! I remembered this one fondly from last time, so I steeped up the rest of what I had. It’s nice and roasty but sweet. It also leaves a bit of a rich aftertaste. Anyway, I will be resteeping the heck out of these leaves because I’m sad to see it go. Thanks again to Kat_Maria for letting me try it out!

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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
350 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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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! Especially more roasty/darker ones
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, 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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