450 Tasting Notes

Thank you to Teavivre for the free sample! I somehow was one of the winners of the oolong giveaway a while ago, but didn’t get around to trying them until now. Anyway, this oolong was a bit less creamy than I expected it to be based on the name and other reviews. To me, it had a little more of a sour and bitter taste to it. It also leans toward the greener, grassier taste than anything else. That being said, I probably could have been a little more careful with the temperature and steeping time, so I won’t give it a rating for now.

Edit: In later steeps with a slightly shorter steep time (because of the bitterness from before), I’m getting a sweeter, more buttery taste.

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I really need to do a side by side of a bunch of oolongs because I feel like my tasting notes are always the same. That being said, I think that this oolong was a little less sweet/creamy than others that I have. It had a sharper taste and a little more .. savory(?) instead. Not sure how to describe it, but it was really delicious! Oh and the dry leaf smelled kinda like dried anchovies to me. I’ve only ever smelled that fishy type smell in hojichas before so that was interesting. Anyway, I was steeping this throughout the day and it resteeped wonderfully. I’m gonna get a lot of tea out of this sample! :)

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Backlog from yesterday. I’ve been trying a bunch of jasmine teas and I tend not to prefer them as much. However, this tea has a perfect balance of jasmine with passion fruit that is really juicy and delicious. Too bad I just missed the Persimmon Tree sale to restock on this. I have one, maybe two, cups left, eek!

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Brought it to school today, but it was not as juicy as the last time that I drank it. Maybe I didn’t get as many peach bits or something. Anyway, it’s a reliable tea that a go to for me when I don’t want to think much in the morning and/or am running low on time.

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drank Black Tea by Ten Ren
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I needed some quick tea and caffeine, so this bagged tea did the trick this morning. It was pretty smooth and not bitter for a tea bag. Not so complex in the flavor department, but gave me what I was looking for.

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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I’ve had a bit of a rough time with Adagio teas because a lot of them seem too artificial, sweet, or one-note. Oddly, I think that this combination worked for this tea. I think it’s mainly because the taste reminds me of blueberry muffins. It also works well with the subtle white tea as the background. Anyway, it’s a nice, sweet tea to have after dinner that doesn’t have too much caffeine to keep me awake all night.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I brought this to class with me today, and it was perfect. First, my basket infuser in my Aladdin travel tumbler unlatched itself somehow, so all the leaves fell to the bottom. Surprisingly, it did not get bitter at all. I also kept resteeping throughout the day and the genmaicha taste held strong. I think the extra matcha really helped clear my head at the beginning of the day. A very nice way to kick off a new quarter.

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A sad sipdown. I finished off the last of these tea bags today. I depended on it for my quick fix when I couldn’t get good boba, but now it’s all gone. I received this box from a friend, so I don’t know where to get it and I’m feeling kinda too lazy to hunt it down. Maybe when it gets colder I will be more motivated to look. Farewell for now, I enjoyed it while it lasted.

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I’m having this as an iced tea inadvertently today. I say inadvertently because I steeped this and forgot about it until it went cold. Anyway, I like it both hot and cold. Right now, I can taste more of the spices and roasted quality of the tea. It leaves a pleasant, almost smoky, aftertaste. Also, I went back to the Verdant website to look at the steeping instructions and it’s out of stock! Eek! I should stop drinking it up so quickly.

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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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