513 Tasting Notes

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I probably have had gunpowder before without knowing, but this is the first time that I got some for myself and steeped it at home. First steep was very short, tasted like classic green tea. Second steep I was distracted by cleaning up a mess on the counter and steeped a bit longer. It really brought out the smokiness of the tea, which was a nice surprise. It was a little bitter, though, so I’ll have to try to find a nice in between for next time.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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drank Barley Tea by Dong Suh
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I haven’t had this in a while because my pitcher somehow sprung a leak. Anyway, I finally was craving it so much that I made a makeshift pitcher out of my empty orange juice bottle to make some of this, haha. Mmmm, good to be back.

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76

My Cyber Monday order from Persimmon Tree arrived yesterday! I was initially going to reorder Vanilla Bean until I noticed Periwinkle, which seemed similar, so I ordered a sample of this tea to compare. It’s been a while since I had vanilla bean, but I think I preferred the more classic vanilla ice cream-esque taste from vanilla bean than this tea. Periwinkle has a more subtle vanilla taste, but there is also something off about it to me. I’m starting to think that it might be the Assam base. Luckily, I ordered a sample of straight Assam, so I can get to the bottom of this. Just a few months ago, I was trying to untangle the differences between black, green, oolong, and white, and now I’m realizing how different teas can be within these categories. It’s pretty exciting, but also a little exhausting, exploring them all and trying to figure out which ones I prefer personally.

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I had an unusually hard time waking up this morning for class, so I brought this with me to keep me awake during lecture. It did its job well enough for today. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t make it into my reorder from Persimmon Tree this time around, but I’ll be savoring what I have left.

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I needed a bit of a palate cleanser after trying some new teas today that weren’t hitting the spot for me. As always, a reliable tea to me.

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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There’s something about Adagio teas that I’m not a fan of. I’ve tried their flavored oolongs, whites, and blacks, but there’s always a little something off with the flavor for me. Anyway, this is definitely hazelnut all the way. Very sweet, yet it also feels like something is missing. Maybe it’s the tea flavor that I’m missing? This is a very confusing tasting note, so let me just say that I can see why some people would like this, but it’s not necessarily the tea for me.

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Ok, so this is the first pu’er that I’ve tried, and I gotta say that I don’t really get it. This was part of my 5 for $5 that Verdant used to have, and I was really excited to try my first pu’er. The tea smells like a wet forest after rain and tastes like it, too. Tastes a little bit like dirt at first and then like wet wood. I’m obviously not rating the tea because I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to pu’ers. At least I’ve tried it out now!

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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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