526 Tasting Notes

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At long last! I’ve had this tea on my shopping list for quite some time now and finally made my first Verdant order. I grew up drinking a lot of genmaicha but never had any flavored ones until recently. I think Verdant’s list of flavors for this tea is pretty spot on. I’m kind of surprised at the strength of the malty taste (at least that’s what I think it is) in this one. Also, the chocolate is more of a 75% real dark chocolate than the typical milk chocolate you think of in candy bars. That being said, the tea reminds me of a Kit Kat or Crunch candy except with a strong malt flavor and less sweet. The more malty/roasty/savory taste in this one was pretty strong, so I added a little german rock sugar to add some sweetness and mellow it out.

Now I feel like I’m rambling, but I just wanted to say that it had a surprisingly clean texture/flavor for a flavored tea. I think it tasted more elegant than the flavored genmaichas that I’ve had from 52teas (especially Browncoat Genmaicha). I think I still prefer a good unflavored genmaicha, but this is a nice option to have on colder days!

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87

So I’m making my rounds back through my Fortnum & Mason fruit black teas. Today I brought the apple black tea to class. I like that the apple is sweet enough to not have to add anything, but not so overpowering that I cannot enjoy the tea underneath. Anyway, I don’t remember what I’ve said in my previous tasting notes for this, so I might be getting repetitive. Overall, love it!

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drank Barley Tea by Dong Suh
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My latest pitcher of this tea has a slight gingery note about it. Not sure how that happened because I really dislike ginger, so there is no way that it was contaminated by anything else gingery in my pantry. Well, the roasted barley taste is strong enough that I can pretend to ignore the ginger, so all is well. I just hope the rest of my tea bags are ok..

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89

I haven’t had this one in a while, so I brought it to class yesterday morning. I love how juicy and sweet the peach taste is, yet not artificial or too candy-like. And this is one of the teas that I can actually smell through the lid of my tea tumbler. Hopefully that doesn’t mean the smell will stay in it, though. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow!

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I had this with a meaty, spicy lunch today, so I will rate later when I can taste the tea fully on its own. Anyway, the dry leaves look kind of like thinly sliced cucumber and some spinach leaves. The taste of the tea is accordingly vegetal with a clean texture. I think it goes well with food because of that clean taste. This was my final new sample from the Den’s Tea sampler. I believe this one was included because it was the tea of the month when I ordered it. I think I prefer this one over the Sencha Fuka-midori but less than the Houjicha Gold. Although it is a little bit of apples and oranges since they’re different types of tea.

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So this seems to be my go to tea for my outdoor adventuring lately. Today, I brought this in my tea tumbler while going on a hike. My tea tumbler still retained some apple flavor from a previous tea, so I had a lightly apple flavored houjicha today. It was actually quite nice. The houjicha has a roasted, earthier flavor that balanced the light apple taste. It’s giving me ideas for blends in the future! Anyway, I now only have enough to make this tea one more time, sad!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Brought this in my tea tumbler to class today. The candy-apple smell is so strong that I could smell it through the lid (most flavored teas, I can barely smell). Anyway, it has a wonderful candy apple taste that kept me peppy all day. It did get bitter toward the bottom, but nothing too unbearable. I will say that I prefer teas with a cleaner texture, but I think this slightly buttery texture was supposed to be evocative of the crust part of the pie.

Edit: The apple smell/flavor is kind of stuck in my tea tumbler after washing regularly, so I’m going to have to clean it using a stronger method.

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While I do not like getting up early, it does give me the opportunity to drink more (caffeinated) tea. Hooray for silver linings! Anyway, I’m starting off the day with this sample from Yezi Tea. When I opened the packet, I could immediately smell the jasmine. The tea was a nice cup of jasmine green tea. Very fragrant with a clean taste. I have to say, though, it left the back of my throat pretty dry, which was a bit hard to get over. I don’t believe I will be ordering more of this, but if you really love jasmine teas, then this is worth checking out.

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drank Chai (Full-Leaf Tea) by Tazo
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I admit the only times I’ve had chai are at Indian restaurants with tons of sugar. So I ended up killing time at Starbucks again today, and I thought I’d try something new. I ordered the chai latte, and I am pretty disappointed. I don’t like ginger in general and am pretty sensitive to the taste. Unfortunately, this particular chai seems heavy on the ginger to me at least. I won’t rate it because it’s not the tea’s fault that I don’t like ginger, but I guess this note is to remind myself that this one was a no. It also leaves that sticky, sugary aftertaste in your mouth. The kind you get after eating too much candy/chocolate. At least it’s keeping my hands warm on this chilly fall day.

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I’m spending my lunch hour at Starbucks today because I’m just sick of our cafeteria. Anyway, I got this as a latte and they accidentally sweetened it. Starbucks employees today have been a bit off their game. Anyway, it’s a decent black tea that holds up in the latte. I have to admit that I’m spoiled from trying a bunch of different high quality black teas in the last few months, so buying tea at Starbucks has become more of an excuse to take up a table for a while than for the tea itself. So my overall conclusion is that I won’t be buying any of this for myself to steep at home, but I’m perfectly fine buying a cup every now and then to justify hogging tables :)

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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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