590 Tasting Notes

91

A nice, smooth, simple black tea to accompany my simple sandwich for lunch. A great hassle-free but delicious combination for an otherwise hectic and stressful day.

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85

I really like the natural sweetness in this tea. It’s a very light, smooth tea that I think also goes well with meals. In particular, I had some salty foods today and this contrasted it nicely. I do get the feeling that this tea is just on the edge of being bitter, yet not bitter, which kind of makes me nervous while drinking it for some odd reason. I guess I’ve just had bad experiences with bitter greens in the past.

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95

Sooo happy right now. My awesome mom bought this for me at the mall and sent it along in a care package, aww. The first time I tried this tea was actually with her at a bakery in California, so I have some fond memories. Anyway, the dry leaves smell so peachy and sweet like candy. In fact, the tea itself reminds me of Asian peach gummies in a liquid form. I don’t like to add sweeteners to my teas, so I love it when they are already sweet like this one. After a week of drinking mostly straight oolongs, the sweetness was overwhelming, but in a good way. I will have to try to cold steep it sometime and drink it almost like a juice. The selfish part of me is kind of disappointed that she didn’t buy the tin, but I’m so super grateful for this lovely gift and I will savor every teaspoon of it!

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83

I might have gotten some extra jasmine blossoms in my teaspoon this morning because today this tea tasted a bit more floral and perfume-y than usual. Not so perfume-y that it was overwhelming and unpleasant to drink, but I just noticed it was a little different than usual. No big deal. There was some slight astringency, but again, no big deal. It was a nice, sweet tea to have throughout the day and resteeped surprisingly well.

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93

Now that I’ve had quite a few more oolongs, I can say that while this one is on the lighter/greener side, it still maintains a nice roasted, nutty taste as well. I think I prefer the darker, roastier oolongs, so when I want something a little lighter, this one hits the spot without being too green if that makes sense. It’s also very naturally sweet, which I enjoy. This one is going on the repurchasing list!

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100

Ok, so I didn’t exactly do a side by side comparison with the smoky roast because I’ve been swamped, but I will say that based on memory and multiple tastings now of both teas, I think I prefer this one overall. It has just the right amount of roasted intensity and flavor for a more everyday kind of tea. The smoky one was just a tad over the top to be drinking all the time for me. Now that I’m fully obsessed with houjichas, I now need to compare this one to the one I got from Den’s for my final final decision on which one to heavily stock up on. Or maybe I’ll just do both, haha.

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I had such bad luck yesterday with tea. First off, I think I used water that was too hot. And then oversteeped. It ended up tasting like a bit bitter like a black tea. It may also be because I used my travel tumbler for black teas lately and the smells/tastes kind of linger in the cap, sigh. Anyway, I hope I have better luck next time!

Courtney

Hope today goes better :) I have the same problem with my travel mug lid, I pretty much just use it for black tea now.

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85

This is another oolong that reminds me of black tea in terms of the richness or intensity, I guess. It’s hard to pinpoint exact flavors from this one, but I’d have to say that it has an overall warm flavor. It’s less fruity/light to me and more like spices or roasted flavors. It also resteeps very nicely. I don’t think I am sensitive enough to detect any flavor changes from steep to steep, but I do appreciate that the flavor holds strong. It isn’t bitter at all, but there is a slight astringency. Unfortunately, it looks like Verdant is sold out of this tea, eek! Every time I fall in love with one of their teas it seems that it’s out of stock. Guess that means other people are loving it, too! And have faster ordering than me.. Ah well, this is one I’ll have to keep my eye out for.

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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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