526 Tasting Notes

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
526 tasting notes

I was in a hurry this morning not to be late for a presentation, and I goofed. I didn’t fully close the basket infuser in my Aladdin tumbler, so most of the leaves fell to the bottom and have been steeping for a while now. Because it’s my first time with this tea, I will refrain from rating until I can steep it properly.

Anyway, it has a very grassy taste and smell. Not sure how thrilled I am about that, but it is a straight green tea after all. To it’s credit, it’s not very bitter even though the tea leaves have been sitting in that water for a couple hours. Good thing the sample size from Den’s Tea has enough leaves for more than one try!

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drank Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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Another oolong sample from Yezi Tea! When I opened up the packet, it smelled sweet and maybe a little nutty and buttery. I’m still pretty new to oolongs and identifying smells/tastes in tea, so this may be confusing.

First steep: Steeped for 45 seconds as recommended. Has a buttery texture. It’s sweet, but not as sweet as I remember Li Shan being. Also tastes a little nutty. There is also a floral taste toward the end. As it cooled down, I started detecting a slight bitter aftertaste.

Second steep: Tastes pretty much the same except a little less buttery in texture. I’m sure there are nuances that I’m missing out on, but to me, it tastes good and that’s all that matters, haha.

Third steep: The water was definitely not hot enough, so I didn’t get the flavors as strongly. Aaand I don’t have time to steep any more, sad.

Overall, I did enjoy this tea. I think I prefer the Li Shan (also Yezi Tea) over this one because this was a little more bitter if I’m remembering correctly. Yay for exploring oolong!

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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The theme of this morning’s unhealthy breakfast is sweetness overload! I’m sitting here sipping on this deliciously sweet tea and eating cider donuts that I brought home from yesterday’s apple picking. Anyway, the dry leaf immediately hit me with a velvety, sweet smell. Smells the way that cake should! I was worried that this tea might not live up to the hype, but it really does taste like red velvet cake! And it has a creamy texture that tricks me into thinking it’s more solid and filling than it actually is.

Not rating for now because I don’t think I got any chocolate chip pieces in my teaspoon, oops! I’ll rate when I taste again with the full experience.

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Backlog from yesterday. I brought this with me when I went apple picking. At first, I was tempted to bring Mom’s Apple Pie from Davids, but I figured I might have an apple/sweetness overload. I’m glad I realized this ahead of time because this hojicha was the perfect roasted, savory complement to all the sweet apples, cider, and cider donuts I had throughout the day!

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Backlog from yesterday. I went apple picking for the first time, so I had to get up early on a rainy day. With only a few hours under my belt, I opted for this tea because last time, the matcha gave me a nice little energy kick. Same thing happened yesterday. And of course, that comforting roasted goodness from the genmaicha. A perfect way to start off the day!

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drank Blueberry White by Tealuxe
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My first trip to Tealuxe in Harvard Square! I asked the guy working to recommend a good low caffeine tea (it was already late afternoon), and this was one of the ones he showed me. When I smelled the dry leaf, it smelled like sweet blueberries, almost verging on a candy-like smell but not quite. The blueberry smell was still strong after steeping, but not as strong in flavor. Maybe it’s because I’ve been drinking a lot of Davids Tea lately. Anyway, the blueberry flavor was definitely there and tasted more natural than the smell. The white tea also shone through with the grassy, vegetal taste. I’m not always a fan of the grassy taste, so this rating doesn’t quite make it to 80, but it is a pretty good tea nonetheless. Next time I go to Tealuxe, I’m going to make sure I have enough time to really poke my nose into all the teas I can. Plus, they have a whole wall full of cute teaware, too!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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When I left my apartment this morning it was rainy, so I decided it was the perfect time to break out a new fall tea! The dry leaf smells almost like apple flavored Jolly Ranchers and cinnamon. After steeping, the cinnamon smell was definitely more prominent. At first, there is a sweet, candy apple taste followed shortly by cinnamon. I get kind of a sense of the crust taste toward the end, but I’m not sure if I was just imagining it to be there because I was expecting it. This reminds me of a more elegant version of Cinnamon Apple Spice by Celestial Seasonings. That one is a little more in your face cinnamon and apple. Conclusion? I’m seriously thinking of going back to David’s to stock up on this before it goes away! We’ll see what my budget has to say about that, though.

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So I need to stay up late tonight to work on a paper, woohoo :( Anyway, I somehow thought this was the perfect opportunity to try another tea from my Den’s Tea sampler. I really love genmaicha, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I think the matcha kinda takes over the flavor at first, but then the toasty brown rice notes come through towards the end. I really am liking this one, and it’s giving me a nice energy boost without overdoing it.

Will I order more of this? If I did not already have tons of genmaicha, I might. But I also kind of prefer genmaicha on it’s own without the matcha. I will consider buying this if I run out of my current supply of genmaicha.

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Ok, so I lowered my rating of this tea just a little because the sweetener in the tea leaves a bit of a sticky sugary aftertaste in my mouth (like after you’ve had some really sweet chocolate). This being said, it really hit the spot. I tried yet another milk tea/boba place in Boston that disappointed, so I had to remedy the situation today with this stand-in. Some people may think it’s too sweet, but my sweet tooth really enjoyed it on this cold, windy day.

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Backlogging from yesterday. Had this in the evening because it has less caffeine.. I still think it affected my sleeping a bit though. Anyway, I am stuck on moving on to other samples from Den’s Tea because I love this one so much. I especially really like drinking it while eating spicy Korean food. The roasted, clean taste nicely complements the spicy, savory food. I doubled up on the tea leaves because it seemed a little weak to me last time, and it was perfect. After I sample everything else from the sampler, I’m definitely putting in an order for more of this tea!

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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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