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drank Australian Shincha by Ito En
39 tasting notes

It’s like a cup of lawn clippings, judging the appearance and aroma. Very springy.

I was surprised by the steeping guidelines (they want me to add BOILING water? Really?), but followed them anyhow. It’s yielded a yellowish green drink, and the grassiness has persisted in both the nose and the mouth. I like the astringency on the back end of the sip, and the bitter spinachness up front.

I’m excited to try the next steeping!

Flavors: Bitter, Cut grass, Spinach

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I think I like the nice, flowery aroma better than the actual drink. I mean, it isn’t bad! It’s light and slightly sweet, but fairly nondescript beyond that.

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I was REALLY hesitant about this tea when I read ‘smokiness’ as a tasting note (I don’t like Lapsang Souchongs, and that’s what came to mind).

But I worried for nothing. The smokiness and the chocolate notes are just that- notes. The tea isn’t overpowered by either, and they play nicely together, fading (but still present) with successive steeps. There’s also an incredibly satisfying earthiness that reminds me of pu-erh.

From the September 2014 select box.

Flavors: Cacao, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ayame Kabuse by Tea Wing
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What a lovely tea, so fresh and vital! The smells were so vibrant and intense while it was steeping.

I’m not sure what a marine note is, so I couldn’t say if it was there or not. I got piney, spinachey, grassy, full-bodied mouthfuls. The astringency is a nice punctuation.

This is not a shy tea.

Flavors: Grass, Pine, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Ayame Kabuse by Tea Wing
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drank Ayame Kabuse by Tea Wing
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My select box came today! I was immediately intrigued by the description, so I’m trying this one first!

Steeped according to package instructions, the aromas are pretty straight-forward. The ginger and the turmeric pretty much dominate the nose, which is a really strange combination. The citrus is there, but it’s definitely the middle child.

On the tongue, it’s a good marriage of flavor. The lemongrass comes out to say hello, while the citrus fades into the background, barely noticeable. It finishes slightly sweetly, owing to the licorice root. I was expecting something really powerful (maybe even overpowering), but the aromas are much stronger than the liquor itself.

It’d be pretty good iced, too.

From the August ’14 select box.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I took a whiff of the steeped leaves, and was greeted by an aroma reminiscent of genmaicha’s toastiness.

The liquor itself is still too hot to sip, but the caramel and coconut notes are subtly in my nose. I hope these scents come through on the tongue, the notes on the packages are so rarely what I experience.

They didn’t. It’s toasty and nutty and fantastically sweet. The caramel wants to come through, but stayed in my nose in the end. Most of this tea’s character plays out in the nose, and that’s okay. I like it.

Flavors: Sweet, Toasty

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