39 Tasting Notes

It’s got that distinct, Guiness-y Assam scent that I just love. A slight, pleasing bitterness on the back of the tongue after it’s been swallowed is more memorable than the initial taste. It tarries with you a bit, and I really dig that.

I’m so thrilled it’s come available for sale, I’m jumping all over that. From the June 2014 Steepster select box

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When it’s hot, I don’t think it tastes much like cranberry or blood orange, but it has a wonderful fruitiness reminiscent of gummi bears. It’s got a bitterness that complements the gummi bearness perfectly.

As it begins to cool, the gummibearness fades and the orange comes through. It’s so delicious!

Flavors: Fruity, Orange

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As all the text on the pretty green and gold tin are in Chinese, I have no idea if I’m preparing this correctly. It’s tasty, though! I’m tasting some leafy greenness that sort of expands on the tongue. It’s got some body to it, and some astringency, probably due to overbrewing. It’s still pleasing for all that, so hopefully with some tweaking, I can decipher this tea.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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I followed package instructions, 3 minutes in 12 ounces of boiling water, and it’s pretty weak. There’re almost no aromas at all (mostly a vague green tea aroma), and the flavor has slight notes of leafy greens. No bitterness. I’m going to cut the water to 8 ounces next steep to see if that makes a difference.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Yame Shincha #3 by Tea Wing
39 tasting notes

I was in love from the moment I tore open the package! The aroma was sweet, with scents of green peas and grass clippings. It actually looks like grass clippings, so maybe that part’s just in my head.

Anyhow, I steeped it according to package instructions, and enjoyed the vapors while it steeped. The first sip was a complete surprise, as the sweetness in the nose did not come through on the tongue at all. It was almost salty. It’s just the slightest bit bitter at the end, so on the next steep, I may shorten up the brewing time.

What I love most is how the flavor continues to develop after the sip’s been swallowed. It lingers and morphs in ways I wish my vocabulary was equipped to describe.

From the May 2014 Select box.

Flavors: Grass, Peas, Salty, Sweet

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I like it! It’s got a mild (if artificial) coconut flavor that works with the black tea. I like it black, I like it with coconut sugar, and I like it with milk.

Most importantly, it picks me right up.

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Things I love: A well-made cup of tea, wine, books, Dr. Who (the tenth doctor, in particular), Masterpiece Theater, the BBC in general, hats, my cat, my dogs, my husband, crocheting, and a bit of archery.

Things I don’t love: Politics, people who draw me into political discussions after declaring my dislike for politics, Chinese food, being the one who decides what we’re having for lunch, Red Heart super saver yarn, network TV programming, and beer.


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