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9 Tasting Notes

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drank Ryokucha by Samovar
9 tasting notes

I recall someone previously saying this tea was like crack cocaine? A worrying thought that crack fiends might have entered the tea industry and started putting more unwanted additives in tea along with the pesticides and whatnot. What a combination, that along with our now poisonous water supplies in the US!!! Regardless, I’m happy to say I have no idea what crack is like and this tea is pretty good nonetheless. Not nearly as good as the blend I make myself, though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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35

Standard fare sencha. Not quite sure why I purchased this particular sencha because the name ‘overture’ implied to me that it would set the mood. Regrettably, it has not done so. However, I managed to do a swap with a co-worker for some kickass oolong. Waste not, want not.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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74

Had this tea sent out to me a few times now. I feel this one tasted better a few months back then it does now, but still rocks because Mr. Nishi-San made it!

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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34

I’ve had some mediocre teas recently (my bad!), I think this one tops it off. It really does not do justice to the great oolongs that come out of Taiwan.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

The roast on this one is quite apparent, yet doesn’t interfere with the teas character all that much. Comes off as a rather mild and nice sencha with too little leaf. Increasing the leaf really makes this tea dominate, though. Pleasant enough.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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48

Bog standard green tea here. Not much in the way of aroma, kind of sweet, but more astringency than what i’m use to. I often blend this up with matcha which lifts the flavor out of the doldrums a bit.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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100

The leaf look like mush, but the taste is great! A real solid flavor and penetrating aroma on the nose. flavor is strong and has vitality!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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