142 Tasting Notes

100

Yum, last serving of my yummy s.c.d.r.! So happy to drink it; so sad to see it go…

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

this is quite nice, although different. it’s a rather run of the mill oolong (not amazing, but pretty good) with the most unusual aftertaste of ginseng! takes a bit to get used to it, but i bet this will end up being something i crave every now and then. it was a free sample from the company with another order, so i’m going to steep this puppy ‘til it’s dry, so to speak in mixed metaphors, that ginseng kick is really rockin’ this sleepy rainy afternoon!

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100
drank Roasted Corn Tea by assi brand
142 tasting notes

Mmmm toasty corn goodness! If you are thinking of trying this, know that the corn itself, both before and after steeping, smells terrible. The tisane smells a little better….if you can have patience with those factors, the tea itself will surely delight!

Ok, at least it does me.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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73

It is an earl grey creme kinda morning! Freshly opened canister of two guys’ tea. Such a pretty tea! The scent is good, although not as good as it looks, lol! Steeped as directed, this is good. I’m not overwhelmed with the cream-ness, although the bergamot is also on the light side, which means there’s plenty of tea coming through. A nice tea, however there’s a tiny niggling medicinal flavor trying to peek through, so i’d better hurry up and drink this while still piping hot!

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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97

ahh, i accidentally over-steeped this by a few minutes, and now it would rival ANY coffee out there in terms of strength and blackness. loving this! too bad i’m almost out…

juliebeth

yeah, i had to go order more. this one is particularly delicious and creamy and perfect.

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75
drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
142 tasting notes

oh this tea is a delightful surprise!
first brew: 6 oz of water at 160. very subtle, but very flavorful, if that makes any sense. it’s got a lot of flavor, but like, the volume is turned way down.
second brew: 6 oz of water at probably 180 ish, a little longer. ooooh, flavor turned up a wee bit! delish!
third brew: 6 oz of water at just off boiling – about the same as second steep, although flavors have changed from “YUM” to “huh, now it’s a lot less sweet and perhaps a little … salty?”

overall, really like this unusual tea – definitely one to linger over, not to try to slam, as the quietness of the flavors are conducive to a slow exploration, not a wham bam thank you ma’am slurping. the dry leaf is crazy looking (and beautiful!), but smells rather MEH which is probably because it’s the gentle steeping that finally draws out the flavors. i recommend this tea, although i don’t believe i’d re-stock. not that i’d say no if someone sent me some.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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83
drank Genmai Cha by Takaokaya
142 tasting notes

oh yes, this is a good travel mug tea. make sure you get a stainless-lined travel mug, i notice too much plastic in the plastic ones. at ANY rate, as someone else noted, not my favorite genmai cha in the world, but quite nice for an afternoon spent on wifi at the rec center, waiting while the kiddo was doing his lego club thing. quite nice. i will be restocking once i’m done with this box.

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100

oooops. if you don’t have the patience to wait the whole 30 seconds to steep this, it’s not quite as good. STILL LIKE A 95, but not the golden 100 it usually is. well, i guess i’ll have to make another…

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
142 tasting notes

had 3 steepings of this first thing this morning – man, this is some tasty brew. i’m not the biggest fan of black tea, i mean, it’s ok…. but this one? delish. had the third steeping with a spoonful of sugar and some milk, just to see, and although i quite enjoyed that cup, i really liked it better without, which is unusual for me.

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