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28 Tasting Notes

55
drank Bancha by Gourmet of Old City
28 tasting notes

If you’re looking for flavor, this isn’t your best bet. It’s very bland, the leaves are brittle and appear low quality. It’s nothing special. Not recommended.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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91
drank Houjicha by Samovar
28 tasting notes

Absolutely fantastic. Great color, great flavor. The flavor is very heavy, thick, and smoky. It’s one of the best roasted teas I’ve ever had. Definitely worth ordering. I tend to steep this one a bit longer than usual, I feel it really gets better and rarely over-steeps.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Dragon Pearl by Premium Steap
28 tasting notes

Sweet, buttery, a really well rounded tea. Incredibly clean tasting and flowery. Perfect for lighter foods.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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64
drank Genmaicha Tea by Premium Steap
28 tasting notes

Very good for a typical genmai. However, if you’re going to buy a genmai cha, I would suggest Samovar’s ryokucha. It’s genmai with matcha powder and it blows most other genmais out of the water.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Red Hood by Premium Steap
28 tasting notes

While it’s a decent tea, I’m not going to be picking this up ever again. When I went to this store, I was impressed by the selection. They have a lot of tea and plenty of tea accessories. The problem with my experience here was the service. The woman that was working that day (who I believe was the manager) was very rude to me. She wouldn’t acknowledge that I even entered the store and when I asked her for suggestions, she seemed very annoyed with me. It was clear that she didn’t want me in the store at all. Stay away.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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79
drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
28 tasting notes

Very well made, high quality ingredients and a good comfortable taste. Nothing too original or out of the ordinary, but a very good Masala to return to at any time. Compared to Samovar’s? Not as good. Still recommended however.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90
drank Earl Grey by Samovar
28 tasting notes

The best Earl Grey I’ve ever had. Although I’ve only ever had bagged stuff, the difference is mind blowing. The subtlety of the bergamont is perfect. And you can actually taste the blend of black teas in it. Phenomenal, no additives needed.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Six Summits by Teavana
28 tasting notes

Very good but needs milk. Steep the 1 teaspoon in about 8 ounces of water. Add in 2 ounces of whole milk to really bring out the woodsy flavors. It has a “watery” taste. Not as in watered down or bland, literally just a watery taste. It’s odd but good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Formosa Nut Oolong by Teavana
28 tasting notes

Good but not easy to get right. I tried filling about 1/2 inch of the infuser or cup with warm milk, then pouring the water over the leaves and letting it steep. Very nutty and has rasberry and cinnamon flavors.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I’m mixed with this tea. It’s very potent with the blueberry flavor (it’s very fresh tasting and not too sweet) but not enough of the tea aspect comes through. I think that a longer steep time is better for this one. The blueberry flavors stay but the tea flavors really shine when steeped longer.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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