28 Tasting Notes

83
drank Masala Chai by Samovar
28 tasting notes

Fantastic tea, one of the best blacks teas I’ve ever had. Sweet, spicy, and creamy. Great for a desert tea or partnered with something spicy or Indian. Complex, buy in bulk because it goes quick. Not easy to get perfect, and if you get it wrong, it can be pretty bad. Use 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of sugar along with 2 tablespoons of the chai. Add 1 tablespoon of another black tea (something woodsy) and let steep for 3 minutes. Add 1 cup of milk and let boil again. When boiling remove from heat and let sit for 7 minutes. Please use whole milk, it really lets the flavors out. This tea isn’t for health, it’s a real treat. Buy this!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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55
drank Strawberry Slender by Teavana
28 tasting notes

Nose is very overbearing. The nose is too sweet and powerful and gives no sense of tea (at least not enough for a Pu-erh). Tea was okay but it was too sweet to be a Pu-erh. The “woodsy” taste of the Pu-erh was really not good with the sweetness of the strawberry. Underwhelmed and overpriced. Not terrible, but not what I payed for.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Ryokucha by Samovar
28 tasting notes

Complex tea. Malty, full bodied, leafy, with a brown rice and milky flavor. Very good and energizing (matcha powder). Good alone as a meal or mixed with wheat or put in soup with rice, vegetables, and salmon for a great meal.

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

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52
drank Hojicha by Adagio Teas
28 tasting notes

This is a good tea but somewhat average. It has a nutty body with a long finish. Good everyday tea, does not excite.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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45
drank Gyokuro by Adagio Teas
28 tasting notes

Very fresh tasting. Not recomended for tasting purposes. It is a simple pick-up. Good iced, drink cold to mute some of the bitterness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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7
drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
28 tasting notes

Very weak. Tastes like supermarket dust. Too simple and virtually no nose.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
28 tasting notes

Very interesting tea. Drink immediately after steeping. It has a corn component to it that can be overpowering as the tea cools. The heat keeps all other flavor but mutes the corn a little bit.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Maiden's Ecstasy by Samovar
28 tasting notes

One of the best teas I have ever had. Open leaves before steeping. Steep multiple times and it gets better. Use a pu-erh cup for the best taste.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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