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22 Tasting Notes

49

Used two heaping teaspoons, hotter water, and a longer steep time than my last brewing. Brought out a more complex fruitiness, which I appreciate, but still just a bit too astringent for my taste.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kryptryx

You do favor longer steep times than I do. I keep them short to avoid the astringency, but I’m not sure that doesn’t also cut back on some of the complex flavors.

krasiviye.slova

The next brewing might have to give heaping teaspoons and a shorter steep time a go. It’s a balancing act; although, some teas are just smoother than others.

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67

Velvety texture and earthy, this one has some nice herbal complexity to it. The flavor profile is similar to coffee from Sumatra with a lingering and somewhat juicy finish. The aroma recalls afternoons spent exploring the storage rooms in the barns back on the farm. There an odd dusty component as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Solid, lovely tea! Delicious brightness, smooth on tongue, pleasant dry finish. Don’t be fooled by the lower end price, this is one of the best teas you can pick up at Peet’s.

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85

Brewed up malty and delicious! Pleasantly sweet aroma to the leaves and a wonderful mouthfeel.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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76

A simple, pleasing tea. The peach flavors play well the grape hints from the white tea and compose a relaxing cup. Held up well for three steepings.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Spearmint by Adagio Teas
22 tasting notes

Light and pleasant, but lacking in any distinct pizazz.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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81

I’m quite pleased with this one. Delicious smoky aroma — satisfying without overpowering the sweet notes underneath. Very smooth even texture and flavor. Lacks any harsh astringency.

[Consider brewing a bit stronger next time.]

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67

KLM is certainly one of the better teas available through Peets. The leaves have a very pleasant aroma, slightly smoky aroma — reminiscent of a church sanctuary infused with years of liturgical incense. The first steeping is a little harsher than ideal for my taste, needing a touch of honey to counterbalance it. The second steeping is much mellower and pleasant to drink straight.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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85

Smooth, light, and rich with flavor and aroma.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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54

I rescued a tin of this that had “expired” while I was working at Peets with the sidelong comment to my manager (a tea geek) that I thought pu-erh’s were intended to be aged. Insert tank here about how Peets is a coffee company that sells fair to middling tea and a warning to not judge all pu-erh teas by this one. One co-worker commented that he didn’t really like the earthy taste.

Undaunted, I pressed on. Indeed, the flavor of this tea is earthy — one might describe it as the taste of the fields. It’s not, however, an unpleasant taste. Both the texture and the flavor are imminently smooth and thick, which is in my opinion a great quality for a rainy day tea. Probably my favorite aspect of this tea is the color — a rich red when brewed. It’s simply enjoyable to look at.

That said, the flavor profile is very simple and rather flat, which keeps this from being a tea that I would recommend strongly or one that I drink with any frequency. The tea hasn’t sold me on itself; it has left me eager to try other pu-erhs.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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