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drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
49 tasting notes

I’m not a dark tea drinker usually, but I actually liked this tea. I brewed it in my Gaiwan, and as I’ve come to find, the packets of tea in Steepster Select aren’t really be big enough for a single serving in it, so I went with less water, maybe 3 oz. I found the flavor profile really interesting and can see where the Steepster description comes from. Though I found it more of a mashup, which might be why some people find it difficult to discern. I really was compelled to get my nose in there to try wrap my head around the interesting aroma. I had a bit of a hard time putting my finger on it, something kinda sweet, candied and citrus. Kinda like orange flavored rock candy, like those inexpensive suckers wrapped in plastic, twisted on the ends. Color is a lovely red hue, like a amber rose. Get the light astringency that people speak of, a dry mouthfeel and a lightly sweet aftertaste long after the cup has been put down. Caffeine-wise, I felt a nice alert kick after savoring my 2nd cup. On my 3rd now. Doubtful 4 or 5 will offer much in the way of flavor, but I’m open to being surprised. Each steep time I have increased by about 45 secs to a min. Overall pleased, and will happily return to my second sample. Perfect for a rainy Los Angeles evening…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 OZ / 88 ML
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Recovering coffee drinker. I prefer green tea varieties with a focus on high theanine content.

I generally make my teas using a 10 oz. double wall glass tumbler. Alternately I sometimes use a smaller 8 oz. glass tea infuser. More recently I’Ive fallen in love with a little 5 oz. double wall glass w/ filter kit from Finum. It’s kinda awesome. I prepare the occasional Black or Oolong teas mostly in a Yixing clay or porcelain teapot. I’ve been known to bust out the Gaiwan every now and then too. Basically whatever catches my fancy.

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I’ve never really felt compelled to include a rating guide here, but upon reflection I noticed something; I think I’ve subconsciously been rating teas like my papers were graded when I was a kid in school. Do with it what you will.

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
<59 = F(ail)

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