5 Tasting Notes


This is a better than average green tea and is nice for contemplation in the afternoon. I like how the leaves look. Seems to become a little more bitter than one would expect if over steeped.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Mao Jian by Dobra Tea
5 tasting notes

Good basic green tea. I like it in the afternoon. Not as sharp as some greens.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Wow. I am rating this tea over 90. I don’t do that often. This is a big tea – I would not drink it every day. I like to drink it slowly. It has a floral part to it that I can feel in my sinuses when I drink it. I have never had anything quite like it. Very unique. It is a little more expensive, but worth it. Very nice. Can’t wait to try it out on some friends who are not expecting it.

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It never gets old to see people’s amazement about this tea :-)

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This is my “go to” everyday oolong. The price is right at about $10 a can. It is at least as good as more expensive ones you can buy by the ounce. Purchase it at Dobra Tea in Madison, WI. Nice smoky,earthy taste but still smooth.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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This product has greatly improved my tea tasting experience. It allows you to easily heat water to a specific tiemperature in half the time it takes to heat up a kettle on my stovetop. At about $90 it struck me as a bit pricey. I don’t regret spending the money. I also think it will last a long time. My friend has one he has had for years.

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I am not new to tea per se. I am new to good tea.

My rating scale. Most tea I rate falls in the 70 – 89 area

90 – 100 STEAMING. This is very special tea. I rate tea over 90 points sparingly.
80 – 90 GIVE ME SOME MORE. This is my go to tea. Stuff I like
70 – 80 MEH. Not bad. Not good. Take it or leave it. Akin to Grocery and Restaurant quality.
60 – 70 POUR IT DOWN THE DRAIN. Yuck don’t want to see it again.

Dobra Tea in Madison, Wisconsin is where I purchase most of my tea locally. Online I use Butiki Tea in Mercerville, NJ http://www.butikiteas.com/ . Staci is a very friendly proprietor and I have gotten some great tea from her.

While I like all tea, I prefer bigger teas. Blacks and Oolongs are my favorite. This may be a rookie mistake but sometimes when I drink tea at the recommended temperature, steeping time, and amounts I feel like I am drinking hot water. I tend to use more tea and steep it longer.

Having said that, based on drinking tea with a friend who like green tea, I may slowly be moving in toward the greens.


Madison, Wisconsin

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