4 Tasting Notes

88

My favorite black tea by far. Big fan of lychee.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Jade Bamboo by The Tao of Tea
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Quite honestly, one of the best green teas I’ve ever tried. It tastes like a bamboo forest on a foggy day, really quite extraordinary and experiential.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

I gave this a try recently, and thought it was fantastic. A great oolong, a bit pricey, but worth it. It smells very green, and grassy, but also floral, like orchids. Really liked the smell; it’s probably one of my favorite teas now.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by Teavana
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So, I hadn’t been in awhile, but I decided to give teavana one more go. Honestly I was looking mainly for a double-walled glass tea tumbler, but I decided to get some silver needles tea as well. I’ve tried silver needle tea from lots of different tea shops, and was disappointed with this one. First of all, 15$ for 2 oz? That’s pretty steep, but this is supposed to be a good tea, right? Well, not in this case. I’m not sure what to think really, it just doesn’t taste as natural, very bland even for a white tea. The leaves are extremely broken for a premium chinese tea; I wonder if it was processed in a factory. It’s drinkable, has very light floral notes etc., but not near actual white tea standards, and definitely not worth what they charged me for it. I think next time I’ll go with my mainstays, Tao of Tea, and Townshend’s Tea from Portland, Oregon. They both tend to be cheaper and of higher quality. It’s no wonder almost all of Teavana’s teas are mixed with some sort of dried fruit.

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

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I’ve been way too fortunate in my past tea tasting experience since my home town had tons of cool independent tea companies. Because of this I’m a bit of a snob… Your mileage may vary.

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Saint Louis