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46 Tasting Notes

85

Yeah, they just call it black tea. The packaging is mostly in Chinese, so I can’t read it. Eventually I’ll get a friend to translate it and see if they can tell me the actual name of the tea. It tastes like a breakfast blend.

Regardless of what it is, I love this tea. It doesn’t get bitter no matter how long you steep it or how much leaf you’ve used — trust me, I’ve pushed it pretty far. I originally bought it for making milk tea because the lady at the shop told me it was really strong, but I’ve found it really mellow and smooth. Not sure exactly how to describe the aroma, but the taste is woody and sweet and a bit like caramel. This tea is super cheap, too, less than $5 for more than 4oz.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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57

I really like Alisan as a general rule because it’s so rich. This one is just okay. I enjoyed it, but there wasn’t a lot in the flavor that really stood out. It does have a great aroma, though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Green Kukicha by Den's Tea
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I got this as a sample last month and just got around to trying it. Yum! I wouldn’t call it earthy, but it was very light with a lemony kind of taste, especially in the second infusion. Reminds me of nice spring days. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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85

Drank this tea for breakfast this morning. Amazing, as always. I go back and forth on whether I prefer this or Den’s Genmaicha Satsuki, but the sweetness of the matcha really hit the spot this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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90

Okay, I’ve found my happy place with this tea. 180F brewed in a gaiwan for 15 seconds to start and increasing 5 seconds for every steep thereafter. I’ve pushed it to 7 times so far, but it can definitely go farther.

Still very floral, but with a sweetness reminiscent of corn. Smooth and light, but still comforting on a cold day (as opposed to very fresh greens that just make me wish spring would hurry up and get here).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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68

I don’t generally like chamomile, but I’m sick, so I’ve been going through my stash of this. I like that this is just straight-up chamomile, not a blend. It keeps the taste mild and not too sweet, so I can add some honey without feeling like my teeth are going to rot. Just a little bit grassy, and a touch spicy in a way that reminds me of cinnamon.

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

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96

I love this tea like little boys love throwing snowballs. I don’t even know how to describe it, but it’s dark without being heavy and tastes like a fruit, not a specific fruit, but in a way that makes me feel like I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a fruit out there somewhere that tastes like this. And the later infusions become sweet and caramel-like and wonderful.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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85

This tea kind of blows my mind. I only had it once, but it was like eating buttered toast with jasmine flowers sprinkled on it. Super rich taste. Since they brewed it in the store for me, I can’t tell you much about the steeping parameters, but I’m fairly certain they steeped it for about 3 min.

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94

Yummy! I don’t know what chrysanthemum or muscatel taste like, but I’m definitely getting chocolate! Not dark cocoa like most teas, but an actual creamy, milk chocolate kind of taste. There’s also something just a little bit smoky in here. Perfect for drinking on a rainy day!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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90

This is a tea that I bought because when I saw it I went, “Ooh, I’ve never had that before! Impulse buy!” (Now that I think of it, that’s the reason why I buy most of my teas…)

The dry leaves are a pretty mix of black and gold curls, which according to my research is what most Golden Monkey tea looks like. I honestly didn’t care much for the taste at first, but it has really grown on me. I’m still not sure how to describe it. Very rich, a little bitter, and a little… meaty? If such a thing can be? I can’t think of a more solid thing to compare it to because I don’t think I’ve ever tasted something like this before. But it’s good! There’s a bitterness to the aftertaste that reminds me of coffee, but a little more mineral.

Also, it resteeps like a billion times. Well, it resteeps at least 4 times, and by then I usually want to move on to something else.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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A friend once asked me, if I could have anything in the world, what would I want? I immediately answered, “Superpowers, specifically superspeed like the Flash.” He said that didn’t count because it wasn’t real, so my second choice was a cupboard full of every flavor of tea in existence. He promptly told me that that was a waste of a wish and said he would ask for the world’s biggest yacht.

But the more I think about it, the more I’m sure that I made the better choice. Slowly saving up money for higher quality teas is helping to convince me. Off I go to taste as many teas as I possibly can (and maybe dream about superpowers along the way).

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