90 Tasting Notes

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drank Organic Gyokuro by Aiya
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Received a sample when I ordered their matcha. It has a nice nutty quality, not as seaweed/briny as I was expecting it to be. Has a leafy green and vegetal taste after the nuttiness abates. Nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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90

Dry leaves smell sweet and have a slight hint of hay/foliage. To taste it’s a bit sweet, pleasantly nutty with a hint of grassiness. Maybe a hint of roasted leaves. Longjing is my first love of green teas. I still have some of this from last year’s picking and this smells and tastes much “brighter” than the year old tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

This is a unique tasting matcha to the other straight varieties I’ve tried so far. Has the vegetal, slightly leafy green taste, and then I get hit with a warm savory taste. Perhaps this is the umami taste I’ve read about? It’s hard to describe except as just savory on the tongue. Much more earthy tasting than the KaiMatcha I recently finished.

2 chasaku scoops dissolved in 175F water in a chawan, then whisked with more water.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Received this as a sample.

I’m just not sure how I feel about oolongs despite how much I want to like them. First thought upon sipping is, meh flowery. Then there’s the milkiness in the back. It has a silky sweetness and I like the milk flavor, but I’m not huge into flowery teas and all oolongs thus far have tasted very flowery to me. It’s not bad, but I’m not craving more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
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Backlog from yesterday. Has a deep, dark chocolate smell when dry, and the black tea leafy smell comes out once steeped. Had mine with a little cream and rock sugar. I only get a faint hint of chocolate taste, but it had a nice creamy body and the almost caramel/toffee note of the black tea. The hunt for a chocolatey tasting black tea continues, but this wasn’t bad.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Sipdown. Not sad to see it go, but the taste grew on me. Vegetal and greeny tasting with a little bit of sweetness at the end. Also never had as bitter a cup as the very first time I made this so that raised it up in my eyes.

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83

I may have overleafed this with my suprsuffphistikated way of measuring this morning (open the bag and give it an optimistic shake), but it tastes nice. Vegetal, little bit roasty/nutty, with a bit of sweetness. Very slight drying at the end of the sip.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Got this as a sample in my last order. Not bad, not especially memorable. It’s definitely a more vegetal green, lots of spinachy green notes without being roasty or buttery to me. Maybe a bit of a grassy taste too.

I’m more of a nutty, Dragonwell drinker so this isn’t a keeper for me, but it was nice to sip on this morning.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank Banane Chocolate by Lupicia
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Interesting tea. Banana is the dominant note, but to me that was in a good way. It didn’t have a very artificial taste to it, and though it was dominant it wasn’t overpowering. Didn’t get a big chocolate kick, but it was a pleasant black tea with lacing of banana.

Had with cream and a little rock sugar.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Sipdown last night by brewing a pot to share with a few friends. Same reaction—smells divine, taste can’t compare. Not bad, but I don’t think I’d restock.

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After getting sick for the third time within about a three-month period I decided to try and drown it out with tea. I never liked tea growing up, but in my early twenties my taste buds had finally changed enough to find the flavors.

Started with flavored blacks from Teavana (gasp), and now am primarily a white/green tea drinker. I’ve recently fallen in love with matcha.

I love teapots, tea cups, and tea sets, but mainly use my Timolino or Contigo travel mugs because they’re leak-proof and hold the heat for so long! Drinking a cup of tea before it gets cold usually doesn’t happen as I set it down and get distracted with something else only to return to it when it’s (if I’m lucky) lukewarm.

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