600 Tasting Notes

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A review of Green Tea Powder by Hamasaen Br

Company: Hamasaen
Tea Name: Green Tea Powder
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Liquor Color: bright green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 30 seconds

I put 1 tsp of the tea powder into my tea mug and adding some hot water to my cup, I stir it well and noticing how brightest the green color is. Tea does not foam and I find I need to stir/mix it a bit more since the powder is not dissolving right away. In time after more stirring I was able to drink the mixture and it was very nice.

Tea’s color is bright green with a salty base. Aromatic wise it is seaweed / sea salt contents; tea is mildly astringent with none of that milky dew sweetness that can be associated with other matcha teas.

When I am drinking this matcha I tend to drink it with one gulp.

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

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drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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A review of Plantation Mint Tea by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Plantation Mint
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / leaf
Liquor Color: light brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I had some loose leaf mint tea and decided to have this plantation mint tea in tea bag just to see how it compares…or to continue with the mint thing going on.

With one tea bag in my cup I add the boiled water to the cup and leave it to steep for a few minutes. Tea’s color is light brown and tea’s aroma that of mint.

I sip and sip the tea with the mint flavoring hitting all the right spots. It is not overly toothpaste like. It a nice cup of tea and I am not surprised since Bigelow teas are a hit with me.

So here is to another wonderful cup of tea from the folks at Bigelow Tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

A review of Jasmine Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea

Company: Numi Organic Tea
Tea Name: Jasmine Pu-erh
Tea Type/Varietal: pu-erh
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Liquor Color: dark red
Leaf Characteristics: the tea’s aroma is a mixture of raw earthy dampness with the jasmine fragrant sifting slightly along side. It is most mild for a Jasmine tea.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

This tea is a pleasant surprise for me since I have been dreading the horrible, headiness of the Jasmine fragrant which I am happy to say is not permeating the air as I perceived from having bad experiences with teas blended with the jasmine flower.

The tea’s aroma is a raw earthiness (smells of moisten earth) with slight hints of the jasmine. It is not overly powerful since the moistened; dampness is what one is met with at first. The tea is a malty and smooth with no astringency.

I must say this is one of the nicest jasmine cup of tea that I have had to date. All thanks to Numi Organic Tea. This jasmine pu-erh is a sweet floral tea with lots of depth.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

The tea is consistently smooth with many steepings; tea’s color is red and the dampness is not as strong with more infusion instead lingering. Overall, this tea is fuller in body with a sweet (slightly floral) malty texture.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89

A review of Green Tea + Almond

Company: Exotic Artisan Black Flower Chocolate
Tea Name: Green Tea+ Chocolate
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Color: a bar of dark chocolate

Characteristics: this is a chocolate bar that I obtained/purchased while attending the Holiday Craft Fair in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is Dark chocolate + green tea + almond. I paid $6.00 for it and online they are sold for $7.00.

The packaging is lovely green bag like envelope. The chocolate is wrapped in a clear cooking parchment paper which I opened to have some of the chocolate. It is very dark chocolate with almond chunks showing on back side and when I break off a piece of the chocolate to have with my pu-erh tea it is so smooth when tasted and not at all bitter since I tend to think that of dark chocolates.

I was able to enjoy having a piece of this chocolate with some mint tea as well as this pu-erh tea and both blended nicely with the chocolate. This is very good, pure chocolate with a lovely fragrance in that it is not over powering or bitter; it is made with just right…ingredients are evenly distributed and the almond chunks adds a grainier texture to the chocolate.

Overall, this chocolate is smoothly rich and very enjoyable!

Bonnie

Yum! I’ve had a little tea chocolate and my local cheese shop has an Earl Grey dusted cheese that’s fantastic…but I’m still on the hunt for some bon bons. Roughage has a website with recipes http://www.chocablog.com/reviews/matcha-chocolat-christmas-selection/ somewhere in here… anyway they make chocolates with tea. Not bars though.

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90

A review of Emperor’s Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea

Company: Numi Organic Tea
Tea Name: Emperor’s Pu-erh
Tea Type/Varietal: Pu-erh
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: dark red; seemingly like that of rich chocolate
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes
I am having another of Numi pu-erh tea from the sampler pack that I purchased some time ago. Today it is Emperor’s Pu-erh.

I take the tea bag and put in my cup and I then add the boiled water over the tea bag and leave to steep for five minutes. Whilst pouring the water, the tea water colored a lightest orange/melon color to a darken red…hinting of that rich chocolate aspect pure cocoa’s have, except there is not chocolate or cocoa in this pu-erh.

Tea’s color is a lovely bright red with an earthy aroma; that moisten earth permeates this cup of tea. And when sipping of the tea it is rich and smooth tasting very malty. I had enjoyed this Emperor’s Pu-erh last year and I am happy to find it similarly a good cup of tea.

Overall, this tea is bold, rich and malty.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokaya.usa

Company: Takaokaya
Tea Name: Organic Green Breeze
Tea Type/Varietal: green tea powder
Region: Japan
Liquor Color: soft mint green
Leaf Characteristics: This tea powder is the lightest I have seen, the small tea pouch seem to have very little of the powder, yet when I fix the tea it is just rightly so.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 30 seconds

I pour the content of the small pouch into my cup and add the boiled water slowly into my cup and then whisking the tea for a good 30 seconds; no froth just a lively green in coloring that I am looking at. The aroma is milky smoothness and when I sip of the tea there is slight astringent as I continue to drink this cup of goodness until it is all gone.

I like starting my day with the likes of this nourishing beverage.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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90

A review of Moroccan Mint by Whittard of Chelsea

Company: Whittard of Chelsea
Tea Name: Moroccan Mint
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: Africa
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea leaf
Liquor Color: light green to light brown
Leaf Characteristics: fine tea leaves when steep resembles that of the Gunpowder green tea; the leaves seem to resemble them even curled/fried in pan etc.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I took only one teaspoon for this cup of tea that I am having middle of day. The tea leaves smells wonderfully of the mint; I add the leaves (small pellets) to my tea cup and pour in the boiled water. I leave tea to steep for a few minutes. When straining the tea I am reminded of this Gunpowder green tea that I had since the leaves are fuller in my cup resembles/bunches up the same as the gunpowder tea. Anyhow, I strained the tea with strainer and take my cup of tea to sip and sip.
Tea has a lovely minty aroma that is most light and not at all over powering. It is as if drinking mint leaf tea but I imagine that the brew would be stronger. Instead this tea is smoothly rich and the spearmint is evenly distributed throughout the tea.

I like this tea just the way it is I would not dare add anything else. Sugar would be nice to those desiring more sweetness.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I am able to enjoy another cup of this fine tea using the same tea leaves. Water is slightly cooler and I steep it longer whilst straining the tea leaves, tea’s color is a light brown with a minty aroma. When I sip of the tea it is mint and green tea with no astringency at all.

I had read from my Tea Chings book that “In Morocco, a traditional hot beverage was made from mint leaves; British traders introduced green tea in the nineteenth century. Today Moroccan tea is a blend of the two leaves; it’s served strong, minty, and sweet, poured in a thin stream from high above the table into small glasses.”—Ministry of Tea by The Republic of Tea

I am mentioning of this as reminder of how steep in history tea is; as one fixes a cup of tea, knows the land and customs where tea was fashioned after is good resource to know.

I like this tea very much. I mustn’t forget to thank those from an An International Tea moment for sending me some of their teas to sample.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Thanks for the info on Moroccan tea customs! Very interesting!

Bonnie

I’ve had this type of Moroccan tea in San Francisco with lots of sugar. The pot is refilled and a big bowl of sugar is on the table to keep adding to the tea (it’s sweet when you first get it though). My Middle Eastern friends from Lebanon and Egypt drink this tea also, and I grow mint because I love to serve the tea in the Summer.

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84

A review of Green Tea Powder by Hamasaen Br.

Company: Hamasaen Br.
Tea Name: Green Tea Powder
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea powder
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 45 seconds

I had been out of this brand of Green Tea Powder for sometime now; a couple of weeks perhaps but long enough. During my visit to the Miso Market in Cambridge, MA I was happy to retrieve one bag. As I was going about the store selecting my items I kept insisting that the tea pouch seem smaller somehow, but not so as I found out when I got home to view the empty pouch from prior.

I open this newly bag and take a scoop of the powder and put this in my cup and adding the boiled water in the cup I stir and stir the mixture until it dissolve completely. Tea is a lovely green color and did not froth. It is brightly green like cut grass but not smelling of grass instead this is more marine/sea weeds in aroma. The base for this tea is salty and when I sip and sip of the tea this is what I taste with mild astringency as the tea’s tannins seemingly lick at my tongue. Weird.

I am happy to have been able to purchase this tea again and to enjoy it as well. I also have a tin of Matcha from another company that I have yet to open, hopefully in time I can and find out how this tea powder compares with a Matcha tea.

To simply enjoy the two will be wonderful and good for me for all of the health benefits offered.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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A review of Chocolate Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea

Company: Numi Organic Tea
Tea Name: Chocolate Pu-erh
Tea Type/Varietal: Pu-erh
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: reddish cinnamon
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I purchased the Numi Sampler and I decided to try some of their sampler today. It is the chocolate pu-erh and I steep one tea bag with hot water for a good five minutes. I like when pouring the water into the cup how the tea was coloring immediately…dispensing its substance at the cup’s bottom; in that after the tea was steeped for the right amount of time I stirred it a bit mixing all of its content.

With this first steeping the tea smells pungently strong of dampness and raw earthy smell. After inhaling the aroma a few times one can actually begin to notice the chocolaty aspect of this tea. I take a sip and another sip and it is the dampness that I taste at once. It is moisten earth with a veiling of chocolate and cocoa and I like this combination.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

With later steeps the water is slightly cooler so I steep the same bag for less time and the tea color is lightly yellowish cinnamon and smells of raw moisture/dampness but not as strongly as with the first steep. I can take in the chocolaty aroma mixing with the cocoa and the nutmeg even. It seems as the tea is cooler the aromas come through more.

As I sip and take more sips of this tea I can begin to discern the layering for this tea. The tea’s base will always be that of a raw and pungent aroma…a dampness that at times permeates, thus the term “Poo-Air” perhaps. As this is the challenge that is presented to first time drinkers of pu-erh; to getting past this pungent odor and once past it one is met with a velvety smooth cup of cocoa and chocolate that is laced with nutmeg and vanilla bean from the creamy texture arriving and sweetened naturally with the cinnamon. Yes all of this is in this cup of tea and time is allotted such a discovery and pleasurable task.

I was able to have three cups of this tea and each time the teas’ nuances surfaced most pleasingly. I could taste the vanilla bean slightly with the cinnamon and nutmeg. There was creamy milk like quality which I suspect was from the vanilla bean.

In all this tea has lovely color of rustic cinnamon which lightens to a peach color with several steeps. Teas’ aroma is robust and earthy; it smells of dampen earth when first sipping and taking in the aroma. With later steeps the tea evolves to smoother notes like the velvety smoothness of the chocolate, cocoa powder, nutmeg and the vanilla bean gives the tea that over all milky quality like from a honey dew melon.

All of this is possible with one cup of this Numi Organic Pu-erh.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Tea by Bigelow by Bigelow
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A review of Green Tea by Bigelow

Company: Bigelow
Tea Name: Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I admit that I am a green tea fanatic and prior to delving into the world of tea drinking as I have; were to be asked what tea color are there? My response would be green tea. Oh, yes I know of black tea but I would have said green tea just the same.

I have enjoyed drinking teas by Bigelow and I must say they have all been wonderful and at times surpassing loose leaf tea of the same make. So it is not surprising when I reach for tea it is green tea for making a simple, plain cup of tea. One tea bag placed in the cup and adding the water and microwave for a few minutes and leaving it in there a minute longer to steep. If desired, one can add a dash of lemon juice or slice of lemon in the cup.

I drink this tea with nothing added and it is fine as is. This tea is delicate in flavor with healthy dose of antioxidants.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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