600 Tasting Notes

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A review of Organic Green Tea by Midori

Company: Midori Trading Co.
Tea Name: Organic Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light green with one tea bag/ with two teabags and longer steeps tea is brown in color
Leaf Characteristics: the tea bag smell clean of fresh leaves as they are steamed when processed making for a clean cup of green tea.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 185 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I take two tea bags and put in cup and pour in the boiling water leaving the tea to steep for a good five minutes as recommended. Tea color is brown and the aroma is that of the forest green; grassy and wet. It is a clean, fresh smelling tea. When I take a sip of the tea it is mild astringent and with more sips there is a slight tingle when swallowing.

Overall, this inexpensive tea is quite apt for being named the best in the market. It is a good cup of green tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Green Tea Powder by Hamasaen

Company: Hamasaen Trading Co.
Tea Name: Green Tea Powder
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon of tea powder
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: soft green; like misty green
Leaf Characteristics: tea powder is very smooth and creamy looking and by this I mean it seems more like flour since it is more for cooking/baking than perhaps for drinking.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 45 seconds

I am finishing the last of this Green Tea Powder; sadly I must try and obtain more; but not sure of when. Anyhow, scraping together a small teaspoon of the powder and putting it in my cup and adding boiled water; I stir slowly at first than faster and tea is foaming nicely as this may be because the water is very hot and steamy. I liked that it is frothy with creamy foam hiding the dark green underneath. It is like ocean foam which is good; this tea aroma is that of the oceanic seaweed and dewy, to make one think of fish and seafood perhaps.

I take sip after sip of this tea and it is very nice. I like everything about this tea. This was a good purchase on my part from the Miso Market in Cambridge. Thank you for carrying such wonderful products, the likes of this Green Tea Powder.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
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Kaimatcha Premium by Kaimatcha

A review of Kaimatcha Premium by Kaimatcha mixed with one sachet of Korean Ginseng Tea

Today I wanted to try my Kaimatcha Premium with some of the Ginseng Tea that I obtained. I take one of the packets of the Ginseng tea and put this in my tea mug and I take 1 small teaspoon of the Kaimatcha and put this in the cup as well and pour the boiled water into the cup. I immediately begin stirring it; forward than back and across and I watched how the blends are mixing in that the tea is not a bright green color and does not froth either. It is flat to me and smells sweetly with lesser astringent.

Tea’s aroma is a slight mixture of sweet ginseng (more like smelling honey) mingling with the grassiness of the tea powder; it is a nice effect and when tasted it is slightly sweeter than before adding the ginseng. The Kaimatcha retains its grassiness and tartness with that dewy wet grass taste and smell.

I remember a discussed review for a matcha tea with caramel and thinking that you could not add sweetness to grass like taste but I see with what I have tried here that it can be accomplished quite nicely if one knows their doing. I mean I am not expert, nor did I intend to change this matcha.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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78

A review of Taiwan Dong Ding (Tung Ting) Oolong by Teavivre

Company: Teavivre
Tea Name: Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong
Tea Type/Varietal: Oolong
Region: Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose-leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Light green
Leaf Characteristics: leaves are finely curled and when infused in water for rinsing than steeping the leaves become full and plump and are green in color.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I pre-rinsed 1 teaspoon of the tea leaves with boiling water and then adding more of the freshly boiled water into my mug with the leaves inside. I place lid on tea mug and leave to steep for a few minutes.

Teas’ aroma is green and broccoli like with a light greenish color. When I do this take sip of the tea is mildly astringent for an oolong and the more I drink it I realize it is not bitter, just a freshly clean yet smooth cup of tea.

I plan on having this tea for remainder of the day by just adding more boiling water to it and letting it cool and sips and sips away.

This oolong is light in body with a mildly astringent when first sipping of tea and as I drink more of the tea I realize it is dry on my palette, lip smacking kind of dryness and with more drinks than the thirst is quenched.

I like this Ding Dong Oolong and I have sampled it before from other tea vendors (Fong Mong Tea Corp) and a teahouse in Seattle who purchases teas in Taiwan as well. I seem to recall mentioning that there are high grade Dong Ding and charcoal roasted Dong Ding which gives more a smoky and woodsy aroma as opposed to this Dong Ding which is very light in body and vegetal in taste and aroma.

Thank you, Teavivre for sending this sample for me to experience and write review of.

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

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89

A review of Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea by Teavivre

Company: Teavivre
Tea Name: Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong
Tea Type/Varietal: Oolong
Region: Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: a very pale yellow with first steep and with longer steeps tea color is darker yellow/peach in color.
Leaf Characteristics: Tea leaves are very finely crunched into tiny little stones and dark in color and when steeped the leaves are fuller and green in color. I should say leaves are full leaves and not broken.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I steep this tea for two minutes in boiled water (after first rinsing the tea leaves and discarding of the water), I then pour more of the boiled water in my tea mugs with a cover on it. When cover is removed what is notice at first are the tea leaves since they are fully blown and the tea leaves are whole. It is amazing, these fine granules tea buds become full leaves when steep. Tea’s aroma is faint and light; nothing as striking as the leaves being fully evolved. I like the tea’s color although it is not bright. A paradox since it sounds as if I am not impressed as yet.

I taste the tea and thinking of its name milk oolong…and of something I had read about brewing oolong that are full-leaf; in that because they have such large, flat leaves, they can be steep for seven to ten minutes without turning bitter.

This much I can attest and have attested with the leaves being fuller. And the tea has not bitterness; it is very light/mild tea. This is something that I could drink throughout the day.

I am grateful for Teavivre for sending me more of these fine teas to sample. I am happy for the experience of sampling and reviewing of their teas. Thank you.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
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A review of Kaimatcha Premium by Kaimatcha

I fixed for myself another cup of this Kaimatcha Premium first thing today. I take ½ of a teaspoon of the tea powder and put this in my cup and pour in the boiling water, string slowly at first than rapid until tea powder has dissolved. No foaming at all and tea is darkly green and flat to me once again. I am disappointed, I sip and sip it slowly to cherish the freshly, clean taste of the tea. As I sip and sip I remind myself that this tea is good for me and I need goodness in my life; as we all do.

I like tea best when color a bright green since it is smoother and creamier when the tea powder does foam; as the tea’s tannins reacts better with one’s palette and saliva as they interact.

I mean to say, if you follow the process correctly than one garners a better cup of tea.

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

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drank Korean Ginseng Tea by Dongwon
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A review of Korean Ginseng Tea by Wah Po Trading, Inc.

Company: Wah Po Trading, Inc.
Tea Name: Korean Ginseng
Tea Type/Varietal: herbal
Region: Korea
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: fine granule powder
Liquor Color: light yellow/ honey
Leaf Characteristics:

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I dissolved two packets of the powder into my tea mug and add boiling water and stirred until mixture is dissolved. The tea’s color is light yellow, honey-like and smells kind of milky and honey. I take a sip and another sip; I find the tea to be very sweetly and light, tasting of honey dew melon with hint of ginseng. Weird!

The last Korean tea I had was their orange cream-sickle like tea and it was so yummy; it was matcha tea Korean style.

This ginseng tea is very simple and light= easy to prepare and could as easily be mixed into another tea to be used as sweetener. Perhaps I will try this with the matcha tea powder I have. Maybe?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of Organic Green Tea by Midori with a few pellets Jasmine “Dragon Pearls” by Teavivre

Company: Midori Trading, Inc. / teavivre
Tea Name: Organic Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag + 2 pellets of the Jasmine Dragon pearls
Liquor Color: light green
Leaf Characteristics: This tea seems so very light that I thought to perhaps try this tea with some of the Jasmine Dragon Pearls to possibly liven the tea up, not that it need be, it is fine as is. Just curious.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I take one tea bag of the organic green tea and two small pellets of the Jasmine Dragon Pearls and place them in my cup and pour in the boiled water and leave to steep with saucer lid as cover for few minutes.

I remove the saucer to find that the tea buds has bloom/plumpness fully and the tea is a milder green color and yes the bouquet permeating the air is Jasmine and smelling strongly. I take a sip and another sip and the tea is dry in taste at first when swallowed but the smell I cannot get past.

So I failed to liven up this organic green tea by introducing and mixing it with the jasmine dragon pearls as once again the scent of the jasmine over powers any enjoyment there could have been of this tea’s mixture.

I simply do not like Jasmine tea. It is not good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79

A review of Organic Green Tea by Midori Trading, Inc.

Company: Midori Trading, Inc.
Tea Name: Organic Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: light green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I purchased this tea from the Living Earth market during a store visit. It was one of their cheapest teas. I brew one tea bag in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes and left to cool for few minutes. Tea is very light in color, faintly greenish brown cup of tea, smelling slight vegetal and tasting mildly astringent. It is not bitter either. Everything about this cup of tea seems very light and faint as I expected since the cost was so very inexpensive.

My mind seem already set for tasting the tea for what it cost rather than it might actually be a decent cup of tea. I would buy this again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of A review of Ripened Age Pu-erh Mini Tuocha (sample) by Teavivre

Date: 11/19/2012
Company: Teavivre
Tea Name: Ripened Age Pu-erh Mini Tuocha
Tea Type/Varietal: Pu-erh
Region: Fujian Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ one small bird’s nest (cake) pu-erh
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: darkish amber/ raisin/stewed prunes
Leaf Characteristics: when I remove the mini tuocha from its wrapper it is shape like a fine small bird’s nest and when the water is poured into the cup the Tuocha seems do dissolves into the water; over time leaving fine powder like residue at cup’s bottom.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 185 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

Note: I fixed for myself another cup of this pu-erh and what I am noting today is the aroma and strength of this pu-erh is somewhat like coffee; very mild since not as roast or robust as a cup of coffee, yet very much so. What do I mean exactly? Tea’s color is that of coffee bean and does smell raw and the base of it is dampness. As the tea cools one can find some what of fragrant cup of coffee perhaps not caffeinated; there is strength in this tea with a raw and malt flavoring which I missed when first I had this tea. I seem to have accomplished this by drinking it cold. I made the tea quite sometime ago and it has gotten cold and there’s the malt and robustness in the cup that I had not notice as when the tea was very hot.

So do I like hot or cold? Tea for me should be hot.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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