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58 Tasting Notes

85
drank Sencha "Kyo no Tsuyu" by Maiko
58 tasting notes

This is an enjoyable asa sencha, sweet with a touch of astringency in the first infusion, and more astringent in the second. This would make an excellent daily sencha, especially considering the attractive price.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 65 deg., 1:00 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 65 deg., 2:30 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 5 oz. water, 65 deg., 10+ min.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

An enjoyable and consistent tea through all infusions: rather sweet and fruity, with nicely subdued tannins, and hints of chocolate and dates.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 3:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

A pleasant enough tea, to be sure, but somewhat simple. Quite floral at first moving to sweet as the infusions progress.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

The dry leaves smell wonderful, and the infused ones show the skill of the plucker. The brewed liquor is very nice indeed — sweet, floral, creamy — though not as long-lasting as I would expect from a tea of this price.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 3:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

A lovely gyo karigane, with a generous mix of leaves to stems (2/3 to 1/3). Sweetly succulent in both infusions, with an endearingly-subtle tartness. The pitch for this is correct: it is an excellent value.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 60 deg., 3 min.

Second infusion – 53g. per 8 oz. water, 70 deg., 10+ min.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This is the type of tea that makes me re-think my dislike of roasted oolongs. Pleasantly roasty-toasty throughout all infusions, but never bitter or over-powering. There is a underlying sweetness as well, along with hints of spice and a surprising peach finish.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 3:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 6:00 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85

Flavours of honey and flowers pervade all infusions, with the former more prominent initially and the latter to the fore subsequently. The final infusion (regardless of the length) produces an infusion of sweetness with no floral overtones.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Blissful Buds by Mellow Monk
58 tasting notes

When brewed at a mild temperature (65 deg.), this tea is extremely light and sweet, with a slight berry-like tang to it. It needs hotter water to get the most from it. A quirky tea, for sure.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 70 deg., 1:00 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 70 deg., 2:30 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 5 oz. water, 70 deg., 10+ min.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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85

This is a lightly-roasted oolong whose roasting (surprisingly) does not overwhelm other elements: the tongue can easily discern sweetness, and the nose the scent of flowers.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

The flavour of this tea is more subdued than other senchas from Mellow Monk. So I had to push the steeping times to get the same “punch” from this as I did from others the vendor sells.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 60 deg., 1:15 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 65 deg., 2:30 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 5 oz. water, 70 deg., 10+ min.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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