2089 Tasting Notes

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This particular Mao Feng is among one of the highest in quality I have had the pleasure to sample— it’s not something I say lightly, I am incredibly particular when it comes to this specific type of tea since it’s such a favorite. The flavor is mild, with a slightly nutty undertone that tastes almost of roasted chestnuts and a natural, honey-like sweetness. For something so lightly flavored there is a surprising amount of depth. If Mao Feng weren’t already a staple in my cupboard this would be the tea that convinced me I should always keep some on hand.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/9/1/tuesday-tea-ming-qian-huang-shan-mao-feng-teasenz

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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86

After dusting off my gaiwan I spent a good part of the morning enjoying this tea and ignoring the mile long to-do list I have sitting on my counter. I gave the leaves a quick 15 second rinse, discarded the water, and began with a 30 second steeping. The flavor was light, with hints of leather and molasses. Each time I steeped this tea the flavor deepened and the notes changed. What started out as leather and molasses moved into dark chocolate and slowly became sweeter. The later steepings reminded me of the Mexican vanilla beans I bought last year, they tasted of wood and vanilla.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/8/25/tuesday-tea-phatty-cake-ii

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Sil

noms.

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79
drank Rose Oolong by Tea Ave
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The texture of this tea was a real pleasure, Jin Xuan Oolong has a buttery mouthfeel, which was silky smooth, much like a rose petal. It was the perfect base for a rose oolong, but I found that the flavor was mild for a scented oolong— it had only the briefest hint of rose. I was hoping the rose was going to be more of a dominant flavor. By the third and fourth steepings of this tea there was hardly any sign of it, just a faint floral note in the background.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/8/18/tuesday-tea-rose-oolong-tea-ave

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 15 g 25 OZ / 750 ML
TeaBrat

that was my feeling too.

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84

I didn’t expect the steeped tea to be such a rich purple color. Although, in hindsight the name Royal Purple Tea should have tipped me off (purple is the color of royalty after all.) The flavor ended up being just as vibrant as the color, with a deep fruity flavor from the bilberry and hints of lavender, jasmine, and most strongly, chamomile. There was very little flavor from the Earl Grey, although this wasn’t surprising since there was very little in the blend to begin with. All-in-all I really enjoyed this unique take on the classic Earl Grey.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/8/4/tuesday-tea-royal-purple-tea-herbal-alchemy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92
drank Famous Sweet Tea by Milo's
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Milo’s has the perfect balance of flavors, it’s everything I’m looking for in a sweet tea. There is just enough sugar to give you a rush, but not enough to make you feel like your teeth are going to fall out at any moment. I was reluctant to admit this, but I enjoyed it more than my old standby, Red Diamond. The lack of preservatives in Milo’s and the perfect balance of sweetness was enough to ensure it was crowned the king of bottled sweet teas, a position Red Diamond has held for over 18 years. It look’s like I finally have a new favorite, which is something I never thought I would say.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/28/tuesday-tea-road-trip-edition-famous-sweet-tea-milos

Preparation
Iced

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I found the strong, vegetal flavor of this matcha very unappealing. It had a bitter after taste and gritty texture that kept me from fully enjoying it. I was very surprised to learn it was a ceremonial grade matcha, due to it’s washed out color it more closely resembled culinary grade. I strongly suspect it may be old because I’ve never seen a ceremonial grade look so dingy or give me so much trouble when I whisk. According to the JK Tea Shop website, this was harvested in April 2014 making it over a year old.

You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/13/tuesday-tea-blind-taste-test-6-matcha-teas-compared-sponsored

Kristal

How disappointing :(

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The brilliant green color of this matcha and it’s ability to froth well (despite my use of a kitchen whisk) immediately made me suspect it was one of the more expensive samples included in this round of the Matcha Blind Taste Test. Sadly the taste and texture didn’t appeal to me. It was strongly flavored, tasting of seaweed, with a very bitter aftertaste. I feel like it would be better suited to cooking where added sugar could compensate for the bitterness.

You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/13/tuesday-tea-blind-taste-test-6-matcha-teas-compared-sponsored

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92

I’ve never tasted another matcha quite like this one. Its distinct floral flavor easily gave it away as one of our first place winners from the last round of the Matcha Blind Taste Test, but it didn’t fair as well in round 2. It’s yellow-green coloring wasn’t nearly as brilliant as some of our other samples and it lacked the depth of flavor that our winner had. 

You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/13/tuesday-tea-blind-taste-test-6-matcha-teas-compared-sponsored

Skysamurai

Its so good isn’t it? Reminds me of oolong!

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77
drank Kiwami by iMaccha
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The brilliant green color of this matcha made it stand out from the rest of the samples from round 2 of the Matcha Blind Taste Test. I wasn’t surprised to find out this was ceremonial grade. The silky smooth texture, pleasant fresh-cut grass scent, and savory flavor made it the clear winner for this round. If you’re looking for a matcha that is less sweet, this is a good choice.

You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/13/tuesday-tea-blind-taste-test-6-matcha-teas-compared-sponsored

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This matcha had a vegetal flavor that was quite similar to spinach. The hint of sweetness made it more appealing, but if you’re not a fan of vegetal flavors this might not be the best matcha to start with. This was our second place winner and pick for best budget matcha in Round 2 of the Matcha Blind Taste Test.

You can read the full results of the blind taste test on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/7/13/tuesday-tea-blind-taste-test-6-matcha-teas-compared-sponsored

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

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Oregon, WI

Website

http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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