341 Tasting Notes

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drank Wild Pu-Erh by Vital Tea Leaf
341 tasting notes

Three words: Smoky, Earthy, Strong. That is really all you need to describe the flavor of this tea. The lady said more people describe it as earthy but I tasted mainly a smoky flavor coming from it. I’m not a huge fan of teas with smoky flavors. But I think what really made me not like it was how strong the flavor was.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Guava by Vital Tea Leaf
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As the lady was pouring us this tea she told us that in China people call black tea, red tea. When steeped it ended up looking like a Ceylon tea color. Found it to be more bitter then I expected even though it also had a slight sweet something to it. Curious to see what it’s like with honey but didn’t really want to buy any.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Aroma Green by Vital Tea Leaf
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I thought more about Sencha when I drank this tea more then I did gunpowder. However, after reading the websites description it kinda makes more sense because the gunpower is a bit richer and more grassy then sencha. Or at least that’s what I’ve found so far. The wet smell was grassy as well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
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Another one of the teas I tasted as part of a tea tasting in Seattle. I love Ginseng Oolongs. This had the usual amazing Ginseng aftertaste but the Oolong flavor was a bit different then I expected. Strong Oolong flavor is how I would describe it. Could have just been how she steeped it though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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The Vital Leaf tea store in Seattle will pour many different teas for you. This was one of the first. I didn’t get to smell the dry leaves but I figured they had a very earthy smell to them. Honestly, I don’t taste Champagne. It is very earthy and somewhat bitter. I generally like Oolong’s but i couldn’t get a good feel for this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
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Chocolate macadamia and lilikoi passion pancakes. We bought them while in Kaua’i last year and figured we should finish them before they expire and what better to finish them off with then with a Hawai’ian themed tea! I tasted the tea around 4-5 minutes and had to add more time. However, I don’t feel like that helped very much. The pancakes are awesome but this tea…. not so much. Which is kinda sad because it smells so good! I’ve tried it hot and cold and I just can’t get a good flavor from it. This one’s going to the trade pile.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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Is that a hint of chocolate I taste or am I imagining things? The tea is incredibly smooth. i’m sure it would make a delicious iced tea but it’s so balanced and as a hot tea that I don’t think I could do it!

I just noticed a huge bug on my ceiling so my post must now end…

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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What smells of sweet potato pie may not taste like sweet potato pie. In fact, all I taste is black tea. I bet it would taste great with a sweet potato dish. For a plain tasting black tea it’s pretty good but it just doesn’t live up to it’s name so it’s a bit disappointing. I’ll try it again at some point and see if it changes flavor.

Out of sheer curiosity I’ve added some honey and while it obviously sweetens it, I really don’t feel like it does anything to bring out any other flavors.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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Ceylon tea is usually the only black tea I will stay away from but I think perhaps I will give it a second chance. I had to with this tea. Soursop seems too interesting to pass up. It’s a very unique flavor indeed! The soursop must give it the tropical flavor while the ceylon gives it a very earthy flavor. The mix of both works well together. So far I am liking it better hot.

There is one thing, however, that I do not like and that is the dry smell. I almost decided not to drink it just because of that but any good tea drinker knows you can’t judge a tea by it’s dry smell.

After drinking about half of the cup I wanted to be a little adventurous with honey. So I’ve put some raspberry and blueberry honey into the tea. Interesting! Brings out the soursop a bit more. The ceylon is almost mute now. Odd. Think I like it better without the honey.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Where to being… well, I’ve been drinking jasmine tea for a long time. It still remains a favorite of mine but I’ve now added any more.

Green teas are my favorite. I like black tea but generally prefer it flavored. Whites are nice. Rooibos can be a hit or miss, but honeybush is better. (Golden Honeydew by Lupicia is the best). I don’t mind herbals but it really depends on the ingredients.

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