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drank Downy Sprout by Samovar
158 tasting notes

I swear I change my entire rating system every few days.

This one I consistently enjoy. The combination of sweetly, very subtly floral notes with the savory quality of the nutty fullness they describe yields a very pleasant cup of tea. Ending my day with this is never a bad decision, and I’m almost always able to get more than one steep out of it.

Strangely though, tonight I was getting a weird feeling of…tanginess, after my sip. Tangy sweet-sour. It wasn’t present anywhere in the actual tea, so I’m…admittedly sort of at a loss as to determine where it was coming from. Bizarre.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Heyes

That’s why i wrote mine down, I can’t use the stupid “sad face to happy face” method. I give a guess rating, then adjust it after the post.

Ricky

Haha, I change mine all the time too! Ratings are so difficult! Haha, tangy sweet-sour o.O Did you have some food before hand that was sweet and sour?

sophistre

I’ve been contemplating setting up a more formal system, the way some other people have, actually. I guess I probably should. But I do the same thing, Heyes…I’m always adjusting on my ratings page.

@Ricky: I did, actually, but hours earlier. Tomato sauce on pasta. But…seriously, it was hours earlier! The thought did cross my mind, but it seemed so outlandish. Tonight I’ll surely make a point to give it a second go and see if I can recreate. ;)

takgoti

I get that tangy-aspect from white teas sometimes. I’m not sure what it is that causes it but for me it usually happens with the teas that have nectar-like qualities to them.

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Heyes

That’s why i wrote mine down, I can’t use the stupid “sad face to happy face” method. I give a guess rating, then adjust it after the post.

Ricky

Haha, I change mine all the time too! Ratings are so difficult! Haha, tangy sweet-sour o.O Did you have some food before hand that was sweet and sour?

sophistre

I’ve been contemplating setting up a more formal system, the way some other people have, actually. I guess I probably should. But I do the same thing, Heyes…I’m always adjusting on my ratings page.

@Ricky: I did, actually, but hours earlier. Tomato sauce on pasta. But…seriously, it was hours earlier! The thought did cross my mind, but it seemed so outlandish. Tonight I’ll surely make a point to give it a second go and see if I can recreate. ;)

takgoti

I get that tangy-aspect from white teas sometimes. I’m not sure what it is that causes it but for me it usually happens with the teas that have nectar-like qualities to them.

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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