398 Tasting Notes


I don’t think I’m ever going to be a white tea person, but this is probably the best plain white tea I’ve tried. It doesn’t have that unpleasant hay flavor that white teas seem prone to, and it’s not at all astringent.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tastes pretty good today. While its dominant note is still woodsy, I’m picking up some carob and licorice flavors as well.

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So glad to have this in the cupboard again, definitely my earl grey of choice. Smells delicious too.


I’ll have to try this one at some point, as I’d like to find a good one again. All my favorites are extinct.

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
398 tasting notes

This tea is a bit finicky to get right, but it turned out well today. I think sticking to a 1 minute steep is key. I usually can usually get 3 rounds out of this one and they’ll all be nice and strong, the sencha has a lot of staying power.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bangkok by Harney & Sons
398 tasting notes

This has been one of my standby teas for awhile now, but this new tin isn’t up to the usual standard for some reason. I don’t know if they changed the recipe or if this particular batch is just not mixed well. I’m seeing a lot more tea leaf, but not much of the ginger or lemongrass that’s meant to flavor it. The base tea in itself is not particularly flavorful, so the result is a bit bland. Hoping this particular tin was just a fluke.

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So happy with this tea! I picked it out to be my morning tea, but I like it so much I’ve been dipping into it twice a day. Granted it’s not fancy — nothing but ginger and black tea, just like the name says — but the balance between the two is spot on, and the ginger and the tea leaves are both great quality (in general, I’d have to say one of my favorite things about NMTC — along with their free shipping — is whatever they’re using for their black tea base). Far and away my favorite approach to this flavor.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
398 tasting notes

Whoops, may have oversteeped this just a tad, and added a bit too much sugar. Still a great cup though. Not happy that I’ve nearly reached the bottom of the tin :(

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Sad sipdown. I thought I didn’t like Tie Guan Yin till I tried this one. Such a pleasant tea. The floral notes give it some nuance, but aren’t at all overwhelming, and the tea has a bit of natural sweetness. A very smooth oolong.

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The sun is out, and the order from the New Mexico Tea Company just arrived, so today is a good day. I was really excited to try this one, because it smelled so amazing in the package — fresh oranges and lots of vanilla. But alas, the vanilla doesn’t come through in the flavor nearly as much as the aroma would suggest, and the orange is the kind of orange flavor you get from Bigelow or Celestial Seasonings — not bad, but definitely not a fresh orange taste. This has a black tea base, but I can hardly detect it.

All in all, this tea is pleasant enough, it just doesn’t live up to its scent. Still nice to try a new sample, though.

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Sipdown of this. Definitely want some more. A really novel approach to citrus.

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Happiness Is:
green tea
black tea
lots and lots of oolong!
vanilla things

Not Really My Style:
spices (except for ginger. ginger rocks)
chai (because, you know, the spices)
rooibos (I don’t get it. Everyone seems psyched for it. Not me).
those smoky teas, like lapsang souchong, though once in a while I’ll need something really strong and then I like them.

Bergamot lives in a weird little category of its own. Sometimes it’s very good. Sometimes it’s very bad. I don’t know why my feelings toward it are always in flux, though the brand is a factor to some extent. Tea companies seem to have vastly different opinions about how to make earl grey.


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