15 Tasting Notes

64

Definitely has the sweet corn notes that many yellow teas have, but has extra grassiness. Overall, mellow with a pleasant aftertaste. Prepared per instructions in a porcelain gaiwan using two heaping teaspoons of tea, 185’F water for 1 minute for the first two infusions, increasing time and temperature for subsequent infusions.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Roy Kenagy

Hey Nathan – Thanks for the postings! I’ve been kind of set in my tea ways for many years – you’ll give me some new paths to follow. -Roy

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63

Lilacs all the way! A very pleasant floral tasting tea! A great buy really

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35

What can I say? I was curious. This one has actually been in my cupboard a long time, but it does not call out to me very often. It is quite smoky, and the first time you open the bag is a real shocker. For most people, it is a love it or hate it affair. I, however, can tolerate it on occasion, but rarely crave it. After all, there are so many teas that I deeply enjoy. So, why bother with something that is only OK?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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66

I have not done much with green teas, in particular high quality green teas like this one. It was not like I envisioned. The first few infusions were very sweet tasting. The liquor was overall very delicate and light in flavor. I used a porcelain gaiwan and enjoyed many infusions. The sweetness dissipated in the latter infusions and was replaced by a light tanginess. I may lack the vocabulary to describe some of my tea experiences, and since this tea is quite different from what I normally drink, this note may suffer for it. As for the aroma, the best way I can describe it is hay. It was decidedly not floral to my nose. Not until the later steepings did I detect anything floral from the infused leaves.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Bai Hao Yin Zhen by TeaSpring
15 tasting notes

This is my first impression of my first ever silver needle. I enjoyed the aroma of the infused leaf, in which I detected a hint of pine. The tea was good for several steepings in a porcelain gaiwan. I detected a slight grassiness (not unpleasant) in the first few steepings. Thereafter, the natural sweetness became more pronounced and the pleasant aftertaste more pronounced.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Library director living in Spencer, Iowa. Trying to spread the good news about tea. Focused on camelia sinensis, only marginally interested in tisanes.

My favorites (so far) are congou and pu-erh (both types). I like some greens, lots of oolongs, and whites and yellows, but I enjoy drinking black tea day in and out.

Besides, oolongs are best enjoyed prepared in a manner that demands a little more time and care. So, I like to save those times for when I can fully enjoy the experience.

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