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16 Tasting Notes

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
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A very warm and cozy tea, like a fuzzy blanket or a hug in a cup. The subtle sweetness in the finish complements the roasted and malty quality of the tea. A touch of nuttiness rounds out the well-bodied flavor. Even though I have never had a tea from Laos, I find this tea in a way very familiar, as if I have already enjoyed it before. 9/10, a wonderfully enjoyable tea for colder days.

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90
drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
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An excellent green tea with the depth and complexity of a black or oolong tea. I am a big fan of the genmaicha style of greens and found this to have a similar palate of toasty, rice-like flavor which was supported by some notes of chocolate in the undertones. A fine tea, one I found very enjoyable, and look forward to drinking again. 9/10

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70
drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
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I would like to first admit that I have only started to familiarize myself with Keemun teas in the past month, so this is a new style for me and I haven’t decided if I like it yet. The other Keemun teas that I have tasted were all pleasant , one-note brews that I enjoyed, but I prefer slightly more complex teas with more depth and breadth of flavor. This Keemun was a nice tea, with some bitter chocolate notes and a faintly woody aroma, but that was it for me. A pleasant tea, but not one I would go to extreme lengths to find. 7/10

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An enjoyable, light, warm weather tea with delicate flavoring. I am not usually a fan of jasmine green teas because they can be overwhelmingly floral and perfume-y, but the jasmine was only a brief forward note that dissolved quickly into a slightly sweet citrus flavor. I was pleased with this tea and am excited to drink it again. 8/10

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First taste of caramel dissolves quickly into bold tannins. At first I could barely taste anything but tannins, but as it cools I am able to find traces of citrus and a teeny bitfof spice. Not terribly jazzed about this one; it’s fine if you’re liking for a warm, full-bodied tea, but it was lacking some complexity and depth of flavor for me. 6.5/10

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This tea had such a nutty roasted aroma that I was almost taken aback by the tangy tannins that hit me on the first sip. Was pleased when it mellowed into a malty finish, and actually find the tea as a whole to be quite enjoyable. A nice, medium bodied tea, but the tannins give a little pucker that I almost found refreshing on a warm day. 7.5/10

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70
drank Obukucha by Steepster
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Very mild and light tea. Some savory avocado flavors in the front, refreshing cucumber in the finish. I found the delicate nori aroma very pleasant. Nice tea for a warm spring or summer day. Not a challenging or complex tea, but enjoyable in its simplicity. 7/10

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drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
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Very mild green tea with a nice balance of roasted flavors and fresh green notes. Nice finishing sweetness adds to a very easy to drink flavor profile. Very sweet, nutty aroma which is echoed in the faint almond aftertaste. A nice warm-weather tea. 8/10

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drank Da Hong Pao Red Robe by Steepster
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Very flavorful, earthy tea. Tobacco notes with tangy tannins, warm sweetness with mild spice. Nutty aroma is soothing and comforting, perfect for a rainy day. Can’t wait to have the other sample when we have another cold snap. 8.5/10, would recommend and drink again.

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Subtle green and woodsy flavors with a bold milky aroma. I liked the sweetness on the nose, but the flavor profile was so timid compared to the aroma that I just wanted something more bold. Pleasant grassy green notes at the front, with subtle milky undertones that linger. Warming tea, nice for the wet weather outside. 7/10, would drink again.

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