48 Tasting Notes

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drank Select Tips by Art of Tea
48 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for 4+ months in a bag. I’m not sure how that effects the tea. This is also the last of my supply of this tea. Brewed a 20oz pot of tea. The first cup tasted like paper. The second was much more pleasant. It was refreshing, clean, clear. It would pair well with shortbread or shortcake. This tea would be fun to add stuff to. I was thinking about adding some dehydrated tart apples or possibly strawberries. If you are looking to tweak a tea then this is your best bet for a white tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Darjeeling 1st Flush by Rishi Tea
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I’m happy to have this one in my cupboard. The first steep was a bit astringent so I added some rock sugar. That’s a no-no. I didn’t care for it after that. Second steep was much more enjoyable. Doesn’t have the astringency the first steep has. Has a lovely yet complex taste in the second steep.

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80
drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
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Fantastic roasted barley notes. One of the more refreshing Oolong teas I’ve had. This one reminds me of genmaicha but is not as forceful. It smells good. And doesn’t really have that “sweet” after taste that other Oolong teas have.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Keemun Panda by English Tea Store
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I really want to like this tea. I just can’t get it to taste like it did the first time I made it.
I used 2 teaspoons for an 8 oz cup. It wasn’t as mellow as the first few cups I steeped. The delightful after-notes weren’t as noticeable. I’ll use less tea for the next cup and leave the 3 minutes steep time and the same water temperature.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustDuckyInNE

I think that many times, the tea makers get their ratios just a bit off so our tasting comes out differently. Thanks for listing the different tasting on this tea!

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drank Keemun Panda by English Tea Store
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I’m upping my rating on this tea. It is really good. It has this really nice natural sweet taste to it. Really smooth. I would say it’s a winey tea. No signs of any bitter tastes to it, which is huge. Gotta be one of my favorite black teas. This is a winner.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling by English Tea Store
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This tea didn’t taste too much like a Darjeeling, except in the aftertaste. I was also surprised how small the leafs where. I did 2 teaspoons for 20 oz of water. The tea leafs expanded a whole lot; so much so that they rose above the water (this teapot has a tiny strainer :( But even for it the expansion of the leafs were significant. It’s kinda weird to say one of the biggest things that stood out to me about this tea was the growth of the leafs during steeping but that’s really what it is. I wasn’t too fond of the tea. It was bitter but that could be mostly controlled by the steeping time and water temperature. There are many better Darjeeling teas out there but this one was dirt cheap so I bought it. I think it was $5 for 8oz. For that price you can’t beat that quantity.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Skittlefox

I just tried my first darjeeling the other day, and I gotta say the massive swelling of the leaves freaked me out too lol

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78
drank Lumbini FBOPFEXS by Hina's Tea
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I never thought I’d give a tea such a high rating but this simply is the best tea I’ve ever had. It brewed a light brown, dark orange color; a very appealing color, something I haven’t seen in a tea before. The first taste was so bright yet mellow. There are a hundred different undertones to this tea. The only reason I didn’t give it a 100 rating is because when I left the tea in my mouth for a little while I began to get some slight astringent tastes, which I don’t like in teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Keemun Panda by English Tea Store
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Sweet aroma. Slightly malty like an Assam but not as malty. Back notes are earthy/pine. I put about a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in it but won’t be doing that again. Could be good steep a little longer. Maybe 2 minutes 30 seconds. If you like malty teas this is a good one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Looking in my tea cupboard I realized I mostly have Rishi Tea. It’s a great brand and I highly recommend them. Yet I’m thinking maybe I should diversify.
This still is among one of my favorite teas. I steeped this one for 3 minutes. I think I enjoy it more around 4 minutes. Great nutty flavor, not grassy like most green teas. I really like it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Snow Buds (Xue Ya) by Rishi Tea
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Heated 16 oz of water to 185 F. 2 teaspoons of tea in an open glass teapot.
A grassy white tea. Light. Almost fruity. The closest thing I could think of is a pear. Very enjoyable. I wouldn’t steep it more than 5 minutes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Tyler

Wow. My palate must be off. Everyone is saying the closest fruit is a melon and I’m saying pear.

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