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89 Tasting Notes

Different from the Fine Jasmine Pearls (FJP) because this for one, is more affordable.

Pricing aside, this is a pretty good pearl and I imagine it would come 2nd to the FJP if I had included this in the Jasmine comparison tasting I did last week.

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For the record, this is my first ever milk oolong. And I am not (yet) a fan of green tea (coz it easily gets bitter when I steep it) or the vegetal taste (tho I like matcha and jasmine tea).

BUT this…tastes a bit vegetal..and it is buttery….oh so buttery! From the scent it exudes upon steeping up to the nth steep that I was able to squeeze out of it. I love it so! I imagine I can be happy drinking this for days on end.

Bonnie

Try a lower temp when you steep your green tea, might help…often the suggested steep time is too long also.

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

thanks Bonnie! i really wonder why they do that..(give longer steeping times than is needed) :S

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color: lighter than the regular matcha
flavor: minty!

so this is my first matcha. well one of the 3 that i tried all at the same time (in small portions tho)

for me, it is pretty good and leaves me excited to try other flavored matchas! but the flavor of a good unflavored one (Davids Matcha Matsu) also makes me want to explore the other side too!

oh happy day! it kinda makes up for not getting any tea in the mail today :)

gotta say this about matcha: a little goes a long way!

thank you TC for adding this to the swap! and for the good-sized amount of it too :)

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so i could not wait for a whisk anymore and decided to jump in so i will no longer be a matcha virgin

got 3 small rubbermaid containers that are as big (or small) as my tasting teacups

and tasted this together with Teavana Imperial Grade Matcha and an Organic Mint Matcha

i used water right out of the dispenser (neither cold nor warm) coz i did not want any bitterness but neither did i want to mask the taste with coolness.

this has a pleasant taste! the first time i tried it was at a DT shop in SFO and all i got was bitterness but my aunt liked it enough to buy some.
so glad i did it right the first time!

there is a sweet undertone that makes you want to drink it more :)

thanks to Nathalie for sending me this in a swap!

yappychappy

Yum! How’d you do it without whisk? Water bottle? With water bottle shake method I definitely prefer room tempish water.

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

small rubbermaid container method. i use small portions for test tastes :)

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after a pleasant Soho Blend experience, i was so eager to try Love Life that i forgot that it had a green tea base! good thing i dont usually steep my teas too long ^^’

still, it did not taste bitter as greens are bound to with such carelessness.

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first time i met Soho, i smelled him before i actually saw him. his coconut aroma was so strong, i was afraid it might get into the others!

after a while in his intense presence, his sweet scent tried to seduce me. and though i succumbed to a cup, it led me to conclude that i will just swap him away.

and then, in the process of portioning it out, the scent continued to tantalize…and i succumbed again! but this time, it got me thinking…maybe i dont want to swap all of it! maybe, maybe…i might even buy a pound of it…sometime in the future*

so ok, i like him well enough. even though his flavor is not as rich as his scent. and even though the 2nd steep is but a shadow of the first. maybe i will double the tea just to get a strong enough taste next time.

funny how the heart changes in the span of a few weeks.

many thanks to Isabel who showered me with a ton of teas out of nowhere, lol.

*a pound not entirely for personal use but to stock my online tea shop with

Marcel Duchamp

Excited to try this one.

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creme flavor blends well with the bergamot and i think it gets more mellow on the 2nd steep but i like it better that way! good for resteeps :)

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im not an expert in Darjeeling but ive tried a few that got astringent and i have also had some EG that easily got bitter in the steep.

this did not easily get bitter, neither was it unpleasantly astringent (at least, not that i noticed) so this is a good Darjeeling for me :)

add a lil EG flavor and yeah!

Kasumi no Chajin

I have seen Bergamot jasmines, but yet to see a Bergamot Darjeeling…might have to look for one (not for me, for a family member)

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this is an interesting combination. you have to try it to know what i mean :)
and dont worry, it is pleasant enough for me to order in bulk so yeah, it is a good kind of interesting.

resteeps well. i’ve lost count, maybe im on the 4th…

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very tasty for the 1st steep. outshone the pearls, actually. but no more taste by the 2nd…and i do love to resteep my teas. BUT if you want a really strong jasmine…this is a one steep goodie :)

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Chai was my first love, and later fell hard for Earl Grey. Will always have a soft spot in my heart for tisanes. Read my tea love story in my wordpress blog (link below).

Relatively new to the world of loose leaf but not to tea, passionate, eager to learn, and certified tea addict. I have a long way to go but oh, how I want my friends to get into tea too! I want to offer good teas at good prices so if you want to try some samples, check out my blog :)

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