378 Tasting Notes

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
378 tasting notes

I quite liked this tea. The dry tea greeted me with the smell of caramel, coconut and the tang of fruit. It appears when dry that there is more black than green leaves but once steeped the bancha leaves opened up quite a bit. I steeped it at the temperature at which I would steep bancha.

When steeped the first scent that hits my nostrils is that of the toasted rice followed by a sweet scent tempered by vanilla and the buttery scent of caramel. The sweet taste is pleasant when steeped about a minute. The first notes I taste are the bancha and black tea with the black tea producing a slightly citrousy note and tempering the sweetness of the bancha, followed by a sweet fruity note, and a sweet buttery and slightly salty and nutty note from the caramel and rice. The caramel and vanilla and salt remain on the tongue. The green tea leaves me with that clean pleasantly aware feeling I get when I drink it. For me the tea is sweet enough as it is . The empty tea cup smells of vanilla and caramel. I would not add sugar to it.

I probably wouldn’t drink this everyday as it is approaching too sweet for me but it is all over a nicely balanced tea which is fun to drink and I wouldn’t mind keeping a bit of it in my cupboard.

Thanks to Sophie and Laurent for the sample!

note: The 2nd steep was not as sweet, the vanilla and fruit were more present. It was not as buttery but the nutty flavour of rice was more present. It was slighty astringent and more flavour contributed by black tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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94
drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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As others have already noted this is a really lovely flavoured tea where all the components, both tea and flavouring are allowed to shine through.

It is not heavily sweet, it has a nice creamy flavour and has the soft strawberry tones of a srawberry mousse or yogurt. This is not a tart fruit tea for those who prefer them. The introduction of strawberry leaves adds a touch of bitterness and adds some depth to the base. The tea underneath is fruity and not to heavy but has enough depth to take milk. A nice anytime tea or a light desert tea.

caveat: make sure you shake up the bag a little before taking a scoop out the pieces that create the creamy taste tend to settle to the bottom if the bag has been jostled around!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Sea Dyke Brand
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This tea was quite a good grocery store bargain with a sweet spicy taste lasting through at least 5 infusions.

-Mid roast leaves green and greyish brown.
-Smells like a like a mixture of sweet floral and grape like the purple heritage iris’s of my grandmothers garden.

1st steep 30s colour pale gold. creamy spicy sweet brew, smell reminds me of brown sugar and oatmeal and apricots, tastes of warm heated peaches and banana, mixed with ginger chai without the heat. slightly buttery.
2nd steep 35 not as creamy,spice, stone, similar notes to first steep moving into more floral notes,freshning sensation at back and top of mouth.
3rd 40s smell more spicy fruit, spicy sensation on tongue, more floral
flavour. Taste reminds me of spicy carnation smell over hint of peaches and cream.
4th 45 still tastes slightly creamy with peaches and cream when hot with a little bit of spice, smells of cream and spice, almost nutmeg. slight bitterness from a floral/vegetal base note.
5th steep 55 scent and flavour peach and asparagus, weaker spice, weakening.
6th steep 120 thin broth, weak but pleasant flavour.

-spent leaves olive green edged in rust, with occassional holes and some evidence of being stressed by insects during growth.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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87
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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I do enjoy this tea, even though its smell at times reminds me of vanilla air freshner. At first sip the tea leaves me with a creamy marshmallow vanilla taste and mouth feel at the back of my throat combined with a drying sensation and slightly woody, bitter taste at the front of my mouth followed by an aftertaste of caramel and spice. It does become quite astringent at the second steeping. A warming and interesting desert tea.

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90
drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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80
drank Mayan Mist by Della Terra Teas
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This tea had a scent of orange, cream, pepper, spice and dried orange peel combined with a faint woodiness that reminds me of myrh. The creaminess may come from the coconut. It tastes creamy orange woodiness followed by spice and a reference to sandalwood. The aftertaste is slightly powdery. This is a warming tea. Pleasant.

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90
drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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The 2nd steep has an apple flavour still nicely present with more rose and with the tea base shining through. The bitterness is still present but there is no added astrigency.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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This was a really nice mid afternoon tea. The dry tea smells like boxed apple juice or jolly ranchers apple candy and has dark broken leaves scattered with broken white rose petals. The tea brews to a translucent broth that reminded me of the colour of a liver chestnut horse. It smells of sweet potatoe, apple and a spicy smell I associate with lavender. It’s flavour profile has a top note of apple, followed with a cooling floral note with a touch of bitterness. This bitterness mimics the flavour of biting into apple skin a little. There is a slight astringency that comes off not as a tartness but a dryness in the mouth, maybe from the rose petals. The apple flavour is a cross between granny smith, gala and a juicy red delicious. This is a pleasant light tea to drink without additives. The base has a slightly sweet earthiness which doesn’t have a strong presence. Sugar would strengthen the fruity aspect of the tea but isn’t needed as the apple taste and flavour is very present. This tea would be great in summer as it seems to have a cooling effect on me. The flavours of apple, the tea base, and rose balance nicely. The apple flavour intensifies as the tea cools. This tea may be nice iced. Thanks to Laurent and Sophie for their kindness in providing me with the oportunity to try this tea!
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
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Made with steeps of around a minute I did not find this tea to be tart like others were finding. Instead I am getting a kind of strawberry shortcake type flavour, as the fruit mixes with the creaminess of the white tea. Having said that the fruity flavour doesn’t last through resteeps. Pleasant enough but not a must have, which is good as it is no longer available.

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