48 Tasting Notes


No matter what I did this tasted like hot water and nothing else. Just fake hype.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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When I opened the bag it smelled like the forest with hints of something that reminded me of Anisette waffle cookies. Brewed this gongfu style.

I want to assert this is an interesting tea with a lot of depth. However, the flavors overall weren’t to my own liking. You may love this.

1st Steep: I’m getting a slight floral scent, maybe marigolds. Along with a slight sweetness. The wet leaves smell a bit mossy (I mean that in a good way).

2nd Steep: The leaves wake up a bit more and the flowers get more powerful.

3rd Steep: The floral taste remains the same as the brew gets sweeter. It becomes more clear to be a honey flavor. I sense hints of citrus to.

4th Steep: A sense of astringency comes out now that the leaves are fully open. All other flavors remain. The mouth turns a bit dry after the swallow.

I went on longer. The flavors above all remained for many steeps. 10+ easily. Overall the flavors weren’t really to my liking. However it is an interesting tea with a lot of complexity. I do recommend it despite the score I gave it.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Flowers, Forest Floor, Honey, Moss, Sweet, Thick

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Fei Zi Xiao by Verdant Tea
48 tasting notes

I open the bag and am greeted with an absolutely gorgeous smell. Like apples and honey. Brewed this gongfu style

1st & 2nd Steep: At this first steep I am already loving this. Its like apples and toast. But so smooth, no bite back. The slightest hint of flowers lingers in the aftertaste. The smell of the wet leaves is like a mixture of wood and fruit.

3rd Steep: The flavor profile changes a bit to a more buttery flavor. Still with toasty and floral afternotes.

4th Steep: The taste of wood starts to come out. Something like oak and it mixes with the floral scents in a way that makes me think of the forest. The sweetness gets very toned down.

5th Steep and beyond: The wood taste remained as the bitterness started to come in more with each steep.

Over all I adored this tea as you can tell. Highly recommended!

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Oak, Red Fruits, Smooth, Toast

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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A very light oolong. This is probably what I was most looking forward to in my order. However it didn’t have the flavor I was expecting. Pretty weak. Good tea to pair with something sweet I would say.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Steep: The liquid comes out a pale yellow. Has a very mild and smooth buttery taste. Lots of floral notes abound.

4th & 5th Steep: This tea begins to wake up and it shows it with the darker brew. More floral and sweets tastes. Light spices start to show.

Didn’t change any further then this as I went on. Overall not my thing.

Flavors: Flowers, Spices, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Duck Shit by white2tea
48 tasting notes

I find this to be a decent simple tea. Nothing in your face about it. Has plenty of light floral hints and the slightest bit of sweetness during the swallow and dry mouth after. There doesn’t seem to be any shifts in flavor worth noting over the steeps (on my 8th as I write this). I recommend pairing it with your favorite fruit to snack on.

Hard to say if I can recommend this or not. There is just more interesting things to taste out there for me. So I’ll leave it at neutral.

Flavors: Flowers, Grapefruit

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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This can be a hard hitting tea at first but as your steeps go on it really changes character and goes from a lot of astringency into floral and grassy tones. The aftertaste of ocean air is always around and it leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry.

Note: Lowering the temperature and/or a shorter steep time can fight off the astringency some if its not your thing. However it will always be around.

1st Steep: A large astringency hits me and leaves my mouth feeling dry and am left with the light aftertaste of ocean air.

2nd Steep: The 2nd steep brings out some grassy flavor and strengthens the taste of ocean air a lot which lingers long after the sip. The astringency is much toned down.

3rd Steep: The faint taste of flowers arrive and mix with the ocean air beautifully. This is where I feel the tea really comes alive. The astringency all but disappears, however your mouth will still feel a bit on the dry side.

4th Steep and Beyond: You’ll get floral and grassy notes as the flavor tapers off.

Overall I really enjoy this and recommend it for those who want something flavorful and with drastic changes over the steeps.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Flowers, Grass, Ocean Air

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
48 tasting notes

This is a pleasant tea you could use for a daily drinker. Nothing overwhelming and fills your room with a pleasant aroma. Also low in caffeine so feel free to drink it even in the evening.

Opening the package I was greeted with the pleasant smell of toasty wood.

1st Steep: This came out a light amber color and tasted a lot like a light coffee and green tea mix.

2nd Steep: This powered up the wood and fire taste and it showed in the much darker color. Little resemblance of green tea remained. Still nothing overwhelming however. It left me with a slight pleasant smoke aftertastes.

3rd Steep: This went back into a coffee like taste with hints of smoke.

Further steeps: I lengthened the steeping times as I went on. Not a lot to speak of here. It did not turn bitter at all. The smoke and wood smell began to disappear and went back into the coffee and green tea like mix. After around eight steeps flavor pretty much disappeared even after long steeps.

Overall I do recommend this tea. Its a great one to throw in any time of day.

Flavors: Coffee, Fireplace, Smoked, Toasted, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I’m only a beginner at this point about getting serious in the hobby. I found this to be among my favorites. I found I liked it brewed at 185F rather then the recommended 194F. This tones down the bitterness a lot and brings out a much more floral flavor particularly in the first steep. The 2nd and 3rd build on the spiciness more and gradually tapers off into more bitter territory after that.

Flavors: Floral, Nuts, Ocean Air, Spicy, Wood

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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