293 Tasting Notes

90
drank Yuzu Kukicha by Den's Tea
293 tasting notes

I was running low on Den’s pineapple sencha, and checked the site. Saw it was Yuzu Kukicha season, so I got a pound of this instead. I had some last year, and regret not buying more. This is such a great everyday tea. Bright, charming, full of flavor, light sweetness, SO GREEN! The yuzu is very light in the background. I love drinking this iced to start the day, or have midday. I think I prefer the pineapple just a little bit more, BUT this is still up there. I do get a savory seaweedy element to it. I like it. I see this going well with seafood, sushi, or crab. Second brew isn’t as flavorful, or as green.

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95
drank Bancha Suruga by Den's Tea
293 tasting notes

This was included as a sample in my order. I have had bancha in the past, and always hated it. It was bland and bitter. I just assumed this would follow suit. Not so! This tea was a huge surprise. It was greener than I was expecting a bancha to be. Really fresh smell.

I love this tea. It’s a shame it’s just a sample. Brewed up nicely as instructed with boiling water for 30 seconds. The second brew wasn’t as strong, prefer the first brew. This is for sure an everyday tea I could see myself drinking. So yummy, depth of flavor. Buttered spinach. Light astringency. Will buy more of this tea.

Flavors: Spinach

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Violette by Mariage Frères
293 tasting notes

I got this since I thought I liked floral tea. After having many of Mariage Freres teas, I think I don’t. This tea is really overpowering of violet (given the name, duh!). It makes for an ok iced tea. I don’t like it hot, too much. I think it might make a nice milk tea. I think buying 50g of this tea is ok, I got 100g, it’s just a bit too much.

Flavors: Floral, Violet

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50
drank American Breakfast by Mariage Frères
293 tasting notes

I love love their Paris Breakfast. It’s a well put together tea. American Breakfast? It’s just not for me. I see this as a stepping stone for a coffee drinker trying to convert to black tea. It’s caramel flavoring came off fake, and too much of it. It’s a ok tea, I’ll drink the rest up with no issue, just don’t love it.

Flavors: Caramel

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70
drank Bloemfontein by Mariage Frères
293 tasting notes

This tea is visually just beautiful in the picture, but the product I got looks nothing like this. I found this tea just ok. I wouldn’t buy it again. It’s just rooibos with just light flavoring for floral. I am been disappointed with a lot of the rooibos blends I got from them. They all taste very familiar with no defining difference. The flavor of citrus isn’t really present without knowing it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Rouge Provence by Mariage Frères
293 tasting notes

I think this tea would be heighten if there was some black currant flavor. This is a decent herbal, flowery rooibos. Nice amount of lavender. I prefer this iced at night.

Flavors: Berry, Lavender, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Kimberley by Mariage Frères
293 tasting notes

The description of this tea sounded delicious. Red tea flavored with flowers and fruits from distant land…oh my! It is really good red tea, I’ll give them that. But that all it tastes like. I can’t even really pick up any of the dried flowers that should flavor this tisane.

It is really good red tea, that’s why I am giving it a 60 rating…it’s mellow, not woodsy. But that is all it is. It’s not what it is labeled. It’s a shame…it is a beautiful tea visually when dried, speckled with all types of flowers!!!!

Flavors: Rooibos

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92
drank Midsummer Tea by TeaGschwender
293 tasting notes

TeaGschwender has two types of Midsummer teas. They were out of the other one (which seems to be more strictly floral).

I am glad they have this one! It’s a light brew (it’s black and green tea blend). To me, it’s the tea you always hope you get at a brunch or breakfast spot that has iced black currant tea on the menu. There isn’t black currants in the tea, but it’s still has that tart berry presence ( from the cranberries in the blend).

It’s very refreshing, lush, and doesn’t have anything artificial tasting about it, which is a huge perk. I hate having fruity teas were it tastes like oily chemicals are the dominant flavor. Also, this tea has a nice floral note. (I always loved teas with cornflower, not only for the color, but cornflower are suppose to have health benefits)

Flavors: Black Currant, Cranberry, Floral, Summer, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Pink Grapefruit by TeaGschwendner
293 tasting notes

This tea is very grapefruit, no denying that. It pops, I think the pink peppercorn was an awesome addition to this tea, gives it a warm note. Has a nice light sweetness.

I absolutely loved drinking this tea iced. I got two hot brews, along with one cold brew. Flavor held up well throughout the multiple brews. I don’t know if I would like this hot. I bought this for the purpose to make iced.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

When I went to the TeaGschwender shop in Chicago, I saw this as one of seasonal specials. It was newly released. It’s a fabulous brew!!!! They have the herbs in the mix in just the right amount. Nothing overpowers the other one.

I will be buying much of this one next.

I am assuming this will make for an excellent digestive system tea due to the herb mix. I feel good drinking it.

Flavors: Fennel, Flowers, Herbaceous, Lavender, Summer, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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