60 Tasting Notes

Thick and smooth, this tea opens with dark malt and a mellow sweetness that grows continually into the aftertaste, bringing to mind molasses and dark honey paired with dried plum. The mouthfeel is stimulating and juicy, with just the slightest touch of bitterness. Quite enjoyable.

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Buttery smooth on the tongue, this tea exudes a tangy, creamy sweetness that grows on the palate and lingers well into the finish, where notes of raw, acidic honey and an indistinct floral bouquet are unveiled. It is somewhat similar to the Arakai Summer Green, but drops the grassy vegetal character and dials up the sweetness. Absolutely wonderful.

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The texture here is velvety and thick, leading into a faint hay note and sweetness reminiscent of dried fruits, namely sultanas and cranberry without any of the tartness. These flavors linger into the finish, which is soft and smooth.

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Moderately thick and quite smooth, this Jin Xuan has clarity, strength, and freshness to its milk flavor, paired with a note of buttered greens. A very slight floral and fruity quality is present in the aftertaste, but the predominant flavor is milk.

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The flavors here are light malt and a faint honeyed sweetness that grows stonger in the finish, along with an intriguing note that reminds me of pumpkin flesh. Smooth and enjoyable, though subtle for a black tea.

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Thick on the tongue and quite toasty, with a subtle sweetness. The aftertaste is long, and the overall flavor reminds me of houjicha, but smoother and without as much emphasis on the charcoal.

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Milk and butter abound here, growing stronger as the flavors settle on the tongue. The aftertaste is faintly floral, and the tea liquor has a soft plushness to it. While mild overall, this was a pleasant surprise that holds its own against premium gaoshan.

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This tea opens with notes of graham cracker and hay, transitioning to grass and flowers. The floral quality grows in the finish alongside a delightful sweetness, and both linger for some time. While subtle overall, and with a light mouthfeel, there is a refined complexity to the flavors here.

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Thick on the tongue, with a blend of subdued earthiness, malt, and semi-sweet cocoa. The cocoa lasts quite long in the finish, which is smooth and very slightly chalky in texture. Simultaneously rich and mellow, this tea is a unique one that I found enjoyable.

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This is a smooth and mellow tea that opens with a light note of grass and innate sweetness, leading into a soft tanginess and muted vegetal flavors in the finish. More similar to a Taiwanese Baozhong than a Chinese Biluochun, delicate but appealing.

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Loose leaf tea drinker since 2006. I began with Adagio and Upton and moved on from there.

My reviews are concise and only describe flavor and texture. I avoid the 0-100 rating scale, for two reasons. First, there is no objective measure and a score of 100 for a newbie could be 70 for an experienced connoisseur. Second, users may ignore the review itself and focus solely on the score, which could lead to an unfair assessment of the tea and possibly impact the merchant’s reputation and sales.

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