304 Tasting Notes

First steep: nothing special. Very light flavor.

Second steep: dark and earthy, slightly fishy scent and finish

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This one for me is strange. It has a very full and angular mouth-feel to it. It has a grassy green bitterness, but not one as strong as in Japanese greens. It has a odd sharp throat taste. There is something woody about it, too. The finish lasts about a medium while and is of the green bitterness.

I have to say I like it. I’ll likely give away a lot of it (I got three very generous portions from Tealet) but I do think I like it well enough to keep one of the bags for my own rare use (I’m only rarely allowed to drink anything with caffeine).

Strange but yummy.

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I know this is supposed to be a complex white, but I find it fairly simple on first steeping. A generic white tea taste is the main flavor, followed by a tan sweetness in the back of the throat during the swallow. Almost no finish. It lightly coats the tongue.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I don’t like this. It has a cloying aspect to it. The tea is strong and, while not absolutely horrid, is quite unpleasant.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

“Flush Type: Functional Tea” sounds about accurate. Is this from a tea bush or real lotus leaves?

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To be honest, I don’t remember anymore. I didn’t like it so I through it out and haven’t thought about it since, sorry!

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First steep, 5 sec: Musty and minty. Kind of a woody taste as it cools.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Went with the “traditional” brewing instructions on the package.

First steep, 5 sec: This is very light and sweet in the roof of the mouth. You can tell your sipping a green, but it is subtle, soft on the tongue.

Second steep, 10 sec: A very light bitterness is coming through on the middle of the tongue… not unpleasant, just a touch. It still has that light sweetness. It makes the swallow and finish refreshing.

Third steep, 15 sec: Bitterness is gone. It’s now a mildly grassy sip.

Fourth steep, 20 sec: The green is a bit stronger now and there’s a definite astringency there.

Over-all? A good tea, but not a favorite for me.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Decaf Chai by Element Tea
304 tasting notes

Unhappy to say that on further drinking I’m not enjoying this much at all. The tastes that first grabbed me are cloying after having more. I really loved it until the last half of the second cup… then today made a third and couldn’t finish it.

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drank Snow Buds by Radiance Tea
304 tasting notes

I haven’t had any green tea in a while and this is surely a strong one to return to. The vegetal nature of it is Intense. Makes me think of the skin of zucchini in it’s strength and bitterness.

As it cools I’m able to get more out of the flavor. It has a sweetness around the back of the tongue and throat.

Very pleasant cup.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I live as a nomad now and my cupboard is no longer huge, it goes from bare to maybe 3 or 4 at a time – whatever I can easily carry in my rucksack. But am ordering samples from places so I can keep trying new stuff or more easily carry a variety for my moods that’ll fit!

Note to those who read my reviews:

I only about a year ago learned I have synesthesia and that is why I’ve always wrote my reviews primarily in colors. Clearly, if you’ve read any recently, that’s still how I write most of the time as that’s still how I best describe flavors. Today I realized that may be worth putting out there for folks who come across my reviews.
Moving on:

Unless otherwise noted, I use 2.25g of tea to 6oz of water for my tastings.

Geeky, vegan, dominant, serious, non-gendered, childfree, eclectic, alternatively-styled, friendly and open-minded are good descriptors of me, I think. Also: extremely introverted, but not at all shy.

I grew up on bag teas, mainly Lipton, at my father’s and great-grandmother’s homes. I loved getting up before everyone else and sitting with a hot cup and reading or watching some quiet tv in the morning.

I didn’t bother much with tea for the years of my teenhood because of no longer seeing either of these people and my mother’s house wasn’t one for tea… more coffee drinkers, instead.

During my adulthood I started drinking it again, but still mostly bag teas like Lipton, Tetley, and some herbal mixes. I enjoyed these but went no further…

…until I was at a restaurant one night and ordered a Darjeeling tea to give it a try.

I fell back in love with tea and have since been trying all sorts of loose leaf and some bag teas.

I’m currently delving mainly into white teas, but my tastes wander.

Not sure what else to say here… if you like my notes or are interested in chatting about something, do feel free to send a note. I love meeting new folks, especially since we share at least one interest, being on this site and all.


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