304 Tasting Notes

reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
304 tasting notes

I got a refurbished one with an extended warranty on Amazon.

It is amazing. I love that it can just heat water or do the brewing, too, depending on which I want. I also chose this model over the presets-only one because I absolutely must have the ability to pick my own temps. This heats the water very quickly and the warming option keeps the temp quite steady.

The steeping function works excellently.

I love the fact that I can set it to make my tea for when I get up. Just awesome.

The brew basket is a very nice size. I make a full pot 1-2 times a day and it gives lots of space for my teas to unfurl.

And it’s pretty.

I was concerned about value vs cost, but this has been so worth it. I love to brew my tea myself in my various pots and cup, so the heat-only functions are the basics I need. And for those many times I want to wake up to my tea already made or just want it made conveniently this is just awesome.

Worth every penny so far and with my 3 year warranty I feel comfortable with its cost.

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IMO this tea in no way can be called “gentle” or “delicate”. It is very strong to me for a white, very green.

I mean, to where I wondered if I’d put the wrong tea in and double-checked the bag. I was sure I’d accidentally used a green tea.

Vegetal, a fair amount of bitterness around mid and back tongue. Long finish.

Not particularly “nuanced”, either. It’s a pretty straight-forward and simple tasting tea.

Nope, not at all what I’d hoped for or expected from the description. I won’t be buying again and will likely trade this off.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Back of the throat and tongue green flavor… not quite grassy but light green, not something dark or bitter like asparagus or such. And a sweet tone..

…just thought of it: it taste’s sort of like wood sorrel without it’s acidic bite. Just that sweet green.

It also has that tiny bit of a musty taste that some whites have. In this it is a nice balancing richness.

I don’t think I’d call this a favorite at this point and am not even sure if I’ll buy more after the bag is gone, but I would recommend it and will enjoy having it.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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First try of this and I’m not really getting much out of it. It’s rather a bland white, to me.

It does have a faint sweetness in the back of the throat as its finish, but I’m getting no citrus, no floral… It takes like a bland sort of musty white. Not one I’m impressed with. Perhaps future sweepings will bring out more in the flavor or another day of tasting it again. But so far this isn’t a white I’d buy again.

Rumpus Parable

Yeah, trying this one again… The finish has some melon warm pink-orange taste with light sweetness. But the primary taste of this? Bland musty white. Gonna see about trading or giving away.

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Just got this from a trip to the SoHo Harney & Sons the other day. I asked about getting a green but was really not sure what I wanted at the time… just wanted to try something new of theirs for the sake of something new.

This is a very low-green sort of flavor, to me. As in, a darker taste. The liquor is light, but the taste is heavier, IMO. Spinach or asparagus or such… I can’t pin just what veggie it brings to mind. But yes, a dark, low, slightly (but pleasantly!) almost-bitter green.

Also a lighter color on the tip of the tongue… shading towards yellow in taste. I’d not say it was sweet, but… well, it has a lighter less intense feel. Perhaps as another described it as buttery would work here, but that’s not quite what it gives to me.

Round and medium weighted in the mouth. Feels smooth and slightly rich without pushing all the way into “heavy” territory.

I’m sure I’m not describing this clearly here, but this is a hard one for me to pin down. It’s a good quality green that I can’t assign specifics to, just impressions.

I will say that I really do like it. It’s not a top-favortiest-green for me, but one that I’m very happy to have gotten. I’d definitely recommend it to others! If you are a green lover, grab some of this; even if you don’t love it you’ll be glad you tried it!

Glad to have this one in my pantry. :)

Wait! After-thought! If you tend to like sencha this might be for you. The flavor, to me, is similar to some of the senchas I’ve had from Kyoto Obubu.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Rich. That’s my first impression. The flavor feels rich.

It has that brown flavor of a black tea, those warm tones, but much less intense than the assams I tend to like.

Very mild astringency.

It has a slight fruit quality on the tip of the tongue, though I can’t place quite what. My brain keeps saying “it makes you think of black cherries” but it’s an impression the taste gives rather than a distinct flavor in the mouth. It’s a very lightly sweet but dark taste.

The black acrid edge that I like in black teas is there but again very light compared to others I tend to really be into. It’s just a minor accent to the warmer brown-and-cherry-impression flavor… it rounds it out pleasantly.

It’s a good play on the internet and drink while chilling out tea, IMO, lol.

I really like it. I bought it as I have had just a couple yunnan teas in the past and enjoyed them and hadn’t tried any new in a long time… actually a couple years, I think! I’m glad I did, this is likely to be a regular for me.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I just grabbed the packet out of my tea collection and hadn’t read anything about it.

They are not kidding about melon taste to it. Strong.

The tea is medium-light in the darker tones of white tea, the melon flavor fills your mouth on sipping and stays in the finish.

I’m usually anti-melon very strongly… but this is a nice change in whites, something that surprised me. Seriously, I took a gulp and went WOAH MELON and went and got the packet to look it up.

I’d recommend it to at least try by folks. I’m torn on whether I’ll put it down as one to buy in the future as I can’t see me drinking it a lot… but it is really good for variety. We’ll see.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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A little citrus, a little green, the tiniest bit musky and sweet.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 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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