166 Tasting Notes

88

Smells like molasses and fig cookies in the bag

Taste mostly makes me think of honey, with some hints of the scents mentioned above.

A good bang for buck Chinese tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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87

The thing that really stands out to me with this tea is it has a very smooth mouthfeel, and the flavor/notes are quite balanced. Flavor is rich (but not obnoxious or anything) and reminds me of honey.

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89
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
166 tasting notes

I’ve been wanting to try this one for awhile based on word of mouth, it has a good reputation for an off the shelf tea you can find at the supermarket. Great price, cheaper than one of its competitors that I have used regularly. Strong without being obnoxious or bitter, nice honey like flavors. For me it’s perfect for making quick iced tea in the Summer.

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88

This is really good iced and sugared. I agree with the other review that it has a deep flavor. I steeped it quickly at a temp. below boiling, and I didn’t get any bitterness.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
166 tasting notes

(Opens the bag and takes a big inhale.)
Ahhhh yes there it is, that fig molasses scent I love so much in Yunnan teas. Gets kind of a minerally hot springs smell when steeped. Taste is all basically the same, kind of mild but good. Maybe I need to increase the temp. next time? Seems to have a similar price to their Yunnan Noir, which are both decently bang for buck Yunnan teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

Smell is very “green” and floral, taste is pretty floral with some hints of nuttiness. After drinking it for awhile some very faint mineral notes come through. I’d consider getting this again during one of their sales.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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79

The leaves are a neatlooking contrast of dark and light, saturated greens. Smells vegetal and like rock hot spring water Taste is the same, with the vegetal notes in the foreground.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a young, as a way of relaxing before bed. I ventured out from bagged, mass produced tea when I tried some loose leaf Earl Grey at the old man’s house years back. I’m still not too proud for the occasional bagged stuff, saving my snobbery for hard to find craft beer.

I gravitate towards Chinese black-tea varieties, Japanese greens, unflavored oolongs from wherever, and the occasional “I cant sleep” type of herbal teas. I signed up so I can keep track of the teas I’ve tried, and what I want to keep in my cupboard on the regular.

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