63 Tasting Notes


Another swap from Lariel
Was feeling “berryish” tonight and this looked good.
Surprise, surprise it smells like berries and rooibos…
Deep red coloring looks very appetizing (looks like red wine to be honest).
The taste is very tart. High citrus note that runs to the front of the line. It’s STRONG on the fruity/citrus taste. So much so I can only vaguely taste the rooibos. It’s certainly unlike any other flavored rooibos I’ve had…I like it in its own way. Imagine it would taste awesome on a hot summers day iced.
I’m sure most of the “professional” tea connoisseurs would claim the berry flavor is way too powerful. Luckily I’m just an amateur hack and like it the way it is :)

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I love phoenix jasmine pearls. I have since the first time I ever tried them. Well Ovation was doing a liquidation sale and they had these babies up so I went a bit crazy and bought a full pound of them.

They are literally the best I’ve had! SOOOOO glad I got them now!!! Soooo bummed I won’t be able to get more once these run out.

They are more fragrant then I’m used to when I open the bag (could be because they are packed 8oz together). The smell is awesome
Watching them steep is fun as the tiny balls unfurl. No filler in this tea, just 100% hand rolled pearl goodness.

Taste is EXACTLY what I wanted. I can taste the green tea foremost but the jasmine is present and noted. Nothing bitter or astringent. Smooth, happy, and uplifting. I knew from the first sip this was going to peg 100 for me. Swear I could drink just these for the next month.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

Wow, that sounds amazing!


They are yummy!!!


I’m glad to hear they are so good. I have some on the way too and now I’m really excited to try them.

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So this is my 2nd time trying this. I took the advice of NMTC and dropped the temp down to 170 and increased the steep time to 3 minutes (normally would never do this but sometimes you have to play with it a little).

Can vaguely smell the papaya, the whole tea smells “fruity”
Taste? Well I can taste more this time (assume due to longer steep) but it’s still REAL light on flavor for me. It certainly smells more like it should taste then it actually does. I’m going to move my rating up a little since it is a bit better but still not one I’ll be reordering.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

My preferred method for fruity greens is cold brewing, maybe that will make it pop a bit more?


I’ll most likely try that next. I’m mostly a hot tea drinker but if it makes it pop I’ll do cold :)

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Received in a swap today from yssah

I can smell the green tea but the roasted nut/rice smell is the dominant one.
Not the best processing…small pieces of torn leaves. These certainly weren’t picked by hand.

Taste is mostly a burnt/roasted flavor with the green tea in the background but present. A little aftertaste but nothing too bad. It’s ok, but perhaps a bit to “burnt” for my tastebuds.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Steapshoppe has a really nice Chaa Khao Hoom Reistee from Thailand which is a jasmine rice and herb infused tea, nutty and really good. The company is located outside of Sacramento, CA. The guys at my tea shop liked it a lot too.


Thanks! I’ll write that one down!

Kasumi no Chajin

Often in genmaicha the rosated rice is the dominant flavor. What I try to avoid is the harsher grassy notes.


Hmmm…well I could barely taste the green tea at all though the burnt taste. I really need to try a few different brands for comparison.

Kasumi no Chajin

right, of course.


Another thing though, decrease the steep time to 15-20 seconds.See if the lower time works and make adjustments.

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Kindly received from a swap with Lariel

Ok, this is going to sound strange….but I smell tangy BBQ when I smell this. No, I don’t have a clue WHY I smell that….but I do…I’m craving Famous Dave’s all of a sudden. Also smell the cinnamon.

Taste is good (because I’m a huge rooibos fan) but lacking in apple in any way as far as I can tell. As it cools down, I can finally detect a hint of the apple at the very end. Cinnamon seems about right. I like it, but think that’s only due to my love of rooibos. For this to be “perfect” I’d need a much more pronounced apple out of it.

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Lariel of Lórien

While I do like the cinnamon, it does need more apple.

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Just loved the name on this tea so had to buy some.
Smells very fruity, it’s the dominant smell by far

Taste is something of a let down. I steeped for a minute and 15sec and the color is very pale. The taste is faint and washed out. I’m disappointed because I’m a big fan of everything that’s in this tea, but it’s just not doing it for me. :(

I’ll try some different tricks in the future to try and get some flavor out of this but for now my rating isn’t going to be the best on this. Such a letdown after trying the Ontario Icewine from the same company yesterday!

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

Maybe it needs a longer steep?


I’m going to try that next time. I’m so used to greens not needing more then a minute….thought I was pushing it going to 1:15. Time will tell(pun intended)

New Mexico Tea Company

I would definitely recommend steeping it for longer. Our recommended time is 2 min. But you are right, you dont want to over-do it, or it will become bitter. Also make sure the water temperature is correct for a longer steep. (170 degrees)


Thanks for the comment.
I bought a Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric I use for all my teas that is accurate within 1% of temperature. I have 5 presets I use for different kinds of teas so I know I’m pegging 175 when I pour.

I’ll certainly give it 2 minutes next time I taste it to see how it reacts.

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Fresh NMTC order in today!
This one caught my eye immediately and I had to try it.
Whites are still new to me so I’m somewhat leery on rating them…but here goes!
The smell does have a wine tinge to it. sharp and vinegary.
The first sip I immediately wanted to say I didn’t like it. But a second later I changed my mind. It’s one that grows on you. The more you sip the more you like it. No aftertaste. It’s smell is there in the taste but subtle. The more I drink (and the more I type while drinking), the more I like it.
All I can really say is that like most whites it’s a delicate and light taste. I personally enjoy it and feel if you enjoy white teas you would also. It’s a keeper for me. I’ll decide weather to reorder it after I try a few other whites for compairison.

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Tried this brand for the first time today.
It smells like grass (not grassy tones but straight up GRASS and only grass)
Tastes like matcha….I like matcha so it works. Not the smoothest I’ve had but I can’t complain. Oddly enough I get a strong citrus note halfway through a sip…it stays for about a second then dissipates (not in the aftertaste). I think I like that though it’s a bit odd…


Actually, dropping this a few points. Some small “chunks” in the bottom of my cup…seems like not all of it was ground well enough.

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Back to the Moroccan Mint today. Brewed it a shorter time (1 minute flat) which is shorter then I normally do blends (2 minutes). I think I like it more this way. The mint is still present but it’s much more in the background. I’m also thinking this would make an awesome iced tea (something I’ve yet to attempt with any tea). Anyway, yum yum yum!

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I’d forgotten i had this.
Either my tastes have changed a bit since the last time I made this, or I prepared it differently. This time it just tastes way too sweet for me. That’s odd since I have the “normal” version of this without the German rock sugar (as apposed to those sample packs they give out with it).

Anyway, I never use additives to my tea but finding this a bit too sweet for my tastes. I’m dropping it a few points from my last ranking. Still love the smell (fruity and spicy) but this may be a better iced tea in the summer.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Passionate about the outdoors. Love to hike and backpack. Detest coffee, wine, & cigarettes. I’m a 100% loose leaf guy. I mainly enjoy greens, whites, & oolongs (along with rooibos and honeybush).


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