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92

This was a good tea. It has a sweet taste, like honey or nectar. It is like honey suckle, and has a slight bitter aftertaste. I highly recommend this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Honey, Nectar

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Sencha by Simply Good Tea
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Tea boxes are such a great way to try new things without having to pay for them or commit to having them in your cupboard long-term! Based on past experience, I’ve decided I like Chinese green teas (which tend to be mild, smooth, and sweet) but don’t really care for Japanese green teas (which I’ve often found harsh, grassy, and bitter). But I decided to sample this one on a whim and was quite impressed! The flavor was definitely more assertive than most of the Chinese green teas I’ve tried, but not overly bitter or astringent. And the fresh grassiness seems rather perfect for this time of year. I would happily drink this again!

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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71

This is front of tongue dark. Orange hard in back top of throat. No middle tongue. The smoke in this is medium to light… A nice level for me as I like lapsang souchong but so often the smoke strength is way too much for me.

Purple-pink but solid, not light soft of pastels, and reds starts to spread more in the back top of the throat as more and more sips are taken.

It has a short finish in the mouth, but smoke lingers in your nose.

This is a gentle lapsang souchong. Not empty, not lacking, not light…but gentle. There is a richness that is soothing and while no invasion feeling.

I’d recommend this. It doesn’t touch the middle tongue but the front and back of the mouth get plenty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

The best designed tea bottle I’ve ever used! easy to use and easy to clean

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92

I’m a huge fan of well-grown, well-produced teas. I love Simply Good Tea’s Iron Buddha Oolong; it’s quite possibly the very best that I’ve ever had. Once it was brewed, I could see all the beautiful whole leaves. Truly amazing! The leaves were all perfect, obviously carefully selected and handled. This tea has an incredible depth of flavors, even on a second brew. Highly recommend this tea.

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85

The bottle is made of quality plastic that does its job at keeping things warm inside and not burning hot to the touch and can be used of course for any other kind of loose leaves teas that you might have.

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98

Second time with this tea a couple months later.

Still thick mouth feel and chocolate underneath. It’s round, brown, green, and gentle – low to almost no astringency for me.

This second time this really grabs me as a gentler black tea. I’d say it has a charcoal feel with zero of the burnt or acrid tastes that many blacks have.

Yup, like it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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98

Thick taste and full mouth feel. I see those hints of chocolate described.

It has that acrid undertone of blacks, in this one it is quiet. It’s just a touch at the base of the flavor.

Since the format of the new review popup doesn’t allow for decimals I’m going to start listing at the top my steeping info: 4.5g to 12oz of filtered water for 3 minutes.

Something makes me think of the dark flavor of the skin of red sweet cherries. Not the fruit themselves, just the skin.

Greens that are dark like broccoli or collards mixed with a brown dress.

Light sweetness in the back upper right of the throat.

It rolls over the tongue in texture and flavor in a very nice way and the first sip hits your mouth hard.

The flavor comes up from the mouth into the sinuses in a way you can physically feel. The finish is about medium-long and focuses on the brown dress and black of charcoal or lava fields. That is what the brown is, largely: that of the trees I’ve seen left over in the lava fields I’ve walked.

It’s a very strong and rounded tea in each sip. All dark tones in taste, but a very enjoyable mix of them. Balanced. Rich, I’d call it.

Am gonna resteep a coupla times for more impressions, but on first steep this is easily a new favorite I may need to buy for home beyond my samples.

Thinking on it further, part of what I’m tasting in the finish is the flavor of redwood trees. Both the look and the actual taste when you put a bit of the bark in your mouth.

I found I had to send the email suggesting flavors on trying to add them on this review.

Flavors: Bark, Broccoli, Green, Thick

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

This hits with melon in the back of the throat and it’s nice, where I am generally not a fan of melon tastes. The melon has pink and yellow tones, almost swirls. Then a vibrant green into medium but sparkly yellow roll over the tongue and underneath.

The flavor and scent breathing in during a sip is sweet and more yellow and pink melon. It’s definitely the main tone going on here.

Underneath that all is an earthy dark tone… Shale, crumbly light brown dirt, and the water that comes down the layers of sedimentary rocks of New York Fingerlake gullies. That gray and blue and ground -texture rock and dirt flavor when you drink it. That stabilizing and solid base for the sweet and light flavors above it.

Pinks, yellows, greens, and greys.

It fills the mouth nicely. A lovely sweet and diversely flavored tea. I’ll have to drink more over a few steeping a and all, but so far I’m really likening this!

Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Green, Melon, Sweet, Wet Rocks

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

Out of all the Oolongs I’ve brewed, Iron Buddha is by far the best! This Tae Guan Yin (rolled oolong) has very strong, robust flavor with sweet notes as well.

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100

White tea should have a very delicate, tender aroma and taste. Silver Needle has all the characteristics of a white tea and more. Look closely enough and you’ll notice small the white “needles” in your brew (young buds have a white peach fuzz on them). It’s an elegant, sweet, meditative brew.

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100

When you brew Dragonwell and the tea leaves rehydrate, can see the distinctly green color of the leaf. It’s clean, grassy flavor is one to savor.

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75

A very pleasing green tea. Not one I’d drink often, but rather one I’d enjoy once in a while for a special difference.

Dark green with mild bitterness around the top of the mouth and in the throat. Light green with hint of gold near the tip of the tongue. The color red comes to mind tasting it but nothing specifically tastes that color.

Rich, full mouthfeel. Great body and long finish. The dark green lingers in the back of the throat and underneath the tongue where it meets the bottom of the mouth. Yellows in the bitterness when the sip is over and that finish is all that’s left.

Gentle on the tongue in general.

Gold but not like the lighter hay color many have or the tan of it… Again more rich, like the rest of it.

Balance of rich, dark colors and gentleness… It’s not too bold but not light enough for everyday. I like it.

Flavors: Bitter, Green, Thick

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

Sweet, golden, sunshine, moderate jasmine, underlying green tea isn’t blocked out.

Grey flavor around inside front of gums.

That golden roundness is the main body and taste and creates a form in the mouth. The finish is the jasmine.

Not one I’d buy again, I don’t think, but it was a nice one to sample.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Green, Jasmine, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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47

Strong, strong scent. I have the cup on the floor a little from my feet since I’m sitting on the couch doing my nails. Even from here I can smell it. It is distinctly oolong, with also a hay and raisins tone.

Taste:

Thick, dark, gooey (which is weird, I know, for a flavor description).

The dark is a tan and black, almost burnt but not that far. Under the tongue is juicy. Red and green and brown on the center-back of the tongue and throat.

I’m not a big fan of oolongs in general and that’s the same, still, here. But I do have to say that if oolongs are your thing it’s worth a try. It’s definitely pleasant.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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97

This has an initial strong berry sweetness.

The black tea flavor doesn’t have at all the pleasant burnt edge to it like most have… While I love that in some, this tea’s taste is wonderful without it.

The back top of my throat gets a rich round berry black flavor… Hard to describe but full in it’s fell and taste.

It has a green around the inside edge of my gums… Not green tea, green color flavor.

The darkness comes in later, after it starts to cool some and my mouth adjusts to the rest of it’s manner.

This is so nice. On immediate first mouthful this was a WOW for me. From there this review unfolded as I drank bit by bit more.

Am thrilled I got this sample. I’ll be buying more in plan. Mental and here note.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Green, Round , Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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