12 Tasting Notes

80
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
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i cold brewed this and the apple scent is delightful. however i don’t taste much of the green tea beneath — but that isn’t really a problem, because i like the apple so much. I will try hot brewing this later and see how it compares.

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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97
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
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contrary to a lot of the other reviewers, I really liked this tea and didn’t find the taste to be too medicinal or sweet — it definitely smells very strong, but once steeped the flavor is a good balance between the mellow woodiness or rooibos and the fruity flavors.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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67

just get rid of the dried apples, blend with another non-sweet rooibos, and then its decent!

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90
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
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scent of sweet potatoes, taste of nori, astringent yet not bitter.

Flavors: Seaweed, Sweet Potatoes, Toasted, Umami

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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75
drank Sencha of the Wind by Obubu Tea
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a bit too dusty/bitter tasting for me, but it smells wonderful — flowery, sweet, and after three steepings i ate the leaves with salmon furikake (wish i had rice as well) and that was wonderful. it’s a bit too light with the 160F temperature so i went up closer to 180 for shorter steepings, which is when i got a stronger astringency and vegetal taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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has a sweet smell but a robust spicy rooibos chai taste. warming. should’ve gotten more of this instead of the cinnamon rooibos chai. was afraid of coconut but didn’t taste much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppercorn, Rooibos

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Yes, very gingery. However there is very little green rooibos taste and I think I could produce a better tea just boiling ginger on my own. There’s also a weird sweet smell that is a little bit savory/soup-like, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Flavors: Chicken Soup, Ginger, Peppercorn

Preparation
Boiling

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39

I’m not a really big fan of the tart hibiscus+pomegranate taste. Vanilla flavor feels a bit artifical.

Flavors: Dust, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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59

A little too dusty, not strong enough ginger, don’t care for the vague peachiness.

Flavors: Dust, Ginger, Peach, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Bai Mu Dan by Samovar
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I don’t drink white teas often, so I don’t have much to compare this to. But it was very light and substantive at the same time. I had it at a Cafe Venetia and unfortunately they oversteeped it a bit, and my initial cup was a little too astringent, but the second steeping was just right.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling

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half-taiwanese half-korean american homosexual transgender theory-oriented undergraduate student studying japanese language and literature.

particular to japanese green teas and red rooibos, wants to explore oolongs, white teas, and chai further.

joined this site to gain better understanding of taste and how to navigate taste through language. generally interested in east-west interactions, culture, history, colonization through the lens of tea.

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