236 Tasting Notes

86

I love a good Oolong. This one is on the subtle side, with floral notes and a creamy feel. It’s light and smooth, and very drinkable. Great on a not-so-cold but wet and rainy day. Like… Today!

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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92

I make sure I pick up Red Blossom Tea Company’s Pre-rain Dragonwell each Spring, and this one is no disappointment. The hints of butter and nuts are strong, with extra hints of wet straw and grass. This is one of my favorite green teas I’ve had in a while.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Straw, Wet Earth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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87

I don’t drink a whole lot of white tea, but this makes me want to. Simple but full flavored, earthy, with a strong hint of wet grass and straw.

Flavors: Earth, Nuts, Straw, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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95

Still one of my absolute all time favorite teas. Red Blossom Tea Company’s Gunpowder Green Tea is one of the few teas I make sure I always have in stock.

Wonderfully potent with a bit of bitterness and a slight smokey taste balances well on top of the green tea grass and wet earth flavors.

This is a green tea with some muscle. Amazing.

-E

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Grass, Smoke, Wet Earth

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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82

Another new one from Red Blossom. New for me, anyway.

If you are looking for a bright, simple, subtle Oolong, this one is for you. Subtle hints of grass and Earth, just a touch nutty. This is a great for those not so cold and dreary Winter or early Spring days. More towards green tea than black, it tastes and finishes as crisp and clear as it looks.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Nutty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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79

FRUIT FRUIT FRUIT!!! It’s so fruity, it almost tastes more like a hot cup of fruit juice rather than a tea of some sort. It’s good, just a little overwhelming.

Realistically, I probably need to adjust my brew style. I’m trying to brew this like I brew regular tea, whereas I think I should use less leaves and shorten the steep time.

Experimentation. I’ll get it some day, probably right before I run out. Or after.

Flavors: Floral, Fruit Punch, Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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76
drank Masala Chai by Mighty Leaf Tea
236 tasting notes

Chai Tea is my go to at coffee shops and breakfast joints, especially if they have a good one. Making chai at home is an adventure I am still pretty new at. It’s complicated, finicky, and messy. The outcome is god though, and with more practice, I think I could make a pretty good cup of chai, and even an acceptable chai latte.

This specific chai is not bad. A little on the spicy side, as it probably should be. The brew itself I need more practice with, but with time I think this could turn out to be a great mix.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Peppercorn

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Just got the 2017 version of this green tea, and it is just as good as the previous years offerings. Super clean, crisp, with hints of grass, wet earth, butter, and nuts.

This next time I brew this, I’m going to use a little less leaves, as my normal 7 grams in my 32 ounce Bodum Assam teapot is a little much, and I’d like a brighter, cleaner, crisper finish. More leaves gives a bit of a thicker, almost creamy feel. Still, amazing, and still one of my favorite green teas out there.

Someday, I need to pull the trigger and get one of Red Blossom’s super high quality Dragonwell selections. I just need to get brave to drop $60-$95 for 2 ounces of leaves.

Flavors: Butter, Earth, Grass, Nutty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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86

Super bright and floral this year. Hints of grass and earth, on the scale of between green and black, this is closer to a green tea, with all the good elements of green and oolong tea. Amazing.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Floral, Grass

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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90

Sometimes my simple brain convinces me that I am sick of Tieguanyin. Then I see it sitting there in the cupboard, and grab it and smell it and say, “Hot damn this is some good stuff in here.”

Such a great, solid brew. So full of flavor, so bright and crisp, such a clean finish, with hints of tropical fruit and flowers.

I’ve had several Tieguayins in my life, this one is very close to the top, only surpassed by a gift from a student years ago bought in China when they were back visiting family.

This is possibly one of my favorite teas in general. So. Damn. Good.

-E

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML
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This happens to me weekly haha! I probably have a couple kilos of different TGYs laying around the house somewhere.

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