353 Tasting Notes

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drank Afterlife by A Quarter to Tea
353 tasting notes

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A fun tea – magically blue/green. I think I used most of this cold brewing.
Fruity, kind of funky aftertaste (bamboo). Refreshing, grassy.

I noticed as I drank a lot of it that the bamboo flavor kept building and I started to dislike it. I probably wouldn’t get this again.
Purchased 2017 @ Midwest Tea Fest

Flavors: Bamboo, Fruity, Grass

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round flavor – no real finish, but lingering flavor. fruity, soft, hint of sweetness.
honey
better at a higher temperature 200F instead of 195F

Flavors: Fruity, Honey

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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Sipdown.
I liked this one. Flavors are well done, not too overpowering. I wouldn’t mind getting this again.

Purchased from Emilie’s French Teas – KCMO @ Midwest TeaFest 2017.

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Sipdown. I put off drinking this tea for a long time because it never looked appetizing. I’m not one for matcha. And matcha, black beans, and genmaicha to promote “healthy living” per the label sound like one of those things for you to do that you do because it’s healthy and not cause you like the taste.

Which is where I’m at with this tea. It’s cooked beans and rice that have been overdone with some added grass clippings thrown in. Yuck. But is gone now so yay!

Flavors: Beany, Grass, Rice

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drank Grasshopper by Do You Tea
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Work sipdown. I had a hard time getting the ratio right on this tea. Sometimes it was a lovely mint chocolate and sometimes it was very out of balance. Decent, probably pretty easy to replicate if I wanted. I still think I’d rather a good Yunnan black though.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
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I found this in the back of my tea cabinet. Pretty sure I moved with this tea to my current house, so that makes it at least 6 years old, probably older than that. I tried it and surprisingly it doesn’t taste off after so long as it is a flavored tea.

Unintentionally aged flavored darjeeling tea is not that good. It’s drinkable, but pretty flat. There’s also kind of an mouth coating affect that appears after finishing it. I’m sure that’s due to the age of this tea and flavoring. Not a sip down yet, but I should finish this sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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drank Tikuanyin by Lupicia
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I finished this awhile ago at work. Decent work tea. It’s of the newer style – very green. Fine for what it was, but not a repurchase.

Flavors: Floral

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drank 2017 Grandpa's by White 2 Tea
353 tasting notes

Tea Club – been sitting out since I got it.
Gaiwan 100ml, boiling water
rinse
10s – earthy and a little sweet, light orange color
After this steep I picked the ball apart, I probably should have waited or let it work itself apart, but I was impatient. Liquor went super shou dark on the next steep.
10s-earth, bit of dark, sweetness
10s – solid earth, hella dark
10s, 10s, sweetness getting longer
More steeps after this but I stopped recording notes. Nice accessible shou

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling

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gong-fu 205F
10s- hay, sweet, thick, floral aftertaste
10s, 20s- floral, sweet like clover blossoms, thick; ball is still pretty together
30s- lost the sweet spot, more woody, drier
I went back to 20s – floral, but deeper, darker, honey
20,20,20, 6 steeps on and still some dry leaf?! I’ll need to break this up a little more next time.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Honey, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Nostalgia by Liquid Proust Teas
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10s- wood, vanilla, black tea underneath, soft, wood not oaky (softer) (here I couldn’t read my own handwriting – I wrote not oaky but it looks like not ooky) Just marveling at that.
20s- more woody as it goes longer
I don’t like this blend as well as some of the others. It’s for sure the wood in the blend – just not my thing in drinks – tea, beer, or wine.

Flavors: Oak wood, Vanilla, Wood

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I started my tea journey with Stash/Celestial Seasonings tea bags years ago. All loose leaf, unless I’m sick.

I like black, oolong, white, and herbals. Green tea is hit or miss.

I play video games, read, and do pottery. My current favorite tea mug is one I threw and glazed.

I generally review teas twice – initial and final steeps.

I try to keep my cupboard to what I have available. Though I haven’t updated in a while.

Ratings
85-100 are teas that I loved and want to keep in stock.
71-84 are teas that are good. I may or may not get them again. Source for daily drinkers/work teas.
60-70 are teas that I didn’t like. I’ll finish what I bought.
Anything less than 60…nope.

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