482 Tasting Notes

drank Bora Bora by Tea Market
482 tasting notes

Bought this tea from their store in June, but is not available on their website.
Dry leaf – smell pineapple, see pineapple chunks, strawberry. Leaves are pretty broken.
During steep: get more strawberry.
At first sip, flavors aren’t too bright, pineapple strawberry. As it cooled, pineapple disappeared and I only get strawberry. I got a odd taste at the back of my tongue.
Not sold on this tea – odd taste makes me not want to drink again. It coated my mouth with freshness in a bad way.
Ended up drinking a beer to get the taste of it out of my mouth. Also brought tea drinking to an end on a sour note.
I am concerned about drinking more of this tea and as I’m remembering drinking this tea. I think I might just discard the rest of it. There’s way too much good tea out there to deliberately subject myself to the bad ones.

Flavors: Pineapple, Strawberry

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Bought this in June from their store, but it doesn’t show up on their website currently. Flavors : lemon, basil, oolong. Flavors are faint. I hope that doesn’t mean that the tea is old. As a first tasting, it’s fine. I need try again. Maybe I’ll add more leaf.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemon

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Purchased in June, it shouldn’t be old at this point, I wouldn’t think.

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drank Youthberry by Teavana
482 tasting notes

I thought I used to like this. Basically added what was left in the tin to my steeper. Bad taste followed by tart raspberry. Really astringent at end. Blah…I’m so glad this is gone. There’s supposedly white tea in here, but I can’t taste it at all.
Not restocking.

Flavors: Astringent, Raspberry

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drank Bai Lin Kung Fu by Shang Tea
482 tasting notes

really smooth, little sweet, little bit earthy
tastes good
Nice go-to red tea.

I need to re-stock. I only have a little bit left and I really like this tea.

Flavors: Earth, Smooth

2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

One of my favorites from Shang.


I need to go back to his store. I had such a good time talking tea with him several years ago.


It’s a great tea place. Fantastic people and excellent tea.

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drank Prince of Wales by Gong Fu Tea
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Seriously minty smelling black tea. Hit you in the face with mint.
Taste – not as strong as smell, but still has a lot of mint flavor.
I can still taste the black tea underneath the mint.
I think for me there’s just too much mint. I’ll finish drinking what I have.

Flavors: Mint

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

This has been on my wish list from Gong Fu for awhile. Do you normally like mint tea?


Usually yes. This tea is very pepperminty, which I tend to find harsh. If it was less intense, I’d like it better.

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Smells like the name, ginger is very strong.
Taste not as strong as the smell.
I get sweet orange, ginger, then mint. I had to check the ingredients list because it was very sweet. I was was surprised that there was no stevia or other sweetener added to this tea. Just naturally sweet. It’s nice I like it.

Flavors: Ginger, Mint, Orange, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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I’ve been trying to drink up some of my older teas.

Cool to watch these pearls unravel. I tried not to overleaf and so put less pearls in than I have in the past. This tea has caused some insomnia and other caffine related issues for me in the past – making it strong and having too much in one session.
Chocolaty smell. Smooth and chocolate taste. Lovely cup from the first steep. Tried steeping a second time and it was fine, but probably not worth a second steep in the future.
I’m using 4 balls in 14-15oz of water at 185F for 4 min.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Malt

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cream Assam by Gong Fu Tea Shop
482 tasting notes

Honey vanilla flavored black tea.
silky creamy mouthfeel

This is reliable black tea for me. It tastes good every time. Really only good for one steep. Lingering creamy honey at end.

I need to restock this tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Jasmine Bai Hao by Gong Fu Tea
482 tasting notes

When I follow temp/steeping guidlines this tea is so much better. Strong jasmine scent in dry leaves. I don’t get strong jasmine flavor from this tea. I thought it was a black tea, but it’s a green tea instead. Which makes my review make more sense. I think I may have cooked the leaves the first time.
Smooth with jasmine flavor at the end. I got more jasmine flavor with cooler water. I can and will enjoy drinking the rest, but I won’t be buying more of this blend.
Steep 2 tsp at 190 F for 2 min in 15 oz

Flavors: Jasmine, Smooth

0 OZ / 0 ML

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I used the last of this sample packet. It previously opened I don’t know how long. Earl Grey’s are hit and miss for me. I love how bergamot smells but often don’t like the taste. This one is fine, but I don’t taste much of bergamot for anything else really. Wet leaves smell of bergamot. I don’t think this is the tea for me.

Flavors: Bergamot

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

I like black, oolong, white, herbals, and raw/ripe pu’erh. I don’t drink green tea often.

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.

My cupboard is mostly up to date.

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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