drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
592 tasting notes

This is another tea from my sipdown drawer. I’ve been cold brewing this one because it didn’t really blow me away as a hot tea. Anyway, I think the key with cold brewing this one is not to overleaf and not to let it steep for too long or else the bitterness is unforgiving. I steeped a bit less than a tablespoon in my water bottle overnight and it turned out light and lovely with floral and vegetal notes. I kind of gulped down the entire thing because I wanted to get that caffeine going in my system, but I think I overdid it with both this tea and the morning cuppa cause now I’m a bit jittery. And I’m sure my anxiety from my upcoming meeting today is not helping.

Ok, back on track, I just wanted to write this tasting note to remind myself, less leaf, less time in the fridge! I’m terrible at keeping track of how long my cold brews have been sitting, and some teas are great at being ignored, but this one is not one of them!

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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