219 Tasting Notes

81
drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
219 tasting notes

It is hard for me to get green tea (especially flavored green tea) to come out right using my gaiwan. But I continue to try. For this tea, I’m glad I did.

This comes out surprisingly smooth with no trace of bitterness. The coconut flavor is present and creamy. I am enjoying this after a perfect spring trail walk. Life is good, friends. Drink it up.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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30

Thank you to SuperStarling! for sending me this tea.

I’m not sure what happened here. Perhaps I overleafed it or used too hot of water but I couldn’t get this one to NOT be bitter. I first tried it with close to boiling water for 10-15 seconds and it was bitter. I poured that out and reduced the water temp to about 200 degrees and steeped it again for 10-15 seconds and it turned out just as, if not more, bitter than the first steep.

Unfortunately, this one is a no for me. It started off promising, as the wet leaves smelled delicious and malty.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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Yeah, I can see why these are rated so highly. They are delicious. Malty, slightly sweet, slightly citrus-y and bright, very smooth. I’m happy that I discovered Zen tea before they stopped selling actual tea but also sad that I discovered them this late in the game. Everything I have tried so far has been really top notch.

Flavors: Citrusy, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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72
drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
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This is a nice daily tea. Nothing too noticeable that stands out. It is very smooth and drinkable. If you are at all familiar with Taiwanese black tea, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that it is evident in the flavor profile that it is in fact a Taiwanese black.

The main flavor in this style of tea that tends to stick out at me is almost a greener umami flavor. More than you’d expect in a black tea. And while this tea has those flavors, they are subdued. Which is fine by me.

Overall, glad I bought some tea from Zen during their sale.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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67
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
219 tasting notes

Thanks to my friend SuperStarling! for sending me this tea. She is very considerate and tries to send me a mix of caffeine free teas that I can have when caffeine intake is not advisable for me (such as right now. One small latte is enough for me today).

The scent of the dry tea reminds me of a pipe tobacco. Very sweet and syrupy smelling with a woody note. The flavor of the tea is much like that. A little heavier on the woody notes and not quite as sweet but the hint of maple is evident. A nice sipper on this cold and windy spring afternoon.

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

This tea is delightful. I’m not sure how I haven’t rated it yet. Very chocolate-y scent/aroma that comes from both the dry and wet leaves. The flavor is very malty with a slight under note of the chocolate from the scent.

If you are familiar with Feng Qing teas than you already have a good idea of what you are going to get with this one. But for certain, the malt and chocolate notes are amped up a bit here. Very enjoyable.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80

First steep/sip of 20 seconds reminds me of… earthiness. Like, dry leaves and twigs with some grass in there. Not as roasted as I might imagine. It’s not bad, exactly, but a bit different. Maybe it is a lighter roast and therefore some of the greenness of the oolong is still shining through? It kind of reminds me of some Taiwanese black teas.

It is very smooth and drinkable though. And honestly, though it is different than what I normally like, I am finding it a pretty good offering. There is some drying sensation on the tongue as the session goes along.

Flavors: Drying, Earth, Roasted, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80

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83
drank Little Red by White2Tea
219 tasting notes

Opened up a sample of this tea today and what an interesting little delight. The dry leaves have a spiced malty almost chocolate like smell that doesn’t translate to the flavor of the liquid. But that is okay. The flavor is really good in its own way. It is light and drinkable. There is definitely a yam like flavor to this. I like it.

Overall, a good tea with a delicate flavor. No bitter or astringent flavors to be found.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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86

Well this is quite an interesting tea. I bought this tea to pair with our book club selection of the month, Ready Player One. One of the main themes of this book is the love for anything and everything pop culture from the 1980’s. I finally decided that a tea aged from the 80’s would be a perfect pairing.

The dry scent from the bag smells faintly of an earthy chocolate. When I pour the hot water over the leaves, the chocolate mostly leaves but is replaced with a coffee scent. The earthy, musty scent stays and creates this very earthy coffee type of aroma. It kind of reminds me of a sumatra coffee.

The flavor of the liquid is fairly consistent with this. There is the roasty flavor that one would expect from a roasted oolong. There is that smoky coffee type of flavor. Also some musty/earthy flavor but not dominate or overpowering. And the liquor is smooth. Very drinkable but with that being said, I find this to be a sipping tea. There is some complexity here that makes you stop and contemplate the flavors on each sip.

To top it off, this tea may very well be older than I am. How cool is that? I found it to be a pretty reasonable price point as well, all things considered.

Edit: I forgot to mention that there is a bit of a drying sensation in the mouthfeel. Also, the aftertaste has a certain tartness to it that almost makes me think of an under ripe fruit that makes your mouth pucker up a bit. Nothing too strong but certainly there.

Flavors: Coffee, Earth, Musty, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Michigander, Husband, father of two, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are starting to wiggle in for the number one spot. Mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am just getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am least likely to drink herbal tea or Rooibos though I do enjoy some of them, especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this

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