514 Tasting Notes

This is one of my favorite teas from the teaspot. It has a fruity flavor and does not seem overly sensitive to over-steeping. It can be re-steeped 3 or four times with no loss to flavor. I prefer keep my first steep to a minute and a half or 2 minutes, adding 30 seconds each time.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I really like the plain puerh from the teaspot, so I thought I would definitely like this blend too. But I did not like it. It has a faint chocolate aroma, but hardly detectable by taste. I can definitely detect the puerh over the black tea, but it’s like puerh stripped of all the qualities I like about puerh. It has a flat flavor with nearly non-existant after taste. As far as a “dessert” type tea goes, I think that the plain puerh has more “sweet” attributes to it.

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I could only detect coconut when drinking this tea. The other ingredients stand out (and smell divine!!) in the scent of the dried leaves, but coconut overpowers in the final product. It seems that I do not like coconut flavor in tea. It reminds me of coconut and pineapple lip smackers that I used to have as a little girl. My brother used to eat them and somehow his eating them made me associate the flavor on my own lips with his nasty habit. Coconut doesn’t always give me this association, but it seems that in hot liquid form, it does.

On a side note, my father really loves this tea :)

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I was excited to try this tea because of the vanilla flavor. However, I did not like it at all. It tasted to me like straight-up vanilla extract (too much of a liquor flavor). It seems to have great reviews from everyone else, but it isn’t for me.

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and drinking TEA, of course (^o^)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).





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