43 Tasting Notes

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This is my third tasting for this tea cake.

Smell: Forest-like, a hint of burnt honey and tobacco.

1 Rinse, 1st brew: 2 min. 15 sec. : A bright earthy sweet and smooth tea. The aftertaste is pleasant — hint of honey. The flavour of this liquor is a little bit reminiscent of green tea.

Second brew : 3 min. 45 sec. : Smokey and bitter with a little bit of sweetness — odd combination. I may have over steeped the second brew. The bitterness going away while I’m drinking the tea. Now the smokiness is increasing as the tea cool.

WATER USED: Selection 100% Natural Spring Water

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Honey, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Smell resinous, earthy and a bit like brown sugar.

The colour of the liquor is a transparent brownish gold.

Western Style – 1 Rinse, 1st brew – 3 min. : Taste earthy green with a sweet black pepper resinous flavour. There are no flavours, at this point, that overwhelm the others — every flavours are expressed equally.

WATER USED: Selection 100% Spring Water

Flavors: Black Pepper, Earth, Green, Resin, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Loose leaves put in a tea bag then poured in a glass tea cup. Liquor is medium opaque and like a brown sugar colour.

Brew #1 3 minutes: A sweet cocoa dark chocolate taste with a slight malty flavour. It is a smooth tea with just a bit of dryness.

Brew #2 4 minutes: A little bit citrusy with cocoa notes. Sweeter as the tea cool down but more dryness than the first brew. The citrusy notes disappear quickly as the liquor cool.

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Citrusy, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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Preparing another tea to help me finish my day. Just comeback from helping a neighbour and did some grocery, very cold temperature (-22C).

Loose leaves put inside a tea bag then poured in a tea glass. A dark-red brown opaque liquor. Smell mildly like bergamot.

A little bit malty with a medium bergamot flavour and I can definitely taste the black tea. A smooth earl-grey blend, with a hint of orange finish taste.

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Bergamot, Malt, Orange

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Gyokuro Uji by World of Tea
43 tasting notes

A pale yellow-lime colour a bit cloudy with a little of small particles. A pleasent gentle creamy peachy vegetal smell.

Poured into a glass vessel

1st step 3 min. and 2nd step 3 min. 30 sec.

A juicy green mouthfeel, smooth and grassy-vegetal sweet-bitter tea. At the second sip, there is a trace of a nutty flavor. The tea change into a marine like taste and the grassy flavour doesn’t overwhelm — lightly dry.

At the second brew, it makes my hands, arms, chest, stomach warm and sweaty.

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Bitter, Cut grass, Green, Marine, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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79
drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
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Loose tea put inside a tea bag then served in a glass vessel — a dark clean and clear gold liquor.

Smells: sweet, cookie, citrusy and spicy

It start with a sweet cookie flavour then the grounded black pepper appear. After a few sips, the cookie flavour is weaker and seem to change into cloves. Now, it is a mix of cloves, cookie and spices flavours. A well balanced smooth chai with a hint of a woody flavour.

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cloves, Cookie, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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67
drank Earl Grey by Kusmi Tea
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Smell: Bergamot

4 min 30 Sec., 210F, 1.2 spoon of loose leaves put in a tea bag.
Served in a glass vessel, a red brown liquor

I used a different bottle water this time.

Sweet bergamot slightly bitter with a grounded pepper flavour — a slight dryness that increased over time. If brew for around 3 minutes with slightly less tea leaves the bergamot will be weaker and probably without the grounded pepper flavour (see previous tasting note).

Water Used: Naya Natural Spring Water.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Black Pepper, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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68

2 Rinses, 15 sec. and 10 sec.

Smells: Moss; Smoky; Brown Sugar; Earthy

Tea color: Yellow with some bubbles

Brew #1: 2 min. : A little bit of sweetness with a earthy taste going lighter as the tea cool down. Tea has some dryness but still retain a watery feeling. However, the dryness increase has a drink more of it with a tobacco like flavor.

Brew #2: 3 min. : Earthy, bitter tobacco, smoky and sour.

Brew #3: 1 min. : Sweet, dry, bitter, slightly tobacco and earthy feeling. As the tea cool down all flavours are weaker.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Smoke, Sour, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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10 Seconds rinse – Smell earthy, resin and brown sugar. Many bubbles while I’m pouring the tea. Colour is a kind of brown gold, tea soup is clear and transparent.

Steep #1 3 min. : Sweet and fruity, trying to find the name of the fruit, I know it but can’t seem to remember or is it a sweet vegetable? It is yellow, kind of soft, like cantaloup but it is not or maybe it is a cooked cantaloup. I think it is closer to a cooked pumkin. Also, taste slightly resinous.

Steep #2: 4 min 15 sec. : Slightly sweet and resinous. A slight tingling sensation on the second brew.

Very mellow, and smooth with some dryness. Tea that mainly warm my face.

WATER USED : Naya Natural Spring Water

Flavors: Fruity, Pumpkin, Resin, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

15 Seconds rinse – Soup is light golden-yellow, sirupy and transparent. Tea smell earthy and a little bit vegetal like peas. No bubbles while pouring the tea.

Brew #1, 3 min, This is a nice slightly dry medicinal tea with a touch of brandy, it sweet and mellow. The flavors of this one remain the same and consistent as I drink it.

Brew #2, 4 min, Tingling sensation, a bit spicy, it is less sweet and I don’t have the medicinal and brandy flavors for this second brew. As the tea cool down, it is earthy, mellow with a medicinal touch to it.

Brew #3, 6 min, Tingling sensation, spicy and sweet, it is more dry that the first stepping. A lasting grounded black pepper with a little medicinal feeling.

WATER USED: Naya Spring Water

Flavors: Black Pepper, Brandy, Earth, Medicinal, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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