Ku Cha House of Tea

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61

I generally stay away from flavored teas. But huckleberry reminds me of my MSO layovers and those were always nice. The dry aroma is very pleasant and fruity. This one needs quite a long steep time in order to really draw out the flavors. Five minutes generally does it but even then I feel it lacking somewhat. Most likely it is because the base is so dull. After experiencing the deliciousness of their breakfast tea this base is a disappointment.
With my last bit ill cold steep it. I think that will improve it.
Okay. Cold steeped it for most of the day. A bit more astringency comes out and a bit more of the base but the flavor holds everything back. Good to experience but won’t buy again.

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82

My mum in law has been having some health issues. Her blood platelets keep dropping and they don’t know why. She has been finding that Earl Grey helps calm the nerves and the bergamot is good for her. So when I found this organic one I had to pick it up for her. These leaves are leftover feom her session this morning so the punch isn’t quite as strong, however, all the citrusy goodness is still there. It’s lighter but very pleasant. With tropical fruit notes and sometimes it makes me think of fruit loops bit without the cardboard. A very smooth blend with just a hint of astringency.

beerandbeancurd

Light and strength to the fam <3

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85

Had a bit of a laugh this morning as I realized that this blend had no ingredients with Rocky Mountain influence. But it’s the taste that matters and the flavors in this one are quite nice. A mellow brew filled with creamy earthy notes. Oak, cedar, sawdust, and light creamy that intertwines with the woody notes. The wet leaf aroma is filled with much of the same. Very lovely. On a side note the tea shop is located in a mall. They have your typical blends and also plenty of really nice pure blends.

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85

Advent Calendar from Kaylee: Day 2

Mmm. So smooth and light and almost creamy! It’s sweet, almost honey-like, with just a smidge of toastiness. Really nice.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Smooth, Sweet, Toasty

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72

Sipdown. This is one of the older teas in my cupboard. Bought it in 2015 on a trip to Colorado to see my brother, I don’t think I really knew what I was purchasing. It was pretty early on in my loose leaf tea journey.
Pretty green & vegetal tasting with a little bit of sweetness. It feels like there’s a lot of movement with this tea as I’m drinking it. Creamy towards end of the sip. I like the end, but the vegetal flavor kills it for me. Just not a fan of those.

Flavors: Creamy, Green, Sweet, Vegetal

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82
drank Golden Eyebrow by Ku Cha House of Tea
117 tasting notes

This tastes a lot like the Keemun Snail I got from a couple other tea distributors. Earthy, smooth, well rounded. Not tannic. But at the price, I think it’s not that much better than the other brands! it’s like $20/oz…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Spicy, with strong notes of cardamom and chili and black peppercorn.

Flavors: Cardamom, Clove, Peppercorn, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

I adore this tea. It’s smoky and dramatic, like sipping a caffienated Laphroaig.

Flavors: Pine, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is a lovely tea. Medium color, smooth and earthy. Mineral body and a nice touch of huigan at the finish.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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72

The sweet milkiness is coming through so intensely that it overwhelms every other flavor. This is a great oolong for beginners (my 13 year old sister absolutely loves it) but the leaves have very clearly been steamed with milk. This masks a lot of the delicate, natural flavors found in the leaves of pure high mountain Jing Xuan oolong, aka “real” milk oolong.

Flavors: Milk

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

It was not quite my style, but it is still a good tea. It is light and friendly, good for your friends who are not into strong, bitter black teas.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

This tea is flavourful and warming, excellent for a cold day. It is strong and has a natural sweet flavour along with its spicy kick.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Excellent for any time of year! Delicious, satisfying, and woke me up for my morning classes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I have been drinking gyokuro once or twice a week for about 14 months, but Teavana has been my only source until now. While I really like the Teavana gyokuro, and it is one of my favorites, I definitely prefer this one. It’s stronger, grassier, and brews dark green. It is very smooth, but not quite as sweet. It held up to 4 steeps easily. I let the water cool down, but I definitely overleaf and oversteep…that’s how I like it. :)

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank Yunnan Gold by Ku Cha House of Tea
136 tasting notes

I probably should have bought this tea in bulk while I was in Fort Collins, because I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 pots of tea I had there. The tea was very sweet, with a honey flavor…incredibly smooth. It was a little lighter than I expected, but the mildness was nice as it brought more attention to the natural flavor of the tea.

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90
drank Keemun Monkey by Ku Cha House of Tea
136 tasting notes

I grabbed this one, along with a few other teas, while I was in Fort Collins, Colorado last week. The strength is moderate, and it is sweet for a Keemun, with just a slight hint of smoke, but less than most Keemuns I have tried. I prefer slightly stronger Keemuns, but this is a great everyday tea, which is good since I’ve been drinking Keemun every day. :P

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90

This was the tea that got me back into drinking tea. I stopped drinking coffee back in November, 2015, after running out one week and noticing that my anxiety dropped like a stone without. I’ve been careful about caffeine since. I stopped in Ku Cha on a whim and puttered around before settling on this TGY superior.

I’m very, very new to tasting tea, so most of my experience comes from tasting wine and spirits, forgive me if I misstep here. Dry, the tea is clean smelling, dry-but-not-dusty vegetal, with some overt notes of jasmine and honeysuckle that just sort of peek through without being POW in your face jasmine or anything. Wet, the tea smells much more complexly floral, without a focus on any one specific flower. The vegetal scent is still there, but it’s clean, rather than forest-floor, almost like fresh cut romaine or something. New is the scent of honey, a clean one like Tupelo.

The taste is wonderful. It’s thick without being creamy. Floral and clean without much of what I’d associate with either Jasmine or green tea. This is my first oolong, that I know of, so maybe it’s more typical of that. On the fore, it’s mostly floral, jasmine, lilac, and honeysuckle. In the mid, it settles down into a very clean cut grass and vegetal flavor. The aftertaste is very, very sweet, without being cloying, almost like someone put honey in it.

I brew this by the pot and fairly weak. It’s good strong, no doubt, but I find that it starts to pick up some astringency I’m not as big of a fan of. I can get a few brewings out of it this way, too, though I’ve yet to go beyond three.

Glad to be back in tea land!

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Jasmine, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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60

I really tried to like this tea, but the vanilla just leaves an aftertaste I can’t get used to. The black tea seems average, and the vanilla makes it floral, but not natural tasting. I do like the other teas I got from Ku Cha, so I won’t judge this tea house by this one tea I don’t like

Flavors: Artificial, Floral, Vanilla

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50

Ok green tea. Can be bitter if oversteeped.
Can be steeped 3-4 times.

Preparation
1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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