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90

Tastes orange-y. Not an overwhelming flavor – tastes pleasant. Good with cinnamon, but doesn’t necessarily need it. Tasted 09.2018.

Flavors: Orange, Rooibos

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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60

Tastes like toasted rice. Good flavor, but generic green tea taste.

Flavors: Green, Tea, Toasted Rice

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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60

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70

I love red robes, always a perfect blend of boldness and resfreshing flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Rich vanilla taste and smell, moderate spice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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32

Summer Vacation! So, this is a gyokuro that was left in the Here’s Hoping Teabox (thank you kindly to tea-sipper for organizing, and all who contributed to that box!). I had never tried a gyokuro, so I decided to keep a sample. Though, knowing nothing about gyokuro, I kept the same sampler size I always keep — about a teaspoon. Researching more into them now, they require a much higher leaf-to-water ratio than most teas, so to prepare this with the amount of leaf I kept for myself, I was basically left with about half a shot glass worth of tea. Err… bottoms up?

The aroma is very salty, and reminds me a lot of apple cider vinegar? Strange, I know. The taste had some faint seaweed vegetal notes, and a little of that warm fermented pickle juice flavor that I get from the Awa Bancha tea. The aftertaste is quite salty. Overall, the flavor felt quite weak, but that could be a result of the age of the tea plus having so little leaf to work with. I basically had a thimble worth of water and had to flash-steep as a result in order to avoid getting ZOMG-DEATH-BY-GREEN-TEA-ASTRINGENCY! (it did work, though…)

It certainly makes me think more of my Awa Bancha (aka my “try it if you dare” pickle juice tea) than my mind’s own vision of gyokuro, which has always been something deeply vegetal/umami; my Kabusecha certainly had a flavor profile that struck me as being what I imagine to be quite “gyokuro-like” when I tried that in the past (that tea was so umami rich I actually preferred drinking it in a shot glass amount at a time, much like one drinks wheatgrass juice…). I do have another gyokuro sampler in my collection with a fair bit of leaf to play with, so I’ll definitely have to try that this week and see how it compares, and if my own mental perceptions have any credence here…

Bottom line, though… I didn’t really like this particular tea.

Flavors: Dill, Salty, Seaweed, Vegetal, Vinegar

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 1 OZ / 30 ML
meowster

Not sure about the temperature of water you used, but it should be 165F ish.

Regardless, gyokuro is definitely umami tasting. Not for everyone!

Mastress Alita

I use really low temp water for gyokuro, as everything I read says it should be 120-140F. I had it around 140ish. Lowest setting on my kettle was 160, then I “water transfer” several times between several vessels to lower the temp further.

I have tried a kabusecha that was extremely umami; this was nothing like that. This tasted more like drinking hot salty vinegar. Honestly, I just don’t think I saved enough leaf from the box to even have had a proper chance to have done anything with it.

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46

Had it iced, satisfied my hot day thirst.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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68

Ive had bad luck with citrus-centric herbal tea in the past, but this one is pretty good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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46

Not very much flavor, smells pleasant though

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

Smooth and great smell.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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75

Wonderful smell, mild flavor, feels good on back of throat.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

Very well balanced between tea and fruit flavors!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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15

Unpleasant menthol taste, although I don’t usually like these kind of teas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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74

Tasty and very smooth. Citrus is a little artificial.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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82

Light and refreshing, very smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

Pretty good, although this really isn’t sencha at all (which I don’t typically care for). The label says it is “Chinese Sencha”, but I’m pretty sure sencha is a Japanese kind of tea where they steam the leaves rather than pan fire them. Also I usually think sencha is reasonably bitter and buttery, while this is tastes light and flowery like most usual Chinese green tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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55
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Might be better iced tbh, citrus-y

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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67

Tastes like a mildly sweet assam.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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60

First tealog entry in a couple years, now with a shiny new college degree!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I gotta say, I’m just not a fan of genmaicha. It’s incredibly strong, and I wouldn’t drink more than one cup of it.

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A tea at work for a stressful day. The lavender is tasty and soothing, and the green tea is pretty nice, at least for a green

Fjellrev

Aww, I hope your day gets better.

mrmopar

I am with ya. Hope it has upturned for you.

Emilie

Thanks! Honestly, the day can never be too bad when you work at a place with cats everywhere to hug

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73

Gifted to me by SuperStarling!, this oolong is a nice entry into the Formosa oolong arena. It is very drinkable. A wallflower of a tea. Nothing that stands out and says look at me but it is definitely there with a consistent and dependable flavor.

Earthy, roasty, a bit of raisin flavor. A smooth every day drinker.

Flavors: Earth, Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown! I think this was better when it was fresh two years ago. It’s still quite decent though. The floral jasmine scent carries over into the flavor, present but not overwhelming, floral but not perfume-y. I have a vague memory of cold brewing this over the summer and finding it quite enjoyable.

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