491 Tasting Notes

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drank Momo by Lupicia
491 tasting notes

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A solid peach flavored tea. Peach is strong on the nose, but the overall taste isn’t so overpowering. Very true taste, they do well with the fruit flavored teas.
Pretty good tea for the summer months and works well as a cold brew. I did drink most of this hot.

Flavors: Peach

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The last few steeps of this went better than my initial review. It’s still not one that I would want to buy again. It was a weird tea overall. I didn’t care for the edible silver – it didn’t add anything to the experience and the silver leaf got everywhere! The pine flavor mellow out some (or I got better adding less).
I didn’t get any of the white tea flavor from this. It was drowned out by the jasmine.
Apple, pine, jasmine, glitterfest = silver everywhere in the tea, stuck to my strainer, in the cup, etc…
I bumped my rating a little as it was a little better flavor blended in the following cups.

Flavors: Apple, Jasmine, Metallic, Pine

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This is a solid black tea. Good and malty, with sweet notes. Just a good tea of this style. Not a whole lot to say here. It can get a bit strong when overleafed. Very forgiving of time and temperature.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80
drank 2013 Baimudan by White2Tea
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Today this was a little more medicinal. Still sweet, but with a tangy kind of sour flavor throughout. I like it a little bit less than the previous time. This the second packet of the two I received from the White2Tea club.

Flavors: Sour, Sweet, Tangy

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88
drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
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I drank this whole packet very quickly and I would love to order more of this. Continued to be chocolate and sugar and yummy. Re-steeped well and was forgiving of varying times and temperatures.

Kawaii433

Just had that yesterday as a latte. It was so good :D

hawkband1

I bet it would be pretty awesome with milk. Play up the hot chocolate angle.

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I really like this tea and would like to order it again when my cupboard is more manageable. Comforting, almost hot chocolate like without the excess sugar.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sugar

gmathis

I’ve had the opportunity to sample this and I concur wholeheartedly on the chocolate vibe!

Bluegreen

It is a very good tea and very affordable too.

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drank 2018 Milan Dancong by White2Tea
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Most forgettable of the three of these for me. I didn’t care for it in a gaiwan, but it was drinkable with longer steep times.

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drank Milan Dancong by White2Tea
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Sipdown. Milan Dancong 2017. I had the last two cups of this western. It’s drinkable, but all of the fruity notes and nuances have disappeared. It’s floral and tingly sour (the good kind).

Flavors: Floral, Pleasantly Sour

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
491 tasting notes

208F for 2min at 12 oz
While this tea was steeping, all I could smell was hot chocolate and dark chocolate. The taste as less intense than the smell. It still tasted like hot chocolate, but was less sugary than that drink.
Very comforting and satisfying tea. Great chocolate flavor. I got two steeps out of the leaves. One of the better chocolate teas out there. Raising the rating.
Though I had White2Tea’s Sugar Rush last night that was also chocolaty, but much more sugary. I wonder what would happen if I mixed these two together?

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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72

7.3g (2 waffles), 100ml gaiwan, 205F
rinse – thick
5s-thick, musty?
8s-thick, musty floral
10s-drying, coating
5s- frutier, hint of bitterness

Long lasting fruit aftertaste. not sure how much I like this though I have more to play with. Thinking about running this at 195F to see how it goes.

Flavors: Bitter, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Musty, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I started my tea journey with Stash/Celestial Seasonings tea bags years ago. All loose leaf, unless I’m sick or traveling.

I like black, oolong, white, herbals, and raw/ripe pu’erh. I don’t drink green tea often.

I play video games, read, and do pottery. My current favorite tea mug is one I threw and glazed.

I generally review teas twice – initial and final steeps.

My cupboard is mostly up to date.

Ratings
85-100 are teas that I loved and want to keep in stock.
71-84 are teas that are good. I may or may not get them again. Source for daily drinkers/work teas.
60-70 are teas that I didn’t like. I’ll finish what I bought.
Anything less than 60…nope.

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