351 Tasting Notes

92

Not sure if I wrote a review on this. I’ve had this a couple of times and will order it again in the future. Maybe I passed since it has lots of reviews already. Don’t remember. I’m getting old. :)

Preparation: Gaiwan, 5g, 185℉, 110 ml, 6 steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s.

Dark and gold twisted strips. Smelled of cherries, yams, lightly floral, maybe some sweet tobacco pipe aroma. The liquor was a beautiful bright, clear, orange-reddish color and on the subsequent infusions, it became more of a bronze color and had the aroma of yams, fruit. The wet leaf smelled of caramel, hay and dried fruit.

Malty, fruity, sweet yams, a bit of dark cocoa, and toasted caramel notes. Somewhere in the middle, I got some roasted nuts, honey. It’s a light, smooth cup of tea but the aftertaste is powerful. The lingering sweetness, the desert feeling of satisfaction. Baked bread, a wee bit of smoke as some others mentioned, molasses and raisins.

I’ll probably put it back on my wishlist to remind me to get more and write about it again lol (forgetting if I wrote about it or not hehe).

Hope you’re all having a great Sunday. <3

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Honey, Molasses, Overripe Cherries, Smoke, Smooth, Tobacco, Yams

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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80
drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
351 tasting notes

Part 2 of my mini tin gift pack that I received last Christmas or so. It came with Spicy Chocolate, Anatasia and Boost. Weird combo, I know lol.

So… I liked this one. I had my doubts after reading some of the reviews. If you don’t like strong ginger or cinnamon, this will be your nightmare. The label says a blend of maté, green tea, cinnamon bark, and ginger. It’s a robust, full taste, unlike the Spicy Chocolate. It’s a smooth tea, and I can still taste the ginger and cinnamon well after finishing the sip.

I drank it hot. 2 tsp in 10 oz, 175°F. Steeped for 3 min. Says it is good iced but today was the first time trying it. I have like 20g to go so maybe I’ll try it iced next time.

It’s 16:07 here, and felt a little tired before I drank it. I definitely feel the anti-fatigue effects. So, that’s good. :) I recommend it if you like ginger.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
351 tasting notes

Sipdown. I had received a cute little gift set that included this. The little tin cans are adorable. Girly girly moment I guess.

I liked it as suggested but it was far better with splashes of milk and ice cubes. Is that a latte? I know nothing about how you all prepare your lattes… Etc. lol I just know that the cardamom, cloves, cocoa… Etc. melded together better with a little milk and ice cubes. Maybe because it is so hot outside.

Alone, it was good too. I wouldn’t classify it as rich though. Very light taste. Unflavored black teas have stronger notes. I could taste (as usual) only a hint of the cocoa. The cloves were more prominent. It’s a light tea though, no matter how long I brewed it. Desert tea, for sure.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Kittenna

I think a lot of people do the classic hot milk/froth/extra-strong shot of steeped tea sort of latte. I’m too lazy for that, and only do the infuse-directly-into-hot-milk type, and the add-a-splash-of-milk type. Neither of which are likely technically lattes, but IMO has a similar effect?

Kawaii433

@Kittenna I’m too lazy for all that too. Guess I’m a “Add-a-splash-of-milk” type here. I agree that it all has a similar effect. Thanks for some clarification. Always love feedback :)

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90

Sipdown and I really liked this. :)

Malty, smooth, mellow, fruity, lightly sweet of a mixture of honey, molasses and brown sugar notes. Lots of berry fruity goodness along with sweet potatoes. I got some slightly good bitter dark cocoa notes which really played well with the fruitiness. I liked that it was a stronger flavor, full-bodied. I think I would really enjoy this with a teaspoon of milk in the mornings because of the stronger flavor/notes. It’s a drag that I have to have a little milk in my tea in the mornings now but I still can enjoy nekked tea :P in the evenings since it’s not on an empty stomach.

Prepared it gongfu 5g, 6 steeps: quick rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 50s at 185℉.

Mood: A little somber, thinking of the El Paso shooting. Thinking of them and their families. I was just at a busy shopping center the other day…

Flavors: Berries, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
derk

Feeling it, too, Kawaii. The Gilroy Garlic Festival here in CA last weekend…

Kawaii433

Derk :( and now after a nap, 10 more dead and 16 injured in Dayton, OH.

LuckyMe

Same here. 250 mass shootings in 2019 already. It worries me that people are becoming desensitized to it all :(

mrmopar

A sad state our country has become with all these shootings.

tea-sipper

Is this the 2019 harvest, Kawaii?

tea-sipper

250?!?! That is terrible. It breaks my heart every time this happens, but apparently it happens so often I missed a few. :/

derk

Kawaii, that’s my hometown. Why.

tea-sipper

derk, I’m so sorry. I think of all the people affected each time, even if they are just FROM the place these shootings occurred. So much worry and negativity so many people have to go through, the victims of course, but really millions of people affected each time this happens. I will never understand why someone is okay with shooting anyone, let alone strangers or random people. No excuse.

Martin Bednář

I just heard a news about it. It is terrible and I still do not understand why laws are there so… “weak” (is it a good word?).

El Paso, Dayton… Weird.
Just… praying they will change it.

Kawaii433

derk, Dayton is your hometown? :( I’m so sorry.

Kawaii433

tea-sipper, yes I believe it’s 2019. Sorry I missed that question and am just now answering!

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85

Additional note:
Sipdown on this one. Most of the time I drank it gongfu style but this last one I prepared it as suggested. A heaping Tbsp in 8 oz, begin with 30-45 sec (I made 16 oz with 2 heaping Tbsp) and add time for additional infusions. I also added a splash of milk and ice cubes. It’s so hot today lol. The little bit of milk brought out the toast more, I can still taste the almonds, cinnamon (very light) and spices but the additional “toast” note made it even more delicious.

Flavors: Almond, Brown Toast, Cinnamon, Mineral, Nuts, Roasted, Spices, Toast

Preparation
6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Very nice. A ton of reviews on this so I knew what to expect.^^

I did get lots of dark cocoa, chocolate, honey, yams, fruity, malty tastes notes as many described. Also got a lot of baked bread notes in the beginning. The bright orangish-red liquor had mainly a sweet potato aroma. Recommended. :)

Gongfu with 194℉, 5g in 110ml, 8 steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 60s, 90s

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sweet Potatoes, Yams

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
ashmanra

I need to gong fu this tea.

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85

Convenient pyramid bags made of environmentally-friendly corn fiber. It was a very clean high-quality Yunnan pu’erh tea, with very light earth notes, and heavy rice aroma and light taste note. Very smooth, mellow, easy on the tummy type of tea. I only had one bag to try but it was a pleasant one. Not a complex pu’erh, but a solid daily drinker if you like rice shou.

Flavors: Earth, Rice

Preparation
3 g

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85
drank Ice & Cream by 52teas
351 tasting notes

Sipdown the other day.

Writing about this in retrospect. It smelled so good, like Neopolitan Ice Cream. The main notes were a sweet-tart strawberry and cream. I did get a little of the citrus and sherbet notes. I had it as directed but didn’t try it iced. I also had it with a splash of milk a few times since I’ve had to do that if I drink tea in the mornings.

It was malty, creamy, pleasantly tart and sweet at the same time. I liked it. ^^

Flavors: Citrus, Citrusy, Cream, Malt, Strawberry, Tart

52Teas

I was doing a little inventory last night – not a full inventory but more of like a mental one to get an idea of where I was – and there are only 2 more pouches of this one left.

Kawaii433

Thanks for the info :D

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92

Additional notes:
I didn’t fry it this time and it was so delicious. :) I did gongfu and also the way they recommended it. As much as I loved it gongfu style, the way they recommended it tasted even better. All the wonderful flavor blended well in a cup.

Bumped up the rating. ^^

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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93

So I’m a fruit hog. I eat all kinds of fruit. Tamarind, guava, pomelo, whatever I can get my hands on. I just bought and finished 5 lbs of loquats last month. Those were hard to find!! When living in California, they were everywhere, can pick them off a tree. I had to wait 8 months before they were ready to be picked and shipped to where I’m at now. Anyway, summer is a great time for fruit hogs lol.

So I bought lots of different type of dried fruit samples from TeaVivre to make natural fruit tea. Hawthorn fruit is one of the fruits I’ve never had a chance to eat so I had no clue what it tastes like. Well, I loved it. It was right up my alley. I put 7.5 g of it (sample size) with boiling water. Steep time was 3 minutes or so. It is tart, like tart apple but not like granny smith tart (my favorite apple) but like a cross between a red apple, cranberry, berry tartness. I’m sure many would require some sweetener. I saw some recipes with hawthorn berries and most had some sweetener. I even ate the fruit slices after I finished the tea. hehe I bought 17 oz of it after I tried the sample awhile ago. That’s how much I loved it.

So I looked it up and the health benefits, specifically cardiovascular support studies were incredible. Definitely a super food. I admit that if I didn’t like the taste, I wouldn’t eat it no matter how good it is for me lol. I recommend it if you like tart fruit or you can add agave or honey too. hehe

Flavors: Apple, Berries, Cranberry, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
derk

Fruit hog <3 I had a large loquat tree in San Jose that hanged at the perfect height over my second story apartment’s balcony. Here we have a tree but it’s still too young to fruit.

Kawaii433

oooOOOO :D They are delicious. There was only one place on the net that I could buy 5 lbs of them and they were so expensive! I remember always picking them off anybody’s tree in So. Calif. lol

Kittenna

I imagine hawthorn fruit to taste somewhat like rosehips.

Kawaii433

I know they are paired together. I think hawthorn, hibiscus, rosehips are somewhat similar in the tang. ^^

Martin Bednář

I have looked for hawthorn fruit here, they are quite cheap – but hard to get. Not in stock right now.

Kawaii433

Oooh that would be really cool to grow, Martin.:) My father grew everything, it was his passion. Me, on the other hand, can’t grow a darn thing. lol

Martin Bednář

Ahh. I meant fruits, not trees to grow. But those were available too. But our garden is already full, moreover my mother don’t like hawthorn at all because of thorns :D

Kawaii433

ah kk :) :D

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong, Black & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. I don’t like artificial sweeteners.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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