738 Tasting Notes

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Sweet dry smell. mmm strawberries. When brewed still smells good but not as much so when dry. What’s weird though is that is looks like black tea. But it says it’s green and white tea. Maybe they just used a darker green…

It was only in there for a few seconds it seemed before I took it out. Probably around a minute but it felt quick. Very little strawberry essence and even less of pineapple but it’s still there.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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75

A mate purist would probably not be happy with this blend. But I am not one of them (even though I do enjoy pure mate every now and then). I had forgotten how much i like this mate. It smells good, dry and wet. It tastes good. Though the fruitiness overpowers most of the mate flavor. I feel I can really taste the mate in the aftertaste. Also I’ve been steeping this forever but I think right around the 6 minute mark is perfect. Oh and one more thing, while it is good warm it is also good cold!

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more

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63

I’m not a huge fan of mango but it’s been slowing growing on me. It’s a perfect balance of black tea and mango pieces. Makes me want to sit on Poipu beach and sip this tea iced. Oh it’s also good with some honey.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70

The problem with ginseng is that it is an overpowering flavor no matter what else you use it with. I do enjoy this tea but I wish that the guava would be more flavorful. Also if you haven’t yet, try this tea with honey. It brings out some of the guava flavor. Truly though the best part of the tea is the smell. Hawai’i in my nose.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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60

Started out not liking this tea but as I get deeper into the cup the blueberry flavoring really comes out. Better cold. I don’t think the blueberry flavor comes out very well when it’s hot. Maybe it would make a good blueberry lemonade?

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Rum Vanilla by Island Rose
738 tasting notes

You have to be a fan of rum in order to enjoy this one because it has an intense rum flavor. It’s a rare tea that has the same dry and wet smell. It kinda reminds me of rum cake. I’m drinking it now at 9:13am and thinking this would be great as an evening drink watching a sunset.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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I’ve had a good experience and a bad experience with this tea. I tried this once when I was working a flight and thought it was pretty good even though the passion and papaya flavors were very mute. Then I tried it again this morning and couldn’t taste much.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67

Nothing is more refreshing than a large cup of iced day on a hot day at the junk market. I tasted it with and without honey. Surprisingly I liked it better without the honey. I also think it would have been better without so much ice. The ice watered it down too much. I’m interested to see how it will be when it’s hot. It’s a fruity tea but lightly fruity. The green and the fruit mix well.

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 0 sec

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85

This is a great Genmaicha for people on the go. I was a little skeptical of this at first but so far I’ve enjoyed pretty much every cup. I would agree that they need about 2-3 minutes steeping time in order to really absorb the flavors. It is a bit lighter than other Genmaicha steeped through the traditional method but don’t let that stop you from trying it. Also, while it is good hot, I do think it is better lukewarm. I kinda feel like I say that in all my posts but I just don’t like to drink tea too hot.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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65

This is the first tea I’ve had where, when I poured it out of the teapot, I thought wow that’s some weird looking tea water. Dirty water. Good thing it tastes and smells good. I think this is more herbal than it is Oolong though. And herbal Oolong? That doesn’t make any sense…

It’s currently raining outside so this is helping me think of sunshine.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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