527 Tasting Notes

51

Sipdown. This didn’t get any better. Very bitter greens, very green, bitter. I overleafed this to get rid of it. Bleh. Definitely could also be the grade of this.
Lower temperatures and being light on leaf seem to work better for raw.

Flavors: Bitter, Green

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74

Way darker and earthier than the other one from this morning. There’s a little bit of cocoa, like super dark chocolate. Strong taste. It gets better as it gets lighter in color. Sweeter and smoother.
I don’t like it that much. Too dark for me.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Forest Floor, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling

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86

Drinking a mini this morning at work. I’m not sure if I have another of these minis. It came with some others in one of the White2Tea club boxes.
2 rinses, boiling water, rest
steeps 1-2: 20sec, sweet & earthy, juicy, significant sweet aftertaste
st 3: more woody
I lost track of the steeps while I was working. Am I on 10? Consistent, sweet, earthy, and woody. Smooth and juicy, red fruit? Enjoyable.

Flavors: Earthy, Fruity, Juicy, Red Fruits, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
Boiling
Aiko

The name of this tea was so strange, it caught my attention. What a fascinating vendor, I might have to look into this one.

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86

Sipdown.
A light cup today, but full of flavor. Creamy and thick. The aroma is very sweet potato. Tastes of dark chocolate and cocoa with full bodied mouthfeel. It’s better with cooler water. A good choice for after lunch.
I’ll re-order this once I’ve made some progress with my cupboard numbers.

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Potatoes, Thick, Yams

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
ashmanra

Golden Snail is soooooo good.

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68
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
527 tasting notes

Sipdown. This tea smells great – very melon and very strong. It would make great potpourri for your office. As a drink, the overpowering flavoring is too much. Sometimes it’s melon-y and tastes good for a couple of steeps. And other times, it’s an overdone perfume of death to my tastebuds. I think this would be very good as an iced tea or cold brew, but I finished this off before I could do that. Not a re-purchase for me.

Flavors: Melon, Perfume, Sugar

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83

White2 Tea tea club – Emerald Buds (might be 2020?, unopened until recently)
Dry leaf – no smell that I can determine.
Cooler water, 1-2min, western.
Subtle, very light, little sweetness, thick, I’m getting a chocolate??? except not chocolate vibe off this. It’s weird. Creamy. Sort of dessert-y.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Sweet, Thick

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75

Sipdown. White2Tea – Tea club
Finishing up this green tea from 2021 – I always end up saving these for last. The flavor profile is a no. I brought several to work to use them up due to my tendency of estimating (overleafing!).
Dry leaf smells of little bit floral, very green bean, & vegetal
I think this one has been open to the air too long. I’m getting green bean, spinach-y vegetal. A little bit of lingering sweetness and super minor floral. I feel like I’m trying to make more of it than what it’s giving me. Probably lost to air and oxidation. I don’t mind drinking it.

Flavors: Floral, Green Beans, Spinach, Vegetal

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83
drank Amber Hwang Cha by Hankook Tea
527 tasting notes

Sipdown. Last of the leaf of this was added to another black to use it up. It added some creaminess to the cup.

Flavors: Creamy

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77

Sipdown – this was a Christmas present from my sister. We were doing local gifts. So this is local to Arizona (at least the shop).

Pretty good flavored tea with the flavoring lasting into the second steep. Juicy and melon flavored and the base is solid. It would sometimes get astringent when overleafed. I enjoyed it.

Flavors: Juicy, Melon

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drank Obsx Wuyi Yancha by white2tea
527 tasting notes

Tea club sipdown at work – western style
Woodsy, fruity, and comforting. I didn’t pick out any one outstanding flavor. I was just happy it wasn’t roasted. Powered me through mid-Friday afternoon spreadsheets.

Also sipped down this week: Chun Mee ‘precious eyebrow’ Zerama Tea. A Midwest Teafest sample (2019).

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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 completely out of date. I have a spreadsheet (it’s current!!!) that’s over 300 teas. Pretty equal amounts of black, white, oolong, raw, & ripe with a little bit of green/herbal.

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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