609 Tasting Notes

75
drank Sencha by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Broth, Grass, Spinach

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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86
drank Bao Zhong by Rishi Tea
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Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Melon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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64
drank Apricot Green by Adagio Teas
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I’m always a little leery of fruity teas because the fruitiness tends to overwhelm. This one was no exception but it wasn’t bad either. This tea has a pleasant, candylike topical flavor which isn’t too fruity but clearly dominates. Since I like my flavored teas to have just a hint of flavor, I think this will taste best after cutting it with straight green tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Candy, Mango, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

This delicately flavored tea has been steadily creeping to the top of my rotation. For a while I’ve been on a green/floral oolong kick after being turned off by some of the overroasted batches of other oolong varieties like Wuyi. This tea falls squarely in the middle of the oolong spectrum, combining the best characteristics of light roasts with its pronounced floral notes and sweetness along with the smooth, roasted flavor of a darker roast.

I usually do 3 infusions of this tea in a guywan. Roughly 3/4 tsp per 5 oz of water at steep times of 4, 6, and 7 minutes respectively. Steeping longer on subsequent infusions yields an even deeper flavor.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Floral, Roasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Floral, Honeydew, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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77

I was a little reluctant to try this tea fearing it would be overly fruity or tart but it turned out to be surprisingly good. It has a nice mellow raspberry flavor with floral undertones and a natural sweetness. The liqueur was a barely noticible faint pink but that’s probably me using the wrong tea to water ratio. I got two good infusions out of this

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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69

Just got my tea sampler set from Arbor Teas and this was the first tea I tried. The tea leaves have a wonderful potpourri like aroma of pineapple and tropical fruit and when brewed the flavor of the tea is true to its scent. Pineapplely and tropical with a hint of bubblegum flavor. Although it’s a tad fruitier than I prefer, it’s not overly so like Teavana teas tend to be. Second infusion was equally good. Next time I would brew it with regular green tea to tone down the fruitiness. A very nice tea overall.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

I loved the deep steamed Fukamushi I ordered last time from O-Cha but this similar offering from Yuuki-cha was a let down. The flavor is swampy with a lingering astringency even when brewed at low temperatures. However the taste and color of the tea improves with subsequent infusions. The first infusion is unremarkable with a pale green-yellow color. But the second infusion, 150-155 F for 30 seconds, turns bright green and with a smooth, grassy flavor and a hint of sweetness. A lot of the tea’s flavor notes begin to come out in the 2nd infusion. Third infusion, 155-160 F @ 90 seconds, was mild and pleasant.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, philosophy, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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