drank Gunpowder Green by T2
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Sampler Sipdown September! Another of my T2 sampler stash, from the green tea sampler pack. I’ve had such a run of green teas I’ve been underwhelmed with, why not keep it up? I don’t hate Gunpowder Green (I actually don’t mind it as the base in Moroccan Mint blends), but it is definitely my least favorite green tea I’ve tried so far, so… may as well get this sampler out of my cupboard and be done with it.

1.8g in 350ml 175F water, western brew. To be fair, this is probably the least smoky gunpowder green I’ve had (as in, I’m not getting that note at all for some odd reason!), so depending on your preferences, that could be either a good or bad thing. I wonder if I just brewed it on the light side? Personally, that’s a good thing for me, as that is typically the reason why I don’t really like them… reminds me too much of lapsang souchong, I don’t mind subtle smoke notes, but really don’t care for a strong smoky flavor, especially if the tea flat-out tastes like tobacco. Having this tea right after the Young Hyson from yesterday, I can really see how the Young Hyson was very similar to Gunpowder Green, despite not being a pellet tea. This one also has that sort of dill pickle fermented vegetable taste to me, which I noticed in that tea, and the Young Hyson had the smoky finish of a Gunpowder Green (still not sure why I’m not getting that here…). I think there is something about that pickley taste that is coming off as “musty” to me, because I’m getting it here too, and this tea is still pretty fresh; not a year old yet, at least based on when I purchased the tea. So perhaps age wasn’t the problem with the Young Hyson, and this is just a flavor that reads as off to my particular palate, the way mango flavoring in teas tend to always taste oddly metallic to me. That said, this tea is still way better in comparison to the Young Hyson I drank yesterday. I still don’t particularly like it, but it is far more palatable. The musty-taste I get is less musty, so the grass and hay notes are stronger, and the absense of smoke is always an improvement for me. But despite being a huge pickle fan, that fermented pickle/dill taste in teas is just musty and gross to me.

Well, now I have Bi Lo Chun and Lung Ching samplers left in the Chinese green sampler bag. The worst is over.

Flavors: Dill, Dry Grass, Hay, Musty

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud genderqueer asexual (she/they) and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.


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