drank GABA Oolong by Mad Monk Tea
52 tasting notes

Very fragrant dry leaves which open to reveal mellow notes of fruit in the rich amber-honey cup which has shades of green nearing cups edge. Apricot and honey clearly dominate the pallet of this medium bodied tea… very soft with lingering raspberry-like acidity which balances out the sweetness and finishes crisp. Not an exceptional experience overall – perhaps because its a bit one-note with the honey-fruit thing dominating. However, it is a very pleasant cup with multiple steepings possible and the overall mental effects are quite calming with almost no caffeine jolt at all. This would be a perfect evening tea that shouldn’t keep you up all night.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A Food and Beverage professional for over 15 years in Chicago Illinois and professional musician. Studying tea, along with wine, beer, spirits and food has been a lifetime passion.
Aside from my service profession I am a private music teacher and music director for multiple music ensembles including The Chicago Zither Orchestra.
Pastimes include composing instrumental music, collecting and listening to historical and rare classical music recordings, gourmet cooking and enjoying the sport of baseball.

Tea: I am really into a wide variety of teas. I tend to avoid flavored teas but will try herbal teas. If I had to list favorites I am a fan of Japanese shaded green teas, Darjeeling 1st flushes, Assam 2nd flushes, Pu-erh (sheng and shou), Oolongs and delicate refined whites. I really do not have a favorite tea, just as I do not have a favorite food, wine, artist or composer… as there are just far too many enjoyable variables and differences that can be “my favorite” depending on the context.

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