3 Tasting Notes


I seriously love this stuff. And not just because it’s got an extraordinary amount of caffeine (which I find valuable in a tea, dangit – just not the make or break element of it). Open the wrapper and smell hay in the sun. I loooooooove the smell of hay. The liquor is thick and sweet, though not in a sugar sweet way, but that same hay sweetness… and maybe some date. I can drink this hot, or (gasp!) iced. It’s fabulous, either way, and everyone I’ve served it to has enjoyed the heck outta it.
The first time I tried this tea was at a local Taiwanese restaurant – the server is a terrific dude in the local tea community and he gave us a pot to try while we ate. Hooked me immediately, and hard – he kept adding boiling water and it kept tasting amazing. There’s no over steeping – it doesn’t get bitter, though maybe a touch astringent and strong like bull!
I don’t really measure when I make a lot of my tea, so the below is a guesstimate. I tend to use more leaf and less steeping time. Impatient, much?
I bought 3 cakes. Two are in storage right now, but they won’t be staying there for the super long term.
I might have to buy 3 more if I actually do want to see how they store long term.

Flavors: Raisins

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A simple, mild green (a mao jian?). The description on the can seems pretty accurate – I’d give it a very mild nuttiness, not terribly vegetal – more sweet and green. The tea tin mentions this is “brighter and milder than Gunpowder,” but I wouldn’t use gunpowder as any sort of comparison – there are no ashy or roasted notes (I don’t like gunpowder).
I think it would be great for introducing people to green teas.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Honestly, this is a terrific everything tea, just as the shop description suggests. I bought it to use for iced tea, as I wanted to try something besides the grocery store standbys. It was perfect.
I also used it for a tea party, where we hosted 30 people with 3 different teas. This tea is hard to screw up – it always came out tasty and many people really enjoyed it.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I prefer tea. Cha. Te. The stuff from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Pretty much every kind (though I’ve still never found a Shu Pu’er I can handle both the smell and the taste of). Not a huge fan of tisanes, but I really love the word… tisssaaane… it’s a good word. Like gallimaufry or dirigible.

96-100: I end up never drinking this tea because I’m terrified I’ll run out.
90-95: I own so much of this I’ll have it through the apocalypse and share it with everyone I know.
80-89: It’s tasty, but I have so much freakin tea that I may or may not buy it again.
70-79: I bought it, I’ll finish it, it certainly isn’t bad, but I won’t buy it again.
60-69: There’s got to be someone who likes this stuff. It’s intriguing, but so not my cuppa.
00-59: I have some plants that need an acidifying mulch or a piece of fabric that needs to be tea dyed.


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