524 Tasting Notes

drank Coconut Chai by Zen Tea
524 tasting notes

I didn’t have this one per directions, just made it as a straight tea. Very coconuty, not bad.

Flavors: Coconut

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Fuzzy leaves, strongly scented with jasmine. Taste – jasmine, soft taste of whit tea with buttery mouthfeel. Relatively thick taste. Well scented – not too much, not overpowering like some jasmines can be. It never tastes overdone or over-jasmined. Scent hold through the second infusion. Taste fainter, still buttery, more of whit tea present in taste. I really like this tea. Very well done jasmine tea.

Flavors: Butter, Jasmine

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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From Jan 18th: Sample sipdown. dry leaf- green beans, peas. Wet leaf smells cooked green vegatables. Drinking the tea tastes like eating dark leaves – spinach, collards? nope. A nice quality tea, but not what I want in a tea.

Flavors: Spinach, Vegetables

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drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
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From Jan 18th: super long twisty leaves. Wet leaves smell spicy, malty. Aroma same. Tastes cinnamony, spicy, malty. Very nice

Flavors: Cinnamon, Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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I decided to try this in my new gaiwan to see if I would get a different flavor profile than when I did it western style. I remember getting a lot of artificial hazelnut flavor.
I did a 5 sec rinse.
10 sec steep – creamy, hint of hazelnut and vanilla
10 s – repeat of 1st
15s – hazelnut, vanilla, creamy mouthfeel
20s – much more hazelnut in this steep
30s- vanilla oolong
45s- tasted good, I forgot to take notes
1 min- vanilla yum
1 min 30s- creamy, flavor’s gone, just left with tea. It’s good tea.
2 min- tea’s done
I like this tea much better in a gaiwan than western style. Using shorter steeps avoided the artificial taste I had the other time. I don’t think I’ll reorder, but I’ll enjoy drinking the rest. :)

Flavors: Creamy, Hazelnut, Vanilla

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10 jan- My Morning Mate + Citrus Lavender Sage = very nice flavored mate blend. I love Citrus Lavender Sage, but it’s expensive. So I just use it in blends, so I can stretch the flavor out. Both from Teavana.


When Teavana had their Banana Nut Bread tea, I would always blend that with the My Morning Mate. It was superb. However, they unfortunately don’t carry it anymore.

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9 jan – smoky, typical smoked lapsang for me. Smoke lingers in my mouth.

Flavors: Smoke


Would you say that it’s better than most, or just stick with a Lapsang from somewhere else?

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Labelled Peace of Mind, but I’m pretty sure it’s this tea. I got it for Christmas from my sister-in-law. Slightly sweet, chamomile. Easy drinking.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Sweet

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drank Bai Lin Kung Fu by Shang Tea
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3Jan – malty goodness, bready. So good. I need to repurchase this tea.

Flavors: Bread, Malt

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown. This tea didn’t taste like anything except a little bit of apples at the beginning. Planning on dumping the rest.

Flavors: Apple

5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.

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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