366 Tasting Notes

85

Very nice. A ton of reviews on this so I knew what to expect.^^

I did get lots of dark cocoa, chocolate, honey, yams, fruity, malty tastes notes as many described. Also got a lot of baked bread notes in the beginning. The bright orangish-red liquor had mainly a sweet potato aroma. Recommended. :)

Gongfu with 194℉, 5g in 110ml, 8 steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 60s, 90s

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sweet Potatoes, Yams

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
ashmanra

I need to gong fu this tea.

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85

Convenient pyramid bags made of environmentally-friendly corn fiber. It was a very clean high-quality Yunnan pu’erh tea, with very light earth notes, and heavy rice aroma and light taste note. Very smooth, mellow, easy on the tummy type of tea. I only had one bag to try but it was a pleasant one. Not a complex pu’erh, but a solid daily drinker if you like rice shou.

Flavors: Earth, Rice

Preparation
3 g

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85
drank Ice & Cream by 52teas
366 tasting notes

Sipdown the other day.

Writing about this in retrospect. It smelled so good, like Neopolitan Ice Cream. The main notes were a sweet-tart strawberry and cream. I did get a little of the citrus and sherbet notes. I had it as directed but didn’t try it iced. I also had it with a splash of milk a few times since I’ve had to do that if I drink tea in the mornings.

It was malty, creamy, pleasantly tart and sweet at the same time. I liked it. ^^

Flavors: Citrus, Citrusy, Cream, Malt, Strawberry, Tart

52Teas

I was doing a little inventory last night – not a full inventory but more of like a mental one to get an idea of where I was – and there are only 2 more pouches of this one left.

Kawaii433

Thanks for the info :D

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92

Additional notes:
I didn’t fry it this time and it was so delicious. :) I did gongfu and also the way they recommended it. As much as I loved it gongfu style, the way they recommended it tasted even better. All the wonderful flavor blended well in a cup.

Bumped up the rating. ^^

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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93

So I’m a fruit hog. I eat all kinds of fruit. Tamarind, guava, pomelo, whatever I can get my hands on. I just bought and finished 5 lbs of loquats last month. Those were hard to find!! When living in California, they were everywhere, can pick them off a tree. I had to wait 8 months before they were ready to be picked and shipped to where I’m at now. Anyway, summer is a great time for fruit hogs lol.

So I bought lots of different type of dried fruit samples from TeaVivre to make natural fruit tea. Hawthorn fruit is one of the fruits I’ve never had a chance to eat so I had no clue what it tastes like. Well, I loved it. It was right up my alley. I put 7.5 g of it (sample size) with boiling water. Steep time was 3 minutes or so. It is tart, like tart apple but not like granny smith tart (my favorite apple) but like a cross between a red apple, cranberry, berry tartness. I’m sure many would require some sweetener. I saw some recipes with hawthorn berries and most had some sweetener. I even ate the fruit slices after I finished the tea. hehe I bought 17 oz of it after I tried the sample awhile ago. That’s how much I loved it.

So I looked it up and the health benefits, specifically cardiovascular support studies were incredible. Definitely a super food. I admit that if I didn’t like the taste, I wouldn’t eat it no matter how good it is for me lol. I recommend it if you like tart fruit or you can add agave or honey too. hehe

Flavors: Apple, Berries, Cranberry, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
derk

Fruit hog <3 I had a large loquat tree in San Jose that hanged at the perfect height over my second story apartment’s balcony. Here we have a tree but it’s still too young to fruit.

Kawaii433

oooOOOO :D They are delicious. There was only one place on the net that I could buy 5 lbs of them and they were so expensive! I remember always picking them off anybody’s tree in So. Calif. lol

Kittenna

I imagine hawthorn fruit to taste somewhat like rosehips.

Kawaii433

I know they are paired together. I think hawthorn, hibiscus, rosehips are somewhat similar in the tang. ^^

Martin Bednář

I have looked for hawthorn fruit here, they are quite cheap – but hard to get. Not in stock right now.

Kawaii433

Oooh that would be really cool to grow, Martin.:) My father grew everything, it was his passion. Me, on the other hand, can’t grow a darn thing. lol

Martin Bednář

Ahh. I meant fruits, not trees to grow. But those were available too. But our garden is already full, moreover my mother don’t like hawthorn at all because of thorns :D

Kawaii433

ah kk :) :D

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90
drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
366 tasting notes

This tea apparently has been around for a long time. I see reviews that date back 7 years ago. hehe My quick thoughts are that it was a delicious super roasted black tea. I drank it once the way Mandala suggested and gongfu cha style many times. Lots of notes of baked bread, dark cocoa, malt, dried fruit, stonefruits, chocolate, some mineral towards the end of the infusions. It was smooth and really easy to reach for and an easy sipdown. I’ll probably add this to my next order. I’m just now exploring their black teas since I enjoyed their oolongs and pu’erh tea very much.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel, Roasted, Smooth, Stonefruit

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Sil

mandala has lovely black teas!

Kawaii433

@Sil, of the ones I’ve tried so far, I agree with you. :D

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80
drank Licorice Rocky by 52teas
366 tasting notes

Not a licorice fan but this is very tasty. It has a very subtle licorice note, and the raspberry taste is very good. Slightly tart. Nice. It has a creamy flavor background, surrounded with vanilla notes. It was a nice surprise.

Flavors: Anise, Cream, Licorice, Raspberry, Vanilla

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90

Definitely, a tea to help relax oneself.

Tense couple of days for me. I found out that my nephew’s ex-girlfriend said he was “cyberstalking” her. After hauling him in, keeping him for 48 hrs, he’s out. His new girlfriend is there for him, said his ex is just angry and jealous. I have experience in criminal law (before I decided to put my chemistry background with my law) but he is in California, and I’m in another state but I did what I could and got the facts (or lack thereof), and spoke to people. I believe the charges were dropped. I looked at his FB and saw a few of his posts that read “Happy birthday. Will love you always.” and a few other sweet posts. Going to sound like a typical aunt here but he’s such a good kid. Good work ethics, has a samurai personality, always wants to help the less fortunate out. Hopefully, it’ll all work out for all involved.

Ah yes, the tea. :)
It’s quite savory, with chestnut aroma, slightly nutty, some floral notes, grassy and very subtle astringency, and a very nice sweet aftertaste. I didn’t get the toasted walnuts mentioned but a continued subtle chestnut flavor, floral and mineral notes. Vegetal, seaweed, marine. As I continued it got slightly bitter, but will drop it down a notch in temperature next time. Boiled chestnuts are the star here. In the later infusions, I got an interesting cantaloupe note.

Gaiwan (silver): 110ml
185℉ / 85℃
5 steeps: rinse, 15s, 25s, 40s, 60s, 90s

Flavors: Broth, Cantaloupe, Chestnut, Grass, Marine, Nutty, Seaweed, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 OZ / 110 ML
mrmopar

These things usually work out in time. Sad that it comes to extremes like that sometimes though.

Kawaii433

Mrmopar. I sure hope so. Thank you <3

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I got a free sample of this (yay and thank you) and have decided that I won’t put a numerical rating on it because well, I’m not a mint fan.

But here’s the deal.. This is really good if you do like minty freshness. It is unique and has all the right notes of a good black tea. The mint notes are very light, not overpowering, it balances well with the spices. I got a few clove notes, some anise. It’s delicately sweet with honey and it lingered well after I finished my sip, and so did a light fresh cooling sensation. If you like mint and a great black tea, then I recommend this. If you’re like me and mint just isn’t your thaaang, then pass. ^^

Hope you’re all having a wonderful and productive day, teafriends.

Flavors: Anise, Camphor, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Mint, Spearmint, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
mrmopar

I don’t do much with mint at all. The exception is old style cucumbers with vinegar to soak in. For some reason I add mint to that concoction.

Kawaii433

mrmopar… I have never tried it with cucumbers and vinegar. I eat cucumbers and vinegar all the time though. Hmmm :D Maybe I’ll try. hehe

Kittenna

Intriguing. I have a very large mint plant this year, and have made mojitos and added it to a salad; I think I will have to try it with cucumbers/vinegar!

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90

Fantastic Assam. I got a package from Whispering Pines today. I tried the new ones that I’ve never had before, and this one was today’s favorite. Loved their Jin Guan Yin Black too (I’ll write about that soon). I may add some thoughts as I work through my ounce of it later on but I think Tea-sipper gave a fantastic review on it so that’s all I’m going to say for now. ^^

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Cream, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Malt, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha, Genmaicha… Etc. I like all teas: Green, oolong, black & pu’erh (prefer ripe over raw).

Chanoyu (for matcha prep) and Gongfu cha (for other types of tea) are the main ways I prepare my tea (Gaiwan, Yixing teapot, Kyusu). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. This past year, I’ve tried many flavored now because of all of you lol. As long as there aren’t artificial sweeteners, it’s all good.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, 52Teas, Whispering Pines, Bird & Blend, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia.

The flavors I dislike: Artificial sweetener, lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, papaya, honeydew, rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, any mints, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread/pastry, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas unless they are flavored, then I may add a splash of milk.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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