88 Tasting Notes

80
drank smiling monkey by Harney & Sons
88 tasting notes

Small, round (balled) tea; nice for measuring!
Light green-ish brown; nice aroma.
Earthy taste, and rather light.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Nice earthy, not quite as rich as kenum snail, but pretty good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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73
drank Pomegranate Green by Mark T. Wendell
88 tasting notes

Looks like a light green tea, smells fruity of pomegranate. Smooth, good for a change, though in general I prefer black teas and find green teas sort of weak.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

A Very nice roobios. Rounded, mellow, very finely chopped. Don’t try and steep this in your old tea filter with 1/16" holes – it’ll go right thru. Steeps a medium reddish-brown.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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68

Medium Dark, a Little Tannin, general-purpose Assam. Nothing too special.
Fairly fine cut, a mix of dark and golden tea leaves.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74
drank Bee's Knees by Harney & Sons
88 tasting notes

Definitely not a black tea – little tea flavor. Strong lemon and some honey, fairly smooth, is good for a break from the stronger teas. Sort of a shock when you’re used to “regular” tea a few times a day, this is like a unsweet Sprite in comparison. Different…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

This tastes a lot like the Keemun Snail I got from a couple other tea distributors. Earthy, smooth, well rounded. Not tannic. But at the price, I think it’s not that much better than the other brands! it’s like $20/oz…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I bought a full tin of this based on a sample, and it’s not quite as good as the sample was. Still more mellow and smooth than non-pu-erh black teas in general, but the other pu-erh I rated I thought was a bit smoother. All the pu-erhs I’ve sampled seem more rich than regular black teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

A very nice oolong, combination of oolong and earthy, smooth, I like it.
Smallish whole-leaf tea, a little nutty.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank Raspberry Black by Mark T. Wendell
88 tasting notes

cut leaf black, fairly smooth. Raspberry always seems to sound better than it delivers. It foes have raspberry overtones, but it’s nothing like a fresh red raspberry, unfortunately. Not bad for a flavorful change, but not a daily tea either (at least for me). Again, I steep light and no cream or sugar.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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