53 Tasting Notes

drank Gen Mai Cha by Silk Road
53 tasting notes

yum yum yum
Gen Mai Cha is definitely my favorite green so far… well maybe it’s a tie with Jasmine green.

Either way, the Silk Road gen mai cha is as good or better than some I’ve had in Japanese restaurants.
The dry tea is almost equal parts roasted rice and green tea leaves, with a few popped pieces of rice.
The liqueur is quite dark, and the taste is distinctly nutty but still green.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Steeped 6 pearls in water that was a little too cool. It’s a little tricky, as I’m in a hotel room so my water comes from the coffee pot. (I know, I know). It took about 5 minutes for there to be any evidence of a liqueur.
Jasmine-y, but the tea taste is not completely lost. Like it! Will do a second steep very shortly, as I have just about downed this mug.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Needed a quick tea bag, and this was all I had at home, other than medicinal teas.
This tea is really not minty enough for my tastes. I drank it without really paying much attention to it.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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(Backlogging from yesterday)
A nice standard cup of tea. I know I need to rate this, but I feel so underqualified to rate a darjeeling.

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I grabbed this tea bag on the way out the door this morning, throwing it into my thermos with some just boiled hot water.
An hour later, I could finally sit down and wake up with the cup.

hmmm. This is a strange tea. It definitely smells like licorice, and something else that reminds me of a flea collar. (eep!)

The taste is sweet and somewhat licorice-like. Perhaps there is some cinnamon heat. But otherwise I do not get any of the other flavours.

This is a random teabag in the cupboard and I will not be buying it, but for this one time, I’ll certainly finish the cup!

Boiling 8 min or more

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This is the last of my Bao Zhong. I will miss you, my first oolong!

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drank White Peony by Tea Oh
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Steeped this cup for probably 5 minutes (I really should use steep.it more often!) as I kinda forgot about it… but I had hoped the longer steeping might help bring out the flavours.

It maybe helped give a little flavour boost, but it gets bordering on bitter when steeped too long. I’ve gotta lower my rating….sorry! :(

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m slightly obsessed with this tea!

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Kiwi Berry by Tea Oh
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I figured out the secret to successful iced tea with this stuff. Use LOTS of “tea”! Wowie, it steeped up really dark red, almost like beet juice, and had much more flavor this go around. How unfortunate that I figured this out at nearly the end of my package.

Iced 8 min or more

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I’ve been drinking tea off and on for a few years, but only in the last year have I started to test out loose leafs, and expand my taste buds.

I consider myself very new to the world of teas, especially when it comes to properly steeping, and knowing much about what certain teas are supposed to be like.

After discovering there was more to tea than Red Rose OP, I have traditionally tended to drink mint teas and similar herbals (but no fruity ones), red rooibos, honeybush, and the occasional matte. I’ve only recently discovered white teas and oolongs, which I really enjoy.

I’m expanding my knowledge, trying new teas, and just starting to learn about temperature/steep times, etc.

0: I don’t even want to taste it.
1-10: I can’t finish the cup.
11-30: I’ll finish my cup, but that’s it.
31-50: I will drink it until I’ve used it all up, or find someone to give it to. It’s ok, but it’s not something I tend to reach for.
51-70: I enjoy it enough to reach for it specifically, but I won’t get it again.
71-80: I enjoy it quite a bit. I would recommend it to others.
81-90: I would definitely buy again, but it’s not my favorite.
91-100: The creme de la creme


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