314 Tasting Notes

90

This one is becoming another standard. It’s my fix for when I want a mix of a clear taste and a sweet, somewhat malty black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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70

“I will not buy more tea until I’ve sipped down four samples. I will not buy more tea until I’ve sipped down four samples.”

(looks at oolong selection on Arbor Teas and Teavivre)
“I will not buy more tea until I’ve sipped down four samples.”

(ogles black tea selection on Teavivre)

“I SAID…”

Terri HarpLady

Good luck! I keep trying that…

scribbles

Me too…I have not been very successful.

Holly Faye

Yeeeeeah… I’m about ready to crack.

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45

It’s one of those days you gotta laugh a little. So it’s my Friday off, a day I’d been really looking forward to. So far, my hair appointment for today, which I’d scheduled 24 days ago after needing it for two months, got cancelled; I agreed to go to the bike trail with my parents after we’d already ridden our bikes around the neighborhood, only to get rained on once we got to the trail; and when I went out this afternoon to catch a brief bit of sun, some painful buggy thing got under my shirt and stung me twice ON THE BOOB, both times hard enough to draw blood. So right now, I am sitting in my room, trying not to make Mother Nature any angrier than she already is, with an ice pack wrapped in my crappy tank top and tucked under my bra, listening to this one Parliament song I really should have previewed before I sent it to my bass teacher saying, “I wanna learn this! I think I can do it!” And drinking my keemun.

So. This keemun. I don’t remember it being so smoky the last time I made it. It’s not a good smoke like my lapsang souchong, either. It’s burnt-rubber smoke, in the aroma as well as the flavor. I hope it’s not the influence of the yunnan noir from yesterday and today. There’s a dark fruity? taste that I think I got more of the first time around, but it’s only an undertone. I know there are different grades of keemun; I’m wondering if this is a lesser-grade one. I need to pour it into my clear bowl to look at the liquor, but the impression I’ve gotten is that it’s fairly light. Knocking the rating way down.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
313 tasting notes

God I did not sleep well last night. Wake up wake up wake up. Yesterday I had a cup and a half of this same stuff, somewhat oversteeped on the first infusion, AND took an Excedrin because I had a headache. Can you say Twitchy Thursday? But today I am not twitchy. I am le sleepy.

Second infusion, from the giant batch I made yesterday. Damn did I use a lot of tea leaves. That may have also helped to explain the mushroominess. Today it’s… a bit mushroom-like, but much lighter on the flavor. My taste buds are still a bit muddled after “first breakfast,” as it were, so my taste might not be up to par.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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82

Guesstimating on the steep time and temp, as usual.

Just the right amount of honeysuckle sweetness with light undertones of something more complex.

Perfection.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
313 tasting notes

Steeped this a little long this morning… whoa DAMN that’s mushroomy! And astringent! So THIS is what I did the first time around when I didn’t like this tea. Now I know!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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90

Tonight’s another one of those nights that I’m like, “To hell with the caffeine! I’m having me a nice black tea before bed!”

Okay. So this is my second or third time on this tea, so I think I’ve finally gotten enough of a feel to do a review.

Once again, this is my first assam. I really like it. It’s got a deep, warm, “clear” flavor profile. You know how some malty teas taste opaque? This one tastes clear. The honey flavor is definitely there. There’s a mite of astringency on the second infusion, but I had the first infusion several hours ago so I don’t remember how astringent that one was. Not very. It’s a black tea that’s cleansing and comforting at the same time. Upping the rating.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The name’s Holly, and I’ve been a tea drinker since spring of 2013. Tea is my happy place – it picks me up, it calms me down, it helps me focus, it helps me loosen my grip, it’s a little bit of positivity in each day. I do not drink alcohol, so tea is my recreational beverage. I love learning everything there is to know about it and sharing my experiences.

When I’m not drinking or writing about tea, I’m working at a music store and pursuing a Master’s degree in professional writing. You may also find me reading, writing, trying to learn French, cycling on the weekends, being a klutz, or making horrible puns and Star Trek references. Likely all at the same time.

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