161 Tasting Notes

88

Brewed this one this morning. I won’t change the rating even though it doesn’t taste as good today. My taste buds are off today. I somehow have a cut in my mouth. It hits the spot though.

I brewed this once in an 18 oz teapot with 9g leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 9 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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94
drank Blueberry Bliss Rooibos by Teavana
161 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite rooibos teas and perhaps Teavanas best. Despite this I am drinking this tonight because I need to avoid caffeine because my morning starts abysmally early lately. It has the sweet taste of the blueberries as the prominent flavor backed up by the savory character of the rooibos. It is good.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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89

All da hong pao seems to have a roasted barley flavor to it. This one is no exception to that. This flavor is not too strong in it. There is a sweet flavor behind this that I don’t know how to describe. It is a good tea overall.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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87

I decided to try this again at 175 degrees with slightly less tea leaf. It has been a success. Gone is the incredible strong barley taste and gone is the bitterness. Now there is a mild roasted barley taste and a sweet aftertaste. Ironically, I think the directions on the package said to brew it with boiling water. I decided to try this one tonight also because I believe it to have less caffeine for two reasons. First, when I drank it last time I didn’t feel any caffeine kick. Second it has huge leaves, the biggest I have ever seen. I have read the large leafed tea has less caffeine then smaller leafed tea.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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82

Brewed this today at 190 degrees to see if I would like it better than before. It is a little improved. It is still good but not the very best is how I would put it. It is something worth finishing, hopefully, but not something worth buying again. It is still very malty and just a little bitter. I may eventually try brewing it at 160 degrees and see what I get or just cut back on the steep time by half.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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92

This is sweet, creamy, and very tasty. I added caramel rock sugar to this to sweeten it even more. I purchased the sugar from my local tea store, Clipper Ship Tea Co. This tea is just good normally, incredible with this sugar. With this sugar it becomes caramel strawberry cream rooibos. The rooibos itself is good. It brews clear, not cloudy like bad quality rooibos. All of the rooibos I bought from this seller on EBay has been good, I have not tried his other products.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min. I choose a rooibos tonight because I am avoiding caffeine for the next few evenings.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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77

Drinking this this morning so I could review it on the Teavivre site. This tea has grown on me a little. It is still too malty for my taste. If you love very malty tea with very slight bitterness, then it is definitely for you. The bitter taste might not be there if I brewed this gongfu style. I shall eventually have to do this.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 4 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Tealizzy

Maybe steep it for less time? 2 min? I’m a fan of this one. Drank it yesterday!

looseTman

Allan, Have you tried TeaVivre’s recommended brewing parameters found at the bottom of this page: http://www.teavivre.com/bailin-gongfu/?

AllanK

I followed their recommendations almost exactly. I just don’t like this tea very much. I don’t hate it and may eventually finish what I bought, but to my taste buds it is bitter. I might try brewing it at 160 degrees instead of 190 degrees and see if the bitterness disappears but I suspect it will still be too malty for me.

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89
drank Casablanca by Clipper Ship Tea Co.
161 tasting notes

This tea is a mix of a number of ingredients but what really stands out is the green tea and the peppermint. The jasmine is there in the background. I wouldn’t know it had cornflower petals if I hadn’t called Clipper Ship Tea Co for the ingredients when I entered it into the system. At first sip I didn’t like this tea. However as I drank it my opinion changed. I think this is an excellent tea. I really liked it in the end.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Jasmine, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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86

This tea is good but not great. It has a strong roasted barley flavor in the foreground and a sweet flavor in the background. The sweet flavor is hard to notice at first. I don’t notice any other flavors. It is not as good as the Da Hong Pao from Yunnan Sourcing but is good. Is is better than the other Da Hong Pao from Dragon Tea House that I reviewed the other day. The leaves of this tea are nice looking, large, curly, and wiry looking. It has a nice aroma.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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