565 Tasting Notes

91

I decided to add this to the catalog rather than review it under the 2014 Autumn link. This was a very enjoyable tea. There was bitterness in the early steeps as well as a slight sour note that took a while to go away. This is a fairly punchy, in your face kind of tea but it mellows out after a while. It is strong tea. Stronger than the Misty Peak autumn tea for sure. I will see how this ages. There were some sweet notes in there too, not sure how to best describe them. The usual is to describe them as apricots or stonefruits. These may fit, not entirely sure.

I brewed this tea 10 times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. If anyone wants to buy this tea it is still available in the 100g bing, the 200g bing is sold out. Get it now if you want it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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84

This is excellent but not spectacular tea. Is was sweet and thick with fermentation flavor in the first couple of steeps. It mellowed significantly over ten steeps. It was not weak even after ten steeps. I used a lot of tea so I am sure I could have gotten a few more steeps out of it. I liked this tea but I wonder if it is really ancient tree as claimed. So many teas make the claim to be something they are not.

I steeped this ten times in a 170ml teapot with 14g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, and 45 sec.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 14 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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89

Thank you Wymm Tea for this sample. This is quite good. It was earthy in the early steeps and had a nice sweetness. I have seen others describe this as having mushroom notes, not a bad description but I am not certain. I am certain I like this tea. I gave this tea ten steeps but could have gotten a few more out of it certainly.

I steeped this ten times ini a 120ml gaiwan with 7g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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86
drank Oolong Peach by Miss Tea
565 tasting notes

This is another tea bought from the Coffee and Tea Festival NYC the other day. It is quite good. It has a mild peach flavor and a sweet aftertaste. So far all of her teas have been good. I have one of hers I have yet to try. There is little in the way of bitterness or astringency to this tea.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

Bought this the other day at the tea festival. It is a nice full bodied tea. It is malty, somewhat sweet and somewhat astringent. It is one of the better breakfast teas I have tried.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Green Tea Kukicha by Miss Tea
565 tasting notes

Picked this one tonight because it is low in caffeine. Bought it the other day at the Coffee and Tea Festival NYC. It’s somewhat roasty and quite vegetal. There is a very slight sour note to it also, very slight. There is a definite floral note to it as well.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cwyn

Kukicha is twig tea, should be boiled in a pan for 5 minutes.

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85
drank Lychee Aroma by Ateaz
565 tasting notes

This tea is good. Bought it at the expo day before yesterday. The lychees give it a sweet taste and a bit of a sour taste. This is the only one of their teas that I have tried so I don’t know how it compares. It does rate well compared to other lychee teas I have tried.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Lychee

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

how much tea did you buy at the expo? I would find it hard to resist, I’m sure!

AllanK

I spent too much, bought about twenty different teas. Bought from about six or seven different companies.

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85
drank White Blueberry by Miss Tea
565 tasting notes

This tea is tasty with notes of blueberry. It had a certain natural sweetness to it when I tasted it prior to adding honey I got at the expo. It goes very well with honey.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 185 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 2 mini.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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While it is only a first impression, I’d say this tea is not very good. It started out with a taste of wet wood. It then got sour for several infusions, It got a little better in later infusions. There were some sweet notes but not many. There was a lot of fermentation flavor in the early steeps.

I brewed this eight times in a 170ml teapot with 9.1g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 6 OZ / 170 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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