1314 Tasting Notes

87
drank Bi Luo Chun by TeaSpring
1314 tasting notes

I made a cup of this earlier and then forgot about it, so it’s all lukewarm and dull now.

As usual though, I had to test-taste it before tossing it and for a brief brief moment I thought I had actually managed to spot the peaches that JacquelineM found earlier in a different brand bi luo chun. I was all, “YAY!”

And then I realised that when I rinsed the pot out after the passion fruit from Adagio (unlogged) earlier I hadn’t done it properly and missed the pinch of leaves lodged in the spout. I’m pretty sure that’s where the sudden fruityness came from.

As lovely as this is when it’s warm, it’s rather dull when it’s not. So I think I’ll go make something else. I’ve quite lost the desire for this particular one right now.

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80
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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I’ve been craving this one since last night when I went home from Lexitus’, but given the time I thought it best not to have any. I’m trying to learn to get back in the habit of getting to bed at a decent hour, and I have finally admitted that it may have something to do with the tea I’m having in the evening. I hate to admit it because this is not something that has ever bothered me before. But people change and people get older you know? Maybe it’s just one of those things. Possibly the development of Steepster into a more social site to hang out on compared to the very first incarnation of it is also making me drink more tea. Bottomline is, I knew I couldn’t have any when I got home at 10.30pm. (train delays for the GRRR)

But I can certainly have it now. Haven’t done any of my chores yet, of course, but I can certainly have my tea.

Mmmmmmm…. coconut.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Indeed. I’m also going the tea before tasks route today.

Angrboda

It’s seven hours later. I haven’t done hardly any tasks yet. Except buying new boots which Lexitus ordered me to do.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I think that means it’s time for another cup of tea, both to continue putting off the tasks and to celebrate the boot buy. So are the boots cute? Or are they work boots?

Angrboda

They’re just ordinary winter boots. I’m not really particularly in love with them, but they’re good enough. I liked my old boots, but they were worn through the soles so my choice was down to either ‘boots, feet warm and wet’ or ‘wellies, feet cold and dry’. So he said, “Buy new boots, woman!” or something like that. It was really hard to find some that lived up to all my criteria. Not too much heel, preferably none, more substantial than just a layer of leather, not out of my budget and not uglier than sin. So they’re functional winter boots, but not OMG YAY boots.

takgoti

I’ve been working hard to build up a solid selection of no-caffeine tea for this very reason. Tea can be sneakier than coffee – much less obvious as to what’s happening with the caffeine!

Angrboda

Yeah, but herbals don’t interest me and I don’t like rooibos. The selection of decaf reasonably available to me is EXTREMELY small, and if I can get non-decaf then I’d rather have that. I’ll just have to drink something else. Or instead of making a pot with two cups in it, just make one cup’s worth.

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85

I’m not really feeling the inspiration to write a long and insightful post today, but I have other stuff that I’d like to be writing on, and I need to sort of get the floodgates opened up. Preferably before the time where I actually ought to have already gone to bed, you know? So I’m choosing to have one of my NBT samples tonight to force myself to write a proper post and hopefully get in the swing of things so I can work on my other project.

The leaves green and smells rather… At first I thought flowery, but the more I smell them the more I’m thinking citrus-y. My immediate thought here was, ‘did they give me another sample of the lemon oolong by mistake?’. I can’t see that there are any rose bits in there either. I was rather expecting petals, you know? The lemon oolong was super-yummy, so taste-wise I know I’m not in for a disappointment if there was indeed a mix up. At least that’s something.

I can’t say anything about the colour because of the nature of the cup, but I still think it smells rather citrus-y. However, there is also a flowery note that makes me think ‘roses’, so I don’t think they actually screwed up. I’ve also looked at the site and the pictures of the lemon and rose oolongs are very similar. I’ve left the cup to stand and develop a bit more and the more it does the more rosy the aroma becomes. Okay, so they didn’t mess it up. But it was weird that they seemed so similar initially. Considering how much I liked the lemon oolong, I’m taking it as a good sign though.

It tastes slightly overdone, but I’m pretty sure that must be my fault. I think the water was a bit too hot and I think I oversteeped it some too. It’s quite rosy in flavour though. Quite rosy. Very… rosy, in fact. Quite a very lot rosy to be honest.

I think maybe the extreme rosyness wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t mistreated the leaves. Right now it seems hugely dominant. Lovely, but too much.

On the second steep, I’ve let the water cool off for a few minutes before pouring it on the leaves and I’ve made sure to pay attention to when I did that instead of just winging it like I usually do. I’m hoping it’ll be more oolong-y and a little less rosy this time around. If it is, it’s lovely. If it’s not, it’s just good.

It’s actually quite nice on the second go around. A bit understated, but I’m getting a pretty good idea of what the first steep would have been like if I hadn’t maimed it. The rosy notes are not as overwhelming here and the oolong is not as sour. Not quite lovely but definitely better than good.

It’s definitely a girly girl tea, this. I’m not sure I can get Lexitus to drink this. (I’m not sure I’d do that to him anyway) I’m not sure it’s one that I’m going to buy more of, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did either.

takgoti

I’d call that a pretty thorough post! And good luck on your other writing!

TeaEqualsBliss

ditto that, Takgoti

Angrboda

It’s not going brilliantly. I’ve done 35 words in an hour or so…

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75
drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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Another one finished off! I decided that what I really needed was something black and fruity sweet, not something plain black.

So I took the rest of these leaves, again, enough for just half a pot, and botched the brewing. I put them in the pot, but by the time the water was done boiling I’d forgotten that I only had enough leaves for half a pot so I filled it up. I don’t like pouring a botched brewing away without tasting it first, so we’ll see if I just wasted the last of my leaves of this one.

Yes, it’s definitely a bit on the weakling side. It’s still tasting like a black tea though and there’s they sweet fruity note that I wanted clear enough. It just doesn’t really have much body. But that’s my own fault.

I like it. It was fun to try and I’m curious about this guanabana fruit. Unlikely to ever get to taste one, but still. I kinda suspect that I would like it. But it’s not a tea that I feel any need to stock up on.

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77
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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Another one finished off. This is the last of a sample that Jillian sent me. It’s been a while and I can’t actually really remember what I thought of it at the time. I’ve only got a single cup here, because I only had leaves enough left for half a pot.

I steeped it a bit too much I think because it’s got a fairly astringent bite. There is a sweet note though, a sort of tongue coating one. Not quite caramel, but similar. Mostly I got the smokey peppery note which was probably brought out more by the fact that it was steeped a bit too long.

Anyway, this was a good enough tea to have in a sample. It was good to try and overall I liked it. I’m definitely interested in exploring the yunnan blacks further, but it probably wouldn’t be this particular one.

Jillian

That was pretty much how I felt about this tea aswell. :)

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76

Right. So the raspberry I-just-need-something phase is over with.

This one is very deliberately chosen. I was sitting here and thinking about it. Like, it wouldn’t leave my head at all. I was telling myself that I had just decided to try and finish off some of my tiny amounts, but it wasn’t working.

I’ve only had this once before and the rating says I liked it, but apart from that I can’t actually remember what I thought of it. (I do remember that eating one of the raisins post steeping wasn’t particularly successful. No flavour left. And eating one pre steeping was even less so, covered in dry-leaf-taste as it was.)

There’s a jasmine-y note to the aroma. Having checked my previous note, I can’t believe I didn’t catch that before. Anyway, this just hitting the spot right now.

I like this best after it has steeped and then cooled off just the tiniest tad, because that’s where the sweetness of the raisins come out and they rather suit the oolong.

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75
drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
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GRRRR! ARGH!

I’m mildly irritated at just about the whole entire world today.

I picked this one pretty much at random from the cupboard, going for something that I could finish off. I have a lot of samples left that have only one go left in them or so and I need to get around to getting rid of it. (And no, I’m not particularly interested in giving them away just because there isn’t much left. I believe in swap via wishlist or because I think someone might like a particular one (or it’s one that I like enough that I want others to try it too)). Maybe I should make a finish-this-first pile ala Bethany.

I’m rather busy spewing my irritated rant elsewhere on the internet at the moment and the tea was semi-forgotten in the process. It’s just lukewarm now and in this condition it’s fairly boring. Shame actually, because I can see from my previous rating that I’ve otherwise enjoyed it.

Maybe what I really needed wasn’t any particular flavour but just something warm to drink. I’m not in a condition to pay too much attention to flavour profile anyway. I just needed a cup of tea. The kind was pretty much irrelevant at this point.

If any of that even made sense.

Bethany

The drink it up pile is going pretty well. I have a lot of samples to finish, so those are going quickly. The bigger sizes of things that have been neglected.. well, they’re still being neglected, unfortunately.

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77
drank Pu Erh (EC05) by Nothing But Tea
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As I had suspected this is indeed quite similar to the pu-erh toucha I had the other day. Given a choice between the two, I’d get the toucha just for the convenience. It seemed like a good size in comparison to the size of my pot so the inability to adjust the ‘dosage’ isn’t something that would worry me.

Like the toucha, this one seems to be pretty much default pu-erh. The only difference here is that I haven’t steeped this one to the brink of death. The smaller leaf size in the toucha surprised me a bit.

But again, it’s a good tea. It’s just a pretty straight forward one. It tastes like pu-erh and it’s a good one to have for a plain every-day pu-erh that doesn’t cost a small fortune. That’s really all there is to say about it.

S

Is it wrong that the word “toucha” reminds me of “toucha toucha toucha touch me, I feel sexxxxy” from Rocky Horror?

Meg

ROFL! Now that’s all I see, too.

Angrboda

I’m sorry, that’s what it’s called O.o :p
Now you’re making me glad I don’t know the source material…

S

No! Angrboda, you have to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show sometime…it’s this super campy, cult-classic movie musical about a newly engaged man and woman (Susan Sarandon!) that gets lost and trapped at a mansion owned by a Dr. Frankenstein-esque transsexual. It’s just so over the top and hilarious. :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show

Meg

I remember dressing up for the midnight showings when I was in high school.

Angrboda

I can see I’m evidently frightfully uncultured… Such a philistine, me. :p

(Are you all going to throw wet teabags after me if I admit that it doesn’t immediately sound like something that I would like much?)

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56
drank Melon by Pickwick
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I’m bagging it this morning. Just to be provocative.

That is all.

JMKauftheil

Tea bags?!
May the Iron Goddess have Mercy on your soul…

Angrboda

Think the Loose Mafia is going to come after me? :p

Jillian

Le gaspeth!
;)

Angrboda

I know! I’m sure I’m some sort of traitor now or something.

JMKauftheil

Loose Mafia? You mean the Teavana employees?
They’re tough pushers.

Angrboda

Haven’t been subjected to those what with Teavana not existing in Denmark, but from what I’ve heard, they could be. ;)

Jillian

Nah, they’re just the Greedy Corporate Mafia. XD

Dan

I have to agree, we have a Teavana in the mall here. They are very expensive and I just won’t pay their prices.

JacquelineM

I learned there was a Teavana not 10 minutes from my house by car, but I’m afraid – very very afraid!! to get jumped on by the salespeople!!! A huge pet peeve of mine! I’ll stick to my lovely little local tea shop and online orders :)

wombatgirl

I’ve actually had pretty decent luck with my local Teavana. Just say no, and they go away.

Teaman

Our local Teavana sales people respond the same… ask if they can help, but I tell them I’m just looking and they leave you alone. So for me it’s the right amount of help… offer once but then no more. I wouldn’t want to walk in, look interested and have no one offer help either. While I find their quality to be good, I find their prices a bit high compared to online sales. But then they have a lease to pay and you can get the tea right away.

Robert Godden

The Loose Mafia knows who you are. Don’t start reading any long novels….

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87
drank Bi Luo Chun by TeaSpring
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Hmmm…

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Hmmmmmmmmm…

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Who was it wot mentioned having found peach notes in a plain bi luo chun?

sips

I can’t find it.

And I can’t figure out if I’m disappointed or relieved. I don’t really much like peach in tea, see. I just thought it would be cool if I would be able to find it too.

sips

No, nothing. Still otherwise yummilicious, though.

Angrboda

I can’t find peaches. I agree about the almost-jasmine though.

Angrboda

But then again it’s not the same brand, so there might have been differences in growing conditions and such things. (Also I’m not paying very accurate attention to steeping time and temperature)

Ricky

Pi lo chun and peaches!??! I’ll have to try looking for that next time I have some of this.

JacquelineM

Angrboda – I was thinking that might be the case…the one I have is imported by Upton, and I used my lil thermometer. :)

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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