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239 Tasting Notes

85
drank Black Dragon Pearl by Teavana
239 tasting notes

Finished the last two pearls. I’ve found 2 pearls, 4 minutes, boiling water makes a good 16oz mug for me. 3 pearls and a bit shorter time if I want to have a resteep available. Woody and bold come to mind as descriptions. Still has a slight burnt/hardwood smoke edge to it. It adds a bit of complexity.

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87
drank UVA Highlands by Harney & Sons
239 tasting notes

another tea in my fall cupboard cleaning bunch…gotta make room for new ones as the weather gets colder. This Ceylon became one of my go-to teas for the occasion that I just wanted a nice, plain cuppa. Its brisk and can be easily overbrewed, but takes to watering (down) like a duck! Hot or cold.

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87
drank Himalayan Majestic by Teavana
239 tasting notes

This is the first of several teas I have finished off in the last week. I mention that because it was that good…it went first. This being a Nepal tea, I don’t know where it fits in the spectrum of India teas vs China teas. Based purely on taste and probably incorrect sterotypes of tea regions, I’d say its more of a Chinese tea…. Regardless, its lightness in body and flavor makes it a good sipping tea; the kind I like when I need something to occupy my hands and not my brain. Book reading tea.

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84

rediscovered this in “the bin” in the pantry…still just as good as the first time.

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76
drank Darjeeling Tea by Golden Moon Tea
239 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea; I don’t drink a lot of Darjeelings. I decided to be conservative when brewing it, so it only got about 3 minutes with cooler water (190) for the first steeping. Brewed in a clear glass carafe, it has a pale brown color, tending more towards yellow than red. It is a clear, sharp (vice translucent) brew that is light and clean in the mouth. A good tea without much outstanding, good or bad.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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87

I was a little out of it this morning when I made this…and I treated it like a black tea. BIG mistake. I got it over steeped and paid for it. A Very tannic and a bit bitter brew. Overpowering green vegetables.
I drank it anyway, I needed it, Anything!
The preparation details are “What Not To Do”

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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78

Rating boost on this tea. I’m coming to appreciate its straight-forward, no frills tea flavor. Not a lot of complexity or subtlety; you don’t feel bad about slamming through a couple of cups in the morning as your wakeup cup(s)…you know that time, where subtlety and “fine flavor structures” are lost on the gunk in your mouth (or the mint toothpaste if you’ve gotten that far). 2nd steeps are good as the first.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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81

picked up some more of this. Just the thing after pulling an “all nighter”…gods, I haven’t done that since college (measured in decades ago)

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I remember when I discovered that there was more to tea than hot or iced. I was given a loose tea sampler (M.T.W.) and a stainless steel tea ball as a Christmas gift many years ago, by whom I cannot remember. That was the start of what will be a life-long love of fine tea. I discovered Steepster from a blog entry on the Mark. T. Wendell website…and have, from Steepster, discovered even more fine teas and vendors. Bravo!

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