143 Tasting Notes

76

Oh well, forgot I even had this tea.Broke out the old “Large Teavana Perfectea Tea Maker II”, since I had forgotten that I had that in the closet as well. Used quite a bit of tea ~10g since there is a lot of empty space in that maker. Brewed each batch for about a minute and was not that impressed. This 2015 dry leaf is a mix of green, brown and white with a slight hay scent, brewed you get the aromas of butter and pine nuts with a hint of floral. The brewed leaf showing small buds with 1-2 leaves and muted flavors of the butter and pine nuts, no floral but a presence of white pepper and astringency. In no ways a bad tea but I’ve been spoiled by some really good Liu An Gua Pian which is my gold standard.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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92

Teabox is really a great vendor. Their tea descriptions are so spot on. This tea is no exception. I really can’t add or subtract from the narrative. I chose their website to try and get a better comprehension of India’s teas. The choice has been one of the best vendor experiences to date, both online and through sales. I purchased the sample bags which give you a bunch of teas in any category. I first had the all Nilgiri bag and then the all oolong bag. Once they are gone I’ll do the all black Darjeelings, and so one. Even the prices for the individual teas are helpful in telling the story for that tea. Lower price = good tea, maybe some complexity but just an every day drinker and higher price = excellent quality, mega complex and satisfying good for the special brews. Give ’em a try.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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94

I don’t usually do whites. Occasionally when I’m at my favorite tea house (Tea Drunk) I get to sample other peoples white teas they are enjoying but I never really paid them much mind since I was having robust Tie Luo Han or any other bold oolongs on the shelf. That said I expected this sample from Teabox to be anything other than inspiring. Dry and wet leaves have little to discern other than light hay notes. This tea is more than inspiring. Beautiful flavors abounding with headiness of rose with touches of lemon and Thompson grape. The soup is velvety and of a heavier mouth-feel than I would of expected. At the end there is a nuance of cucumber. One thing that did impress me was how this tea differs when first poured and when cooled down, the latter being my preference, it seems more sultry on the tongue.
I did twice the amount of tea as suggested on the website but increased the water to compensate and kept the steep at 5 minutes. Really enjoyable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 9 OZ / 260 ML

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86

Another great example of a well made tea that neither blows you away or makes you shrug, but the complexity and nuances of flavors and perfume provide a very pleasing tasting experience. Looked on the website to see how much it’s going for and lo and behold, it’s not available.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 9 OZ / 260 ML
TeaBrat

Happy Earth Tea has some good NEpali teas if you’re looking for a similar one

BigDaddy

Thanks, Teabox also has quite the assortment, too much tea too little time, but I’ll try

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84

This tea has a nice nose of malt and wisps of rose. Brews up a nice deep amber and has subtle flavors of muscatel, marigolds and sweet grass all be it not pronounced but still leaves you wanting more. There is a pleasing astringency and sweetness along the way to round out its profile of a better than average, not over the top tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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84

OK, so I already reviewed the same tea but the clonal variety and that tea was insipid compared to this. Nice fragrant and flavorful malt, with hints of florals and honey. Would like to make up a batch of Chai using this as a base.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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90

I’m a sucker for well made Yancha. Never tried this varietal. Described as having intense floral aromas and that is exactly what you get and should get from anyWu Yi medium roast Yancha. Then onto the flavors of dried cherry, plum and the requisite smokey roastiness but it really doesn’t present the smoke as much as the roast. Mouth-feel is thickish and with subsequent steeps (Gong Fu, 100ml gaiwan) you need to wait until about the 7th for the rock to hit.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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88

Very interesting tea, complex and nuanced yet somewhat shrouded in banality. All the right flavors are there; plum, citrus, nuts, grass and malt, not much in aroma, or the finish. From the first sip, to the end, all I could think of is having this tea with a thick slice of country white and some plum preserves.
I used twice the amount of tea suggested, and shortened the first steep to 2 minutes, and had 3 re-steeps, adding 30 secs for each.
As a bargain tea, not to be missed if you like the classic tea and biscuits.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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94

Again this reminds me of Bai Mu Dan. Not sure what the difference is between Classic and Special teas offered at Teabox but I’m assuming it has to do with leaf quality and processing. I previously tried the Special Mim Darjeeling Oolong and if going by class system alone, one would expect the Special tea to outclass the Classic, but not in this case.
The aromas off this dajeeling are insane; peony, lilies and hints of celery leaves; if you could bottle it, it would make that perfect perfume present as opposed to the Avon I usually give. The flavors are also spot on with abundant peony and light pine nut tones, coupled with a long sweet aftertaste. Drinking this now but since the oomph is not huge it would be nice to drink any time during the day.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 220 ML
Doug F

Teabox really seems to find some good ones!

BigDaddy

I’ve been impressed with the quality of these teas and will probably do another sample bag of Darjeeling blacks and Assams

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80

Dry dark emerald leaf ball with a scent of fresh mowed hay. Brewed up to a dark amber with scents of butter and gardenia. Soup has a full nutty, caramel flavor with a hint of florals and sweetness. Very smooth and a long finish would lead to this being anyone’s every day tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
curlygc

I need to try this one! I sure do love a dark roast TGY.

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