143 Tasting Notes

80

Perfect for an anywhere anytime tea, low caffeine, not much on flavor, some malt and I agree with Sherubtse, it seems to fit more in a black tea category than oolong.

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

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92

Yesterday I had the classic autumn (third pick 11/15/14) today the special spring (first pick 5/11/15) and its a night and day difference. There is such a huge difference in taste. Very nice clean orange zest and melon, orange blossom florals, smooth, well made oolong tea with sweet notes on finish which is pleasantly long. This is what I expect in a good oolong; fruit, florals and structure.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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80

Honey yes, cherry blossom maybe, lily no. My first not so exciting tea from Teabox. Not to say that its not good well structured tea but it does not represent what I think a oolong should provide lacking its floral tones.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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90

Another great sample from Teabox. Nectarine, orange, blackberry a substantial floral head; couldn’t imagine you’d get that much from 2.5gm. Smooth finish and a very noticeable sweetness added to the party in your mouth. Singbulli Darjeeling oolong = yum

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

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84

I have found the teas from Teabox to be all pretty much accurate in their descriptions and brewing parameters and this is another in that ilk. Soft with almond and hay flavors and an aftertaste that lingers well after sipping. The sweetness is what makes this tea stand a bit out on its own. It was part a sample box of 20+ oolongs. What I’ve learned so far is that I tend to use way too much tea and brew way too short. I guess you can get away with that with Chinese oolongs but it doesn’t do these justice, I’ll stick with Teabox’s parameters.

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

good to know. i never trust company’s parameters

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82

Brewed up a nice bronze color so I expected a bold flavor but instead there was a great balance of sweet/dry, stonefruit and subtle tannins. Not the morning black tea for oomph but a very suitable afternoon tea to keep the day going.

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

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84

Didn’t know what to expect with this one. the dry broken leaf looked anything like a green tea. The aroma was not of a green either, but when steeped it did provide a unique tasting experience for this Gua Pian/Bi Luo Chun lover. The Teabox descriptive notes are pretty much right on, menthol, vegetal and I would add smokiness. I missed the citrus yet it is definitely a complex flavor profile with some fun palate and back of the throat sensations.
I did wonder, if this tea was given the same treatment as the Yunnan raw Pu Erh’s we all love, it could be a fun experiment.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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74

For those who like a smooth light black tea with not much oomph this is for you. Its not a bad tea, just a bit shy and uninteresting.

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

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80

Really was chilly this morning and needed some black tea to warm me up. This tea was not what I was expecting. It is a light black tea with nuanced flavors of berry and vegetal tones, no malt to be found. Very light yet not wispy. Slightly sweet and a hint of astringency. In other words not the kind of black tea to get my engines roaring in the morning, willuse the rest fro an afternoon cuppa.

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

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