216 Tasting Notes

88
drank Sun's Up by The Tea Table
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71

Hmm. This tea smelled intriguingly nutty, but it tasted very weak. When I tried steeping it longer, it got distressingly bitter without getting any more flavorful. Probably I made it too weak — I’m still figuring out the best way to judge proportions. I will definitely try it again, because a tea which tasted the way this smelled would be fantastic.

(Backlogged from Saturday.)

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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97

Mmmmmmmmmm!

My order from Life in Teacup just got here yesterday and overwhelmed me with the shiny foil-wrapped temptations waiting within! I feel like a really need to find some time to sit down and thoroughly taste everything. Today I don’t have that time, but I do have a whole fresh pile of this lovely tea which I already know I love. Mmm, smoky and delicious.

Angrboda

I am SO curious about this one and I just discovered a lovely shipping flat rate to Europe. Veeeeeery interesting.

Cait

It is wonderfully tasty! I think I could send you a bit, if you like….

Angrboda

If you don’t mind shipping to Europe, I’d like that. Take a look at my cupboard and see if there’s anything you’d like in return. :) There are a couple of things that I don’t have enough of to share, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. :)

Cait

I’d love to try some pu-erh, if you have some to send! Everyone keeps talking about it and I have no idea where to start….

Angrboda

No problem. :) I don’t have vast amounts at the moment, but I can definitely put something together for you.

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90

You know, I’m starting to wonder if I didn’t do something wrong in storing this — I put it in a tin, but it’s a biggish tin for a small sample. This pot, like the previous one, is just not as flowery as the very first one. I mean, on any other tea I’d be calling this flowery, but here? Only barely.

Well, I’ve already ordered a bit more. I’ll have to see if I can treat the next batch better!

Mmm, flowers.

JK Tea Shop

Yes, Tie Guan Yin is famous for its exquisite light orchid aroma, which is the aroma I like the most. Prefer smelling the aorma than drinking the tea. haha .

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88
drank Sun's Up by The Tea Table
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Mmm, tasty iced tea.

bumps up rating again

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87
drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
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80
drank Creme Caramel Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmm! Another swapped tea from Doulton, and another tasty tasty rooibos. This one smelled nutty but had more of that woody-rooibos taste (the one that apparently you either really hate or really enjoy) which I like with sweet teas. Very smooth. I might try this with a bit of milk next time, I think.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Doulton

I’m glad that you like this one, Cait. I’m turning away from Rooibos—I think merely because I had too much during those long winter nights. I think that David’s Tea is very much a quality operation and their delivery was unbelievably speedy too.

Cait

I’m definitely feeling good about David’s Tea! I will keep them in mind for sure. Thank you again!

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85

I tried this with short steeps, but the resulting tea was barely there (despite turning a beautiful deep golden color almost immediately). So I steeped the third time for two minutes, and what a change! This tea isn’t sweet, per se, but there’s a hint of burnt sugar around the edges; there’s still not a lot up front, but the back of it hits almost immediately with a savory grilled flavor that just keeps going.

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Interesting! I made this in my larger pot this morning because I wanted to take a full-sized mug and go, and I don’t know if it’s that I got the proportions different or that the bigger pot is making the water temperature change or what, but this is a much less flowery tea this time! It still tastes of orchids and sugar, but they’re much farther back and the tea taste is much thicker now.

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