223 Tasting Notes

The first steeping (10 seconds) didn’t taste like much. I detected a very slight spice taste but that was it. The second and third steepings (15 seconds) brewed up brandy colored and had fragrance notes of leather and horseradish root. It has the same sort of root taste (but not spicy). Fourth steep (25 seconds) is smoother but has the same flavor profile.

Still having stomach problems with cooked puerhs. I don’t have that problem with the raw puerhs. I am puzzled by this since everyone says that puerhs are good for the stomach and settle it down.

I don’t yet now how to rate this one. I will think on it.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
takgoti

I have no idea what would cause it, but could it be an allergy? Stuff with a lot of chilis in it were giving me digestive problems and I found out later that I had a minor food allergy.

Jillian

Those are really short steeping times!

Carolyn

@tagoti I don’t know. It is only with cooked puerhs. Raw puerhs do not cause any problems. I used to have similar (though lesser) problems with oolongs when I brewed them too hot and too long so it doesn’t sound like an allergy to me.

@Jillian Those are actually recommended times and after the first steeping it really did brew up pretty strong. For example, here is a review of a similar puerh: http://ancientteahorseroad.blogspot.com/2008/08/1994-menghai-factory-7542-chi-tse-beeng.html

Note that his times for steeping are very short. (The first number is the number of the steep and the second number is the number of seconds he steeped it.)
1-15s
2-12s
3-25s
4-35s
5-50s
6-75s
7-85s
8-95s
9-105s
10-120s
11-135s
12-150s

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drank Champagne Oolong by PuerhShop.com
223 tasting notes

This brews up into a beautiful golden liquid that smells sweet with notes of guava and honey. The taste is true to the smell. It is sweet and tasty with subtle notes of fruit.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Yummm… this would have been a wonderful matcha chaser on NYE!:)

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
223 tasting notes

Mmmm! Delicious! 52teas outdid themselves with this one. It really is like sipping a warm chocolate malt. Very comforting on such a cold day! Soon we will be out in 13 degree (!) weather for our run and I’ll be glad to have this warm bit of comfort in my tummy. I’ll probably need another when I return. For medicinal purposes, of course.

I’m upping the rating because I found myself craving this tea. Always a good sign with a tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Andrea in New Mexico

On my shopping list, thanks to your reviews! I just need to wait until the baby’s out and I can enjoy the buzz without guilt, and without getting my ribs kicked from the inside.

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Unlike other people who have tried this tea, I love dates. I eat a date just before nearly every workout. My special fancy party food includes dates stuffed with marzipan (which is a challenge to get stuffed and on the table for guests without having them disappear in the meanwhile.) So I expected to like this tea.

There is a slightly odd perfume-like fragrance from this tea. It doesn’t smell like dates. It doesn’t really taste like dates to me either. It has a strong bitterness with that odd perfume-like note. Hmmmm. I don’t really care for it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

Here’s another good party food. Take dates, stuff with a whole almond, then roll in a cookie spice blend of spices on the outside. Very nummy.

Carolyn

Mmmm! That sounds wonderful. It’s now on my list. All I need is a party.

Madison Bartholemew

did it remind you a little of raisins?

Angrboda

“Unlike other people who have tried this tea, I love dates.” …that would be me. I don’t know what I was thinking. I think it’s one of the things that I don’t like but would really like to like.

Carolyn

@Madison Somewhat like raisins in the aftertaste. It has some of that darkness that raisins have but none of the sweetness.

Carolyn

@Angrboda You are definitely one of the people I was thinking of. However Bethany had also never had dates without bacon (an idea that pretzels my mind). As to what you were thinking, I suspect it is merely that hope springs eternal.

Angrboda

Heh, yeah Bethany got half of mine. Jillian got the other half. I have to agree though that I wouldn’t have thought dates and bacon would have been a very obvious combination, but on the other hand I seem to recall having heard it mentioned before.

52teas

@Carolyn. Hmmm. Bacon date tea. Hmmmm. :)

teaplz

Dates stuffed with almonds and then wrapped in bacon is a pretty popular tapas item. And it tastes delicious.

Madison Bartholemew

that’s exactly what I got when I had it without sugar! I was totally curious to see if you agreed. I know you wont…. but it’s MUCH better with sugar

Jillian

@Angrboda: I haven’t received the tea you sent yet, but Canada Post seems heavily backlogging with incomming mail only for some reason. It’s unfortunate since I am quite eager to try this tea out.

Angrboda

Jillian, Poot! I sent it the same time as Bethany’s and hers arrived safely. I hope it’s not lost because I sent it as a normal letter. Cheaper, but unfortuantely no tracking. I understand there was a lot of delay due to snowstorms and such, so hopefully it’s still out there somewhere and on its way.

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I normally don’t like mint teas even though I love mint in candy. However this doesn’t taste like ordinary tea mint. This is more like eating a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. I need to dash out the door to travel to MIssippi. Next time I drink it I’ll be more exacting with the description. (There will definitely be a next time with this one.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

This is good to know as I have been wanting to try this one!!!

LENA

Mmmm…thin mints.

Cofftea

Carolyn, you tempt me. ;)

silvermage2000

Nice review this sounds good I like chocolate and mint. I will have to consider ordering some.

takgoti

Damn it. Should have ordered this one. Next time.

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drank Counting Sheep by Pearl Fine Teas
223 tasting notes

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
223 tasting notes

I gently set the tea on the table to steep when my beloved looked up from his book (a rarity since he hardly ever notices me when he’s deep in a book), sniffed the air and said, “Chocolate tea?” It really does smell good, like good deep chocolate.

It tastes wonderful with a creamy, malted, chocolate, mocha taste and something slightly grassy. No bitterness. No astringency. No weird dusty taste. It’s a far cry from my yerba mate experiences of twenty years ago. (Those were the experiments that led me to swear never, ever, ever again to try yerba mate.) It’s quite nice. I can see using this as a base with ice and soy milk for a chocolate malt smoothie.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Doulton

I absolutely agree with you. 52teas has come out with some really wonderfully flavorful and toothsome blends.

Cofftea

How does malt compare in taste to say genmai cha? Is it all in my head that they’d taste even close to being similar? If I’m completely insane just tell me lol. I already know I am:) Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my head around things and malt in a tea is one of them.

Carolyn

It’s quite different. Genmaicha has more of a roasted popcorn taste and since it is a green tea, it has that as well. This has much more of a chocolate taste with a roundness provided by the malt. In genmaicha the roasted popcorn is front and center in the taste. in this tea, the malt is in a minor supporting role. It primarily makes the tea taste creamy and rich and gives the chocolate more of a chocolate taste.

Cofftea

Gotcha. I was basically wondering if malt and the toastyness of the rice were anything alike. I obviously know the mate and chocolate would make it taste vastly different.

Ricky

Sounds like a chocolate milkshake, minus the slightly grassiness. Is today 52teas tea day? Seems everyone’s having it.

Andrea in New Mexico

I am learning so much from these notes and the subsequent comments… It’s surely going to enrich and deepen my own experiences as I learn the vocabulary and the possibilities. Thanks, you guys. :-)

Carolyn

@Ricky A few weeks ago 52teas did a Steepster Select. My guess is that everyone’s tea has arrived and people are now sampling.

@Andrea I learn a great deal here as well which is good for my mind, great for my sensuality, and terrible for my pocketbook. ;)

Carolyn

@Cofftea I’ve thought about your question and I still think the answer is no. Malt has a very round, non-bitter, slightly sweet taste that becomes creamy when it interfaces with bitter things (like chocolate). The roasted rice grains have a slightly bitter, strongly roasted taste that becomes more bitter around bitter things. It is as if genmaicha is coffee and malt is vanilla-touched Cheerios.

Cofftea

Haha ok, thanks:)

Gander

Smoothie sounds like a good idea, I totally agree.

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drank Sencha Zuiko by Den's Tea
223 tasting notes

There is just the slightest tinge of bitterness to this tea. I suspect that I over-steeped it by a few seconds. Nonetheless it is still quite nice. It smells buttery and vegetal with just the slightest hint of flowers. My beloved says that it smells like a meadow and I can sense that as well. The taste is warm and calming with the same buttered vegetal promised by the fragrance.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Green vegetables? Yum!

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93

I dressed in my favorite bellydance cover-up, a flowing velvet affair with beads and gold embroidery, turned on an episode of Firefly (Trash) with a tea scene with Inara and then rinsed and steeped the Imperial Concubine tea and served it alongside two pieces of rose Turkish delight.

The tea begins with a musky sweet aroma with notes of honey and apricot and has a light, smooth taste. The second steeping adds a very slight smoky note with an apricot fragrance and taste. The third and fourth steeping develop the sweet apricot and honey taste further. It is a nice tea.

I began with a steeping time of 45 seconds and increased it over the period of re-steeps ending with the fourth steep of 2 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
takgoti

AHHHHHHH! THIS LOG IS AWESOME!

Carolyn

Wouldn’t you do the same with a tea named Imperial Concubine Aroma? It sounds almost haughty doesn’t it? Luckily it was a very good tea. I worried that I’d be all dressed up and the tea would turn out to be more of Cheap Tart Smell rather than Imperial Concubine Aroma. ;)

takgoti

Hah, so more YoSaffBridge than Inara?

Carolyn

Exactly! Who wants a tea that strips one naked, turns a gun on one, or knocks one out?

Angrboda

Cheap Tart Smell! LOL! I’m glad too that didn’t happen. :D

teaplz

Ah-maz-ing log, Carolyn! And hilarious comments too. :) I find myself craving pu-erh now…

takgoti

@Carolyn Certainly not I! Trash was such a…satisfying episode.

Carolyn

@takgot “Satisfying” is it? We know what is in your naughty little mind. ;)

takgoti

HAHAHAHA well, I really meant story-wise, because of the comeuppance of it all, but also because someone was more than a little naked. That was nice.

Ricky

Before I read all these comments, I thought you were calling the Firefly show trash_. I was like =O. I should have picked up on the "_tea scene with Inara." I thought Inara was your friend, how silly of me. I did a quick google search and hey look Trash is actually an episode. Oh, how I miss Firefly and wished Fox didn’t mess up the series.

LENA

GREAT POST! I love that you dressed up. Certain teas just call for that little extra something. And a 93 to boot….awesome!

takgoti

@Ricky You should DVD it. A lot of places have been selling it at a pretty good discount lately [not that I think Firefly needs a discount to justify purchasing it, but it helps] and they have all the episodes. I think some of them went unaired. AND they’re in order. Fancy that.

Ricky

I have Firefly, I was actually just rewatching a few episodes of it on Hulu a few weeks ago. Maybe I should just have a marathon and rewatch the whole thing, it’s been a while. Definitely worth it.

takgoti

@Ricky Ah, okay. From your previous post it sounded like you weren’t terribly familiar with the show.

Ricky

No worries, I have a really bad memory. I tend to forget details about stuff I watch. Like I’d watch a movie and a few weeks later I’d be like wait what did I just watch with you last week?

Keemun

…lovely review.Instead of Turkish delight…may I humbly suggest dry plums…very sexy in combination with the right tea.
Well…and inspired by what I’ve just read…mmh, I am honestly thinking I should put my cufflinks on this afternoon as I meet the " Prince of Wales" at 4.00pm. maybe put a nice classic CD on…Händel or Bach perhaps…

Carolyn

Thank you, Keemun. Dry plums might go better than the Turkish Delight. I will try that next time.

I think it would be splendid to meet the “Prince of Wales” with music and nice clothes. I hear, though, that he is very much in his cups by late afternoon. ;)

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A very similar tea to my favorites: The Simple Leaf’s Dawn and Golden Moon’s Sinharaja. The leaves look different, though. Where Dawn and Sinharaja have mono-colored leaves, these are variegated with shades of olive green, chocolate brown, yellow, and gold. The fragrance is redolent of cocoa, raisins, and sweet tea. The color of the liquor is reddish brown (and it actually darkened as it sat once I removed the leaves).

It has the same strong tea and cocoa taste I love but with a tad more astringency. It is a very good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I’m going to give Dawn a spin today. Very excited!

And this tea is pretty!

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