415 Tasting Notes

98

I miss Steepster. I’ve been trying to drink up old teas (such as this one) and let go of others before purchasing more. This one was great, though, last night with some Spekulatius cookies.

Sil

yaaay! welcome back :)

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99

I love this tea so, so much. Nice honey aroma, and the texture is like whipped cream or something, just so, so soft and creamy. I wish I had more of this.

Sil

luckily even though the lots change, they keep carrying the same teas.

CharlotteZero

They still have this tea, but I’m trying to learn to enjoy the teas I already have before buying more.

Rasseru

Something about ob & honey that really really works isn’t there

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Darn. No one had added this tea to Steepster and the this tea is no longer available on the TTC site. Oh well, I added instead a picture of a cute teapot and boat set that TTC has on sale. :-P

I wasn’t over-impressed with this tea. I expected a much sweeter and more fragrant tea. This tea was more on the savory side. It’s a nice enough tea, but it’s not what I usually expect from an OB.

TeaExplorer

You can find the page archived here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20140802213123/http://www.taiwanteacrafts.com/product/premium-oriental-beauty-oolong-tea/

BTW: web.archive.org (AKA The Wayback Machine) is a great resource for finding pages that are now gone from the vendors’ sites. They don’t have everything archived, but I have about an 80% success ratio for the ones I’ve looked for.

CharlotteZero

Thanks, TeaExplorer!

TeaExplorer

You’re welcome :)

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91

Having a cup of tea before bed. Smells just like a mocha latte. Perfect!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

so jealous of people who can drink caffeine at night!

Rasseru

yeah right. im one of those people whos brain finally decides to turn on when the lights go out

CharlotteZero

I slept so well, too… :-D

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88

So, I chose this for my dinner tonight (a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich). The package says “zesty cucumber” on it. I couldn’t have imagined what a “strong” cucumber smell was like before, but the wet leaves had this smell – very earthy and green. It was a little bit off-putting, to be honest. But the brewed tea was fabulous. It’s super-light and subtle and smooth. You do get a little bit of zest in the aroma, but there is no bitterness from tannins. (Somehow I expect zesty nose in the tea to correspond with the bitter flavor of actual citrus zest.) What a nice comforting tea for a chilly evening at home!

ETA: I almost didn’t receive this tea, because someone is stealing mail out of the mailboxes on my street again. Charming. (I would have thought this was so punk back in the day – think Dead Kennedys song.) Anyhow, apparently the thieves weren’t interested in tea and dumped this package on the side of the road somewhere. Thanks, USPS, for finding it and getting it to me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
keychange

omg, who does that? what is wrong with people?

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96

Had this again this morning. So much goddamned cinnamon flavor in this. It’s odd. I find that when this tea is freshly-brewed and hot, I get more earthy and umami flavors, but as it cools, all of these rich spicy notes come out. So nice. Need to make another TTC order soon!

Nicole

Sounds yummy

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86

I was really hesitant when I first brewed this tea. The liquor was very, very pale. But when I first caught a whiff of the aroma, I was excited by the smell of nectarines (my favorite fruit), which I had never experienced so vividly in a tea before. This is also one of those finicky teas which start to oxidize immediately upon brewing. The color was turning brown within just a few minutes. I decided to put the leaves back into the teapot after pouring my first two cups to see if I could get more flavor from this. I like this, but I don’t love it like I was expecting to. It has great qualities – so full of fruit flavor with just a hint of floral, cream, and vegetal notes. But it’s also kind of on the weak side, and doesn’t have the kind of sweet, long-lingering finish that makes me fall in love with a tea like this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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