535 Tasting Notes

84
drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
535 tasting notes

This may be the only oolong, at least with Stacy’s steeping parameters, where I enjoy the first steep the most. Usually it takes somewhere between the 2nd-4th.

I’m getting quite a bit of melon and floral butter in this cup- it’s as good of a send off as I could’ve hoped for!

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Melon

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88

I have this mental block where I can’t steep green or white tea in cups and diffusers that were used to steep black tea or flavoured blends. This has seriously impacted the amount of green tea I’ve had since the new year.

This is the first cup of green I’ve had in about three months, which may partially account for the honey-like quality (or maybe it’s fruity syrup). Seriously, nectar of the gods. Like drinking sweet, creamy clouds, an crisp flowers (my cup got cold). Marry me, you beautiful green tea.

I’ll rate when I’ve finally recovered from my self-inflicted abstinence. Too much tea giddiness.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

yay! you’re back!

yyz

Yum!

CrowKettle

I shouldn’t be on here yet- not until after the papers, but green tea is special.

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95

This was probably my favourite guayusa blend; it definitely got me through some rough deadline crunches. I used the last of it this week, and it helped me me slay one final essay (but not the related terrible rhymes).

Mourning the loss of this blend is more than marking the passage of a delicious staple- The Killer’s Vanilla was also a smooth and efficient tool. Guayusa to stay conscious, vanilla to make palatable, lavender for curbing stress, mint to make fresh the rotting husk which is my soul on a deadline.

It’s going to be fun looking into replacements.. if only I didn’t associate the raw taste and smell of guayusa with the nausea of sleep deprivation!

Flavors: Earth, Lavender, Spearmint, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Aww, I too drank this a lot while I was writing my thesis. It’s so comforting yet keeps a person motivated.

OMGsrsly

Your poor soul.

Fjellrev

Too bad about the bad association. :( The same thing happened to me with green mate but luckily that’s no loss.

Cavocorax

Oh man…. I love the description for this, while I mourn for the rotting husk of your soul.

CrowKettle

If I’m somewhat melodramatic and morbid it’s all because of my history of death class (taking no responsibility, nope).

While I’ll miss loads of Stacy’s blends I think the guayusas are one the most unique losses (also, white teas)- no one seems to be doing what she was doing with them, at least on that scale :(

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74

This floral, buttery-sweet oolong makes for a particularly floral and buttery jam and nut butter. At the best of times it’s a cup full of scone goodness, but something about the flavouring doesn’t quite do it for me. It’s still an enjoyable tea, albeit one I won’t miss too much.

This is more me saying goodbye to Stacy’s Organic Sparrow Tongue (I will find you again!).

Cue my Beatles-inspired Organic Sparrow Tongue theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgd15XcAzys

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Nuts, Raspberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I wouldn’t put it past John that he sang about tea at the breakfast table.

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87

I’ve had this a few times now, but I don’t remember the powder sugar being so pronounced.. or there at all. I think it was mostly plum before- now it’s all in with the cashew cake and tangy-sweet syrup. Magic. The kind that’s probably connected to cooler drinking temperature, shorter steep time, etc. Also, paying attention to what I’m drinking.. I don’t know.

This is going to help me not eat the last of the cheesecake in the fridge. Yes it is. The last of the cheesecake was the perfect accompaniment for this tea.

Flavors: Cake, Nuts, Plums, Powdered sugar

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

Sounds amazing!

CrowKettle

Today it certainly is! Now I wish I had more left. XD

Courtney

Love the cheesecake comment haha!

carol who

Amazing how that cheesecake can sneak up on you! :)

ashmanra

Hahaha!

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84
drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
535 tasting notes

The first steep was very vegetal, with a touch of floral and buttery notes. This steep reminded me more of a green tea, than an oolong- I was trying to figure out what steamed veggie this reminded me of (asparagus, maybe)!

That steep, at 4 minutes in 180F, was a little too long for me with the amount of leaves I used, so I cut the second steep down to just under 3 minutes. Now it’s smoother, with my ideal butter to veggie ratio.

So far the third steep is just like the last steep- rich butter and heady florals, with a touch lightly boiled asparagus, and a sweet melon finish.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Floral, Melon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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90

I need a banana oolong in my life. I realize that now.

…and there goes my short lived pouch of tea.

Flavors: Banana, Butterscotch, Cream, Walnut

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Amariel

Awww, did you end up drinking the whole pouch?

CrowKettle

I think I have one more session left (for tomorrow). I’m in an oolong kick right now, and no use in hoarding it :)

OMGsrsly

I feel that way after having Lupicia’s Banane Chocolate. A fresh banana oolong would be so good!

Amariel

Enjoy it!

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82
drank Cape Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
535 tasting notes

I made up the rest of the sample, without destroying it this time (2 min. at boiling for first steep), and the balance of jasmine and milky oolong is now perfect. I’m not big on jasmine, but I can’t deny how smooth it is here: the cream, fruit, sweet, and floral notes work well together. Huge improvement from last night’s session (which was still pretty satisfying).

Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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89
drank DongDing Oolong by Tea Ave
535 tasting notes

On the first steep, This oolong has light roasted notes of nuts and barely, with a vegetal taste which is kind of minty, and almost like it’s lightly spiced with sweet cinnamon. The aroma is on the smooth side, hinting at fruit and nut flavours.

Third steep is my favourite so far. All the flavours mentioned about have been smoothed out to a sweet, nutty silk.

For me these notes are filling- I can almost forget I haven’t eaten anything yet. It’s a satisfying cup and quite the contrast to my two other Tea Ave samples, which are both flavoured/fragranced and use the Alishan Jin Xuan as a base.

On a side note, I love that Tea Ave includes the altitude, as well as the roasting level and oxidation level with scales, on the packets. It’s incredibly helpful and informative to an oolong newbie like me!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Mint, Nuts, Roasted Barley, Stonefruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Teaave

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82
drank Cape Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
535 tasting notes

I forgot I had this steeping in the kitchen. It probably sat for 10 minutes while I was eating sour keys and staring into The Void. That’s exactly the last thing I wanted to happen with a jasmine tea (I find less is better with this flavouring). Luckily this tea appears to be a particularly light and forgiving one!

The jasmine scent and flavour is now akin to a Body Shop jasmine frangipani candle (extreme flower and slight cream). There is also a hint of floral/veggie bitterness, but it’s still drinkable.. and enjoyable.

I’m looking forward to the subsequent steeps, and a second session, so I can get a better feel for this tea. Right now it’s promising!

Addition— getting to my unconventional fourth steep now, and there is a substantial amount of pepper spice to the finish.

Flavors: Cream, Jasmine, Pepper, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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