505 Tasting Notes

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I went to open this sample packet, and I must have popped it… all the oolong ended up on the, luckily, clean floor. This takes “hand picked” to a new level.

I did a rinse, until it started to unfurl a little, and then steeped it in 180F for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

From the smell of the dry leaf and liquor, I can already tell that this 2013 spring harvest is (or was) sweeter than the autumn batch, which I finished off last week. That sweet aroma is like bubblegum or cotton candy.

Has anyone here had dandelion burdock soda, or elderflower? This tea has that kind of sweet floral vibe. Along with the sparkling floral quality, it has a mellow sweet component, like cotton candy, gum, or marshmallow textures. There’s a little salted butter in the aftertaste too.

Soon I’m going to start describing Ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds, so I will end here. This tieguanyin’s first steep is a kind of crazy.. or maybe I’m just crazily projecting my carnival fantasies onto this hot mug of tea, on this miserable rainy day. This tieguanyin has made me doubt my perception of reality.

Flavors: Banana, Butter, Cotton Candy, Dandelion, Floral, Marshmallow

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
boychik

Hand picked;-)

gmathis

Yay for clean floors! If I’d tried that, I’d be listing “essence of black cat and lint ball” in the flavor profile.

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74

This is just the thing to have while reading on the patio and catching the last bit of “warm” sun. That sun after 5pm isn’t so hot.

Thanks, OMGsrsly, for sending me some of this tea. I’m going to stick with my previous judgment of this, and say it reminds me of strawberry kiwi juice with a grassy nip.

Flavors: Grass, Strawberry

Preparation
Iced

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85

I did a quick rinse and then steeped for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, which yielded crisp floral notes, like honeysuckle, and a grassy profile. The second steep, of 3 minutes, is still very floral but the sweet notes, which were on the periphery of the the first steep, are now more prominent. The finish has a jam-like quality that invokes images of stone fruits and blossoms, like peaches or apricots.

There’s also a smooth feel which makes me think of almond milk but it’s more of an impression.

I’m not always a fan of the tieguanyin varieties from Verdant, which I find demand more of my patience, but this one is lovely on a rushed first impression. I didn’t need to short steep it to coax out qualities that I like, either.

Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle, Nuts

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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Despite not drinking this regularly, I continuously stock up on my Coconut Oolong whenever I get the chance. I’m impulsive with my coconut oolongs.

I recently discovered that I love this as an overnight cold steep , which means I’ve picked up the consumption rates a little bit.

Today the taste reminds me of sour coconut water with greenish floral note. Contrarily, I also get macaroons due to buttery quality of oolong. The oolong character gives the coconut flavouring more versatility then it might normally have.

Preparation
Iced
Cavocorax

Oh, I have to remember to try that too!

Frolic

I love coconut oolongs! I’m currently without, do you have a favorite?

CrowKettle

I remember loving the Coconut pouchong from Golden Moon, but I haven’t had that for a few years. I recently received a Soko sample and it’s delicious too; It has the potential to be a new favourite.

This one from Zen sometimes tastes more like coconut water than the other two, but I like it for the price and the accessibility. I’m not picky about coconut oolongs! XD

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78

I seem to recall I drank this last time I was writing a hopeless paper of misery and procrastination. I’m a creature of habit, unfortunately.

I’ve watched Buffy season 1-6, but never finished season 7. I want to do that. Right. Now. I want to finish the last six books of Wheel of Time. I want to know how A Storm of Ice and Fire ends. I don’t actually know my green teas very well. I have too many regrets and unfulfilled goals to die by paper tonight!

Flavors: Butter, Smoke, Vegetal

Veronica

I hope you survived! :)

CrowKettle

Thanks! It was a close thing when the lawnmower guy decided to start his thing outside my window an hour after my attempted nap, but I somehow managed! :)

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94

Sipdown! Hopefully I’ll see you in the fall, White Wolf.

Fingers crossed that I can invest in some new teas and companies by then so I don’t have to make notes on the same 27 all the time.. I can’t believe that half a year ago I was well over a hundred here. What have I done to myself?

Flavors: Anise, Cedar, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

27 teas sounds like an amazing dream to me. :) To have such a carefully curated cupboard? Awesome.

Sil

omg i wish i was were you’re at right now..

CrowKettle

I wouldn’t say “carefully curated.” I still have about 15 teas that have overstayed their welcome, and there’s a few I love that I can’t justify buying right now. I want to get back to exploring new teas but those have to go first :(

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I haven’t been drinking a lot of hot tea lately, but when I do it’s usually this one. Hello, perfection.

(Insert cheesy, unrequited love proposals to tea here).

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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94

OMGsrsly raised a good point as to the kind of mint that is in this tea. I thought it was peppermint but original packaging says spearmint. Maybe the vanilla sweetens it? Of course, it also lists “natural ingredients” and “natural flavourings,” so who knows.

This isn’t a cheap tea, but it’s cozy and I find myself reaching for it over others when I want a “greener” tea. I love all the flavours in here, particularly when the pine/cedar (Christmas tree flavouring!) creeps out. Sometimes there is a spicy finish, which is also lovely. I’ve also enjoyed it hot and cold on equal terms. It’s a shame I’m almost out.

While I probably won’t re-order this right away, it has definitely made the winter purchase list.. unless I find a cheaper option (please let there be one). $17.00 USD for 2oz of tea is beyond me right now.

Flavors: Anise, Cedar, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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I can’t drink this western style; some of the flavours come out more sour and astringent than I would like. I’ve tried 170F, 180F, etc. for different periods of time with different measurements, but the results never seem as good as a short-steep gongfu session with this tea.

Mostly due to the time and dedication I like to put into my short steep sessions, this tea has been largely neglected. I’ve had this same big bag for over a year, and it is still plentiful.. or at least it was until I discovered that it’s also passable when cold steeped overnight. It’s not as good as the short steep method but it’s good enough for me. If the citrus notes get a tad sour it just adds to overall refreshing qualities of the cup.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Goji, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

Ooh! I’ll have to try a cold steep then! :)

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78

I’m taking a couple film classes right now and I’ve discovered that there are so many movies that I’ve never heard of! Also I’ve learned some special tricks for making myself enjoy silent films (self-deception). I think M (1931) might be my new favourite film however; I hope this short assignment doesn’t make me hate it.

Currently drinking this smoky butter green to help me get me through today. Yay, green tea!

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Vegetal

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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.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!

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.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..

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