514 Tasting Notes
I really dislike the black base in this one. It’s finicky. At 100C too bitter to drink, at 90 it’s drinkable, but not enjoyable (at least not for me). 85C and 2.5 minute steep – I’ve lost all the apple which is the only good part of this.
I’ve drank it several times and never found steep parameters that makes this enjoyable. It’s too bad because I think the apple component is really good and I didn’t get any cinnamon – suppose to be, but I’m happy not to have it.
This is a HUGE miss for me.
I was rummaging through my sample box the other day and found this tea. Had a brief conversation with myself…
Where did this come from?
Obviously Sil sent it to you.
I drank all the samples Sil sent…
The fact that it’s still here means that you didn’t.
Another perfect example of why having 23408234098 teas in your cupboard is too many.
Anyway…. I’m drinking this today at work.
It’s awesome. Of the teas I’ve tried from Taiwan Tea Craft this is my favorite. it’s not really like a “true” dark oolong, it’s not really like other aged oolongs I’ve had. It’s really fruity (stone fruit – peach? apricot?). not floral at all, not roasted/smokey at all. Not sure what it is, but awesome is how I feel.
Thanks so much Sil (and Terri ?) for passing this on to me.
I joined Steepster one year ago today. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone here for helping me explore tea, putting up with my questions, generously sharing your cupboards, expanding my knowledge, and just generally being the nicest online community I’ve run into. Thank you !!! (This also reminds me that I should update my profile – it’s not really completely “true” anymore).
I’m really working on getting over the “funk” I’ve been experiencing the last few weeks. I think I’m on the right track now and should be around more.
This was my tea of choice at work today. I’ve written about it before, and it still confuses me, but not as much as the first time. LOL I am learning – or trying to learn.
I really like Camellia Sinensis quality of tea. This one is Taiwan, and that’s why I think it’s weird. I think all Taiwan black teas are a little strange. Most of them are a little oolong esque to me. This one does not TASTE like oolong, but it’s definitely on the lighter side of the black scale. I think this is an interesting Taiwan Black, and if that’s where your interests/tastes lie, then you should give it a try. Me – I’m more of a China Black kind of girl – and that I didn’t know a year ago….
This one was strange for me. OK I’m not a huge Darjeeling fan, and I’m not a huge lemon fan – so it’s not surprising this isn’t my favorite.
It is strange though. This isn’t what I think of as a “lemon tea”. This is really subtle, almost like a straight black with lemon notes. I didn’t get any caramel, and it wasn’t as astringent as I feared being a Darjeeling.
Thanks MissB for including some of this in with my BF stuff. Interesting, strange, glad I tried it…..
This is another chai that the wonderful MissB tossed into my shared BF order box. Thank you so much.
I liked this one. I find it odd that I like this one, but I do. I’m a purest in that I think good chai should be BLACK. I’m ok with this one being rooibos, and I’m ok with the unusual balance of spices. This gets a thumbs up.
The wonderful, sweet, generous ifjuly saw a comment of mine about this tea, and sent me a sample of it. I was really excited to get to try it. I was hoping to either LOVE it and therefore not have a problem order 4.4 oz of it (for 35.00) or to HATE it and then cross it off the list and not have to think about it anymore. Neither of those happened.
I really like this, it’s a really nice yunnan black. But I don’t think I love, I think I’ve had other Yunnen golden tips or golden buds that were as good or better than this. Are they cheaper than this, not really – about the same. I’m just not sure I need that much in my cupboard. Would like to order 2 oz of it. The other issue is that it’s limited quantities. I guess it’s good that I didn’t LOVE it and then couldn’t get more.
I’m just torn about this one. I think I’m going to leave it, if there is a discount shipping opportunity then will order, if not then will just be happy with what I have.
Thanks ifjuly for the sample. LOL not sure it made my decision easier, but is always nice to try before you buy.
This was a tea that the wonderful MissB added to my BF shared order package.
I’m always hunting for my perfect chai. This isn’t it, but this is really good. I really like the spice blend in this one. The spices are really well balanced for me. This is really good. What it’s not is caffeinated – I LIKE caffeine – I drink it from the time I get up in the morning, until I go to bed at night. This also has a really thin mouth feel, for me chai should be thick and rich.
Really good chai, but not perfect…..