148 Tasting Notes

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I’m supposed to be hoarding this tea because it’s one of my highest rated teas AND the YS website says you can keep it and it gets better with age. I am failing. This tea is the fall/winter version of YS gorgeous golden yunnans. It is a beautiful yunnan with a sweater on. The toasty notes make me toasty inside. Chilly mornings beckon for this tea. And I caved this morning…. nom.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Timolino
148 tasting notes

When reading other reviews for this mug, I was quite surprised that everyone loved it! Perhaps I have been spoiled by my Zojirushi without even knowing it. The Timolino has the convenience of the tea basket, but there are no holes in the bottom, which makes no sense…it is difficult to remove when the tea is hot, as your fingers get burned when removing the basket when the steeping time has been reached. I also found that the tea cooled to lukewarm within 4 hours…even with boiling water used as a prep to heat up the Timolino. My Zojirushi has burned my mouth at 2pm when I’ve made the tea at 5:30am…. there is no lock to make sure the lid doesn’t unscrew either…. Now is it attractive? Heck yeah! Especially in the David’s Tea teal. Is is functional? Absolutely. Does it work? Yup! Is having the tea basket better for the environment than the wee little throw-away filters I use in my Zojirushi? Yes. Will I use the Timolino? Yes…for the days when my tea is drunk before 9am. I will review the Zojirushi soon…. no tea enthusiast should be without one…

Sil

hahahaha i am with you on the absurdity of the brew basket in the timolino’s lol

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I had hopes for this Irish blend….especially after tasting What-Cha’s English blend and finding it quite lovely and complex. Dry, this leaf is intriguing, with it’s deep dark assam leaves mixed with twisty ceylon and the green touches from the Nepal tea that create this blend. The smell from the cup….well, this is not your typical Irish Breakfast tea. There is beautiful deep malt and cocoa as bottom notes that are joined by mid notes of a green wood spiciness and a lingering apricot top note that gives this tea a long malty sweet finish. The true beauty of this blend’s finish is held in the buoyant briskness that the ceylon brings. There is a touch of astringency to the cup, but it is just enough to make you look forward to the next sip. Which is hard not to do. If you are a black blend drinker, give this one a try. It is a captivating alternative to what you’re used to.

Flavors: Apricot, Cocoa, Green Wood, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89

One of the amazing and frustrating things about being on Steepster is how quickly your tea tastes change. Amazing because it’s a wonderful educational process, frustrating because you go and buy tea you “love” at the time but then your tastes change and you have a big 8 oz tin of a “simpler time” tea in your tea cabinet that stares at you longingly every time you reach for a new fancy sample. Well, today I reached for my first love, Malachi McCormick by Harney. I made 2 big old mugs, one for my husband, one for me and I just took that first sip. Oh Malachi, why did I forsake ye??? Ye is still so NOM!!! Somehow, (probably with years of experience :) ) Harney did actually create a delicious, down to earth breakfast blend to stand the test of the ages. There is something about how the malty assam blends with the earthy (but not too earthy) keemun that builds this tea into a big old cup of brown joy. Lovely body, great mouthfeel and incredibly low on astringency…. what more can a girl ask for? Suddenly that 8 oz tin sitting in my cupboard doesn’t look like it’s just sitting there taking up space anymore…it looks like a well-loved piece of comfy clothing that had been forgotten but is again found. It’s already a good day.

What’s your “comfy clothing” tea?

Flavors: Earth, Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaTiff

I love reading your reviews. They always make me smile.

donkeytiara

TeaTiff, glad to share the smile that this tea gave me this morning!! :) You are kind, and that’s another smile for me today before 8am! Certainly a good day! Thank you!

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90

I have 100g of this tea sitting right next to my Laoshan Black….and I haven’t touched them for months. It seems that I’ve relegated these teas to winter drinking without even knowing it….which is not good, because in southern california you’re lucky to wear out one sweater in your lifetime because you never need to wear one! So it’s time to pull out the winter sweaters of tea, albeit a little early in the season and start enjoying their warm fuzzies again.

As with other fujian blacks, my nose and palate always seem to pick up a cannabis note first. After that comes all the wonderful complex flavors that Chinese teas can bring…baked bread/grains, cocoa, malt, yam skin… and all balanced beautifully. Bailin gongfu has a lovely round mouthfeel and no astringency, which I adore. If you’re ordering from TeaVivre, ask for this to be your free sample….as you shouldn’t miss what this tea has to offer. It is refined, complex and just plain yummy.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cannabis, Cocoa, Grain, Malt, Yams

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

DHP and Qi Lan fr Joseph Wesley i had recently was so strong on cannabis. i wonder what would you say! I dont get it fr Bailin ;D

mrmopar

What is Cannabis?

donkeytiara

mrmopar, it’s what you smell when someone smokes a joint next to you at a concert….

boychik

or if you are having some night stroll down the street

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Exotic Assam is a signature blend from Golden Tips that is a pretty straightforward assam flavor profile. It has a simple medium maltiness with a touch of woodsy spice and a slight aftertaste of malt that stays on the tongue. Nice is a good word for this tea. It is smooth, has a medium mouthfeel and enough body to do what Assams do well: make it feel like you’ve had breakfast even when you haven’t. Nice tea.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I finished off my sample of this tea today and it tasted so good that I thought I’d order more….AND THERE AIN’T NO MORE!! And it was SO good that I drank it super fast and didn’t savor the flavor and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!

(i think this is my best review ever. What a whiner i am.)

Flavors: Malt, Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

Last time I got paranoid so I got 3 tins. If you want I can sell you one.

donkeytiara

Really? It’s the full leaf? Was it pricey? You know, I really shouldn’t be rewarded for whining online…… :)

boychik

Nahorhabi Assam Full Leaf – loose 3 oz tin $11/tin.

donkeytiara

I’m in! PM me. your foresight is to be admired. :)

TeaTiff

I bought one of the last tins. The folks at the shop said they switched to a different assam this season. They didn’t know when they would get this back. I am glad boychik was able to rescue you donkeytiara. It sure is a good one!

Nicole

Oh, no. Something else I will feel the need to hoard and never drink so as not to run out. :)

boychik

Nicole, I need to share with donkeytiara. Not that many ppl like Nahorhabi. You, me, TeaTiff and ifjuly. I still have 1 1/5 tin left;)

Nicole

I still have about 2/3 of a tin so I’m not in any danger. :) Just something I need to keep in mind and not waste!

donkeytiara

Nicole, I agree! it’s such a fine line to decide to enjoy or to horde! :) Since my unexpected hospital stay I have a tendency to want to enjoy….but then I panic and go back to my old ways of “rainy day” :) Maybe I’ll strive for “Mindfully Enjoying” with this tin!

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85

We’re a funny bunch on Steepster…..we love strange and unusual teas with unusual flavors…complicated teas with secret histories….there is such mystery in the flavors that are unlocked in our cup that we go on mental journeys with our palate…sometimes quiet contemplative journeys, sometimes raucous wild rides. But we travel…. These days
I love to “cup” travel to Assam. I love the subtle simplicity of the notes in a cup of Assam loveliness. Not many on Steepster travel to this region to fill their cup, but I’m a frequent flyer these days….and this 2nd flush Assam sourced from Heritage Tea Plantation is exactly the reason why I fill my cup with Assams so often.

The dry leaves are long and dark with just a few light golden tips interspersed. The smell of these dry leaves is vibrantly malty with a touch of cooked stone fruit. Wet, the leaves are whole and broken, but much larger than those found in many Assams. The coppery infusion is deliciously and straightforwardly malty and incredibly smooth. There is little astringency here when steeped at 3 minutes, just a lovely round mouthfeel and medium body that leave the taste of wonderful malt in your mouth. the stone fruit note is still present, but what is most noticeable is the smooooooooth……

The differences between Assams isn’t as pronounced as the differences between, say, Keemuns or Darjeelings….but it is there. What-Cha has offered a wonderful assam for any tea drinker who would like a wonderful example of what a tea from this region can be….and IS. Recommended.

Flavors: Malt, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nicole

Nice review! :)

TeaTiff

Nicole got me to explore Assam a bit more. donkeytiara what is your favorite assam so far?

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This tea is beautiful. Gorgeous golden leaves, wrapped tightly, promise something wonderful in the cup. Steeped, the leaves unfurl into long lovely light brown leaves and tips that smell of apricot, bittersweet cocoa and …well… tea!! Whenever I have this tea, I am delighted. The combination of cocoa, apricot and a subtle keemun note of light earthiness gives this tea a beautiful round mouthfeel with just the right amount of complexity to deliver a great cup of tea. There is no astringency in this tea, which makes the finish true to the lovely notes of this tea. Highly Recommended.

Flavors: Apricot, Cocoa, Earth, Loam

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Spot or pot, I love a cup!

I learned to drink tea while living in Dublin in the early 80’s, so as you can imagine, I am a hearty brew lover, and take tea with milk and honey. I am trying to expand my horizons with tea….that is why I’m now on Steepster! Just joined in January 2014…

Currently loving strong black teas that hold up to milk and honey well. Since I’ve joined, I have a new found curiosity for keemuns and yunnans. Trying green teas….trying. Herbal? No thanks…they still taste like vase water to me. Maybe that will change one day!

I do like some naturally flavoured teas…almond, vanilla, cardamom, ginger. But mostly I’m an unflavoured tea drinker.

My husband is British and a man whose religion is Tetley, so we’ll see where I drag him on this journey!

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