487 Tasting Notes

75

I used the last of my sample from staphanie with a greater leaf-to-water ratio. I had just under two teaspoons and I used exactly 8oz of water. I remembered to rinse first this time and then i steeped the leaves for 4 1/2 minutes, trying to bring out some of those dark and chocolate notes everyone else gets.

But bleh. It taste like rotten green beans this time. Strange though that I get very little aroma from this puerh.

Apparently, I was not ready for the “full power of the dark side” according to the description :p

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

LOL to each her own, I guess :)

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100

For a while, I was nearly out of all my favorite teas and this was all I had to keep me company for a month or so. I still have some left, believe it or not :D After much experimenting, I’ve decided that it is best brewed for 2min30 seconds. I’ve over steeped it a number of times when I left the room or didn’t hear my timer beep. It isn’t bad for a long steep. The mint compensates for the bitterness that would accompany a straight black tea, but I find that the flavors are in the best balance at a shorter brew time.

Veronica

I debated between this and the Cherokee Mint for the longest time when I placed my last order. I ended up choosing Cherokee since I like smokey teas, but I’m sure I’ll pick this one up sooner or later.

Shelley_Lorraine

I chose this one because I don’t like smokey teas ;) Although I know that avoiding smokey teas from Whispering pines is like not ordering steak at a steak house but hey, I suppose I should admit that I usually do that too! haha :)

Terri HarpLady

Oh good…I’m not the only person that has an orange select sign following me around! ;)

Kaylee

I find them kind of annoyingly distracting…

Shelley_Lorraine

gee, I was feeling all high and mighty with that orange badge. Like a badge of honor! :D

Kaylee

Hehe. Maybe it depends on which side of the badge one is on :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) Thanks for spending so much time finding the ideal for this one! I’ll try it out and update the site for brewing parameters! How much leaf are you using per 8oz?

P.S. – I agree, the select badges are suuuuper distracting. Eek!

Shelley_Lorraine

It’s ideal for me, but I notice that I tend to brew a lot of teas, especially black teas, for less time than most. I use a “perfect teaspoon” ~1.5 reg. measuring teaspoons for 8oz.

Shelley_Lorraine

well alright, maybe my little orange buddy is starting to get out of control. It was “cute” when I saw it once or twice in my window. But now they are multiplying! yikes. I understand it’s supposed to be “distracting” for advertising, but maybe they can tone it down just a bit.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I tasted it both ways and much prefer the 2.5 minute steep as well!

Also, not sure if you know this, but 1.5tsp is also 1/2tbsp, so when my teas call for 1/2tbsp, that scoop is perfect! :)

Yay, badges are gone! :D hehe

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85

As i said the last time I logged this, I get very little floral from this oolong. It’s buttery and creamy, much like the Dong Ding that I drank from Teavivre this morning. I might like this oolong slightly better, but I can’t say exactly why.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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85

This is another tea from my swap with stephanie

I’ve been in a green oolong mood these days and I have become particular about what I like and don’t like. This oolong is heavy on the creamy texture side, but lacking in complexity of flavor. It was a pleasure to drink nonetheless.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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45

I just ordered some of this tea, having remembered really liking it, but I don’t like it so much now. It is heavily spiced, with enough pepper to scare any cold away, I’m sure, but this isn’t how I remember it. I think, having had a swap sample, that what I tasted before resulted from not being fresh out of a new bag. This is one potent tea, and the ginger is stronger than I remember too. I could let the tea sit for a while, hoping to recreate what I enjoyed before, but I’m too annoyed that Teavana is so attached to artificial flavoring. I thought this one was free of it, but I was wrong. Why is it necessary? This tea has just about every spice known to man in it, why do they need to add artificial flavor too? frustrating.

I do make exceptions here and there for the rogue artificially flavored tea (or food) because there are a few flavors that really do come out better that way (key word few). Teavana is like artificial flavor paradise. . .sigh

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75

Basic cup of bold black tea, suitable for breakfast time and milk (if your into that). Im having mine in the afternoon, milk-free. I just wish I had some tea cookies to go with it. . . ::in day-dreamy voice:: yummy cookies, I want a cookie. . .

No cookies for me. Only tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

aww, cookieless!

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65

I kept an extra serving of this from the tea box to be sure of my opinion of it. This time around, I couldn’t stomach the fruity sweetness. It isn’t so strong several sips in, but I’d rather not have to “suffer” my first few sips of a tea. I have other preferred white teas anyway.

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65

I don’t order very much from Della Terra. I’ve largely scratched them off as a generic-artificial-flavor dessert tea shop. I know I am in the minority, as always. My parents both have some favorite teas from DT and sometimes I order on their behalf.

Eight Candles was a tea that I really wanted to try from them when I first got into loose tea in late January. I had just missed the holidays and this tea was sold out. SInce then, I’ve largely discovered that dessert teas aren’t my thing (with the exception of Butiki) Caramel and chocolate in particular never come out good in a tea. But, remembering the excitement I had when I discovered that tea comes in more flavors and forms than “bagged green” (I felt like a hobbit learning that beer comes in Pints! lol) I decided to get this tea in honor of those memories.

It smells so unbelievably good. The best smelling of any DT tea. It’s like fluffy marshmallows and cake frosting. I was hoping so much it would taste the same, hoping so intently I thought that I could will it to happen. But, alas, my powers are not that strong (yet >;) ). The best I can say for the flavor is that it doesn’t offend me and there is absolutely no weird caramel aftertaste (a first!). But it’s still blah. But, that smell, like heaven. I might brew it again sometime anyway just for it. And put extra marshmallows in it like in a hot cocoa. :) I will make this tea work for me, I will.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

Floral, nutty, creamy. . .my type of oolong!

oh man, when I said that to my self in my head, I thought of the recent toaster strudel commercials. Please do not read the above in the voice of the creepy little boy from those commercials! lol

Thanks for sharing this tea with me stephanie. i love it! :)

Stephanie

lol toaster strudels

So glad you enjoyed it!

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85

The dry leaf smells so pleasing like a vanilla cupcake. It’s a soft, natural vanilla aroma that carries into the brewed cup. The first couple of sips didn’t deliver anything but white tea. I wondered what happened to the vanilla and I wondered where the grapefruit was in the first place. But after the third sip, it all came together. The grapefruit was just late to the party I guess.

I really like this tea. Pleasant, balanced flavor; a good comforting cup for a quiet day. :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Colorado
Occupation: Graduate Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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