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456 Tasting Notes

95

I’m going to have to drink the Laoshan greens and oolongs together to really pick out the differences, but I love them all! The Laoshan green, as I remember, had a bitter bite to it and was very vegetal. I got a strong cup steeping it for only one minute, but this one I steeped for 2 minutes and the flavor seems more laid back than the other.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

This tea tasted a lot better when I was drinking it while eating chocolates. By itself, the cherry flavor is stronger than the chocolate. It doesn’t taste medicinal to me, but it’s not as wonderful as it seemed the first time. I like that the chocolate isn’t over powering. I may have steeped it just a bit too long as the base was ever so slightly bitter. Still a good tea, but I’m going to lower my rating a little. I also think that my over-all dislike of chocolate in tea has increased since I started exploring flavored teas. This may have something to do with my experience with this one now.

I seem to have such a struggle with dessert flavors in tea. Many of the teas I don’t like represent flavors of foods and pastries that I love, but they just don’t come through quite the same in tea form.

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45

I’ve had this little sample lying around for some time, briefly forgotten about. It came to me from Shmiracles

I did a bit of a longer rinse on it because I was expecting the leaves to need a few extra seconds to break up, but they didn’t. It broke up really quickly and the leaves are itty bitty.

The taste of this pu-erh is like sour dirt rather than the sweet earthiness that I am used to. I’ve head that mini cakes aren’t the best quality pu-erh, but the mini cakes I got from Butiki were a lot better than these IMO.

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85
drank Dong Ding by thepuriTea
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Trying this tea out again and I can say for certain that I like Verdant’s Dong Ding much better. This will likely be the last cup of thepuriTea Dong Ding that I drink. I’ll let me husband have the rest as he likes it more than I.

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I just brewed some of this for my piano tuner. He asked for a black and I’m running low on my black stock (got more on the way though!), so this is what he got. It’s not my favorite, but it’s so popular on Steepster that I hoped he might like it. It’s not so bold as the expected black, so I was a bit worried that he wouldn’t like it, but he does! yay!

Terri HarpLady

When my piano tuner came last month I offered him tea & initially he looked surprised, then asked for something smokey. I handed him a cup of Caravan from A&D, & he loved it. That always feels so good! :)

Shelley_Lorraine

yeah, I read that in one of your logs. I don’t have anything smokey in my cupboard anymore. It’s all with my father :p

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75

This is the last of my sample, but I’ve already ordered more. I do still need to order more of my other favorite white tea though.

The piano tuner is here and he took my offer for some tea. yay! I love to share tea. He asked for a black tea, so I only brewed this white one for myself.

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75

Yunnan teas aren’t my favorite blacks, but sometimes I am in the mood for one. I’ve had this one for a while, but I hadn’t logged it and couldn’t remember whether or not I liked it. It’s not bad, but I like Arbor Teas’ Golden Yunnan quite a bit better than this one. This tea has a bit of the mushroom thing going on; not as fruity as some.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I do love me a cup of vegetal tea. ♡

I went to the grocery store and got my dogs from the groomer. I came home to see some dude with a clipboard at the door. I expected it to be some door-to-door spammer of sorts (as they often are) and hoped he’d just go away. But no, it was the utilities man. He needed to do something with my water meter and also go under the crawl-space. Well, in an effort to keep our escape-artist dogs contained in the back yard, my husband bolted a board across the back gate which meant that letting the utility guy come and go was a matter of constant attention through a little finished room in the garage. Gee, and all I wanted to do was get something to eat and make some tea (and go to the bathroom) when I got home. At least he’s gone now. And I have my tea. I’m still hungry though. . .

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45
drank Momo (Peach) by Lupicia
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greenteafairy sent this to me in a swap. I haven’t had much luck with peach teas so far, but I hadn’t tried one with a black tea base before, so that was new.

The first impression I got was a generic poorly flavored black tea. I now read that it is blended with authentic peaches and I see that reviewers are commenting on the pleasant natural peach flavor. It just doesn’t taste natural to me and the back base isn’t all that exciting either. Oh well, it was worth trying anyway!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
greenteafairy

I’ve had really mixed experiences with this tea. Sometimes it comes out more or less as you describe, and sometimes a bit better (i.e., peachier, if only in a gummy-candy way). But I’m with you on the base, definitely.

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95

Went to the gym, dropped off two of my dogs at the groomer, ate breakfast. Productive summer morning! Now I’m sipping the last of this Assam (good thing I’ve already ordered more :p )

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 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 >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) (this will be my 4th degree, but first/only graduate one :) )

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 most often one that I recognize as having significantly 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?. . .).

Location

Wyoming

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