471 Tasting Notes

65

I’m supposed to be getting sweet potato out of this? not happening. It kinda tastes like a weed. Well, not that I know what a weed tastes like really, but you know…

It’s a tolerable drink, but the flavor is a bit boring. Oh well. But thank you moraiwe for giving me the opportunity to try this!

EDIT: as this cools down. I think I might be getting some of that sweet potato. Still not exciting though ヽ(´ー`)┌

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

Got this tea as a sample with a recent order. I made a small cup of it so that I would have left over to share with my mother.

I brewed this according to recommended instructions (5 min with boiled water). The chocolate flavor came out really strong. I think that it over powers the mint just a bit. I wouldn’t mind so much except that the chocolate here isn’t so tasty for me. I can’t complain too much as this is a vegan company after all, but vegan chocolate has never been my thing.

I wouldn’t mind another cup and if my mother ends up liking it, I may have an occasional bit from her stash. I like to have a mint tea once in a while, esp. after dinner. I like this better than Moroccan mint, at-least.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Thank you KiwiDelight for this generous sample of Kenyan black tea.

I wasn’t expecting a CTC tea. I didn’t know they ever came in un-bagged form. I was surprised to receive a bag of what looked like ground coffee. I was hesitant to use my tea infuser as I wasn’t sure that the small bits would stay contained. I thought this a perfect opportunity to use my new fillable tea bags that I got from my local co-op (I got them to give away samples during a class presentation).

This is a good and bold black tea. A bit sweet and malty with a slight powdery texture. It’s certainly better than the CTC black teas I’ve had in the past. It might become an occasional visitor to my permanent stash.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec
KiwiDelight Glad you like it! :] They sell tea bags as well. And their small boxes that contain the tea are lovely.

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95

I didn’t log this one last time I had it (but I did post an empty place holder and mentioned it in a review for the Caramel Vanilla Assam).

I steeped this longer than I did the first time. It must have been around 4min, but I don’t know exactly because I let it over-steep as I was tending to some chores. The first time I brewed this, I thought it was somewhat fruity and I didn’t make an obvious association between it and the caramel flavored one. This time I could definitely recognize it as the base tea for the other. The longer steep time made it sweeter, smoother, and with a creamier texture. In my review of the Caramel Vanilla Assam, I said that I might need time for it (the caramel one) to grow on me, and I think the base tea might be the bridge to this end. I appreciated today’s cup of Taiwanese Assam much more than I have previous black teas that have similar smooth/creamy attributes.

There are a select few teas that I know I will never like but, as for the rest, my tea palate is in flux for the time being.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65

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Another oolong from my swap with Moraiwe. Thanks Moraiwe!

I made this tea before class this morning. It was my last day of class this semester and I had to give a presentation in my German class. I talked about tea (in German) and gave out samples to my prof. and all 4 of my classmates (not many students left by the time 3rd year German comes around!). So much fun to share tea with people (^^)

1st steep 2min30sec
A Very delicate flavor. Floral with a hint of vegetal. I like when floral notes are delicate, but I prefer the rest of the flavor to be stronger.

2nd steep 3min30sec
floral flavor is almost non-existentant. The strongest flavor is now in the after taste and is mineral and pepper-like. I don’t know exactly how to describe it, but I didn’t like it.

Didn’t have time to try another steeping, but I don’t think I would have anyway. The first steep of this was palatable, but not enough so that I’d want to have this tea again in the future.

moraiwe

I found the best steeps to be 3 & 4. The weird mineral flavor almost turned me away from doing them, but it went out on steep three out and some of the floral came back and made for a decent Ti Kuan Yin by the end. Not enough so that I’d buy it again, as my first two steeps were pretty blerg, too. The pepper flavor was just…weird.

Shelley_Lorraine

Yeah, I read your note for this one too. I still have some left for another cup if I ever feel up to trying a 3rd or 4th steeping. However, I prefer not to keep stocked tea that doesn’t produce a decent cup the first couple times. Besides, there are so many others I like that I have little reason to ‘make do’ with the mediocre ones. Thank you though for letting me try this and the other oolongs (I haven’t sampled all of them yet).

moraiwe

I definitely understand! (I won’t be rebuying for the same reason) Hopefully there’s something else there that resonates a bit more. It was kind of an eclectic grab bag!

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95

This oolong is sooooo yummy! I never knew oolongs could be aged. Now I am sad to find out that they are ‘rare’ and might go extinct. I sure hope not!!

I don’t even know where to begin with the description. . .
It brews up really dark and smells like a roasted oolong. I wasn’t expecting much. Dark-roast oolong wasn’t a favorite as it was all roast and nothing else. But this is roasty and creamy and sweet and so much more! It’s like a sweet, creamy houjicha but with an aftertaste and texture like Verdant’s Laoshan Black or Butiki’s Caramel Assam (both of which I wasn’t thrilled about mostly, I thought, because of that texture). The flavors,texture and smell of this gem all come together nicely.

And gosh darn-it to me for trying Butiki samples only days after I place an order. Soon I’ll be spending more at Butiki than at the grocery store (^^)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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85

Thank you Emily M for this wonderful oolong.

I finally found an oolong with floral notes that I might have to purchase. The floral notes in this one are very delicate, but they are a welcome addition to the more vegetal and creamy flavor of the tea. This oolong has a savoriness about it that I haven’t found in other oolongs.

Also, my husband, who previously said that he has no interest in trying teas of the floral kind, came into my room an asked what I was drinking. He said it smelled really good. That’s something coming from a coffee-drinking resistant-to-conversion guy.

Not all flowers are my enemy after all ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

I used the last of one of my bags of this today. There was a bit more left than I needed for a cup, so I just made it strong. Much of what was left included spices and pumpkin powder. It was a very pumpkin-y brew! I went all out and added rock sugar this time, but I don’t think I noticed the difference with it. This tea hardly needs anything extra anyway. (^.^)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75

Thank you Emily M for the sample :)

I do love white tea, but this one was a little too delicate for me. I like a more buttery and flavorful white (as much as can be expected from a white, that is). The flavor and texture is there in this one, but not quite enough. Still a pleasant cup to drink though!

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

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75

I’m starting to feel bad that I am not as ecstatic about the ‘popular’ tea blends and everyone else. Maybe I am too picky? I do like this tea, but I am uncertain about purchasing more. I have a favorite dessert blend (the Butiki pumpkin Brûlée) that generally sets the standard for me now :p I also have a bag of the unflavored Assam from Butiki and I might just like it a smidgin better than this one (the sort of ‘better’ that could easily waiver depending on mood). Sometimes I need time for teas to ‘grow on me.’

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °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) – Update: I’m going to the University of Colorado in Fall 2014!! yay me!

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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