480 Tasting Notes

85
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
480 tasting notes

I am sitting here waiting impatiently for this tea to cool off enough to drink (frequently tempted to risk burned tastebuds). It smells so lovely! Like strawberries mostly. Like real fresh yummy strawberries. Not like a been-sittin-in-a-teabag-for-a-year strawberry that I’ve had before, but fresh from the garden.

And finally, a taste. Flavor is not as strong as it smells, but just as fresh. I can barely detect the base tea. I’m not sure what hibiscus tastes like so I can’t comment on that. And, honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had rhubarb. So the only thing that really stands out for me is the strawberry. But thats ok! And it doesn’t have a nasty aftertaste like many other fruity flavored blacks that I’ve tried. I might just have to stock up on this one. So sad when limited editions turn out to be good!

And one more thing: This goes really good with Biscoff cookies. Yummy!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

so glad you liked it!

Shelley_Lorraine

Ooh, that’s right you’re the famous steepsterite behind this blend. It’s a good one; even most of my family likes it too. (^^)

Sil

LOL i dunno about “famous” but i did help inspire this one..stacy did all the heavy lifting ;) I really need to try the final version – stacy sent along a bit but i haven’t had time to do a taste comparison yet.

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100

Backlog:

Had this tea yesterday. Not much to say, it’s still a favorite. I did brew it cooler this time, though. 165deg seemed to give it a richer flavor than 175deg.

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75

This is a pretty good black tea. Not a necessity for my cupboard, but a likely visitor. It’s a sort of black I might seek out on occasion, depending on my mood.

I’m having trouble assessing this particular cup tonight as I am still recovering from the funky aftertaste of the almond black tea that I sampled. But I have brewed this one before, so I know it well enough.

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45
drank Almond by Green Hill Tea
480 tasting notes

Finally got around to brewing this sample from my swap with ToiToi

I made it a cup for my husband, planning to brew something else for myself, but I had to make sure to try it at least. All the green hill black teas that I have either tried or smelled have a musky perfume aroma and a strange aftertaste (hence why I have put off sampling more). My husband seems to like this one though. He says it just tastes like black tea to him and that he doesn’t detect the almond.

I’m sure there are some good teas for my from Green Hill, but after the four samples that I have experienced, I now think of it as the “manly tea shop” because of the heavy/musky aromas. :p

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

I haven’t had pu-erh in a while. This pu-erh is one of the first loose teas I ever purchased (I have since had to refill).

I really like this shu pu-erh. It’s earthy and sweet. A very comforting tea. I just brewed it in my Gaiwan and brought the leaves and a thermos of hot water to my study as I will need lots of comfort as I continue studying for finals.

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h353/flightysprite/Tea/IMG_0783_zpsdaa03bee.jpg

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85

oh yummy, savory, vegetal green, I would be lost without you <3

And what this? Do I finally detect some of that woody and earthy flavor that others have described. Why yes, I think so. How many more secrets do you hold mysterious green tea?

I think that you have been so aptly named.

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

This used to be one of my favorites, back when I was drinking lots of green teas. I actually used the name of this tea in the lyrics to my song, TeaMind (Zen Breakfast CD). The actual verse reads:
“Music, in his moment, note by note, the whole of life,
Teamind, just this moment, sip by sip, this is life.
Drinking tea, like playing music,
subtly alters both mind & mood,
from the sky between the branches to the dragon well,
journey within, return renewed.”

Shelley_Lorraine

oooh, pretty :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! That’s the 2nd verse :)
That CD is no longer available as a disc, I sold them all! But it’s available for download on itunes, if you’d like to hear it.
:)

Shelley_Lorraine

oh swell, ill have to look for that then (^^)

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85

yep, I’m having all this caffeine at 11pm. 16oz of it no less.

honestly, caffeine has never kept me from sleeping when I go to bed and I’m really not quite sure that it keeps me up when I want to stay up. It’s more a psychosomatic thing for me. Caffeine should keep me awake so I drink it because it seems like the right thing to do when I have so much more to study before falling asleep.

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

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95

A good cup of tea to have on a Saturday night, watching an episode of Merlin when I should have been studying.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Dong Ding by thepuriTea
480 tasting notes

Something really awesome just happened. My husband loves this oolong! Imagine that, one who likes a select few flavored teas and drinks mostly coffee really loves a simple delicious unflavored oolong. He will be converted soon >)

As for me, I like it quite well enough. It smells both floral and vegetal (exactly how I like my greener oolongs). The flavor is smooth, vegetal, slightly floral and I think I pick up a little lemon too.

Thanks again moraiwe for helping me to find some fantastic oolongs :)

EDIT:
I just tried a second steeping (I figured I’d try to get the most out of my sample). I steeped it 4min30sec (first time was 3min).
I liked the first cup better. It lost a lot of flavor the second time around, but maybe only because I steeped so long the first time. Although, a longer time was recommended for this tea, so I dunno. It’s still a pleasant cup though. Not much floral, but a bit mineral-ly. Not sure if thats the right word. I’ve hear it used to describe other teas. It’s the same flavor I’ve often associated with second and third steepings of mostly japanese greens. I always call it a flat muddy flavor, like dirt almost (but Ive yet to hear anyone else describe it as mineral…) However, in this tea it’s not an entirely unpleasant effect. There is still just a hint of the original flavor left too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

That’s awesome Shelley, & I can relate. My Sig-oth is very picky regarding teas, & is perfectly happy to drink the exact same tea the exact same way…day after day. As long as he’s happy, it’s all right by me, but I could never be happy with just one tea!

Shelley_Lorraine

Oh gee, I keep looking at your abbreviation “sig-oth” and keep thinking it says “sloth.” And then I imagine Sid from Ice age and consider it an appropriate designation for male partners. lol.

But anyway, yeah, my ‘sloth’ isn’t much for exploring foods or drinks, He picks out favorite items and rarely strays into new territory. I make fun of him for it all the time.

moraiwe

Pretty much everything I’ve had from thepuriTea has been amazing. :D (You should try their Milk Oolong if I didn’t send any. I’m down to my last teaspoons and trying not to get twitchy fingers on the order button)

Shelley_Lorraine

Already placed an order. My husband asked me to and I can’t say no when I have specific permission to buy tea! Haha. I got the milk oolong to, as a hesitant afterthought. I’ve never had milk oolong, but it sounds like s.th I might not like. But this one had such good reviews I figure if im going to try it, better try the best :)

Shelley_Lorraine

Sorry for weird short sentences and typos. I’m using my phone and I’m not skilled with typing on it.

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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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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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