487 Tasting Notes

45
drank Almond by Green Hill Tea
487 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
487 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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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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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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