1193 Tasting Notes

85

Thank you Angel for this sample. Bi Luo Chun is a favourite of mine but I have never tried it mixed with jasmine before.

The little tea balls/pearls are a mixture of brown, dark green and silver coloured leaves with a few pieces of twig/stick present. The silver leaves shine beautifully and have tiny hairs. They have a fresh and sweet jasmine scent that is very pure with a hint of grass.

4 steeps : rinse,30s,50s,70s,90s

First Steep – 30 seconds
I can taste the sweet jasmine which lingers wonderfully in the after taste. Also hints of roasted grass and perfume with a little dryness and astringency. A very flavourful first steep.

Second Steep – 50 seconds
Strength is vastly increased as has it’s toasted grass quality. Sweetness and jasmine still linger in the after taste and still only a hint of astringency. It is a little dryner now too.

Third Steep – 70 seconds
Reduced in thickness from the previous steep but carrying it’s flavour nicely still. Very similar to the first steep and it’s beautiful sweet jasmine dominates once more. Still only a hint of astringency.

Fourth Steep – 90 seconds
Still lots of flavour is present. and though the jasmine is toned down from the previous steeps it is still very much present and dominant. A little more astringent now but still at an acceptable and pleasant level.

Overall I found this tea to be: pure, sweet and full of flavour. It had the thickness of Bi Luo Chun (which I love) but the jasmine adds a sweetness lingers and perfumes my breath. If I were to note something I didn’t like then it would be the dryness in-between steeps, though it started subtly it increases rather rapidly, though remains pleasant.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Anna

This sounds beautiful and complex. And a great note – I love when you do these multi-steep reviews, they’re so helpful.

KittyLovesTea

Thank you Anna :) This Bi Luo Chun cheered me up a little, inspired me to make an orange and ginger cake (which is one of my specialities). Goes very well with custard.

Anna

Well done, you should only have your fave teas and treats today. =)

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71

I did not have a good night last night, in fact it was one of the worst in a long time, not meaning to start drama but it consisted of no sleep, a spouse argument, broken tea drawers and me applying for a residential Visa to China. Why China? I imagined I would have little trouble finding a job there in the tea industry, even if it’s just production or warehouse storage. Though chances are I won’t get my Visa. I would have applied to America but I need the job before applying, much stricter regulations. Same goes for Canada.

So as a little pick me up I’m having this Jasmine green along with a bag of vanilla fudge for breakfast, perhaps not the most nutritious but right now I don’t much care. Not sure if it’s the fudge but the jasmine is not as strong as I remember it being. Oh well, it’s still nice and refreshing.

Anna

Aw, sweetheart. I hope you feel better soon.

MzPriss

:( Kitty. I hope your day improves.

KittyLovesTea

Thank you both. My day has just gotten weirder….I just found someone in my garden knocking down my fence with a hammer, upon asking what the hell he’s doing he answered “Don’t worry, I’m putting up a new fence for you”. WTF??? He does have a new fence outside but both me and my husband didn’t arrange this….is this the fence fairy?

MzPriss

Fence fairies are GOOD?!? I wish someone would come put one up that I can’t see through between me and my trashy neighbor. The fence fairy is sign that things will improve.

KittyLovesTea

Well it’s certainly a start, and interesting at that. In my friendly nature I have offered him tea or coffee should he work up a thirst. The wind broke my fence a few months ago when we had them gale force. The one he is putting up is twice as thick and tall as the previous one.

Angrboda

Perhaps it’s some sort of Pay It Forward thing he’s doing? As for the drama, I do hope things will get better.

Veronica

I hope things continue to improve for you (the fence is a good place to start!). My sister lived in China for years and loved it. Best wishes wherever life takes you.

adagio breeze

Really sorry you had such an awful night :( Hope things get better soon.

caile

Hoping things all work out well!

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75

This Oolong is pleasant in a middle of the road sort of way, by that I mean it’s not too grassy and floral nor is it toasted, but rather somewhere in the middle. It has some sweetness and dryness but both are light. The after taste is nice and it lingers on my tongue for a while. It also has some mineral tones.

It’s nice but not special if I’m honest, at least not for me. I did like the samples Teascent were kind enough to give me though and I would consider placing a small order with them in the future. I’m always on the look out for teas that would be suitable for icing, with minimal harshness, maybe this would work well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 10 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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76

Another wonderful Yunomi club sample. I missed work today as I slept in by mistake, luckily my boss (also my mother) was fine with it. My husband snores so loud at night time that it keeps me awake, I’ve always been a light sleeper and I need complete silence to actually fall asleep. He sounds like a jumbo jet scaring an elephant! I know it’s not his fault but in the last few months I’ve had very little sleep at all. I’m thinking he should have a sleep apnoea test.

I tear open the packet and take a sniff inside, it’s very sweet and floral, like sweet grass, honey dew with a dry perfume in the background. Very nice overall scent wise. Pouring a pinch or so of the leaves into my hand for inspection I can see small shards of dark to medium green leaves that are thin and very shiny.

My instructions recommend to steep 5g of leaves in 80ml of water at roughly 60C for 2 minutes. I’ve decided to double the leaves and water so it should still be at the recommended level.

Steeped this tea is golden yellow with a grass and seaweed scent, less sweet than it’s raw form. Flavour wise sip …..woah….. UMAMI! Savoury yet sweet and broth like, sweet and floral with creaminess and a hint of astringency. Very …well…strange tasting, but this is at a pleasant level. A nice sample to try and get me used to umami.

I think my cat Ivory may be Japanese, he loves the smell of Japanese teas and when I get a parcel from Japan he is first to come and smell it’s contents. :)

It says to steep the next pot for only 30 seconds. So a quick steep later: a much milder tasting tea which is more green in appearance. Hints of grass and flowers are still present but are very mild compared to it’s first steep. Leaves some dryness in the mouth during after taste.

A nice tea overall and I’m happy I got to try more umami, but this is still not the right tea for me. I would recommend it for others that wish to sample umami tea, this is rather mild umami and would be great to start with.

Anna

I need more Ivory anecdotes in my life… and I hope you get the sleeping issues sorted out.

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I am multi-tasking, at this moment in time I am writing my Teanamu Chaya Teahouse review, singing my heart out to Jack Off Jill (Clear Hearts Grey Flowers album), looking at the best Skyrim dlc as voted by Bethesda themselves and now sampling and writing my review. Thanks to this mornings Ruby Pie – Butiki I have a thirst for strawberry and I have an ounce of this to try so there really is no better time than now.

This tea smells sweetly strawberry but also with a thick black tea behind it which dominates, and really that is what it tastes like too. It’s sweet at first sip before going a little sour and smoothing itself out with a strawberry after taste. Again a little sugar or sweetener would work well with this in bringing the strawberry forward a bit more.

It is nice though, tastier than I thought it would be in honesty. Well balanced and good for strawberry tea cravings.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1193 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for this sample. This is another blend I’ve kept for a while not quite daring to try it because I reaaaaalllly want to like it. I’ve also been putting off writing my review on Teanamu Chaya Teahouse in London which I visited on Sunday last week for my anniversary so I’m hoping to get started while I write this one.

Firstly the tea smells sweet and fruity like strawberry but the beautiful Assam in the background has a creamy yet malty scent. Very beautiful and a nice contrast.

Flavour wise I can taste the richness of the Asssam which offers cream, malt and a touch of smoke but cutting through it is soft, sweet strawberry and it leaves me with a hint of spice and dryness in the after taste. Offering creamy, sweet and sour in one delicious cup. Some sugar or sweetener would lighten the black tea base and keep the strawberry dominant and make it pop.

Ok again I am very impressed with this blend and I wished I tried it much sooner.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
Sil

woohoo!! so glad you liked it :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1193 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for this sample.
I’ve been wary of trying this one as it’s so beloved by everyone and that may influence my rating (as much as I will try not to let it) due to expectations. Well it’s time I finally try it, and on my black tea day. This tea smells sweet and chocolatey with malt and smoke, a very nice introduction.

Once steeped it has an amazing smoky chocolate scent that is sweet yet malty. The flavour matches it’s wonderful scent for the most part. I can note chocolate, caramel, smoke, malt and dark fruit notes like fermented plum. It’s of medium strength with a nice sweetness and remains very smooth throughout. Has a little dryness in the after taste.

I really enjoyed my pot of this today and so did my husband, it reminded me a little of Teavivre’s Fengqing Dragon Pearl. I would definitely buy some of this for regular use if I was in US/CAN.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
Sil

YAY! glad you finally tried it :)

Fjellrev

What would you say you like more, this or the pearls? I’ve been trying to decide that myself. :)

KittyLovesTea

I think I prefer the Pearls but I’m more used to them which could be why. If I get more I will have to do a side by side taste test.

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78

I’m on a black tea binge this morning which my husband agreed would suit him well this morning. I’ve visited India with a cup of Darjeeling (which wasn’t logged) and now I’m off to China for a pot of this Yunnan black. The tea smells wonderfully musky and autumnal, and the leaves are long and twisted into knobbly shapes with some golden tips present.

Flavour is rich with classic Yunnan musk, wood and fruit tones. Also has some smoky tones in the after taste and a little bit of dryness. It’s slightly astringent too but in a nice way, it’s medium strength which helps keep it strong yet on the lighter side, otherwise it would be too astringent. I still prefer the golden tips but this makes a nice change to my usual Yunnan black teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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75

I was just sorting out my old coin collection and I came across an old one that I had forgotten about, It’s a 1797 George III one penny known as a cartwheel. It’s amazing to think of how long ago it was made and the amount of hands it has passed through over the years. Unfortunately it’s not in great condition otherwise I could have gotten a lot of money for it, but for now at least it’s nice to admire it.

To celebrate my coin find I chose a blooming tea from my Teavivre stash and this particular one was chosen at random. Waiting the five or so minutes and watching it bloom into a beautiful flower is almost breathtaking, such beauty from almost nothing. And beautiful it truly is, the red flowers are pale and look very soft.

Flavour wise this is reminds me of white tea similar to silver needle, it’s light yet creamy and floral with a delicate sweetness yet an almost toasted quality. Like a white tea meets a light Oolong. The more I drink the stronger I can taste a honey like flavour.

It’s nice, I would have it again. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 27 OZ / 800 ML
keychange

Wow—to think about where that coin has been. Incredible.

Fjellrev

That is so awesome! The earliest coin I’ve ever come across is from the 1940s or so.

ashmanra

Oh my! I have been drooling over George III tea sets and pots for just that reason – to think of holding it and imagining the stories it has beheld as people reached for the teapot to celebrate a new friendship, an engagement, a baby on the way, or to comfort each other in grief. Sigh.

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74

I love the large rose buds in this blend, they are whole and look so beautiful. I could smell their sweetness as soon as I opened the packet. There is also a hint of cinnamon behind the sweet rose which is unusual but still pleasant.

Flavour wise this is stronger than I thought it would be, I can taste the licorice rather strongly with the sweet rose misting over the top and through to the after taste but the cinnamon has gotten lost in translation. The rose may be subtle but I’m happy it’s still present, and that it’s enough to cover over the licorice as I’m not a huge fan.

This is just a strange blend if I’m honest, or at least strange for me, but it is nice and I’m drinking it with ease. My husband said it’s nice too. Not sure if it’s a tea that I would re-stock but it would be nice on a warm day.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.

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