753 Tasting Notes

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drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
753 tasting notes

You know it will be a good tea when you open the bag for the first time and the tea leaves are light, fluffy, and curly. You cant even get them scooped up in your tea spoon because they are all entangled together. It actually “hurts” to use a metal spoon to get the scoop because you can hear the tea leaves crunching into smaller pieces. And because it is so “airy”, 1 teaspoon is not really even 1 teaspoon.

This tea is as delicious as expected. It is heavy and thick, roasty. Hints of roasted nuts and also roasted hay. There is a slight honey sweetness to the tea. Just a subtle hint o astringency at the end o the sip, it quickly disappears. A pleasant, thick, roasted aftertaste lingers for a long time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
CelebriTEA

I loved this…drank it down too quickly (sigh)

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83
drank Finbarr's Revenge by The Devotea
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Another one from my swap with TerriHarpLady.

To me this one has a bit of a spice to it. I am having a hard time putting my finger on it. It reminds me of menthol a little bit. Kind of like a cough drop without the medicinal flavour. It is very light. It is possible it could be a bit of flavour contamination, but I do not have any other teas that taste like this, that I know of anyway.

The black tea part of this tea is really good. It is a strong black tea but not astringent or bitter. It is also quite smooth.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

A little ‘mentholation’ is possible on a year by year basis – our teas vary with growing conditions. However, it should have been quite strong. I would recommend trying it at 3 minutes.

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When the hot water first hit this tea, I immediately smelled pumpkin pie filling. The taste of the brewed tea is more pumpkin chai to me. I definitely get a pumpkin flavour. I am getting cloves and a very light ginger taste. I am also getting quite a roasty or burnt flavour – burnt like caramelized sugar. I get only the slightest bit of rooibos flavour, which is a plus for me.

Definitely surprised by this one. Thanks*Terri*!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
CelebriTEA

Sounds yummy…I am a pumpkin fan ;-)

Lala

I have to say this is the most “life-like” pumpkin tea I have tried.

Courtney

Pumpkin yum!

Sil

oh god… i need this tea back.

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80
drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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Another one from Terri HarpLady.

This one is pretty good. I anticipated it to be a bit stronger tea based on the title. I would say it is mild to moderately bold. It is thick, creamy, and smooth. There is a very slight sweetness to the tea. I am getting a metallic tinge in the aftertaste but it is not unpleasant. Given the name two tigers, I feel like this tea is actually two different teas. The first half of the sip is very gentle, it is the smooth and creamy part. The last bit of the sip has a very small bite to it, more like a nip. Slightly rough, with a bit more boldness and with the metallic tinge. To give it a ridiculous metaphor, it is like the first part of the tea is the gentle loving mother tiger, who is nursing her baby. The second half of the sip is the baby tiger starting to get curious about its surroundings, wobbly on its feet, and has to have your constant attention at all times- ridiculous, I know :)

It becomes much more creamy as it cools.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

I like your metaphor. Here at the Devotea, we shall probably repeat it a good few times. Glad you enjoyed it.

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
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Received this from Terri HarpLady.

I was having a difficult time figuring out how to describe this one. It is sweet, smooth, maybe its malty. It is definitely a STRONG tea for sure. Maybe some assam, or some Ceylon? Is that a Darjeeling? I really don’t even know if that is what I am tasting either. I thought maybe my taste buds were off from eating or drinking something. So I started doing some digging. I think the best way to describe this tea is how the company describes it : A blend of seven teas, named after an Regency/Georgian English gentleman with a massive collection of tea. Strong and black.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

This tea is a big hit in the US, I think after I did a piece of tea pairing that suggested “Lord Petersham and Downton Abbey”!. Sales go up every time a new series starts!
Thanks for your comments.

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This one came from Terri HarpLady!

This one has been on my shopping list, now newly named wishlist (?), for a long time. I love flowering teas. They are definitely beautiful to watch bloom, it is almost like I have no idea how that even works. Definitely an art. But I don’t really care for the taste of flowering teas. So when I came across this one, I was super curious, it was a flowering tea but made of black tea. Right up my alley.

I only used 2 cones for a cup because I wasn’t sure how strong it would be. In hindsight, I should have used 3 or 4 cones but I have enough to try again. Definitely beautiful to watch the cones “flower”.

This one brewed up a sweet, malty black tea. I am getting honey notes, but very specifically barley honey notes. It is quite mild on the boldness scale but I think that is more to do with not using enough tea. This one is similar to some of the black pearl teas I have tried but with more sweetness.

Edit: I did a resteep with the same two cones, but for 4 minutes. Definitely a lot stronger with the 4 minute steep time. less honey flavour, it is strong but not bold. Pretty smooth taste. I think, though, I would prefer more tea with less steep time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

I almost bought this one the other day. Perhaps I should have! :/

NofarS

I also kind of liked the “shopping list” label better.
These look fantastic.

Lala

To me a shopping list and wish list are two different things. Ha ha. But I guess I can just keep using it the same as before. Its whatever I make it be I guess.

__Morgana__

Agree. Shopping list means I’m more committed to buying it. Wish list is more pie in the sky. ;-)

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drank Natural Assam by Ronnefeldt Tea
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Received this one in my swap with Courtney. I love assam. I am sure I have said in many of my reviews that CTC assam is one of my all time favourite teas.

This one is not a CTC version, but the leaves are quite small. There is not much smell to the tea dry. Brewed there is a very, very light assam smell. Slightly sweet.

The brewed tea is OK. I had quite high hopes for this one. I am not getting any malt, which is the most disappointing part. It is only moderately bold. There is a mild sweet honey flavour. I am not getting much spice either that is described in the description of this tea. To me, this one is almost bordering on a Ceylon. I am also getting a light metallic tang in the aftertaste, which I have had with some assams before.

The tea itself it good, I just prefer a much bolder and maltier assam. I think it may have been better with a larger quantity of tea, I used 1 tsp which is what I normally use.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Sorry this one wasn’t the best for you. I also love Assams, especially the malt of course.

Lala

That’s ok. You never know if you try. That is the great (and maybe not so great) thing about swaps. You get to try a bunch of teas to see if you like them, without committing to large amounts. I was still very happy to try it.

Courtney

Very true. :) I’m excited to try your homemade tea!

Lala

Handmade tea, maybe? That is the company name, it is a monthly tea service :)

Courtney

Ohhh. I thought it said handmade. Well, that’s not quite as fun haha. :P

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74
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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Received a sample of this tea from Courtney. I had forgotten I had tried this one before, it was still on my shopping list. About a year ago, I was in a little family run sushi place. I was waiting for a friend to arrive, so while I was waiting the hostess served me a tiny cup of this sesame tea. I have no idea what kind of tea it was. It honestly tasted like salty, roasted sesame seeds. It was most likely a green tea but in all honesty it could have been soup broth. It was delicious! It wasn’t on the menu and I got caught up in visiting with an old friend so I forgot to ask the server what it was. I haven’t been back since but this is an excuse to go :)

Anyway, this one tastes nothing like that. Ha ha. It is a smooth, light green tea. There is a sweet caramel taste. It is very light. There is a light sesame flavour, but I would have liked it to be stronger.

Thanks Courtney.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Passion Fruit Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I made this one again today, cold shaken. I added about 1/4 tsp of white sugar. It helped to brighten up the taste a bit. Made it taste a bit less waxy. But I would say it didn’t really bring out much passion fruit. I still have to try this one hot, but so far it is an ok generically tropical tasting matcha and not so much passion fruit tasting.

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drank Passion Fruit Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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To me, this one doesn’t taste a whole lot like passion fruit. I am not sure what it tastes like. It isn’t bad or anything, I just can’t quite put my finger on it. I did chose to get distinctive flavour instead of robust becuase I had a few issues with the fruity flavours in robust tasting chemical, so this could be the problem. I also did not add any sweetener because I wanted to try it plain first, as is my usual with trying flavoured matcha.

The dry matcha has a slight hint of passion fruit. More tart than sweet. The taste is a sweet, fruit flavour. I don’t want to say it is generic fruit because it isn’t, but it is familiar. Maybe just tropical tasting. Or maybe a bit more like guava, not sure. There is a slight hint of a waxy flavour.

In other news, I am finding this matcha, as well as the last flavour I tried, is quite lumpy. It lumps quickly even after sifting. And it does not dissolve very well at all. I used the same basic grade matcha as I always get. So I am not sure if it the flavouring or the matcha.

I made this cold shaken, 8 oz water. I will try adding some sweetener for tomorrow and see if I can squeeze out a bit of passion.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

That is so good to know. I’ve been eyeing this one since I love passionfruit but had a feeling it wouldn’t be that accurate.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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