375 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
375 tasting notes

I, for one, welcome our new Melon Overlords.

The dry uh, leaves smell like a nice, ripe honeydew melon. And brewed, it reminds me of these Japanese gummy candies I really like. There is a sweet, fruity flavour. Lupicia, you’ve convinced me I enjoy melon flavour teas. Which is a accomplishment since I was skeptical. It is also my new fave green rooibos. Thanks to Ost for this.

Flavors: Honey Dew, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve not had anything lotus before, and this was part of mini tuocha sampler.

It certainly smells floral. The flavour reminds me a bit of an oolong, it’s even a little creamy. This also part of my exploring shengs. (Better in shorter steep.)

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Green

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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81

Cookies sent me this mini tuocha, but I’m not sure where it hails from.

Rose Ripe Pu’erh-

Scent- Earth, Floral
Flavour- Rose, Sweet

I brewed for about 30 seconds after a couple rinses. The rose flavour comes out nicely, it’s sweet and on the mild side. There is some Earthiness still, but it is mostly floral.

Flavors: Earth, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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84

Thanks to Cookies for letting me try this.

I tried make this shorter with my Western mug. Rinse, and brewed for about 45 seconds. My stove clock is digital. It has an interesting scent. It’s both earthy and ricey. Like if I had mushroom and rice soup. That comes out in the flavour too.

Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms, Rice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Lariel

It’s good in superior west coast veggie soup.

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87
drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
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This smells so good. There’s the caramel, apple, and the floral from the oolong. It makes for a nice, sweet tea to drink while watching Doctor Who

Thanks, Stephanie.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Floral, Sweat

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

I like this tea name. My cinnabar dragon (that I picked up in SF Chinatown around that New Year) is sitting next to my Western tea mug.

Tried a short step with Western equipment. Every time I make something like it makes me want a gaiwan even more. (The one I like even has dragons.)

Scent (brewed)- dried fruit, mushrooms
Flavour- baked bread, fruit, sweet

For my attempt at a 30 second step, I think it was more like a minute. Still turned out well. Shorter seems to be better for my future shou brewing.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Mushrooms

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
TheTeaFairy

Oh! Yay, you got your dragon yea pet :-)

TheTeaFairy

(I meant tea pet)

Lariel

Hehe… I have a ‘yea’ pet.

Cheri

I need to pick out a tea pet.

Terri HarpLady

I don’t have any tea pets, unless you want to count my various yixing pots, they are kind of like pets to me :)

Lariel

Tea dragons can be found in Chinatown. Do you name the yixing pots? (I guess they can be small and cute.)

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84
drank Lychee (Lichee) Oolong by Lupicia
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So I’m watching a Doctor Who marathon, waiting for the new series/ season to start. In the chat, oolong was suggested to be my tea to try.

This smells nice and fruity. The flavour is mild on the lychee side, but I like the oolong base. It’s a good blend of floral and fruity.

Flavors: Lychee

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
carol who

I’m enjoying the Doctor Who marathon right now. Got a nice cup of the 10th Doctor here with me. New Who tonight!!!

Lariel

Which episode are you on?

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81

Early this week I went to the local tea room while I was waiting for the used book store to look through books I was wanting to sell (for more tea, of course.)

So I went to this place called Hidden Peak Tea Room. I really like the atmosphere there. Nice teaware, art, and some pretty background music. They were out of the Keemun tea I wanted to try, so I got a Yunnan Gold instead.

Hidden Peak Tea- Yunnan Gold

scent- malty, sweet, hints of citrus
flavour- malt, honey, smooth (there were some mild notes of yams as it cooled)

It was a nice place to visit, and I got some gaiwan brewing practice.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet, Yams

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87
drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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Somebody find me this in cupcake form, please. It smells very nice… more like chocolate brewed, and like strawberries dry. There is certainly some espresso as well. The flavour is more on the chocolate side, with hints of berry, and lots of coffee. Tastes like a berry cupcake frosted with chocolate/ espresso. Mmmm….

Flavors: Chocolate, Espresso, Strawberry

Butiki Teas

This tea was based off of my favorite cupcake. This is from Chef Chloe, who won an episode of Cupcake Wars. Here is the recipe: http://chefchloe.com/sweets/chocolate-strawberry-shortcake-cupcakes.html. This is a pic of when I made the cupcakes: http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i446/butikiteas/Cupcake_zps812e6c25.jpg

Lariel

So I have to make cupcakes to go with it?

Butiki Teas

You could track down Chef Chloe and harass her until she bakes you one. :D Those cupcakes are ridiculously good. I like to add 1 teaspoon of instant espresso. Yums.

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83
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Thanks to Stephanie, I finally get to try this tea. It smells like strawberries, in pie form even. I like the added graham crackers. Certainly smells like there is a pie in my tea mug. The flavour is berry, but I think I taste the hibiscus too. Makes for a good berry tea, but I’m not getting much pie… the cracker seems kinda hidden.

This seems like something that would be good iced, so I’ll try that too.

Flavors: Berry, Strawberry, Tangy, Tart

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Rooibos/ Honeybush, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple

Ratings-
unrated: still unsure
69 and below: meh
70- 74: it’s okay
75- 80: like
81- 84: really like
85- 88: it’s fantastic
89 and above: my favourite

Location

Beach, California

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