4322 Tasting Notes

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A fantastic Pouchong. Sweet and light and crisp. I am now on my third and final cup, which is the combination of infusions five and six.

The first cup (infusions 1 and 2) was very creamy and succulent, reminding me a bit of a milky Oolong but not quite as thick… this is what I enjoy so much about Pouchong, is that it has the lightness of a green tea, with some of the delicious creamy notes of an Oolong. It brings the best of both worlds into one cup.

The second cup (infusions 3 and 4) was a bit more vegetative, offering a flavor that is somewhere between sweet grass and mild steamed vegetables that are lightly seasoned with butter. Sweet and delicious. Not quite as creamy as the first cup, a little more on the savory side this time – a bit like broth. Somewhat sharp floral tones have emerged, but they are subtle. Subtle and yet sharp. Very nice contrast.

The third cup (this cup! Infusions five and six) is slightly more floral than the first two cups were, but the floral tones are not quite as sharp as they were in the second cup. The flavors in this cup seem to be melding together, uniting, becoming smoother. Not nearly as creamy as cup number 1, but, still very enjoyable. In fact, this one might be my favorite of the three cups.

An excellent Pou Chong!

CHAroma

Great review! I love how detailed it is, explaining how you combined different infusions.

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This tea became a good friend of mine over the past few days while I had the flu. It really was comforting, and because I could keep resteeping, I didn’t have to do a lot of work when it came to brewing another pot of it.

This is definitely one of the nicest jasmine teas out there.

Kittenna

I was thinking a jasmine would have been a good choice for me to brew up since I’ve also been sick, but by the time it occurred to me I was already on my way to bed.

ashmanra

Okay, you have pushed me over the edge! I keep looking at this at A Southern Season and The Fresh Market, now I have to buy it!

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drank Cucumber Mojito by Inspired Leaf
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Wow! This is really refreshing! The mint is strong, and that’s behind that wow impact, but, even though it is strong, it doesn’t overpower the lime notes or the hint of cucumber. And amid all these other flavors, the green tea is there, sweet and fresh and slightly buttery. A really tasty flavor combination. The one thing I wish this tea did not have is the stevia, because I personally prefer to decide whether or not to have sweetener added to my tea. I don’t want that decision made for me.

I’m sipping this hot right now, and it’s great. But if I can control myself, I think I might like to let this cool off a bit, because I think that this would be even better as an iced tea.

LiberTEAS

sipping the cooled tea now, and it’s fantastic. I wish that the stevia wasn’t there though.

Babble

I have a cucumber mojito tea I got through a local tea vendor that seems to have the same ingredients. I wonder if it is the same tea through the same vendor.

LiberTEAS

Probably. It’s probably from Tea Guys. They offer a really good wholesale program and they’ll package it for you with your own labeling and everything.

Babble

Yep, this sounds about right. I was thinking of cold brewing this instead of serving it hot.

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drank Thai Iced Tea Blend by Arbor Teas
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Backlog:

I’ve had this as a traditional thai iced tea using sweetened condensed milk (AMAZING) as well as coconut milk (tasty). Then I got a little experimental and tried it with some ginger ale instead of milk or coconut milk (quite good!)

I brewed it at double strength so it wouldn’t be weak tasting with the addition of the milk. This is key, I think, because the flavor of the tea is really well pronounced without tasting bitter or overpowering, it marries perfectly with the sweetened condensed milk in particular … this addition makes it taste EXACTLY like a Thai Iced Tea that I’d buy in a restaurant. Better even. I like that I can taste the subtle notes of vanilla and the cardamom and anise. It doesn’t taste overpowered by any of these spices, instead, they accent the flavor of a good, strong black tea.

This is easily the best Thai Iced Tea product that I can make at home. And based upon my experiences with it as an iced tea, I decided to up the rating a bit… I do love Thai Iced tea!

TeaBrat

this sounds yummy!

gmathis

Mmmm…I think I have enough coconut milk in the fridge to try a similar Thai/rooibos blend.

ashmanra

Could something close be made using Harney and Sons Indian Spice?

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Backlog:

I’ve enjoyed this a couple of times now. I’m really glad that I broke down and ordered this one, as it is OUTSTANDING. Stellar! Amazing!

Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/06/15/golden-fleece-from-verdant-tea/

Azzrian

Very nice review over there on your blog! Yes this tea is one not to be missed – only wish I could get more!

SimpliciTEA

Yes, great review (and I don’t mind at all that it was long, because you gave us lots of interesting information about your experience).

Kittenna

I really need to try this one again, I don’t think my first attempt really did it justice.

CHAroma

Gahhh, don’t make me do it! I’m so poor!!!

LiberTEAS

Well, you don’t HAVE to do it, of course. But, you’ll be glad you did, if you do. That’s all I’m saying. I was really feeling bad about buying this tea until I tasted it. It is so worth it.

CHAroma

I really really want it…I just know I shouldn’t…oh, but I want it! Decisions decisions…We’ll see what the fiance says. If he gives the green light, then I’ll do it! :D

Kittenna

CHAroma – how about I send you some in our swap?? I bought an ounce; there’s enough for me to send a couple cups’ worth.

CHAroma

AAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! YOU’RE THE MOST AWESOME STEEPSTERITE EVERRRR!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

Kittenna

I would disagree with that :P But at least then you have the chance to try it before purchasing (if it’s still available then). Remind me in our PM thread, haha :P

CHAroma

You absolutely rock!!! Thank you thank you thank you!

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drank Garden Bancha by BigTeaHouse.com
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I came down with a nasty bout of the flu and was out of it for a few days which is why you didn’t see me on here much. I didn’t really even have the strength to make myself a pot of tea, much less sit in front of the computer. And one thing I learned is that I know I’m REALLY sick if I don’t even have the strength to make a pot of tea! Last night, I brewed a pot and it tasted perfect, so I suspect that my taste buds are working fine now though. I’ll have to backlog a few different tea experiences in a bit, but for now, I thought I’d enjoy a cup of Garden Bancha and write about it as I sip it.

This is really quite nice. It starts out really mellow. Almost too mellow, because it got me to question my taste buds ability again. But after a few sips, the tea became more focused, although it is still quite mild.

It has a strong vegetal quality to it in both its flavor and its scent. Earthy. It is light to medium bodied, with a bit of dry astringency toward the tail of the sip. It is a little sweet and a little savory. Very enjoyable.

TeaBrat

glad you’re feeling better!

Bonnie

Get well!

LiberTEAS

Thanks. I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday … it’s been a slow progression but I’m feeling pretty good today.

SimpliciTEA

I’m glad you are feeling better!

Azzrian

Nice to see you back around! I was not a big fan of this one – will need to try again but I can see how it would be great when feeling ill!

CHAroma

Boo to the flu! The last time I had the flu, my brain was literally frying from the fever. My mom came to visit and according to her, I repeatedly asked to be taken to the hospital because I was convinced I was dying. :P Glad you’re feeling better and up to drinking tea again! :)

LiberTEAS

That was the part that was most disturbing to me. I didn’t even have the strength to make a pot of tea, nor did I find myself really wanting anything … even tea, most of the time. I just wanted to be put out of my misery. UGH!

Kittenna

Haha, the last time I had the flu, I repeatedly went to the doctor because my throat hurt so badly, and the day I spent feverishly in bed, hallucinating, I made my boyfriend sit next to me for hours because I was worried I was going to die. I wouldn’t even let him lie next to me, because I was too hot and it hurt to be touched. Man, does the flu ever suck!!! Glad you’re feeling better :)

CHAroma

ROFL, Krystaleyn! We are two peas in a pod!

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drank Bai Lin Gong Fu by Canton Tea Co
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This is lovely. I brewed it in my gaiwan, using a less-than-boiling temperature (to avoid burning my fingers) and steeping for 1 minute for the first infusion. The result is perfection. The cup is rich and robust and full-flavored, surprisingly so after such a short brew time. There are deliciously sweet caramel-y undertones, as well as a delicious bake-y kind of taste. Would be a good first-thing-in-the-morning tea as well as a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon.

Excellent.

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84

Backlog:

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this. It is REALLY yummy. The caramel flavor is strong, and it mingles so nicely with the fruity notes of the green honeybush. Sweet, mild and soothing. Very nice, indeed!

SimpliciTEA

Oh my, now I see there is also a green honeybush? Are the comparisons between Green and Red rooibos, and Green and Red honeybush, the same?

Kittenna

I also was unaware of green honeybush, and am too lazy to look it up right now, but that’s certainly interesting…

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Yummy!

Townshend’s Tea appears to be remodeling their website, because when I went there I could not find this tea … and the website looked quite different from what I remember. I hope that the missing few teas is only a temporary thing, because I don’t see my favorite Pear and Pomegranate tea on there yet.

But this tea is quite nice too. The vanilla is strong. A good tea to represent Mt. Hood which is usually covered in snow, one of our most picturesque views in this area is looking toward Mt. Hood. Some days it appears to be floating.

A nice, pleasant tea. I might like the black tea base to be a little more rounded, perhaps a blend instead of one tea type (I suspect this is a Ceylon because it’s not particularly bold. It’s delicious, but just not as sturdy as some other teas that could have been selected for a base). But it is still quite a nice afternoon tea, and I suspect it also makes a heck of a latte.

Bonnie

Mt. Hood is lovely. Mt. Baker is a good view too.

CupofTree

I love your post on this! Mountains, tea shops… I am jealous. Cannot wait to move and see Mt. Rainier again! Haven’t been further south than that but I will travel all over the pacific northwest once I get there.
Hopefully that tea site comes back to full working order too.

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drank Thai Iced Tea Blend by Arbor Teas
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I am in the process of brewing some of this (double strength) to drink tomorrow as traditional Thai Iced Tea, but, I decided to try a cup of it hot first (not double strength) to see how I like it hot.

It’s really quite fabulous served hot, too. The black tea is good and strong, which makes me hopeful for the iced tea to come, but I can also taste the spices. The vanilla is soft and creamy. YUM! Can’t wait to try this iced tomorrow!

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

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