4366 Tasting Notes

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Ali Shan! My favorite Oolong!

I even purchased a Yixing mug from Jade Teapots (ebay seller 11sbaumann) JUST for my Ali Shan consumption! And I am christening my mug with THIS Ali Shan.

And THIS… IS… SO… GOOD! But then, I have yet to find an Ali Shan I did not like.

Now… I’m thinking… shall I get a NEW Yixing mug for Yellow Teas? Because… about the only tea that I like better than Ali Shan is Yellow Tea.

Jillian

Do Yixing mugs take on the flavour of the tea drunk from them like the teapots will take on the taste of the teas brewed in them?

LiberTEAS

I don’t know…

T.C.

^ Yes, they do. Any unglazed clay surface will take on the taste.

LiberTEAS

coolness… thank you for the information… then I guess I should get another one for my yellow teas… one for each of my two favorite teas.

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drank Lime Darjeeling by Lupicia
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I am not too sure about this tea right now. I am tasting it, but it tastes pretty – strange – and I’m not sure if I’m liking it. I think I need to spend a little more time with it before I rate it numerically.

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93

This is a remarkable black tea – very even tone to it. Pleasant chewiness, and even a hint of a malty note that is a bit uncharacteristic for a Ceylon tea! But the thing I’m enjoying most about it is that so delightful sweetness that is very honey-like. It is robust and brisk and yet smooth.

I am getting no bitterness to it at all, just a very pleasant, sweet flavor. There is only a slight astringency to it… it’s VERY VERY GOOD.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

I needed a photo of this tea for my review of it that will publish this Thursday (on http://sororiteasisters.com ) so, I decided to brew the leaves rather than stash them away, since I had them out anyway.

I brewed it in my gaiwan this time, and interestingly enough I’m getting more chocolate-y notes today… I don’t know if this difference is related to the gaiwan brewing or not… I’m just telling you what I’m tasting. The cocoa notes are very pleasing with the caramel-y notes.

I fall even more in love with this tea every time I brew it.

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78

I brewed some of this last night to enjoy today as an iced tea… and it is SO MUCH better as an iced tea… don’t get me wrong, I liked it just fine as a hot tea, and maybe it’s just this hot weather talking, but, this is very refreshing and delicious. Way better than anything RTD.

YUM!

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84

My first cup of the day…

I am definitely getting a candied-brown-sugary kind of taste to this. It’s quite yummy… I feel like I’m starting my day with a treat!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple Matcha by 52teas
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I needed a little bit of an energy boost, since I’m about to grill some steaks, so I thought, Matcha!

I didn’t necessarily have apple Matcha in mind… just took the top pouch on the stack that I have over on my tea cart and it was the apple.

I am really liking this a lot today. I added a sprinkling of cinnamon to it after whisking it, and then whisked it again real quick… and it is AMAZING with the cinnamon. It tastes like I made my Matcha with apple cider.

YUM!

Cofftea

Cinnamon sugar w/ milk or coffee creamer? Could be yummy.

LiberTEAS

I didn’t add milk, and I don’t even keep coffee creamer in the house (that’s for coffee). But it’s quite good with just cinnamon! Might try it next time with some nutmeg.

Cofftea

I actually add coffee creamer often to chais, chocolate, and caramel teas. It’s a great substitute for milk and allows you to add another layer of flavor, if you wish, that milk can’t give you. Even if I didn’t drink coffee and inspite of my love of Smart Balance milk, I’d keep creamer in the house.

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97

Taking a moment for ME today and enjoying this amazing Oolong!

This is truly lovely. The flavor is so rich – notes of fruit and flower. Sweet buttery taste. Thick, sumptuous mouthfeel.

Delightful! I love this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

Backlogging… I had some of this earlier this afternoon. It is really nice iced.

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78

Backlogging … I had some of this a little while ago. I really am liking the candied pineapple taste of this. I think I’m going to save the rest of what I have of the dry leaf for the next time I brew up a pitcher for iced tea.

Cofftea

Yes, I’m thinking this would be amazing iced.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
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In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com

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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.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.

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I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.

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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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