510 Tasting Notes

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @00C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

Copper-mahogany liquor. Creamy, smoky (very subtle smoke, like Keemun) black tea with no bitterness. Heavy body. Caffeine punch. Seriously dependable tea. One of my favourite blends, ever. Hats off, as usual, to Damn Fine.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, rinsed, steeped 45 seconds.

I admit it: I’ve never done the super-short steeps on oolongs before. Why? I am greedy. I want all the oolong RIGHT NOW. Sometimes that works for me.

Tonight, what’s working better is a quick steep on this amazing tieguanyin. I am getting much more orchid and fruit than I ever have before, on my greedy Western 4-minute steeps. And cream. Oh, my: this smells like a quangzhou milk oolong. Exquisite.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped five minutes, drunk bare.

Beautiful orange and papaya flavouring. Sweet finish. No acidic pucker. Refreshing.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped four minutes, drunk bare.

La la love it. This tea always makes me smile.

The Yunnan base is a good choice. Lemon with Assam would be too astringent, and with Ceylon too metallic. Smooth. It tastes like real lemons — yay, lemon oil. I want to mix this with some Caravan, and later with some Kenyan Tinderet. On a real lemon kick; a 50gram bag of this treasure doesn’t last me a week.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped 4 minutes 30 seconds, drunk bare.

The dry CTC leaves, or, pellets, have no scent.

The liquor is a deep reddish brown, giving a classic black tea taste, quite tannic, with a sweetness in the scent and aftertaste like dark honey. This is a very robust black tea, with heft and malt. The maltiness had a dry finish, not the juiciness of an Assam. I did not expect to like this nearly as much as I do. Strong, assertive, and bright. I expect this could get bitter if steeped much longer.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, steeped 4 minutes,

Okay, I can see I used water that was too hot. There’s green tea in here, diva-tastic green tea that’s gone all bitter and harsh. So I need to give this another go … but what a hard sell that will be, because this tea smells and tastes like an artificially-flavoured lemon candy that got tainted with curdled milk.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped 5 minutes.

Ooops. Four minutes is my favourite for steeping black teas. I got distracted — what else is new? What I have here is stronger but not bitter. There’s more of an Indian-tea taste: not malt, but some other note you get in some Assams, and very rarely in a Darjeeling, almost a breadiness, with a hint of rose. The honey notes are stronger in the aftertaste. This one is crying out for milk, but I always regret it when I add milk to black tea. Stronger Yunnan-wood notes, too; I think these tea bushes were Yunnan clippings planted in Nepalese soil on the Jun Chiyabari estate. When I say wood notes, I mean ancient trees and clean air, not that woody-sour note some roobios has. A happy accident, steeping this too long.

yyz

Sounds nice, If you like teas from Yunnan cultivars grown in Darjeeling like conditions you should check out teas from Lopchu estate. The one I have always reminds me of ancient forests and clean air and spring for some reason as well.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL @ 100C, steeped six minutes.

Two big mistakes here. 1) I oversteeped. 2) I used way too much leaf.

This blend is incredibly potent, some sort of super-tea. Definitely follow the instructions. I knew better, too. I just forgot.

A thick body, lots of Ceylon I think, copper notes, with bergamot a cardamom, all so gentle … and all so packed with caffeine. The closest comparison to this blend would be Ahmad’s English Tea No1, and, while I like Ahmad’s English Tea No 1, it doesn’t come close to Persian Tradition. Excellent tea.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I watered my tea down.

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1.5tsp for 250mL water @100C, steeped seven minutes.

I steep herbals a long time.

This is an excellent ginger tisane. You must like ginger to drink this. It burns. When you’ve got a sore throat, this burn is goooood. I don’t know why; it seems counter-intuitive, coating a sore throat with ginger and pepper, but it soothes. The ginger here is good for nausea, too, if you’re not too far gone to throw up a sip of liquid. I still miss the Electric Lemon from a few years ago, but this one rocks.

yyz

I haven’t tried this one yet, but I should, I love strong ginger teas.

MissLena

This one is so good! I have raved about it soo many times, and I’m almost at the bottom of my 100g tin! Almost time to restock :D

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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