517 Tasting Notes

drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
517 tasting notes

Aaargh! I can’t do this! This…just isn’t tasty. Barely at all! I tried everything! Various temps and times. Gong fu and western. Water filtered and not filtered. This batch just doesn’t taste good to me. I see from the description on the website that this is from the autumn 2012 harvest. So, note to self: don’t get autumn harvest of Laoshan Black ever again. It’s just too heart breaking.

So is there a summer harvest? Or do they just do spring? I need to know which harvest produced that nectar of the gods I had the first time I sampled it. As for the autumn harvest version, if you want it, let me know. It’s maybe 1.5 oz at this point. I can’t deal with this batch anymore. I’m also removing my rating because it’s too confusing for me to rate. It’s good sometimes but not always…what? See? Too confusing.

Sadness.

Marcel Duchamp

I’m interested in 1.5oz. PM me if you want to get rid of it.

Sil

Marcel – pretty sure she tossed this in the us swap thread as well in case you didn’t see it there

Mercuryhime

Oh yah, I put this up in both in cases so that it would be more exposure. :) I’d hate to have a tea languish in my cupboard when I know so many people out there like it.

Marcel Duchamp

Thanks Sil! :-) I sent Mercuryhime a message with some swap options.

Sil

I may have to wrangle a swap with marcel for a taste of this one before I order more. I’m totally paranoid to drink the last of mine now hahaha

Mercuryhime

Sil, I can send you a bit of the 1.5 oz if Marcel is okay with it. No need to go through a middle man. :)

Marcel Duchamp

Of course! No wrangling necessary. haha. I have a stash of this tea already. If Sil would rather swap for it, that’s fine too :-)

Sil

I really just want a sample so that I can compare it against my older version. Ill buy more if I love it still and not, if I don’t lol. I don’t need the whole bag or more than a cup. Happy to swap with either of you if there are things in my cupboard that excite lol

Mercuryhime

Marcel and I have agreed not to swap so 1.5 oz minus whatever Sil wants is up for grabs again. :)

OMGsrsly

I am so glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like it! I really want to try the spring or summer harvest to see how different they are.

Mercuryhime

Well, my theory is it’s either the season or the production. I’d think that the production shouldn’t vary much so I hope it’s the season. Either that or my tastebuds have gone crazy on me.

Charles Thomas Draper

I am no expert by any means but with all of the info I am gathering spring harvests are generally the only tea to have…

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
517 tasting notes

Buttery fresh green oolong. Sweet tropical pineapple. A hint of creamy rich coconut.

Mmm… Green oolong, my true love.

Brothy mouthfeel. Refreshingly cleansing feeling on the tongue. Eminently slurpable. There should be more flavored green oolongs. Especially from Lupicia. Utterly fantastic ripe luscious pineapple flavor. Love. And it’s not trying to mask the tea base. The quality comes through and supports the fruitiness, keeping if from being too sweet. I would certainly enjoy this without the pineapple, but it wouldn’t fulfill my desire for a light fruity tea.

:)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
517 tasting notes

It was not long ago when I discovered a love for black tea. But the more black teas I try, the more I realize that I only really like the quality unflavored Chinese ones. I’m not sure why this is. But ah well. It has been fun. My flavored black tea experimentation will likely slow to a few select blacks. I may occasionally crave a milky black tea, but for those instances, I’m happy to stick with EGs or chai. I’m still keen on exploring the world of quality unflavored blacks though. :)

As for this tea, it is pleasant enough. Caramel and vanilla are evident from the beginning. The fruity qualities don’t really show until the cup has cooled. Nice enough with a smooth base. I wish I loved it as much as other Steepsters seem to. :)

Thank you, AlphaKitty, for the sample!

Preparation
Iced

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Hm. Not a highly rated tea, but I did not find this as offensive as some others did. I actually quite enjoyed it with a heavy dose of milk. :) I had brewed it strong to have a nice milky tea with my breakfast scone. Perfect combo. Tea base was quite nice. Better than the other EGs I’ve sampled from Upton this far. The bergamot was pretty intense. I find myself wondering once again what a real fruit smells like.
Overall, the best of a mediocre bunch. Still have hopes for the Sacher Blend.

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Thanks AlphaKitty for a sample of this! Definitely nutty sweet and pretty tasty. However, I am reminded of why, for a long time, I thought I did not like black teas. Love the flavor. Not sure I like the combo of black tea with this flavor. Not sure I’d like the black tea base at all unflavored. I guess I’m more sensitive to black tea quality? In any case, love the caramel flavor and hint of rose. Nicely done.

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So yesterday, I walked into work and my boss tells me “You’re working from home tomorrow.” And I was all stupid and said, “Huh? Wha? Why? Who said so?” I hope his respect for me didn’t just disappear after that senseless string of questions. Turns out the Friday before Easter tends to be real quiet since a lot of people take off to be with family and stuff. Neat! So here I am this morning, sipping my second cup of tea before work even starts because I still wake up at 7am, even though I don’t have my 1.5 hr commute today. :(

But this tea is really tasty so it’s okay to be awake! Last night I had taken a trip to DT since my bro in law is in town from Germany and his wife is addicted to two blends from David and needed refills. So of course I had to get some samples to try. And they were doing this promo where you get a free cup to go if you buy at least 2oz of tea! But I had to go to dinner straight after tea shopping so they put the bagged teas into a pouch for me to drink later. How nice is that!

So anyway, I had a cup last night before bed. It was tasty. Green and fresh, but also syrupy sweet in the way only rose can be. Smells and tastes just like my dad’s roses actually. Love it. The green base got a bit astringent but not so much that I didn’t enjoy it. Plus, I saved my leaves and cold brewed it overnight. I’m drinking that result now and it is divine. I’ve had rose congou black teas before, but I think I really prefer the green base. Tastes fresh and summery.

The end. :)

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
517 tasting notes

Lemongrass and coconut is a classic combination so how could things go wrong. And the spicy hint of ginger. yum! This tea is quite tasty. I tried a few sips from my bro in law’s cup last night. Then I saved his bag and cold brewed it over night. Just had the cup this morning. even tastier! Great iced tea. :) It reminds me a bit of Exotica, but instead of tasting like thai food, this tastes like a refreshing lemony coconut tea. Much better. :)

Lindsey

I’m cold-brewing some right now. Cannot wait to try it after work tonight!

Kittenna

OOh. Cold brew. If I didn’t have four others on the go…

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Wasn’t paying much attention as I had a guest over, but this was quite pleasant. Definitely like apple cider. Yum! With a bit of spice. I’d definitely stock up on this if I needed more tea. Hah!

Edit: just realized this is note 400! :O What a short uninteresting note for this milestone. :(

Kittenna

Yay 400! :D

Mercuryhime

Thanks. :) I hope 500 is more interesting.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
517 tasting notes

I dunno you guys… This current batch of Laoshan black is not as tasty as the sample I had just before they sold out. It’s nowhere near as chocolatey and tastes way roastier. Is this a spring picked version? Maybe I only like the autumn or summer picked batches? It tastes more like plain tea than awesome tea. This tea as it is would not have converted me over to black. This is my third attempted since getting this pouch a few weeks ago, so I’m pretty sure it’s not just my brew style. :(

Dinosara

Hmmm I will be interested to see how others feel about this. Haven’t seen too many reviews for the new picking yet.

Mercuryhime

I’m also very interested in other feedback. Maybe I’m doing something wrong? I hope it’s just me. :(

TastyBrew

The only LB I’ve had is this new batch so I don’t have anything to compare it to. But I found it to be super chocolatey. I’m not one to notice many of the various flavors in straight tea, but I caught that one for sure. It must have been REALLY chocolatey before. It is super roasty though, but I like roasty teas.

Sil

Oh crap…maybe I need to save my old bag and just order a new bag lol

OMGsrsly

Yes, I feel you are right with your ideas of how it tastes. Really, really roasty. Unfortunately it’s the only one I’ve tried so I can’t say how it compares.

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So after finding a bunch of things kleptoed from my work’s supply cabinet, I decided it was time for a nice comforting drink. And what’s more relaxing than sweet cinnamony oatmeal cookie? And this tea tastes amazingly like cookies. Buttery with brown sugar and slightly caramelized edges. Mmm cookie… I don’t taste much raisin but I’m fine with that. This is the most convincing cookie tea I’ve ever had. Love it!

Thanks so much for sharing Alphakitty!

Lala

I hope they didnt get their sticky hands in any of your tea.

Lindsey

This review makes me very excited (well, not the work thieves part)! I just placed an order for a sampler box from Della Terra yesterday and included this tea in it. Can’t wait to try it after reading this!

Mercuryhime

Tea is kept in my own private cabinet. No one better go in there!
Lindsey, if you like cinnamon and cookies, you’ll love this. :)

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

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