521 Tasting Notes


Dan cong oolong. Yum. I’ve missed tea. I admit I’ve been distracted by a shiny new hobby. I was gifted with water kefir grains so I’ve been making refreshing probiotic sodas instead of tea. Latest batch is a ginger wineberry concoction. From foraged wineberries! But tea! You have been missed.

This particular tea is a fine specimen of a Dan Cong. There’s definitely some citrus rind and honey. And quince. Theres the typical roasted autumnal flavor of a darker oolong. Pleasingly astringent. Tasty and warming on an oddly chilly summer day.


How did I miss this review! I so want to make kefir but haven’t been able to find anyone with grains. I did get a scoby for kombucha, though I haven’t made any yet. I need to get on that!


uh oh… I wish I could offer to send you some grains, but I gave all of mine away. It’s very tasty, but you have to drink it regularly or you’ll get overwhelmed with kefir. Plus my husband didn’t like it so it was just me doing the drinking. Maybe the friend I got them from still has. I’d be happy to ask if you’re interested.
Also, I’m apparently a sucker for punishment because I just bought some milk kefir grains on Etsy. It’s easier to make milk kefir and husband actually likes it so I think we’re good. :) I may have extra grains soon, so if you’re interested I can send you some when I have.

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I’m having the last of this sample from Alphakitty and its really not sitting well with me today. After taste is a lingering artificial plastic flavor that makes me feel ill. I think I’ll dump the rest a brew something to cleanse my palate.

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I’ve been very bad about getting to these samples. Now as I’m typing this, I realize that I had already sampled this one. doh! I really did feel like a green tea though. And this is a mighty fine green. sweet and smooth. Vegetal and just barely floral. It’s a bit like green oolong, but lighter with less heavy mouthfeel. Me gusta.

It’s been kind of a crazy summer.

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Fruity like Fuji apples and just as sweet and satisfying. fragrant. Truly delicate and cute. Very very tasty. I’m happy I bought a sample of this.

I’d write more but I’m feeling tipsy. :p

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I got this as a sample from my Laoshan black order. I’m sad to say that I had this under distracted and stressful conditions. This tea deserves better. When I was paying attention, I noted a creamy butterscotch and milk chocolate flavor. This is less roasted than thei black tea, and for this I am thankful. I enjoyed the first cup thoroughly.
Second steep was less amazing. Seemed to taste like generic roasted oolong. First steep is good enough to make this a possible buy though. :)

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Oh boy did I have too much caffeine today! 4-5 large cups of black tea. Last sip at around 5pm. I am still feeling shaky. Why didn’t someone stop me! So what to drink tonight? Thankfully, Angel sent me a sample of this lovely herbal! I’m always up for caffeine free stuff! But what the heck is a camellia anyway? Camellia sinensis is the tea plant, so is this tea its flowers?
Wikipedia to the rescue!
I can’t believe I used to go to the library to use Encyclopedias and books to do research.
So from what I gather, this may not necessarily be the flower of Camellia Sinensis but any of genus Camellia’s many species. In any case, it’s a beautiful flower.

The dried buds are light as feathers and smelled like sun dried hay and honey. The brew is sweet and reminds me of chrysanthemum, but less herby. I actually like this a whole lot. I can see the dried persimmon after taste Teavivre is describing here. Nice.

Now let’s hope this helps me push the caffeine out of my system so that I can sleep tonight. :(


I could be wrong here, but, I don’t think that this is completely caffeine free, since it does come from the Camellia Sinensis plant … but, it is certainly lower in caffeine than the leaf.


You might be right! Well that sucks… I feel stupid now. haha

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This tea is lovely! It looks and smells beautiful before you even add the hot water. Rose chocolate and orange. I can smell the orange more than the bergamot though both are definitely present. Dark bread crust and chocolate from the base, sweet nectar from the rose, and a lively citrus zest. It’s so balanced and well conceived! I would expect no less from a Verdant blend. I’m glad I got a sample of this. The next time I order, I’m getting a few ounces if this.

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This tea is pretty delicious. Sweet savory greens. Rich green leaves. Beautiful tea. So fresh! I think I’d enjoy this iced. I’m always looking for iced these day. :9

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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.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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