2167 Tasting Notes

Sample of the ~controversial~ Misty Peaks tea, courtesy *shezza*. Thank you. :)

She was lovely and measured out 7g for me, which made it super easy. 7g tea, 145-ish ml water.

This is actually better than I was expecting! Yes, a little bitter, very fresh and green tasting, but it’s a sweet green rather than a spinach/kale green. More like green grape skins, actually. I’m brewing it with the lid off, since it’s such a green tea. I don’t want to overheat it.

I do prefer the ridiculous honey notes of the moonlight cake that I have. So while I can enjoy this sample, it’s not something I’d ever consider buying – and not just because of the terrible marketing tactics. (And shezza, I’m actually drinking most of every cup tonight. :D )

Preparation
7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Cwyn

MP has really decent tea, they don’t need to resort to the craziness to sell it.

OMGsrsly

I totally agree. But now when I think of “Misty Peak” I just roll my eyes…

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Om nom nom. In a travel mug at work today.

This is really delicious. So mapley. Such a tasty oolong.

I think I need to try western steeping some of the other oolongs I have, so I can drink them down by bringing them to work.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Smoky Spice Black Tea by 52teas
2167 tasting notes

Pulled this one out last night to give a sample to Shezza, but then didn’t put it away again. :) So I’m enjoying it today, in my travel mug.

I find that with the spices and the lapsang souchong, it travels quite well for me.

I did add a touch of maple syrup and some milk, though. So YMMV.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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Random oolong from someone. :D It’s actually really nice! Smells a little toasty and like steamed veggie water, but tastes sweet and thick and floral with a bit of spice notes like pepper.

Yum.

It’s some sort of TGY.

Just going to drink a couple 50ml steeps and then brew up an herbal for sleepy times.

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Oh, this is SO good! Thanks so much Dexter!

Very sweet. Dried fruits maybe. Somewhat carby but less than what I’d think from the smell. Makes my teeth feel a little squeaky. :)

I’d totally buy this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Dexter

I found this one was temp sensitive – not nasty at any temp, just very different profile depending on temp. I think I ended up liking it hotter rather than cooler – but it’s been awhile…. Glad you like it. :))

OMGsrsly

I’m flash steeping at ~200 or so. Some steeps are a little more carby than others. :)

Cwyn

Sounds like a real find from a bargain seller.

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

Well, it’s cold now. And a sipdown. Which is very sad on both accounts.

But I really did love this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Equusfell

I’m going to miss this.. :(

OMGsrsly

Definitely. :(

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

Oh, yummy tea. You’re not quite as good in a travel mug, but you’re out in the “pile of teas to finish”. So I am drinking you.

I’m seriously gonna miss this one once it’s gone, but the toasty nuttiness is starting to fade.

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This one is already better. I think it’s because I had the bag open, so it could air out some.

Ugh. I need a better way to keep my samples then, so I can keep them upright with the zip tops open… I wonder if I have enough tins to do that.

This is super yummy. Spicy. Dried stone fruits.

Yum yum yum.

Also, I’m still using my $$$ yixing. I don’t know how it’s changing the tea, or if it is even changing the tea… but it’s cute and little and I should have fun playing with it more often.

Edit: Quite a few steeps in now, and I’m getting some camphor/very mild menthol. But of course this tea isn’t available any more. Of course.

Preparation
6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Dexter

YAY!!! You found one that works – and yes you should play with your little yixing more often. :))

OMGsrsly

The other pot was just $3 and does the same job without leaking! So it gets used more.

kristinalee

Is it really better to keep them open? I don’t know how to store mine.

OMGsrsly

I honestly have no idea, but I’ve read a lot about people airing their teas or putting them in crocks to breathe before drinking. Certainly doesn’t hurt in my climate.

kristinalee

I know, but someone told me not to open anything for a week after it gets in from China, and then I’m hearing of leaving bags open… I’m never sure what to do for whichever kind of puerh.

OMGsrsly

I’ve had this tea almost a year, and opened it when I sorted things after Christmas… so… IDK. :)

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Ok! This is it! I have new teaware out. I have my little goat/sheep thing chilling in its hat cup. I have my YIXING POT OUT and rinsed and ready to go.

I haven’t used my yixing in MONTHS. It was so dusty.

My new cup dwarfs it. Teensy tea pot.

I think I don’t like the yixing mostly because it leaks like a fucking sieve. The lid doesn’t sit tight, but I swear when I used it in-store, it was fine.

And I can’t drink this tea. Smells like dried squid. Yep.

Ok, moving on.

(I’ve had it before and I don’t remember it being this bad. IDK.)

Preparation
3 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Dexter

:(( Sad – that is one of my favorite shou.
But yep if it’s not working for you move on…..

OMGsrsly

I was practising not dropping the pot, and it’s more dried date, less dried squid. So that’s nice. I think it was the plastic baggie being closed that affected the flavour. :/

Sil

dope. i love this one too…

Liquid Proust

I’ve heard of this before which means it must be good :)

OMGsrsly

I am having a hard time with shou right now, which is bad… considering how MUCH of it I have. :/

Liquid Proust

when it doesn’t taste right… what a shou-tastrophe

OMGsrsly

The next one from Camellia Sinensis is working better for me, YAY. Tea-tastrophe averted.

Christina / BooksandTea

Squid! I can’t get over that.

OMGsrsly

Squid!!

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