286 Tasting Notes

92

Follow up after a bunch more drinking:

This may indeed become a favorite. Still frustrating how much is needed to make a cup, but I’m finding it much more resteepable thoat first day of drinking it. So very expensive but a highly enjoyable flavor. Still, so very pie crust and sweet fruit behind it.

Not any kind of intense sweet, as said it’s rather like pie: that first flavor in a sip is flakey crust and then that fruity sweet mildly.

I’ve been drinking this and other teas at the same time, switching between due to steeping times and temps and my need to get a ton of fluid in each day.

I’d now definitely describe it as “nummy”.

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Nuts, Pastries, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Grabbed this on basis of liking a coupla samples of their other teas I liked.

I’m not thrilled with this one. The smoke is moderate and so is the black tea… It makes a watery cup, to me. Pretty blah.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 251 ML

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92

Just grabbed at the NYC Coffee&Tea Festival and liked the sample enough to pay the large amount. Worth it.

Yup, worth it. Like other tisanes it doesn’t rebrew a ton of times and more than tha is suggested for the water amount. I learned on first brew to added more, but the taste when it does is delicious cookie or pie with the almond and fruit.

Very yummy when I’m not one who really goes much for these sorts of things. The almond make a clear pie crust flavor to me, the apple is in the front fruit flavor and that’s how it balances – first the almond makes a brittle and crumby and sweet sort of taste forming a crust, then the fruit comes in second like a bite of pie would.

Great stuff!

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cookie, Fruity, Nutty, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 251 ML

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90

Have had this tea for a while now and can’t figure out why I’m still working on the first ounce still from buying it. It is so intense, with bitter greens that fill the middle to front and top back sides of the mouth and throat. In a rich way, not too strongly where it’s negative.

I’m sure it’s lasted this long because it is so intense; it’s not an all the time tea for me. But it’s a great one that I’ve grown to enjoy more and more as time has gone on. I think I got it at the coffee and tea festival a year or so ago, but I’m not sure if I did or online…

In any case it’s strong, dark and bitter greens. Stronger than dark veggies I can think of, but I rarely have plain greens of heavier sorts, my dark vegetables usually have mixed in other vegetables, fruits, sauces, whatever’s. I’d make a guess of collards or kale from loose memory.

Anyway, I suggest grabbing some either trading samples or buying it direct and giving it a try. A nice full flavored heavy green for days you want something more pushy.

Flavors: Bitter, Green, Kale

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Im not really liking this one. It’s a mix to me of black tea acrid and fishy. And as I drink it it hasn’t grown on me

It’s just black in my mouth. That’s all I get really to describe, it’s black in my mouth. (Color, not referring to the type of tea)

Flavors: Fishy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 15 g 41 OZ / 1200 ML
Kittenna

Fishy? Bleehhh.

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95

Got this as I am still seeking the right Keemun Mao Feng for me.

This is nicely smokey and rich with underneath deeply below a pleasing black tea acrid feel in the back of the throat. Sweetness and honey colors at the roof of mouth. Moderate astringency.

This is a dark rich tea without being. Too heavy. In fact, I’d like a bit more weight so I may try later brewing with a bit extra leaves. But this may really be the perfect balance. Experimenting is good, though.

Very nice. Might be a standard for me.

Flavors: Heavy, Malt, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 15 g 41 OZ / 1200 ML
Doug F

It’s always been a standard for me. It’s as good as many more expensive Keemuns.

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88

Welp, follow up. Went and had it again without remembering my previous tasting.

Loved it on first mouthful.

Came back to leave a review and reread my old one. This is a really tricky one, for sure.

I’ve ordered more since this one was a all from a sample tin. Quite an oddly indeed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 g 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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94

Floral, green, light playful bitter perfume taste on main flat of tongue. The tiniest tinge of sweet but not sweet in the back of the throat.

This so very does not taste light a black tea. It has a Darjeeling feel. Black but not black.

I wouldn’t call this a solid tea at all, taste-wise. Delicate, light,

It has some noticeable astringency that is stronger than the rest of the above flavor description but it doesn’t overwhelm those parts. It all ties together into a structure of greens and pinks and yellows. Light greens to the flowers and bitter greens to the astringency.

My first sip went, “yum”.

If I keep enjoying this sample packet I’m gonna order some of this. It is great for a day you want a black tea but not a typical or Strongly Black one.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Green, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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98

Second time with this tea a couple months later.

Still thick mouth feel and chocolate underneath. It’s round, brown, green, and gentle – low to almost no astringency for me.

This second time this really grabs me as a gentler black tea. I’d say it has a charcoal feel with zero of the burnt or acrid tastes that many blacks have.

Yup, like it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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71

This is front of tongue dark. Orange hard in back top of throat. No middle tongue. The smoke in this is medium to light… A nice level for me as I like lapsang souchong but so often the smoke strength is way too much for me.

Purple-pink but solid, not light soft of pastels, and reds starts to spread more in the back top of the throat as more and more sips are taken.

It has a short finish in the mouth, but smoke lingers in your nose.

This is a gentle lapsang souchong. Not empty, not lacking, not light…but gentle. There is a richness that is soothing and while no invasion feeling.

I’d recommend this. It doesn’t touch the middle tongue but the front and back of the mouth get plenty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Note to those who read my reviews:

I only about a year ago learned I have synesthesia and that is why I’ve always wrote my reviews primarily in colors. Clearly, if you’ve read any recently, that’s still how I write most of the time as that’s still how I best describe flavors. Today I realized that may be worth putting out there for folks who come across my reviews.
Moving on:

Unless otherwise noted, I use 2.25g of tea to 6oz of water for my tastings.

Geeky, vegan, dominant, serious, non-gendered, childfree, eclectic, alternatively-styled, friendly and open-minded are good descriptors of me, I think. Also: extremely introverted, but not at all shy.

I grew up on bag teas, mainly Lipton, at my father’s and great-grandmother’s homes. I loved getting up before everyone else and sitting with a hot cup and reading or watching some quiet tv in the morning.

I didn’t bother much with tea for the years of my teenhood because of no longer seeing either of these people and my mother’s house wasn’t one for tea… more coffee drinkers, instead.

During my adulthood I started drinking it again, but still mostly bag teas like Lipton, Tetley, and some herbal mixes. I enjoyed these but went no further…

…until I was at a restaurant one night and ordered a Darjeeling tea to give it a try.

I fell back in love with tea and have since been trying all sorts of loose leaf and some bag teas.

I’m currently delving mainly into white teas, but my tastes wander.

Not sure what else to say here… if you like my notes or are interested in chatting about something, do feel free to send a note. I love meeting new folks, especially since we share at least one interest, being on this site and all.

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