286 Tasting Notes


This one’s a weird one. A strong white tea… that puts me in mind of bubblegum. Not that it tastes like bubblegum, it’s just that after swallowing for some reason my mouth says “bubblegum!”. As I said, weird. A tiny, tiny bit of chocolate to it, too.

A strange and pleasant cup.

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Seems odd, and I’m not sure what to think of this one. :-//

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This is a stronger white… it hints at an Assam in some ways, even. Strong dark flavor in the middle and back of the tongue.

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Not impressed with this. Nothing bad about it, but nothing special.. just tastes generically “white tea”.

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This has a strong cocoa flavor to it, it also makes the very front edge of the tongue, back of the lips area water a lot. A bit of tobacco and I don’t know what… a taste that I can’t quite place.

As with the 1973 Baozhong I bought from Red Blossom, I like this much better than most oolongs. I think from now I’ll try to stick to aged ones as I don’t find much flavor in newer oolongs. Both this and the 1973 are very good.

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Rumpus Parable

Reading another’s review I have to agree about the prune aspect. I think that’s what I couldn’t quite name before. Still a fan of this compared to newer oolongs. Much richer and more nuances flavor, to me.

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I bought this and another aged Oolong from Red Blossom because I’d never had as old of ones as they had available and wanted to try them. I’m not a huge Oolong fan so I was curious is these would be different for me.

The smell of this tea is very “basic oolong” to me. It doesn’t have anything special about it. So I was worried it’d be another hum-drum cup for me, as I find most Oolongs tend to end up IMO.

The taste is another matter. It has that mint zing in the tip of the tongue and back of the throat. The raisin they mention is really there in the top of the mouth. The finish is the raisin/honey taste up in the nose. It’s a short finish, but pleasant.

It definitely not a standard oolong.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
286 tasting notes

So far, to me, this doesn’t have a lot of flavor. I’ll let it cool more and see if anything comes out. Right now it just tastes generic-white to me, nothing special or distinct.

As it cools it doesn’t get much more depth to it. Maybe a very, very, barely there hint of melon.

It’s not bad and I’ll finish the pot, but I’d not buy it.

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Having this again after a long time away.

The scent is complex but not overwhelming… light with berry notes.

Again the taste has so much to it. The burnt flavor of a black tea in the middle of the tongue, a bit of berry to it, a bit astringent, leaves a clean feeling in the back of the throat. Light finish throughout the mouth.

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This smells fairly unremarkable with a plain “black tea” scent. No noticeable notes stand out.

Ditto on the flavor. It tastes like a run-of-the-mill black tea… not strong in any particular flavor, no pleasing feeling of balance… just plain old generic black tea.

Not bad tasting at all, but I’m going to pour this cup out and try something else. It really has nothing about it that grabs me and makes me want to finish the cup.

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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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