299 Tasting Notes


This is a good solid Ceylon.

It doesn’t have a lot of subtleties. There is a note of tobacco, but otherwise it’s just a sort of strong generic Ceylon flavor… That dark, somewhat burnt, somewhat bitter, taste I connect with ceylons.

It’s quite yummy, but it’s not one that says, “I will seduce you with my subtle note of this, my lingering tastes of that…”. Instead it comes up and yells, “BAM! I’m a Ceylon!”.

And if you like a good strong and straight-forward Ceylon this is for you.

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I received this as a sample, yay!

I tend to find most oblongs rather light in flavor, in my sense of taste. This one is strong. I don’t get the apple and such flavors that are in the description. Rather, it’s Very flower to me. With a vegetal undertone. But the flower flavor is almost overwhelming in the mouth and back of throat, both. It’s almost like drinking perfume or smelling one that passes the nose in its strength and comes right down into your throat to settle. It’s not bad tasting, just very, very strong. If you like very strong floral flavors, I’d suggest this tea!

It’s a nice change up from other oblongs I’ve had. I’m enjoying the cup but wouldn’t buy. I’m glad I did get the sample and experienced it.

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This has a nice general black tea taste with a hint of sweetness. I’m not getting any wow out of this one. It’s good, but not a personal favorite.

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This is a green tasting white. A stronger flavor than a lot of whites. It’s good enough that I’m ordering some more. I get at least 3 or 4 quality steeps out of it; might be able to get more, I just haven’t tried.


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This isn’t awesome or have anything subtle or special to it, to me. Nit just comes across as a general good black tea. Something to keep for daily want-something-good-and-basic tea times. It has a light black tea burnt flavor, almost not there. It has very little finish. But it is good.

I’ll probably give it a way or throw it out as it’s not a favorite and I’m having to slim down my tea collection to just favorites for a move.

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First steep: nothing special. Very light flavor.

Second steep: dark and earthy, slightly fishy scent and finish

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This one for me is strange. It has a very full and angular mouth-feel to it. It has a grassy green bitterness, but not one as strong as in Japanese greens. It has a odd sharp throat taste. There is something woody about it, too. The finish lasts about a medium while and is of the green bitterness.

I have to say I like it. I’ll likely give away a lot of it (I got three very generous portions from Tealet) but I do think I like it well enough to keep one of the bags for my own rare use (I’m only rarely allowed to drink anything with caffeine).

Strange but yummy.

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I know this is supposed to be a complex white, but I find it fairly simple on first steeping. A generic white tea taste is the main flavor, followed by a tan sweetness in the back of the throat during the swallow. Almost no finish. It lightly coats the tongue.

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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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