1085 Tasting Notes

80

I missed my mid-day green tea feeding, so I figured that I could make up for lost time with a greenish oolong. My choice: Teavivre’s Jin Xuan Milk Oolong.

The liquor is indeed green—more green than yellow—and the taste smooth and satisfying. Looking forward to two more batches later today…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 6 g 17 OZ / 502 ML
Tamarindel

I love this tea and it makes me happy every time I see someone is drinking it :)

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75
drank Calm by Tazo
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I was going to start a new profile for Tazo Calm in the sachet, since it is so much better than the filter bags, but then I figured: why bother? It’s being discontinued! In fact, it has already disappeared from the Starbucks stores, soon to be replaced by God knows what from Teavana. Do they even have a chamomile blend? Or anything approaching this:

Chamomile flowers, blackberry leaves, lemongrass, rose petals, spearmint leaves, lemon balm leaf, hibiscus flowers, lavender flowers, marigold flowers

Those are the ingredients for the sachet, not the filter bag. Note the absence of chunks o’ food (ubiquitous in the Teavana herbal blends…).

Well, I’ll enjoy my remaining sachets of Calm as I did last night. The array of petals is quite beautiful, and the taste is satisfying and calming. There is just a touch of lavender and more chamomile than lemon grass, so I do like this blend. It’s too bad that the marketing of Tazo teas was handled so egregiously by its new overlord. Mistakes were made—to put it mildly. Another casualty in the the corporate conglomeratization of the world.

My rating for the sachet: 75. My rating for the filter bag in the light envelope: 52.

carol who

Don’t ya hate it when they mess with a good thing?

Starfevre

There’s still some in my grocery store as of last Sunday. I’ve been watching. I’ll miss their minty blend, with the tarragon.

sherapop

Starfevre: those are the filter bags, no? I believe that the sachets in the attractive tins are only available chez Starbucks… I agree that Refresh (mint + tarragon) is very good.

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82
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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“Reunited and it feels so good… Reunited and it’s understood…”

Okay, sorry for the sappy pop lyrics, but my new tin of Vanilla Comoro has arrived! It’s like a reunion with an old and very dependable friend. That’s because this tea is consistently good. I even debated buying a full pound, but then I realized that it would be better to get a second tin, that way when I buy the loose I’ll be able to split it between the two tins.

Yes, indeed, I am very serious about this bedtime brew! It’s the best for wintertime and now that we are having milder weather, I leapt at the opportunity to enjoy some again. ;-)

carol who

Yeah Vanilla Comoro!!! One of my ‘go-to’ teas when I don’t know what I want. And I am never dissatisfied! :D

Rosehips

vanilla Comoro twins last night! :) I love this one too.

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75

This afternoon I tried some of the “test tube” loose-leaf Mao Feng Impérial from Palais des Thés. My first impression was that the dried tea does not look at all like Mao Feng. I’ve tried several different Mao Fengs, and they all have a dark wiry and pretty uniform leaf form. The contents of my aluminum test tube contains every kind of leaf and its mother, brother, sister, father, uncle, and cousin. There were even little broken twigs—like tiny tree branches. Really!

The liquor was pale greenish gold, and the taste was good, but not specifically Mao Feng—at least not to me. I take both the visual and the gustatory evidence to support my conclusion that this is a blend, not a single-origin Mao Feng. To me this seems more like a cross between Tamaryokucha, Long Jing, and Mao Feng (or even Mao Jian)!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML
Blodeuyn

I picked this up from MyHabit and have yet to try it. I do like the test tubes… ;)

sherapop

I am obsessed with the aluminum test tubes, Blodeuyn! I’m probably going to use them to store Teavivre and Golden Tips samples. ;-)

Blodeuyn

I’m trying to find somewhere to purchase them. :)

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72

A funny thing happened tonight while I was preparing a large Bodum of Numi Chamomile Lemon looseleaf infusion. I opened up the clamp jar, and to my surprise saw a tiny beetle crawling around inside! At first I panicked, thinking that maybe I should throw it all out. But then I did not see any other beetles, and I remembered that Numi teas are all organic. Maybe that’s the price you pay?

Then I started to think about filter bags, and it occurred to me that filterbags may all contain ground up bugs in them, especially since they are made with picked over floor sweepings—or so it seems. What do you think?

Anyway, the infusion was good, and I’m not going to throw the rest of my huge bag away! I haven’t looked inside, though. Let’s hope that there was only that one tiny beetle in the whole batch…

mj

I think you may be right about the filter bags and now I’m incredibly grossed out :-(

sherapop

I am sorry, mj! I never thought about the prospect before, but now it seems obvious. I mean, think about hot dogs and spam and all other kinds of industrially “blended” stuff. Sorry!!!!!

TeaBrat

I’ve never noticed a bug in any of my teabags. so I don’t know! Just imagine there are bugs crawling all over the plants when they are being grown. :)

sherapop

Good point, TeaBrat! What’s so bad about bugs anyway? lol

Cheri

Just think of it as extra flavor and protein?

mj

Haha it’s ok sherapop. It’s not enough to keep me from drinking bagged tea on occasion. Looseleaf isn’t always practical and tea with “extras” is better than no tea at all! It isn’t half as gross as public restrooms.

Blodeuyn

At least it was alive and tiny. I think dead and huge would have been worse.

sherapop

You guys are hilarious! mj & Blodeuyn & Cheri!!! xxxooo

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82

I drank this dragon well from Teavivre earlier today (before two glasses of darjeeling), but somehow I neglected to log it. Which is funny, because I thought quite a lot about it while preparing and drinking it.

Once again, I was surprised at the disparity between the shapes and sizes of these leaves, many of which are quite large and especially broad, compared to the higher-grade dragon well. Why the surprise? Because this tea tastes just as good to me! I really am going to have to do a steep-off one of these days. I’ll need to enlist a friend to mix up the glasses for me so that I am not burdened by expectations. It will be very interesting to see how they measure up sip-to-sip and sniff-to-sniff with no knowledge of which of the two liquors was produced from irregularly shaped leaves (and costs a lot less for that reason, and that reason alone, it seems to me…).

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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88

Today’s new darjeeling experience chez sherapop is this lovely Arya Ruby second flush from Golden Tips. The harvest date is June 27, 2014, so not very long ago. The dried leaves are mostly quite dark and spindly, but there are also a fair number of lighter silver tip as well.

The liquor is nearly orange, so definitely darker than first flush darjeelings. The dried tea is incredibly fragrant, with a rich floral and woody aroma. Why this tea could be a perfume! It’s definitely more complex than many of the abstract perfumes being produced today. Well, that’s another story.

The flavor is very rich as well. I’m not really sure how to describe it. How about delicious?

I am happy that these sample packets from the excellent Golden Tips subscription program contain a full 10 grams, which means that I’ll be able to try this tea two more times…

Flavors: Floral, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cheri

I’m saving this one for last. I’m calling it my birthday tea, since it was harvested on my birthday.

sherapop

How nice, Cheri! ;-)

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87

Here I am once again, back at my private “Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling Autumn Flush 2012 FTGFOP1 from Norbu” blog.

Today’s glass was lovely, as always! I am definitely using this tea as a palate cleanser between green and new darjeelings…

Interestingly, a thread in the forum poses the question whether any Steepsters drink darjeeling. My hypothesis is that because darjeeling is so very easy to ruin by overheating or oversteeping, many people had early negative experiences and assumed (as many neophytes about green tea do as well…) that all darjeeling is bitter and overwhelmingly grassy.

Properly steeped, it’s a wonderful tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
1085 tasting notes

Tung Ting, the Wicked Witch is Dead!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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90

This afternoon’s two-glass tetsubin of Lu Shan Yun Wu from Teavivre was the follow-up to a warm almond croissant. The liquor was pale green and perfect. That’s all.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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