5241 Tasting Notes

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Terri sent this one to me in our last exchange. Not i have to preface this with the fact that i have really enjoyed all of the black teas that i’ve tried from taiwan tea crafts. The exception appears to be with their aged teas. Granted this one tastes totally different from the other aged tea i tried :)
The brewed aroma of this tea is amaaaazing. It’s juicy and fruity and overall i was like oh man..that smells wonderful. Sadly, that doesn’t equate with the actual tea. Much like tastybrew, this isn’t a tea for me. I get where she mentions raisins, as that is sort of what i’m tasting. Overall though, it’s like musty raisins..or something.
Nothing i’ll order again, but i do like being able to cross it off my list. Especially since there will be continued orders from taiwan tea crafts :)

Preparation
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This was a sample that I picked from Yezi tea. Their samples are individually packaged and i love that their black teas are in red bags, while the puerh are in black. Nothing major, but i like it :)

I’ve been drinking it this morning and i’ll try to capture some notes since this is the first tasting note.

I did an initial rinse of this and then steeped for 30 seconds. The aroma was very subtle and didn’t give much hint as to what the brew would taste like. Initial sips found this to be very mellow and mild, but not lacking in taste. There was a fresh taste to this, while still feeling like a puerh. It felt like a tea that hadn’t quite aged as much as i’d prefer.

More to come later, but initial impressions are that I can see myself getting more of this in the future. It’s not quite as developed a puerh as the ones that i love from Mandala (still my favourite puerh vendor) but this is nice. I’d be curious to see how this ages.

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mmm! this is the second flush from Alice that i drank to compare against the first flush darjeeling that she sent my way. This one has a darker taste to it. The muscatel taste isn’t overly strong in this one, but there is a nice balance of astringency mixed in with the taste here. There’s no floral notes in this, which makes this slightly more enjoyable to me than the other, but not by much :)
Thanks Alice! these are both delightful.

alice

I’m glad you liked them. I thought you might prefer the 2nd flush since I find the first is more comparable to something like a green oolong than a black tea. I love the second flush but the first flush has been growing on me, especially iced.

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I’ve been waiting to try this one and the other darjeeling that Alice sent me because one is first flush and the other is second. I haven’t had an opportunity to try darjeelings like that side by side. they’re not the same darjeeling but i figured it was better than nothing :)

This has a lightly floral aroma as well as taste. It’s not overly floral but it’s there. I quite like this one – i think it helps that i’ve figured out how to brew darjeelings from the darjeeling day i had a while back :)

This is also a really fresh sort of tea. no astringency…a delight!

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drank Hunan Black Congou by Capital Tea Ltd.
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Another tea from the lovely dexter that i was drinking this morning. I don’t get quite the same intense flavour profile as YYZ and she do, but this is a good cup of tea. It’s malty and sweet, and there are cocoa notes in this one that make me smile. Saving the last little bit of this to share with the BBB Box ladies since it might be one that really appeals to them. If i ever place a capital tea order, this one will likely be on the list of teas to pick up :) Thanks dexter!

Dexter

I guess it doesn’t matter if you are passing it on, but I like this one with cooler water and longer steep. Something like 90C for 5+ minutes. Capital Teas has lots of choices, I’m sure you can find some more to your taste.

Sil

It matters! Not like I can’t decide not to share it haha

Dexter

:)) I have tons if you would like more to test/share.

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working from home today! yay for being able to drink up a few cups of tea to get back to 150 asap! Also, not feeling 100% today so it’s nice to be taking it easy, at least in terms of getting dressed…. i always work harder at home

this one isn’t my favourite but it’s not bad. There’s a taste to it that i don’t love..not quite astringency but something else. can’t quite pinpoint it. Thanks for sending this my way though dexter! i haven’t had a chance to try many capital teas yet.

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drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
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not quite a sipdown but getting to the end of my bag. Not that i mind a whole lot since it’s not a hard tea to order more of. I’m also hopefully that herbal Infusions will have the orange tea up that i tried from them as well so i can give that a try and compare between that one and this one given that i only have a vague memory of the other tea. :) Still digging this, but i really do need to find a few more lighter caffeine options for my cupboard. 3? isn’t really cutting it haha

Terri HarpLady

I hear you. I found myself in the tea aisle at whole foods earlier, looking for some non-caffeinated blends that interest me. I bought nothing.

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sipdown! this was a share from dexter, who is awesome! Sadly, this one falls a little flat. It’s not a bad cup of tea but there is a floral note hiding in the tea that i am not the biggest fan on. It’s not enough to ruin the cup for me thankfully, but it is enough for me to pass on needing to pick this up. I appreciate the share though, since i was curious about these teas but missed the chance to try them recently :) thanks dexter!

Dexter

I agree, the couple of these I’ve tried have been just ok. At least you get to try them for yourself. :))

Sil

Yes! And I appreciate it a bunch madam :)

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drank Ying De No. 9 by Jiangtea
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sipdown! i had a lovely cup of this while finishing off iron man 3 tonight with my other half. tonight has been a good night!

Terri HarpLady

Was Iron Man 3 as good as 1 & 2? I don’t think I’ve seen it yet…

Sil

I liked it better than 2 but 1 was still my fav. It was good for a rental and relaxing :)

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sipdown! Morning tea! I actually am really glad i had at least one sipdown today because my verdant monthly teas arrived via my tea mule. Hence i’m even further away from my black friday goal, even though i HAD actually made it at one point. Here’s hoping i can get a couple more in this week before the weekend hits!

I am greatful to dinosara for sharing this one with me. While i have loved drinking this one, I have to admit it’s not an unsually spectacular keemun, and therefore i’m not sure how it ended up as a reserve tea. Still though, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

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