5930 Tasting Notes

74

In terms of the keemuns from teavivre, this is second from the bottom, just above the grade 2 that they sell. I prefer this one to grade 2, though not because it is more keemun-like to me, but because there is more malt and a sort of cocao note that’s in here as well. I also prefer the aroma of this one brewed, since the grade 2 didn’t smell like much of anything to me haha There’s a note in here that bites towards the end, which will likely be the reason i prefer the organic version but we’ll see…

Edit: after a few variations of trying this one and that one against one another, i think i’ve come to the conclusion that i actually like Grade 2 and the Organic version the best…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
looseTman

As a reader it’s confusing to read: “I prefer this one to grade 2 …”
Yet you rated this Keemun a 74 and gave Keemun #2 an 80.

Then later read an edit: “i’ve come to the conclusion that i actually like Grade 2 and the Organic version the best…”

Sil

And that’s why there’s an edit. I don’t feel the need to redo my tasting notes after I experiment and figure things out.

Sil

…my initial thoughts were that I liked this one more…then I drank another 4-5 cups trying to nail down things and changed my mind. I’ve articulated that in my tasting note and in my ranking….

SFTGFOP

I’ve been having a hard time with the ratings. I’ll go back, and certain teas I remember more fondly than I had ranked them.

looseTman

Sil, I understand. As a very interested reader in your TeaVivre Keemun comparison, it was at first confusing to follow.

Sil

tman – got it :)
SFTGFOP – yeah.. every now and then i try to go back and fitz with my ratings…it’s more of a sliding scale for my own sake anyway. 70’s i’ll drink them if they’re around but likely won’t re-order 80’s are “average” cups for me…in that a lot of those will rotate through my cupboard… high 80’s and into the 90’s will likely land as a permanent home. anything under a 60 is pretty much not worth my time.

SFTGFOP

I may copy that. Unfortunately then it would mean I will have to slide a lot of teas down to below 70!

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80

I’m going to try and get to my Teavivre Keemuns today. In order of price per 100g this one is at cheapest and so far, my least favourite :) This is a sort of malty, kind of astringent brew. It’s not a bad tea, but if i only had to have ONE keemun in my cupboard, it wouldn’t be this one. There’s a hint of smokiness hanging out in the background, but nothing that anyone who didn’t like smoke, should have a problem with.

I may edit this later as i use the other half of my sample pack to compare against at least one other version from teavivre.

Edit: i think this one is actually more smoky than i imagine it to be because i’ve gotten used to that level of smoke in my tea and love it, especially with maple.

(also sipdown 4 for today)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Doke Rolling Thunder by Butiki Teas
5930 tasting notes

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I pulled this one out of the cupboard to finish up since i packed some of it up in a swap last night. While the focus is on my older teas, sometimes it’s nice to finish up a more recent one if it’s down to a mere Sil sized cup full! This is an oolong that i can get behind. it doesn’t taste like an oolong but it’s clearly not a black or green tea. The flavour is light but not missing. mmmm Really enjoying some of the newer teas that Stacy has found, especially in the straight tea world.

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drank Pu-er 1990 Kunming by SOKO Tea House
5930 tasting notes

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I received this one from omgsrsly aaages ago, well at least in my world as far as swaps go :) I haven’t had time on weekends to really sit and enjoy my puerhs so it’s taken me some time to get to this one. This is an earthy, bold puerh. it’s not a puerh for those who don’t like earthy, mushroom sort of puerhs. I had a few steepings of this, and all were that strong delicious sort of wake me up kinda of puerh that i enjoy, though more so in the morning. Thanks for sharing this one omgsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Welcome! This is one of my favourites. I mean, the bready ones are amazing too but this one is just… forest.

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
5930 tasting notes

mmmmmm I opened my sample of this from teavivre, forgetting of course that i have 50g from my last order. Oh well, at least i’ve managed to sipdown the little sample pack haha. I really enjoy drinking this one from teavivre. It’s malty with notes of cocoa without being like my laoshan black. It’s also unassuming so until i take my first sip, i always forget how much i enjoy drinking this one :)

K S

I love this and have 100g that I can’t open because I have like a zillion other teas open already that need me first. I also have golden tips I can’t touch. I need, no I NEED, to start sipping some down.

Sil

haha…that’s the worst…

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85

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My mini goal over the next week or so is to drink at least one of my matchas down every day so that my cupboard can clear out of matcha since i’ve found myself drinking it less and less.

This was distinctive level flavouring and is really delicious. It’s not a really artificial strawberry, just strawberry with a hint of that delicious strawberry milkshake sort of taste. I actually think i’d get normal strawberry most of the time since i drink these as latte’s and the added “cream” doesn’t really do much but soften the strawberry flavour. But i’ve had straight strawberry before and loved it.

Courtney

I go through matcha phases hah. Good luck!

VariaTEA

I really loved this one. Mine was delicate flavoring and it tasted like a strawberry milkshake to me. Perhaps I should try the normal strawberry in my next order…

Sil

they’re both REALLY similar…i just figure since i’m dropping it in milk, might as well go with normal strawberry

VariaTEA

Makes sense.

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
5930 tasting notes

sipdown! i didn’t REALLY want to drink this tonight but i wanted a creamier sort of tea with no caffine just to be on the safe side after drinking 3 cups of matcha…however, as usual, it doesn’t seem to be affecting me. This is another i may reorder when fall comes around again, though i’m not 100% sure on that since it’s gradually become almost too sweet for me.

Count: 165

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drank Sweet Almond by Herbal Infusions
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Raritea had this today and mentioned it being a little astringent, so i back off the steeping time just to see if i could hit the sweet spot.

This reminds me a little of stacy’s almond tea, but without the over all great tea base. Not that i liked that one of hers, but i could appreciate the tea base. :) This one has an ok flavour to it, but it’ll never be my favourite. I’m glad half the bag is going to Kittenna AND it was free. I think there are a number of you out there who would like this one a bunch, but i’m fairly picky about my almond teas, i’ve found and don’t like ones that remind me of almond extract…which this one does slightly. Still though, Thanks go out to Herbal Infusions for adding a bit of extra fun to the Toronto Tea Festival!! I’ll be sharing my half with a few ppl just to help spread the love :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Banana & Cream Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
5930 tasting notes

Soooo lazy tealog for me since i’m in swap package mode. This one is off “somewhere” for some “one(s)” to have and try. haha. This one smells like banana medicine upon opening, but as a latte it wasn’t half bad…it cut through the medicinal factor and was more just a banana creamy drink.

I still think about pineapple matcha…. sigh

VariaTEA

This will probably be in my next order. It is one I have wanted to try for a while.

Sil

uh…yeah maybe don’t do that

VariaTEA

I don’t know what I am going to do with you. I am still trying to think of teas to send you to repay you for the first batch of matcha you sent.

VariaTEA

At this rate, I will forever be in your debt.

Sil

naw, what goes around comes around… sending it to you since roswell strange wanted to try it as well, and i know you two have boxes for one another like terri and i…figured this way she can try it without feeling like she’s getting it from me hahahaha i’m so bad :)

VariaTEA

Haha. Between what you are sending me and what she has, she will get a whole little matcha package.

Roswell Strange

Well now I know your devious plan ;P Thank you since (and also VariaTEA for being the go between), you guys are ridiculously kind…

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70

Hello Captain! You know? I’m ok with this one. I think i’ve figured out that the adagio ceylon is NOT my preferred black base, but it’s not terrible in this one. Yes there’s a rooibos presence, but it’s not dominating. I do get the almond flavour, though it’s pretty subtle. There’s a hint of the chocolate…i guess? i think? but it’s not very strong. Do i like this tea? it’s alright…but it’s NOT captain Jack to me…and it’s not quite what it claims to be.. :)

Roswell Strange

Not sure about the tea version, but I do you me some Captain Jack ;) He can say ‘hello’ to me anytime.

Roswell Strange

**do love me

Sil

yeah…it’s weird though when Barrowman has appearances on “Arrow”..my head always goes whaaaaaaaa

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