1523 Tasting Notes

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Thank you for this one, TeaTiff! The name is a little promising, but it’s kind of tough to live up to…

Steep #1 // rinse // 15 min after boiling // 50 second steep
I used what looked like a tablespoon of these very long, dark, twisty leaves. Dark oolongs aren’t usually my thing but this one is lovely. There are only hints of that charcoal flavor rather than being the main note. It doesn’t scream cinnamon but how could any tea without actual cinnamon? Mainly I find peaches in this pale yellow brew.

Steep #2 // 10 min after boiling // 60 second steep
This one definitely rewards with shorter steeps. A little longer and this would have been too much. As it is, it’s a lovely peach nectar! Even fuller flavor with a syrupy texture and somehow even the charcoal that was there is missing now.

Steep #3 // 10 min after boiling // 60 sec
Another delicious cup. Much like the flavor of the second steep. I think this one could keep going without getting an oversteeped leaves flavor.

Kittenna

Very interesting. Anything like Gui Fei?

Tea Sipper

I don’t think I’ve had Gui Fei before…

Kittenna

Oops, sorry, I think I confused you with someone else :D The version I had was a Butiki tea that I thought tasted like ice wine – was thinking maybe the “cinnamon” was the same sort of flavour.

Tea Sipper

I haven’t had ice wine before either :)

Kittenna

:o you should fix that!

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79

It’s the oddest thing… I always end up sipping a few 52Teas blends right in a row. I’ve done that a few times now! This was from the mystery grabbags that Marzipan, Mandy and I shared. No one wanted this one, so I bought the entire pouch. I didn’t mind.. I love 52Teas banana blends and I have quite a few! Banana might be my favorite flavor from 52Teas just because no one else really attempts or does a very good job with it. Combined with the newer black tea base there are plenty of strawberries and banana pieces! The taste and fragrance is mostly sweet strawberries. I wouldn’t mind more banana flavor… a big piece of banana landed in my infuser too! Not a terrible blend… meets the strawberry craving anyway. A cream flavor could have made it a sundae or smoothie blend… imagine dried ice cream pieces! This blend certainly deserves more than one rating.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min

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Additional notes: I’m trying this one again with much different parameters. I know when I tried this years ago I definitely let the water cool much longer. I wanted to try it the way I steep Teavivre’s oolongs. This one is still very tasty! It seems some green oolongs do very well with boiling water. All of the steeps were very full flavored and never bitter or astringent. A lovely standard oolong.
Two teaspoons (for mug)// just boiled // rinse // 1 min // 2 min // 3 min

Lion

I have read that with green teas the reason for low temperatures is that you want to extract sweet amino acids in the tea without extracting the tannin, but with oolongs, their signature sweetness and flavor actually comes from polyphenols (tannin is one of them), which require a higher temperature to release, so you can still get pretty good results even at boiling temperatures.

The melting point of tannin is 175F, I’ve read.

Tea Sipper

Interesting!

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Thank you Momo for the great sale! I realize this blend was probably ancient but it has a label that says “rescued from retirement by Little Mew Brew” so I have no clue how old this particular pouch is. It must be less old than the original batch though? But if the black tea is the older type, I’d rather try the older blend! This also contains lots of cinnamon, raisins that I couldn’t see, and a very unique scent wafting from the open pouch. The scent seems a little odd and it carries to the flavor. It doesn’t seem old or anything and I guess it should be the butter. When the tea gets cold, it tastes more like that flavor. The cinnamon shows through and the black tea pairs well with the flavor that this should be. Does this taste like cinnamon toast? As much as it can. I expected worse, but this isn’t bad. Then I accidentally threw out the wrong leaves, no resteep!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 1 min steep

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93

I’m pleased to see Steepster is more streamlined these days… hopefully easier to deal with behind the scenes as well. Thank you Steepster team for keeping this beast running!

Thank you so much CHAroma! I desperately wanted to try this one and I was able to get a sample with the SBT iced teas I bought. The berries listed are my favorites, so this blend just seemed for me. This tastes almost exactly like I knew it would – a lovely silver needle base that lends some lemony flavor. The berry flavors are present in both steeps equally. There are actual strawberry pieces in the blend. Very tasty and very happy I was able to try it!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling //1 min steep
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 1 1/2 min

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97

Thank you TeaTiff for the swap! It’s terrible it’s taking a while for me to try these teas. I’m trying! These leaves are little coils of gold with hints of black. There is a fragrance of tomato soup before I even take a sip. The flavor is lovely – very smooth, tomato soup, honey, hints of chocolate, sweet potato, bit of spice. A ridiculous combination if you think about it, but the flavors work perfectly together… only in tea! The second steep really melded together and deepened… more difficult to pick out the flavors like I did in the first cup but very delicious!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min

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92

Thank you Rachel for this one in your sale a WHILE ago. This one might be a little ancient, but it was completely sealed in one of those samples. The flavor seems delicious anyway, but probably less delicious than it could be. The white tea actually looks like a smaller leafed Darjeeling rather than Shou Mei. There was half of a cherry in the infuser. There is something thirst-quenching about these 52Teas fruity white teas. White tea goes really well with fruit. There is cherry flavor here, though not overpowering the white tea. A nice buzziness that could only be the brandy flavor. I’ll enjoy the remaining couple of teaspoons of this one.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 2 min

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97

Additional notes: Sipping this one again from my 100 grams I just had to buy from Teavivre after the best-oolong-ever sample I tried. The sample was a garden of the most beautiful flowers in a cup, though this time there doesn’t seem to be as much floral flavor or fragrance even from the dry leaves. Not sure if that is from a different harvest or because the sample was fresh from the foil wrapper (though the 100 grams is still wrapped REALLY well). I tried to follow the parameters as much as possible. Steeping it this way seems PERFECT with each steep, no astringency at all and plenty of flavor. It’s still probably my favorite oolong, even without all those flowers!
Two tsps. // rinse // just boiled // 1 min // 2 min // 3 min

Flavors: Flowers

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Tasting a tea I took from the Lewis & Clark teabox. This looks like a decent enough black tea but the flavor is a bit odd. It tastes like a sweet barbeque lapsang souchong… I’m not sure if it’s from the black tea itself or the TINY bit of rooibos in the blend. Not actually smoky but the flavor is unexpected! Only a hint of fruity flavor for a second. No cinnamon. It has that cardboard black tea base flavor. This is too bad as the blend sounds like a nice idea but it doesn’t result in anything I’d want to drink again. Nothing works here. And I like smoky teas too.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 4 min

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Thank you for the sale, Momo! Here is one I get to try from Ovation – miss them! I’ve never tried a bad tea from them and I’ve tried a handful. Always plenty of flavor. This one promises pecan, chocolate and caramel on a rooibos blend. There are plenty of actual pecan pieces. The primary note is chocolate that reminds me of milk chocolate frosting or chocolate whip in candy bars. There is a hint of woody flavor, either from the rooibos or the pecan. I’m not sure if I’m tasting caramel but there is plenty of sweetness! A really nice dessert blend, though I would have liked a honeybush base more.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite teas:
teavivre.com
zentealife.com
butikiteas.com
fusionteas.com
theteamerchant.net
steepcityteas.com
bluebirdteaco.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
joysteaspoon.com
dellaterrateas.com
teasenz.com
adagio.com
52 Teas – zoomdweebies.com
tealux.ca
goldenmoontea.com
tealiciousllc.com
whisperingpinestea.com
verdanttea.com
steapshoppe.com
thenecessiteas.com
Specialteas

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
40-65 – Okay
1-40 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!

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