1333 Tasting Notes

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drank Bohea by Harney & Sons
1333 tasting notes

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #11
The leaves here are dusty, dark and twisty and have a fruity fragrance. It’s always a surprise when the brew turns out so light. The flavor does have hints of fruit: I want to say blueberry but there is also a tiny hint of a bakey flavor and also tangy. Very sweet and juicy. I noticed the syrupy texture first and foremost. It’s very funny that this reminds me of 52Teas Blueberry Danish. The leaves are similar too… at least with my older pouch. It’s almost like most of the flavor of that tea could be in the leaf itself: sweet, blueberry and bakey. The second steep was almost the same as the first. No muting of flavors on that one. I’m not sure if I steeped this one correctly, but I wish I could experiment more. But it’s another tea from the teabox with one teaspoon left!
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

Edited to add: Oh my gosh, I just checked the price of this one on Harney’s site and now I’m wishing I didn’t dump out the last half inch of this from my second steep!

TeaTiff

Wow! I had no idea Harney even sold such fancy priced teas! Yikes.

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #10
Another fantastic pu-erh from Mandala. They are all so different. I used a teaspoon of this one so there would be a little left for someone else to try and just filled the mug not quite to the top. The first cup was all leather, in the tastiest way possible. The most leathery pu-erh I’ve tried. It wasn’t really chocolate until the second very dark cup and lost most of the leather flavor. It’s interesting that it changes so much from cup to cup. I wish I had more to say about this one but I’ve been writing tasting notes sometimes days after I’ve tried a tea, whenever I get a chance. I’m not doing these teas any justice!
I’m very happy I’ve been able to try a few of the Mandala pu-erhs! I love to figure out what I like. It seems most of the teas in the teabox have two teaspoons left, so when I send the teabox on, there will only be one teaspoon left of things. I’m not even sure if I’ll have space to add teas, but I’ll figure it out.
Steep #1 // rinse // 5 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

ashmanra

This is one of my favorites from Mandala.

TheTeaFairy

Me too Ashmanra!

Stephanie

Isn’t this one the loose form of the Phatty cake? :)

TheTeaFairy

Yes it is, I have both and adore them!!

Garret

I’m smiling this morning. Had a wonderful yoga class this morning and then get here to the shop to read fun reviews and greet such nice people on Steepster. Now for some serious bagging of the tea for other nice people. Kinda wish the 4 of us were sitting down in the tea room together. Wouldn’t that be a joy! Well, at least we can enjoy the same tea, right??

With gratitude,
Garret

Tea Sipper

Aw, thanks! That made ME smile! Well, we can’t sip tea together, but I’m going outside to read a book. :D

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drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
1333 tasting notes

Thanks again for the sale, 52Teas and Marzipan for splitting the teas! Such a low rating with this one, but I think it needs to be slightly higher. Shou Mei white tea with plum flavor and lavender. Sounds good to me! I expected tons of lavender and no plum but it’s actually the opposite. I did see a few pieces of lavender in the teaspoon but the flavor is barely noticeable. There IS a sweet plum flavor that was reminded me of another tea and then I remembered it was the plum iced tea from 52Teas that I love! The flavor is subtle but it works with this shou mei. A lovely blend. I definitely suggest steeping it the way I steeped the first cup, as the white tea (or lavender) doesn’t get a chance to overpower the flavor.) I’ll enjoy the few teaspoons I have left!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling // 45 sec steep
Steep #2 // 23 min after boiling // 2 min

Marzipan

What temperature do you think that is?

Tea Sipper

It was probably anywhere from 175-185. I’d definitely steep it exactly that way in the future since I notice not many people are having luck with this blend.

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Thank you again for the sale, Dinosara! Another odd blend. Ingredients: Master Han’s 2002 Shu Pu’er, Birch Bark, Cardamom, Spearmint, Tulsi, Sichuan Peppercorn, Star Anise, Juniper. I thought this would be more like a chai, but it’s not tough enough. I used two teaspoons… there were a TON of juniper berries in those two teaspoons. I’m not sure if they impart much flavor. This didn’t seem like a strong pu-erh either. The steep color was a light rusty brown. At least there wasn’t any bitterness from the birch bark like the other Verdant blend with birch bark. Otherwise, it’s spearmint and licorice. Both the spearmint the licorice make my tongue buzzy. Yep, it’s odd. The second steep has even stronger licorice. A good blend but not fantastic.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 4 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #9
I could smell this through the baggie and it smells like buttered popcorn. Must. Steep. Now. I would have guessed it’s an oolong since it is rolled up like an oolong, but it is actually a green tea. By the flavor I would have guessed green, so there you go. It’s a mild green flavor. I know some oolongs have that veggie flavor, but not many. Most of the flavor is just like the fragrance: buttered popcorn. So kind of like a milk oolong if the base was green. The second cup has the same level of buttered popcorn but it seems like the base is more like oolong now rather than green tea. Sheesh, most of these teas in the teabox have a high 80 rating on Steepster. I hope what I add to the tea box does it justice! One teaspoon left of this one for someone to try!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 25 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #8
Oh the first cup of this was what I had wished the Single Origin Nilgiri tasted like the other day – very sweet, mid-level depth of flavor, mostly cherry with a hint of hay. So delicious and thirst quenching! I would love to have this in stock in my cupboard. But the leaves sat over night and somehow the second steep was really odd… it had a plastic note to it and everything from the first cup was gone. I don’t think I steeped it in a weird way. Such an odd flavor I didn’t find in any tea before. The rating is for the first steep!

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drank OYGFIB?* by 52teas
1333 tasting notes

Yeah, this blend does seem a little bananas. Orange, banana, rooibos? Eh… I won’t say no to a banana blend from 52Teas anyway! But they have so many banana blends I wouldn’t necessarily go for this one. The dry leaf is super strong scented. It’s mostly rooibos but one fruit piece went into a T-Sac. It’s supposed to have both oranges and banana pieces. The flavor isn’t bad… equal parts sweet orange and sweet banana… I think the orange should at least be tangy to counteract the sweet banana. Maybe this one would be interesting iced.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // couple min after boiling // 1 1/2 min steep

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #7
Another nice keemun! Again, not really smoky… I could swear keemun is supposed to be a little smoky but it seems none of them are. I love the scent of dry keemun leaves. The flavor is on a mid level – tangy again. It seems only keemun have this tangy flavor I’m talking about. I wish I could describe it better. It was almost like the Andrews & Dunham Spring Keemun I had a few days ago. I also had this tea a couple days ago, which is why my note is more terrible than usual. Whoops. Not a bad two steeps (the second cup was similar) but I’d prefer my keemun darker.

MzPriss

I’m still looking for my perfect keemun.

TeaTiff

I have seen both of you sampling Keenums. What are your favorites? The Pine Peak for WP just peaked my curiosity enough to start exploring. (as if I need another type of tea to explore).

MzPriss

I’m afraid to even try that one. I already have a WP problem

MzPriss

I wanted to love that A&D one and I just didn’t. I tried.

Tea Sipper

I feel like I haven’t tried my perfect keemun yet (though I’ve heard great things about the WP keemun and that one would probably be it). Butiki once had a couple nice ones which I don’t think they have any more (which might be why I can’t find my favorite keemun now – Butiki’s high standards). I suggest trying the four from Teavivre and finding which one you like more. I just bought some of the Grade 1 and actually had some today… I think the Grade 1 is my favorite at the moment. Also, Zentealife.com’s China Keemun is good and I think they have a new one. I’m probably forgetting some!

TeaTiff

TeaSipper/MzPriss If you guys need a sample of WP let me know I can pass a cup or two along. Teas from Zen Tea are stacking up on my wish list so I might have to order a sample of theirs soon, same with Teavivre. I don’t remember seeing anything on Butiki’s sight but I will have to take a closer look. Thanks TeaSipper.

MzPriss

Thanks Tiff. I may have done a small little WP order last night and included the PPK in it :)

Angrboda

Not all Keemuns are smoky, and they’re not smoky to everybody. It’s a naturally occuring note, so it’s quite subjective. To me it’s sometimes smoky but also sometimes floral. I believe that this is actually the very same note that just comes across differently to me. I’ve found that for me higher grade Keemuns are usually more on the floral end of the spectrum, while lower grade Keemuns are more on the smoky end. I tend to prefer the lower grades. :)

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #6
I hope I’m logging this under the right ‘noble’. There are three! I’ll definitely be adding a plethora of pu-erh to the teabox. Mostly ripened because I prefer them anyway! I didn’t want to use all of this one, there is a little bit left. So I ended up with using not quite a teaspoon and not filling the mug all the way. I’m sure it would have been much better if I used my usual teaspoon and a half because the darker pu-erh is, the better! The leaves here are a brown color that remind me of milk chocolate… no black leaves like the pu-erh I’ve been drinking lately. The leaves here actually look like already steeped leaves with the color and shape they are. haha. The flavor is nice: actually like the chocolate it reminds me of. Not as dark as I’d like, so yeah, milk chocolate! It’s just everything a pu-erh should be: smooth, sweet, bready. The second steep is very nice too and I could keep steeping… I hardly never meet a ripened pu-erh I don’t LOVE. So many of them lately… I guess taste testing them for teaboxes!

MzPriss

I’m glad there was some of this left for you to try

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #5
I’m sad to inform all future participants of this teabox, that the Jun Chiyabari is sadly already past it’s prime… too much traveling, I suppose. I just wanted to try a little bit to see if it was still the same flavor I remember when Single Origin mailed samples to me, and luckily was the first tea I sampled as soon as the package arrived. The flavor is still muted here, just only but not as much as the sample they sent me when I tried it again months later. This tea is the most sensitive to age that I’ve ever tried. It is the most amazing tea in the world, but it needs to me enjoyed FRESH. It’s like that flower that only blooms one day a year or something. So so sad. I really suggest everyone try a little bit of this tea as fresh as possible. The second cup at boiling was too bitter to drink. I don’t recommend boiling this one!
Steep #1 // 15 min after boiling // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // half mug // just boiled // 3 min

MzPriss

Awwwww :( I LOVED this, but I was the first one that got it

Tea Sipper

Yeah, I kind of guessed this would happen. And I wanted to taste test it just to tell everyone it is usually way better. If I bought it, I’d probably drink it every other day until it was gone. :D

KiwiDelight

Very unfortunate. I hope the other teas in the box travel well.

Tea Sipper

I didn’t want to ruin the tea for everyone, but it is a HUGE difference that I thought I should mention. Or maybe it’s just the difference in harvests? But I know from cup #1 to #2 of my own sample from Single Origin, it ages very fast.

KiwiDelight

I doubt that the quality would go down like that because of harvest difference. I’ve noticed that some of higher rated teas I got in swaps didn’t taste all that great after I received them…..

Bummer though! Are you going to remove the rest of this one?

Tea Sipper

Oh, I’m definitely not removing the rest, just wanted others to know it’s much better fresh.. if they read my note of course.

Single Origin Teas

I might try some experiments where I already package the teas into 2 oz bags? This way the tea is only exposed to the air once.

Its already kept in a climate controlled room with air-tight tins so I’m running out of ideas on how to better improve the teas!

I’ve got access to a -80 freezer at my work….hmmm.

Tea Sipper

Thanks for all of the replies to my tasting notes! I think this tea is just the most sensitive tea I’ve ever had. I think the idea of packing them into two ounces would help, but I noticed the packaging that the teas were in are still paper but at least now they have the reclosing top. With this tea, I love it so much when it’s fresh that I would pay for individual serving amounts in their own sealed packaging, kind of like how grocery store teabags are each in their own plastic wrapping? This tea fresh is worth the packaging that way.

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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
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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