2895 Tasting Notes

drank Peach Oolong by Art of Tea
2895 tasting notes

Drank some of this last night. It used to be a favorite.
It’s a beautiful looking tea, made from the more roasty oolong that I tend to prefer, but it’s not as peachy or wonderful as I remember it being. Probably cuz it’s been in my cabinet for…awhile…

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I don’t always get along with Bergamot flavored teas, but lately I’ve been getting them for Tony to sample, since he loves Bergamot, & sampling them myself, & some of them are better than others.
Like other flavorings, Bergamot can be aweful, using chemicals to create the flavor & aroma. I think that’s why some Earls are definitely a “NO” for me, creating an acidic feeling that I hate.

I like this Earl Grey! First off, the base is a mix of Ceylons & Assams, a really nice blend that is a malty, sweet, bright, & smooth, with more substance than your typical Earl. I like that!
Also, the bergamot is REAL bergamot oil from Italy! It says so on the package, which is nice because so many flavored teas don’t really tell you if the flavorings are real or artificial.

One more thing: I steeped this 4 minutes. 2nd steeping was 5, & for the 3rd steeping I combined the leaf from this & #49 for 6 minutes. All 3 cups were awesome, & the bergamot held up nicely into the 3rd steeping.
Admittedly, I don’t always resteep teas, especially flavored teas. I may even try a 4th…

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Two of my tea orders arrived! Yeah!
This is the first tea I’ve ever had from Steven Smith Teamaker.
When I was in 6th grade I had a crush on a boy named Steven Smith, LOL.
Anyway, this tea is VERY assam! Malty, caramely, fruity in a bright wine like way, & there is an undertone of allspice here too.
It also resteeps very well!

TastyBrew

I love his teas! He has a shop here in Portland and its one of my favorites!

Terri HarpLady

I only ordered 2 teas from him, & now I’m wishing I’d tried a few more!

TastyBrew

They sell his stuff at the grocery store here so I never run out. I have a variety (in bags — it’s what they sell in the grocery) that I can send you if you want. I don’t have them listed in my cupboard, but if you’re interested, I can PM you.

Sil

i’d like to try his teas sometime but i haaaaate ordering large quantities

TastyBrew

I can send some your way too! I should check and see what all I have on hand. I can always grab other flavors at the store if there’s something in particular you want to try. I love his stuff, so I always stock up. It’s great for travel too since it comes in a bag.

Terri HarpLady

Sil, I’m sending you samples of everything I ordered!
Tastybrew! Yeah! I’d love to sample anything of his you have, & will gladly share anything that’s in my cupboard!

Sil

Ok Terri! Sounds good! If I love them we might have to do a weird split order sometime heh

Terri HarpLady

Actually, I had a cool idea about that earlier…we’ll talk!

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Right now the peach & apricot trees in my garden are thinking of blooming.
I have a longstanding love affair with peaches, & in the past have really loved certain peach teas. More recently I’ve felt disillusioned with them. Several of my tea trades included every peach tea you could imagine, & some were better than others. With peach you often get a VERY artificial flavor. So I’m not as into peach tea as I used to be.

Having said that, this is actually pretty tasty! The first time I had it, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Today, I’m loving it. Peach, Mango, & spices. I needed something dessert like, & this is a nice treat.

My son Leif really likes this, so it’s almost gone…

Kittenna

I’m not honestly sure that I’ve had a truly delicious peach tea before, though my search has not been particularly extensive. If someone would manage to come out with a line of authentically fruit-flavoured teas, that would so be the best thing EVER

lanestew

I really liked Peach Momotaro blooming tea from Teavana. I’m a fan of white teas and peaches. I can’t say I’ve had many other peach teas though.

Ysaurella

@ Kittenna Nosy Bey (Dammann Frères) is really a good peach tea, and Mélange de Galice (Theodor) as well. Very natural teas

momo

As a peach connoisseur (i had to), none of them really ever taste as good as actual peaches. There’s this donut shop here that has the best peach black I’ve ever had and I think they added something to it to make it so amazing.

Terri HarpLady

Kittena: Agreed!
Ysaurella: Nosy Bey was quite nice!
I use to really love Art of Tea’s Peach Oolong, & I think I might still have a little of it around here somewhere, but admittedly, I’ve had it for…ahem…quite some time.

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I’m enjoying another round with this oolong, which was part of the January Reserve TOMC. I went through the process:
smell dry leaf
preheat gaiwan
drop leaf into hot gaiwan & cover
smell again – ahhh…the best fruit loops ever, kind of tropical! Plus a really heady fruity incense.

The early steepings are tropical & floral, mouthwatering the there is that incense sensation, tickling my sinuses.
Next I started noticing a tongue & sinus kind of tingly numbly sensation, & cooling too…kind of like mint or camphor.

I’m suppose to be practicing right now. I have a performance with an ensemble tomorrow at webster U: guitar, harp, bass, cello, viola, 2 voices, drum set & mallets/hand percussion. I’ll get to it in a minute.

Now after each sip there is a meaty umami kind of flavor & sensation down the center of my tongue, followed by a wash of salivation around the sides, & that sparkly sensation.

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I honestly can say that this is probably my favorite Adagio blend of all.
A nice strong Irish Breakfast laced with vanilla & Hazelnuts? Yeah!
I made a whole pot of it, again drinking the first cup straight, & adding ‘cream’ & stevia to the rest.

There’s just enough left to send to a special friend…if she wants it?

Sil

Ooh I’d try this ;)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, it’s in your box!

Terri HarpLady

That means I get to count it as a sipdown!
Do you want to try Adagio’s ‘Bite of Peach Chai Pie’?

Sil

sure! haha as long as i’m allowed to dislike adagio teas, i’m happy to keep trying them in case i find one or two that i totally love. i mean they always sound sooo tasty!

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I’m feeling groggy, crabby, & sleep deprived. I also woke up with a bitter taste in my mouth, & am having a spacey headachey morning. It’s allergies, & it pisses me off!
I drank a cup of this plain, while I was fixing my breakfast. It’s pleasantly bold & I’m really tasting the slight smokiness of the Keemun. I made a pot of it while I was drinking the cup, to have with breakfast, & added stevia & french vanilla coconut creamer, & it was very nice! I was on a creamer & stevia jag with black tea for awhile, & in fact it was really hard to break myself of it. Then for a long time I just drank all my teas black. Now I’m kind of enjoying both. The first cup is savory, the 2nd cup is dessert! Adding those things always brings out qualities in a tea that I might not notice otherwise.
And we all love variety, right?

ashmanra

Here’s a funny story for you about variety. When I was a child, sometimes my mom would call my dad “George” His name was James and she usually called him Jimmy. He would answer as if that was really his name. No big deal. Finally one day I asked her why she did that. She said she figured they would be married for a really long time and she didn’t want to get tired of being married to the same man for all those years. LOL! Yes, mom, was quite a character! And they were married for 43 happy years when my father died. Mom never remarried, because she said there would never be another like him, even though she outlived him by almost twenty years.

Terri HarpLady

My ex husband had an awesome beard when we met, & I never saw him without it. About 10 years into our marriage he got a job that required him to shave. Just for fun, he took it off a section at a time, with me snapping pics all the while. We ended up with a slew of images:
big goatee & mutton chops
same with smaller sideburns, then no sideburns
etc…it was really fun, & I ended up with a guy who looked VERY different from the guy I married!

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Some other steepsterite & I were talking about cold brewing this tea, & can’t remember who is was, but I did it, & it is delicious!
And it’s a sipdown!

Shelley_Lorraine

I think I was (at least) one of them. The creamy and steaming fruit essence of the hot tea didn’t go over well with me. I’m not the biggest fan of iced teas, but I’m still keeping it a possibility to try. Thanks for being the first and leaving your notes :)

Terri HarpLady

It was you! Thanks for the idea! :)

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So yesterday I put the last of this in the frig to cold brew, & it’s definitely refreshing! Essence of rosewater, hint of citrus, bitter-sweet aftertaste. It won’t be my go-to beverage during the summer, but nice to try!

And it’s a sipdown!

Kaylee

What is a sipdown?

Sil

kaylee – sipdown = getting to the last cup of tea of a bag of tea you have in your cupboard. a mighty accomplishment when you’ve got a lot of teas…or you’re insane and have like 700+ :)

Sil

terri….trying to decide if i need to pick up the reserve club for just one more month sigh the previews look like my kinda tea…

Kaylee

Thanks for the explanation Sil!

Sil

anytime! :)

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
2895 tasting notes

Second Breakfast Celebration (of finishing my taxes).
My daughter & grandson came, & we made Gingerbread almond flour pancakes, bacon, coconut whipped cream (OMG…it’s amazing!), a little drizzle of maple syrup, and it was awesome.

Ari picked this tea to go with our meal. I would have probably picked something plain & black, as a contrast to all the sweet creamy flavors, but this was pretty tasty. It is basically a coconut chai, & a tasty one at that! I didn’t get the full impact of the flavors, because I was already eating lots of coconut & spice flavors. There is enough left in the package to sample it without food next time.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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