395 Tasting Notes

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I’ve had this tea for awhile but never left a review on it. Had it only in sample size .

Finished off the last of it yesterday but don’t think I will buy this tea. It’s good but not the best Fujian black I’ve had. It seems it was lacking in freshness. Perhaps because of how it was packaged (in little clear plastic baggies). Of course it was only sample size and the whole idea of samples is to try them right away and not let them sit around forever!

So brewed it up Western style. Used the water from the work water cooler which is probably anywhere from 195F – 205F. Could even be less than 195F but it seems pretty hot. I got chocolate notes and some malt. I love the chocolate & malt but this just wasn’t up to par. I’ve had much better blacks.

A pleasant enough cup but nothing to get excited about.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

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GCTTB

I was expecting to love this tea based on past reviews but in my experience I haven’t really loved an Oriental Beauty yet so it might be just me.

I over steeped this accidentally at work. Darn!

It was fairly strong with strong roasted notes. Probably would have been lighter if I hadn’t steeped it so long. I could pick out what was like autumn leaf, roasted notes & faint honey.

This tea just wasn’t very good for me. I’m not rating it because I over steeped but it still might not have been my cup of tea even if I got the brewing times right.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey, Roasted

Liquid Proust

I have Butiki’s oriental beauty if you would like to test that hypothesis a bit more

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drank Blended Mint by Enchanted Teacup
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GCTTB

This tea was in the box for the last round and I didn’t try it then. I took a sample out and gave it a try yesterday.

It was pretty good! It reminded me of the Vanilla Mint Cha Pu’erh from Rishi Teas. It was the very first pu’erh I ever had. Now after having straight pu’erh only for awhile it was a bit strange to try a blended one again. I just think of them as being in their own class of tea separate from straight pu’erh.

This one was minty & earthy with a hint of vanilla. There was also something in there giving it a faint spicy edge. Maybe the cinnamon? This blend works well for a ripe pu’erh and I really enjoyed it. I tried to keep notes at work but it went down pretty fast.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

While packing up the GCTTB yesterday I found this among my black teas pretty much ignored since I’ve purchased it. The bag looked full and I haven’t left a review. Shame shame! How could I have ignored this tea? It’s so good!

Brewed it Western style . This is a delicious bready, maltly brew. It’s got chocolate notes too which I love in black teas. The chocolate is not as prominent as some Fujian blacks but it’s still good. There’s also a honey sweetness to it. What a fantastic tea. also love the golden colour of the leaves. So pretty.

I’d like to add some of this to the GCTTB but I had trouble getting it closed already.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Malt

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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GCTTB

I think this tea has been in the box for awhile. I didn’t try it last time so gave it try this time.

I didn’t like this tea at all. I’ve had chrysanthemum tea before but this one was a syrupy sweet drink. I just couldn’t finish it.

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drank Tai Ping Hou Kui by Tao Tea Leaf
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GCTTB

Thanks scribbles for putting this one in the box. I know it’s a pricey tea.

I tried it out today. Didn’t get any pictures but brewed it in my glass teapot to see the pretty leaves.

First infusion was so good. Fruity and apricot tasting . There was a bit of the nutty flavour I always get in most greens too. This one was lightly sweet and smooth.
Sooo good.

I didn’t get around to a 2nd infusion until later and was hoping for more of that apricot/fruity taste but it was only a basic green for the 2nd infusion. I was disappointed. The first infusion was so fantastic. Maybe I let the leaves sit too long between infusions.

Anyway, it’s totally worth it just to get that first infusion. I rarely brew green teas more than once.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
scribbles

Inspired by TheLastDodo – she sent me some from a different company, and wanted to try more.

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drank Bi Luo Chun by Ebay ewirelessmall
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I tried out this other ebay seller for this biluochun. It was listed as organic & spring 2015 on the ebay listing but it was shipped in a basic ziplock pkg I’ve seen other Ebay sellers use. It only had Bi Luo Chun handwritten on the pkg. Nothing else. It doesn’t confirm that this is organic or 2015 but it does seem pretty fresh when I smelled the dry leaves.

It does have that fruity, mossy, sweet taste I love with Bi Luo Chun teas but it didn’t seem as intense as I remember last year tea (from a different seller). There are so many factors that can play a part in this: my allergies, how I’m feeling, my mood or how I brewed it, where it’s grown, the harvesting & processing. Another reason it may not seem as intense as last year’s harvests is I’ve got more discriminating tastes. When I try a Bi Luo Chun I have certain expectations now. Last year it was entirely new to me to try a fresh harvest Bi Luo Chun.

So overall, I’m happy with this Bi Luo Chun. I will probably get some other 2015 harvests to compare.

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75

Tried this tea this morning. It’s such an “out there” tea for me since I normally drink the lighter teas. I did try one lapsang souchong that I enjoyed before so I thought I would give it a try.

I got sweet, smokey, leathery & tobacco. Smokey is good but leathery and tobacco are not flavours I would search for in a tea. However in this case it really worked good together. I did enjoy this tea but wouldn’t add to my cabinet unless it was only sample size.for that odd ball time I would have it.

Sil

this + maple syrup = happy times!

Ubacat

I have maple syrup! However, there’s only one small sample left of this tea so I’m leaving it for someone else to try.

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90

Wow, this tea is so different. It’s one of those teas I just want to take out of the box and hog but I’ll leave it in for others to try.

It tastes like a soy milk with vanilla and green bean. I also taste the toasted rice. It really works together nicely. First few sips it was a really strange tasting green tea to me but when I got near the end , I was really missing it. Very tasty!

I really like that this is a blended tea and not a flavoured tea. I didn’t taste any saffron but saffron is so subtle and I find it hard to separate it from the other flavours.

Overall a great tea! I would consider buying this one if they had it in stock.

Flavors: Green Beans, Soybean, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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From the GCTTB

This tea has a slight nuttiness but not as nutty & sweet as some other greens. What comes to mind is “Basic Green”.

It’s good. Vegetal with green bean notes. I brewed Western style. Maybe gongful style would have brought out more in this tea but I don’t want to hog it so putting it back in the box so someone else can give it a try.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.

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