265 Tasting Notes

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Picked this tea up from Tea Emporium yesterday. I’m not a black tea lover but the lady there told me about this black tea and was sure I would like it because I like buttery teas. When I smelled it there was a lovely buttery scent. Leaves were pretty much like in the picture here- very light looking. I was mystified that this was called a black tea. The name on the package reads Thurbo Oriental Moon 2014 and she told me it was a first flush so I’m almost sure when I found this one on Steepster it’s the same.

It was very mild, light, and buttery for a black tea but still had elements that definitely made it black. I liked it so much I went for a second infusion which was still good. No , I don’t love it as much as my green teas but it’s a nice change and definitely a black tea I will enjoy occasionally .

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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80

This was the free sample Yunnan Sourcing put in. Quite a substantial sample! Thank you Yunnan Sourcing!

The leaves are long spindly and grey. A smell almost like Bi Lo chun but very muted. I brewed at 185F for 2 min. Very light, nutty with a fruity mouth feel and scent. A wonderful tea but there was only a slight bitter edge to it. For the second infusion, I only steeped 1 min but the second steep was a bit too weak. Some of the fruity scent was not too prominent in the second cup. Overall a great tea

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Shincha Kuro by Capital Tea Ltd.
265 tasting notes

This was a sample from a swap with Christina. The leaves were so small and a dark dark green. I brewed at 185F/85C for 1 min. First taste it was nutty, sweet and smooth, not as much seaweed taste as other senchas but as I got further down on the cup it started changing. A slight bitter edge slowly became more prominent especially with the last part of the cup and the seaweed taste became stronger (really strong). Perhaps I brewed this a little too high. Instructions were for 75C. It started out such a fantastic sencha but the bitterness at the end was too much. I am going to try a second infusion at 75C and see if there’s a difference.
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2nd infusion. Yes, more of that nutty, sweet sencha again. On the first part of the cup alone I would give this a score of 90. It’s a fantastic sencha but again it has a bitter edge at the bottom of the cup even brewed at 75C. I still had so much bitterness on my tongue from the last cup it was hard to taste the sweetness on the first part of this cup. I think because this sencha is so fine (the finest grade I’ve seen so far), it’s super sensitive to temperature. Or maybe it was at the end of a bag and had more tea dust on it? I don’t know but it was a strange Dr Jeckyll/Mr Hyde tea.

Thanks Christina for giving me the chance to try this great tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Sometimes 30 seconds is enough of a steeping time for sencha!

Ubacat

That’s good to know. Thanks. Instructions were anywhere from 30 sec to 2 min. I went for 1 min. If I ever get this tea again I’ll try it at the shorter steeps.

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drank Tie Guan Yin by Unknown
265 tasting notes

Dexter gave me this sample of an unknown Tie Guan Yin . I found a few people have some unknown Tie Guan Yin teas so I’m posting my review here. Thanks Dexter!

This was a roasty oolong but light roast taste. I would almost say it’s between a light and full roasted oolong but it does lean a lot more toward the roasted side. I had this tea yesterday and can’t remember a whole lot on it but I know I did like it even though there were things about it that are similar to black teas. A good change when I’m tired of the light buttery oolongs.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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drank Gemini by Nina's Paris
265 tasting notes

Thank you Nina’s Paris for this free sample. I really enjoyed this tea. Dry it smelled delicious. I think it was the strawberry I was picking up. Brewed up, I could taste rooibos, strawberry & vanilla notes. I didn’t really pick up the grapefruit but maybe because it was brewed with boiling water. I wonder if the grapefruit would come through if it was brewed cold. There was only enough for one cup so I guess I won’t find out.

Flavors: Rooibos, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling

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Tried this one out today. After a quick rinse did a 10 sec steep and added a bit more for the next steeps. I could definitely smell hay and honey from this tea. I could taste mushroomy notes with a honey sweetness and it didn’t fade much with each infusion. It was a pleasant cup but after 4 infusions I was tired of the tea and wanted a change. I put the leaves aside to see if I can do a steep on them tomorrow.

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Mushrooms

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
mrmopar

It re steeps well!

Ubacat

Yes, it does. Today it’s still tasty and full of flavour. And still nice and sweet. I really get my money’s worth on this tea!

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I had this tea two days ago and never left a review. I definitely picked up the chocolate notes in the dry and brewed. It did have that slightly smokey pu-erh taste. Somehow nothing stood out with the taste but I’m still new to pu-erh teas. I think this tea deserves another chance before I rate it as I was pretty distracted on the day I had it and never noticed if there was any change in my cha qi either.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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When I opened my sample pack of this tea and smelled it : HEAVEN. I don’t know really how to describe the scent. It’s like rich sweet nutty grass in a forest. Brewed it still has the same scent but sweet buttery, nutty smoothness . It goes perfectly with the song playing on my Itunes right now: Lovers – from the House of Flying Daggers soundtrack.

This is one tea I will definitely have to have once my samples are gone.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I love it when tea companies capture a fruit flavour so well making it seem it just naturally was part of the tea. That is so with the peach flavour in this tea. It really does taste like peaches and even though it’s the prominent flavour, it doesn’t seem to overpower anything. The jasmine notes were very subtle and hard to pick up. I see someone here solved that problem by combining straight jasmine pearls with these one. I’ll have to try that on my other sample. The green tea pearls were on the astringent side with a slight bitter edge near the bottom of the cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ve loved tea since I’ve been a kid. Back then it was Old King Cole black tea with milk in it. As the years went by I added in all kinds of teas and moved away from the blacks to more green, white,pu-erh rooibos,& herbal. Just recently I’ve started to enjoy a few blacks again along with oolong. Mostly I would just get my teas from the grocery store, Whole Foods, craft shows with small tea vendors, or when travelling. I did order online from a company years ago but only did the once. It was just in 2013 I joined Steepster and have started some online orders. Love love love Tealux but am hoping to try some different places.

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