190 Tasting Notes

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Backlog. Had this tea a few days ago. This one is definitely better than their Pi Lo Chun but not the best quality dragonwell I’ve had. As far a I remember it had a clean astringent taste but lacked the freshness. Again this is last year’s crop. I am a bit annoyed that they are selling last year’s teas when all of the new spring ones should be in. I am also a bit disappointed in Tea Emporium. None of their teas have been very good so far.

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drank Pi Lo Chun by The Tea Emporium
190 tasting notes

Backlog. Okay, stupid me. I love the Bi Lo Chun sample from Teavirve. I figured I would try out a local one and see if it’s okay because I didn’t want to pay for shipping. I got about 25g of this tea. I thought it would at least be somewhere close to the tea I loved from Teavirve. This tea is like a very very faint muted flavour. There is not the same freshness or buttery flavour. In some ways it’s not even like the same tea. How sad. Overall , not a bad tea but nothing like Teavirve’s.

This tea will get demoted to the early morning cup when I’m too sleepy for my taste buds to wake up. As well, I think I will just order the tea I love from Teavirve.

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

I tried a ginseng oolong from a local-ish tea vendor and it was terrible. Nothing has been able to match Teavivre’s for me. And their dragon pearls are the best to me as well. There have only been a few companies with jasmine flavor that I love, Teavivre and Nina’s being the main two with excellent jasmine.

Ubacat

I learned my lesson. ;-) Now the hardest thing is what to put in my on line cart at Teavirve. I had too much and had to step away and rethink it. Once I go to order a tea, I can’t keep it just one. I wish they had 50g size on all their tea. That would help.

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Had this tea early this morning. Gave it a quick rinse and then brewed for 10 sec. Dry it has a hay smell to it. I had about 3 small cups of this early this morning and can’t think of much to say about it. It’s not smokey or mushroomy. It does have the light pu-erh taste to it (maybe it would have been stronger if I brewed it longer.) . There was a honey sweetness that was light too and would hang on the tongue. I never noticed a good energy rush with this one. I didn’t pick up any fruity or floral notes either but I plan on having some more later.

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

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drank Green Raspberry by The TeaCupany
190 tasting notes

How strange. The TeaCupany sent me this one with my monthly tea membership but i can’t find it on their website. I wonder if it’s too new or discontinued…

I already had one cup of this tea so far but nothing stood out for me. It was a pleasant cup . I brewed at 185 for 2 min. I figured i would do a 2nd infusion at the same temperature for 3 min. There is slight raspberry flavour that comes through and I’m picking up even more slight the rose from rose petals. Again , it’s okay. Perhaps I’m expecting too much? It’s a just fine raspberry green. The flavour doesn’t come across as artificial and the green base is med astringent green. Maybe I am trying too many teas and looking for those ones that’s going to blow me away. There’s nothing wrong with this tea. I will finish this cup and put it away for another day. Sometimes it’s the ones that don’t impress too much in the beginning that end up being favourites down the road.

Flavors: Raspberry, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I enjoyed my Strawberry Pecan green tea from DesignATea today. I know they don’t get a lot of reviews on here but they do have some quite good flavoured teas. I brewed this up at work and haven’t been having good results with green teas at work because I can’t get the water temperature right. I had a lightbulb moment and figured I would used the hot water dispenser in the water cooler. Yes, it seemed to be the perfect temperature for greens. It might be a tad on the cool side of what the temperature should be but it’s better than being too hot and getting bitter tea.

This green tea was very light. The pecan flavour was delicious and was a good combo with the light green. I didn’t pick up much strawberry but there were light fruity notes. I would say this tea needs more strawberry added for some of the strawberry notes to come out more but overall an enjoyable cup!

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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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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.
190 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
190 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
190 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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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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