236 Tasting Notes

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drank Puerh Bordeaux by Rishi Tea
236 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea in my cabinet for about 8 or 9 months now. On my first review of it I gave it a pretty low rating. Then I tried to swap it. Nobody wanted it. So it sat in my cabinet. So I’ve been thinking of just throwing it out but thought I’d give it another try. I’ve been using multiple pre-steeps on my pu-erh teas that has been working out quite nicely. Usually 10, 10, 15, 20 & 25 sec before I even drink a cup. With this I did 10,10 & 15 and threw it away. I figured too many steeps beforehand would wash away the bordeax flavour. So I brewed the 4th steep at 20s. It is actually quite good. The grape/red wine taste is very subtle , a light earthiness, sweet fig notes. Okay, back in the cupboard it goes. Lesson learned. You don’t like a tea- Try ALL different brewing methods before throwing away.

I can’t believe I didn’t even taste the red wine flavour in my other review! This cup is delicious!

Flavors: Earth, Fig, Red Wine

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

Your palate could just be a lot more developed now than it was 8-9 months ago, too? Or your tastes changed?

Ubacat

That could be. I wasn’t drinking that much pu-erh then. I definitely think the brewing method had a lot to do with it. On the box it says to brew for 5 min. I probably did that without any pre-steeps and I bet the strong pu-erh overpowered any other notes/flavours.

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I bought this tea from The Tea Emporium in Oakville but they don’t have it up on their website anymore. Flowering teas are so pretty to view in glass teapots. I only brewed 2 min and it’s very light green tea. I can pick up the lavender but it’s very very light which is okay with me. Lavender can ruin and overpower a tea. There’s also a little bit of jasmine which is light. There’s supposed to be amaranth and chrysanthemum in it too. I think chrysanthemum is similar to chamomile and I do taste the chrysanthemum. It appears to be the strongest out of the 4 herbs. Amaranth is something I add to my henna so I’m assuming that where the very slight earthy taste is coming from.

Overall an interesting tea. I usually don’t pick up flowering teas because I have to brew two cups at a time.

Only one tea ball of this so another tea I get to cross off the list!

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drank Huangshan Yun Wu by Tealux
236 tasting notes

The name of this translates to Cloud and Mist. It is seen as the predecessor of Huang Shan Mao Feng Tea. Isn’t Mao Feng like Bi Luo Chun too? Anyway, that’s what this tea reminds me of – Bi Luo Chun. It’s got that mossy buttery taste which I LOVE. Can’t get enough of teas like this. It’s sweet, nutty & mossy. They call it fruity notes but to me it’s that delicate mossy flavour that I love.

Flavors: Butter, Moss, Nutty

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

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I left a review on this tea a couple of months ago. This morning I brewed it while throwing out the first 5 rinses/steeps: 10S, 10S, 15S, 20S, 25S. What a difference!

Infusion #6 -30s Buttery , smooth. No mushroom or smoke flavour. There’s a heavy sweetness that clings to the tongue. Is this ever good!

Infusion #7 – 35s More of the same but it seems to keep getting better. I should have steeped like this before with this tea!

Flavors: Butter, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Terri HarpLady

in my YS cart…

Ubacat

Bet there’s lots of good things in that cart.

Terri HarpLady

There always is! :D

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I really like the fancy name of this tea even though I can’t pronounce it. I was expecting something amazing but it’s only okay.

I didn’t get much orchid notes. It was roasted (charcoal ) with a bit of honey sweetness. I was hoping those orchid notes would finally come through on the 3rd steep but by then it had petered right out. Sweetness was less, less roasted/charcoal flavour, less everything. The package says the floral notes come through on the 2nd infusion. I never got any but I threw out the rest of #3 and tried 4 to see if it would happened. #4 was as weak as dishwater. No floral notes or aroma. How disappointing. I wonder if this needs a different steep temperature???
Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Green Gold by Mandala Tea
236 tasting notes

Had this tea early this morning. I only got two infusions on this but I think it would have been good for quite a few more. Garret writes 3-4 on the pkg. It was light , vegetal, buttery, sweet. I tried to think what type of tea does it remind me of? Mao Jian? Dragonwell? Bi Luo Chun? Mountain Indonesian green? I think the last one: Mountain Indonesian green. It was an enjoyable cup.

Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cucumber Mint Fusion by Tealux
236 tasting notes

Am I the only one that drinks this tea? I appears so since I’m the only one who left a review. It’s a good tea! Today I am sipping down the last of my old batch but I have another 50g I bought in July. Love that spearment flavour with cucumber notes! And what does guayusa taste like? I’m still not sure! lol I drank the last package down and I can detect that other flavour there. It’s like an earthy or woodsy taste (not like pu’er) . This is the only guayusa I’ve ever had I think. I see Butiki has lots of blends for guayusa which I’d like to try someday.

I actually went on Butiki’s website looking for some guayusa’s. They have a sample kit which I’m very tempted to buy. But if I buy that , then I have to get Lemon French Macaron. And if I get that I have to get Cantaloupe & Cream. And so on and so on. Maybe better to wait for a sale….

Flavors: Cucumber, Earth, Mint, Wood

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

Oh wow that sounds amazing. I haven’t ordered anything from Tealux yet, but this is going on my wishlist.

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drank Cucumber Mint Fusion by Tealux
236 tasting notes

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Sipdown! Organized my tea cupboard this morning and dumped a whole bunch of teas that only have a sample size left in a bag to sip down. This tea is okay but it doesn’t really live up to it’s name. I could swear I was drinking plain white tea. It’s not a bad white tea. It’s actually pretty good (sweet & light) but I wanted strawberry.
Bye bye Strawberry fields forever. Won’t be buying this one again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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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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