335 Tasting Notes

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Nicole sent me a big package of yunnans as I can taste several of them. Until now I didn’t really explore this type.

This one is delicious : malty, smooth. I am afraid being too much urban to detect the fresh brushed horses unfortunately but I get a kind og leather note.
Leather is a note I particularly appreciate in perfumes (like Calèche of Hermès or Cuir de Russie of Chanel). No exception for tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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60

Thank you Nicole for sharing this yunnan with me.
Unfortunately this one is clearly not for me : too strong for my taste, almost like a coffee.
It has also smocky notes but not the ones I appreciate.
And even if I didn’t oversteep it at all (less than 4 min) I get a certain bitterness at the end of the sip.
It’s just not my kind but it would be a perfect morning companion for whoever likes strong & very malty teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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85

Sipdown ! I am trying to finish a lot of samples actually.
This one was a sample from a swap with TerriHarpLady and I managed to make a full pot with it.
I am glad to have had the opportunity to try this tea but I am now just downgrading a little my rating because I realise I may have over estimate it.
I don’t have actually Wedding Impérial in cupboard and I realise this one cannot make all the job for me. I need to restock it.
Caramel Vanilla Assam is a great tea, smooth and mellow with a lovely Vanilla and a sweet Caramel. But I am too much haunted by the souvenir of Wedding Impérial.
That’s not fair but here is my mood today .

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70

I am exploring my tons of samples and I decide to go for this lovely package from Anna

So it’s a green. I decided to play it carefully with the steeping parameters because I don’t know the brand so I brewed it at 75°C only and for 3 minutes only.

While in mug, steeping in my brewing basket, I saw the coconut floating at the surface. Coconut ? I was expecting a Walnut tea so I rushed on Steepster to discover this blend is more complex on flavours : coconut and walnut but pineapple as well on a sencha base. Seems a lot on paper. At least to me.

Drinking it, it’s a correct tea. Not much. The tea base has a lack of consistency and personnality, the leading role is clearly devoted to the flavours.
They are pairing correctly together but without any passion. The walnut flavour is really lovely and natural and for that the blend is a total sucess.

Thank you Anna for sharing

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
cteresa

We seem to be of one mind on this. Totally agree just about everything.

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75

This is my first tea from Whispering Pines kindly sent by Dexter3657.
I didn’t find it in the database.
It is a classic Taiwanese Oolong, not bad but not unforgettable neither.
There is an aftertaste I cannot really describe and which is just absolutely weird for an Oolong, a mix of fruits notes and ? something else, the X element…mystery.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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78

BAAAAAAAANNNNNNG ouuuuchhhhh ! How strong ! I feel like I am begining a boxe match with Mohamad Ali. I’m almost K.O
How malty ! I am baffled.
It is a very interesting tea : smocky for sure and I get both notes of fruits and tobacco.
Surprising.
For my taste it’s too strong with 4 minutes steeping, I need to retry with less because I had a bitterness I don’t appreciate.
Thank you very much Dexter3657 for sharing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81

It was my afternoon tea at the IT show, I am so glad they were proposing a Mariage Frères selection.
First time with this famous among the famous Mariage Frères tea.
Of course it wasn’t brew correctly because the waitress only had a boiling thermos bottle but anyway it wasn’t bitter at all and I had a very refined and lovely citrus tea,very energetic and refreshing.
Sure if I can retaste it in better conditions it would be one of the rare green teas I can hoard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
cteresa

this is one of my all time favorites, and was a rebuy (and will be again when I do another MF splurge), can´t believe I never sent you one. I love it, along with Casablanca they are my favorite summer teas.

Ysaurella

do you have it and Casablanca hot or iced in summer ?

cteresa

I do not drink hot tea when it´s really hot, so mostly iced, if I remember to make it far in advance. though I open exceptions to hot tea when it´s summer but not hot, or after the gym – for some reason Casablanca is my number one drink for after the gym.

Ysaurella

you’re brave, I drink tea but don’t make any gym ! :)

cteresa

ah, but the gym it feels wonderful when you stop (and have your cup of casablanca….). Stopping exercise is totally addictive. And it´s nothing hardcore anyway.

Ysaurella

Unfortunately and since I am a kid I hate sport Teresa…so agree with the fact gym is wonderful when you stop ;)

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78

Had this one twice this morning.
I was visiting an IT show all day long and for breakfast a large selection of Mariage Frères teas in sachet was proposed (Himalaya Darjeeling, Rouge Bourbon, Thé sur le Nil, Marco Polo and this one) It was really an amazing surprise (Of course I wasn’t there to drink tea but if we can mix work and pleasure, this is really a plus)
I picked out this one because I had never heard about it before and because it was a black tea and a smocky one.

The water was boiling but I may have not let it steep too long (less than 5 minutes anyway)
It was a very refined black tea, medium bodied, not heavy on smoke but delicatelly smocked. No idea why but somehow it reminds me a Darjeeling as well.

Clearly not the best MF for me but a very nice one and I would not refuse a cup time to time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
cteresa

That selection of MF teas (Thé sur le Nil! one of my favorites always) is sooooo civilized….something for everybody

Ysaurella

you may like this one too with its lovely smoke

cteresa

I think so too, it was on my check-one-day list – but my shopping list is going monstrously and maybe this is not a 100 grams kind of tea, not compared to my adored favorites.

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78

Another sample from the lovely Dexter3657
what a nice medium bodied roasted Oolong with cereal and bread notes.
I am enjoying it with pancakes and Maple syrup before leaving to go to my niece’s birthday.
Not especially happy to have to take the train again for more than an hour and during the week end but this is a special occasion and I’m glad to celebrate her 17 years the right day.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec
TheTeaFairy

Your niece has a thoughtful and loving aunt:-) With all the train commuting you do in a week, I understand why this is the last place where you want to be during week ends!

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This my first Teavivre tea I think and I used the full sample sachet to make a teapot (of 1 liter).
Let’s go for a stupid digression but I am not very attracted by Tea pearls aspect because they always remind me rabbit’s turds.
Anyway all the tea pearls I had in the past were very lovely experiences so it is really not an issue to pass though this stupid prejudice.

The pearls are quite dark but with lots of golden streaks.
It is not a full bodied tea, it’s a mild one, sweet, mellow . I am not noticing any bitterness at all.
I can detect earth notes, baked bread and malt of course. The cocoa note to me are poping up at the end of the sip.

A very lovely tea, perfect for a morning cup. Thank you Courtney for sharing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec
cteresa

Now I will never be able to that image out of my mind! you are right, sadly.

Ysaurella

ahaha I know I know I am terrible but it looks really much like that rather than “pearls” :) but for sure the name pearl goes better with tea and as a poetic evocation.

Nicole

I had never thought about it, but yes, they do. :)

Courtney

Glad you enjoyed this one. :)

looseTman

“I used the full sample sachet to make a teapot (of 1 liter).”
“It is not a full bodied tea, it’s a mild one …”
How many pearls did you use in 1 liter?
Per http://www.teavivre.com/black-dragon-pearl/: 9 pieces for 500 ml, or 18 pieces for 1 liter

Ysaurella

I didn’t pay attention to how many pearls I had in the sample but probably around 10. I only steeped it for 5 minutes so it may have been stronger if steeped 10 minutes (as proposed on the sample sachet)
Having said that it was really a very lovely blend and I more appreciate plain teas with a medium body rather a strong one

TheTeaFairy

Haha, we should rename this tea “Bunny Pearls”!

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard

94 to 90 : Excellent tea, often in my cupboard

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even nice, why not having it sometimes, but well, not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this tea ?!?!?

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