503 Tasting Notes

75

I enjoyed this, but it pretty much tasted like a standard jasmine green tea to me. Strong flavor though, and it stood up to three steeps easily and was still flavorful at the end. If I weren’t ready to move on, I probably could have squeezed out a fourth.

ashmanra

I like this one with food, but otherwise I strongly prefer their other jasmine teas.

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90

I don’t think I’ve ever felt punched in the face by an orchid before. But this first steep was practically like chewing on an orchid dipped in butter. A full minute was FAR too long.

That said, the next 4 steeps were lovely. A minute and a half for the second steep worked out just fine, and the orchid was softer and the cream heavier. Each steep after gave pretty wonderfully until the very last, when it felt spent. I have never had an oolong this intense before, and I think with a reduced first steep, I’d get more out of the leaves in general. I would totally buy more of this knowing that.

Not for the faint of heart or haters of florals.

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78
drank PGB Black Tea by 52teas
503 tasting notes

This is interesting – I thought it would be spicier than it is, but it was just warming. Low heat, but with a bit of kick. The citrus blends in with it well, and I find that it tastes a bit sweet too. There are so many flavors, I honestly couldn’t pick them out upon tasting it without referring to the official ingredients list. But I am glad that the amalgamation was an overall good one, and not a yuck one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Ever Spring 2014 by Tearroir
503 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this most of the day and really enjoying it. It is creamy and sweet, and I got a solid 5 steeps out of it and enjoyed each one.

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60

This wasn’t my favorite. It was basically like licking a tree branch, but not really in a good way. The scent is beautiful though. After sipping it plain, I used it to make some decaf chai on the stove. Still not my favorite, I prefer black tea, but it is still pretty good that way.

LiberTEAS

Is there a really good way to lick a tree branch? I guess it might be good if one were to coat the tree branch with say … candy first. But other than that, I’m not thinking that licking a tree branch would be the best way to derive culinary satisfaction.

Leah Naomi

I actually love the scent of wood so much it wouldn’t feel like too big a reach to enjoy the taste. But sadly, not so. But licking a tree branch is very much something I might have done to find out, if not for this tea. :)

LiberTEAS

haha! I do enjoy the scent of wood too. And I really don’t mind so much the woodsy flavors of teas and even of honeybush. I’m not as big a fan of honeybush (or rooibos) plain though, I like them much better as a base of a flavored/blended tea.

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75

I am a puerh noob, particularly raw. I think I like it, but it is an interesting flavor. It is a bit sweet but also a bit bitter. There is a quality I was having trouble describing, but seeing the other flavors listed here as including menthol, and it makes perfect sense now. I steeped this four times, then got tired of it and wanted to move on to new things. I think that is my biggest challenge with puerh. I love that it can give and give…but I like too much variety to stick with one thing all day. Perhaps I just need more steepers. Hmm…

Anlina

I have the same issue with puer – I want to experience the evolution of all the different steeps, but I probably don’t actually want to drink more than 300ml of any one tea at a time.

Maybe I just need a really tiny gaiwan…

Uniquity

That’s what I did/do. Sometimes I just brew it Western or Western/gongfu hybrid and sometimes (not as often) I sit down with smaller gaiwan and have 5 or 6 steeps. Then I put it aside and come back later. Or not. :)

Leah Naomi

I need a gaiwan in general. I am just really strapped for cash lately haha.

Uniquity

If you’re adventurous you can macgyver something with materials at home – even a coaster and a cup could work. It’s not so fun though. I bought myself a gaiwan without knowing what it was years ago, and received my second from Teavivre as a surprise in a gift. If/when you order online next you can toss one in the cart if you’ve got the funds. Oh, money! :)

LiberTEAS

@Leah – if you happen to live anywhere near an Asian grocery (or even better, an Asian mall!) try looking in the tea section (the local Asian mall has a little tea shop in it here) and you may be able to find a gaiwan there that’s reasonably priced. I have found gaiwans for $3 and $4 at the little tea shop in the mall.

Leah Naomi

Thanks for the lead – I am in a pretty whitewashed area, but next time I come across an Asian grocery I will make a point to stop in and check it out :)

LiberTEAS

I was shocked at how low the prices were! Especially when I bought my gaiwan for $20 bucks. Then again, my gaiwan is one of those easy gaiwans with the little fingertip handles and easy pour spout (which, if you’re going to use a gaiwan frequently, is the best way to go because the eggshell porcelain that is used to make a gaiwan is so thin and I always end up burning my fingers when I use other gaiwans.) But for a first gaiwan, you can’t really go too wrong with a $4 gaiwan, you know?

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80

This is pretty good. A bit artificial, but I taste both maple and vanilla pretty equally. I think with milk this makes a great faux dessert.

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

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76

I get a lot of vegetal and mineral with this one. I like oolongs a lot, but this isn’t my favorite style. It would be a good summer oolong, very crisp and fresh tasting.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is interesting – I am a huge chai fan, and not disappointed. I appreciate variations on traditional chai. With the tulsi, this is a bit greener. I find tulsi to be a bit spicy in its own right sometimes, so the blend works well here. I added honey like usual, sipped it, and decided to go ahead and still add a tiny splash of milk. Chai to me just isn’t chai without it I guess. I definitely like this and will drink the rest happily.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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