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drank Ultraviolet by TeaNoir
211 tasting notes

This tea didn’t impress me as outstanding in any way, despite its pretty blue malva blossoms. The complexity I look for in an oolong just wasn’t there. Toasty taste without sweetness or florality, not even the promised (and hoped-for) violet. A bit of spice and caramel emerged in the third steep. However, it must be noted that added flavorings, such as (in this case) violet, weaken with age faster than the innate flavor of the tea. My sample came from a swap, in a well-worn bag, which might indicate an old or ill-kept bit of tea. So I moderated my rating accordingly.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Bethany

How funny – I’m reviewing a few TeaNoir teas today that I pulled out of the back of my cupboard. I hope the shop returns soon; I actually really like Ultraviolet and a few others, and I’m almost out of them!

Pamela Dean

@Bethany – Do you find violet scent or taste? That would make this tea really special, as I do love them! I hope you’ll post tasting notes on Ultraviolet.

Bethany

It’s been a long time since I had it, but I do recall some violet taste, though not as much scent. I have Backwoods and Cashmere at work today, but I’ll have to do Ultraviolet tomorrow.

Pamela Dean

@Bethany, again – Have you tasted the Mango Lassi by TeaNoir? If it tastes like its description, I’ll be hoping the shop returns soon, too!

Bethany

I haven’t! But when I added Backwoods to the database, I saw that and the description and it made my mouth water. There are a few 4 ounces I would want to order, and some more samples.

I’ve tried Backwoods (awesome), Cashmere (also awesome), Turkish Delight (okay, but tastes nothing like the candy), and Ultraviolet.

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Bethany

How funny – I’m reviewing a few TeaNoir teas today that I pulled out of the back of my cupboard. I hope the shop returns soon; I actually really like Ultraviolet and a few others, and I’m almost out of them!

Pamela Dean

@Bethany – Do you find violet scent or taste? That would make this tea really special, as I do love them! I hope you’ll post tasting notes on Ultraviolet.

Bethany

It’s been a long time since I had it, but I do recall some violet taste, though not as much scent. I have Backwoods and Cashmere at work today, but I’ll have to do Ultraviolet tomorrow.

Pamela Dean

@Bethany, again – Have you tasted the Mango Lassi by TeaNoir? If it tastes like its description, I’ll be hoping the shop returns soon, too!

Bethany

I haven’t! But when I added Backwoods to the database, I saw that and the description and it made my mouth water. There are a few 4 ounces I would want to order, and some more samples.

I’ve tried Backwoods (awesome), Cashmere (also awesome), Turkish Delight (okay, but tastes nothing like the candy), and Ultraviolet.

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Note: I’m open to offers to swap tea samples. If you can’t message me, just comment on one of my tea notes, and I’ll respond.

I am fascinated and deeply impressed by the artistry and skill which coaxes such an array of qualities from one species of leaf. In 2009, I founded San Antonio Tea & Herb Enthusiasts. In 2014, a move to Southern California creates both upheaval and new horizons. The best part is that now I live quite close to my son and his family.

For intimate tastings with a small gathering, I’m practicing Asian-style tea service along the lines of Chinese gongfu cha. It is a joy to share good tea!

The most recent sign of my conversion to the deeply-steeped side: I’ve turned three large file boxes into “tea humidors” for aging pu-erh cakes and bricks at 65% humidity. Remote sensors within the “pumidors” relay the temperature and humidity readings to a base station on my desk. It satisfies my scientist aspect and keeps tea pretty well, too.

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