2784 Tasting Notes

87
drank Iron Goddess King by Vital Tea Leaf
2784 tasting notes

I’m enjoying this tea that I got at the Vital Tea Leaf the other day. I stopped in to do a tea tasting with some tourists in Chinatown and tried a few things. I’m not usually the biggest fan of Iron Goddess oolongs but I found this to be well balanced and tasty. I bought 1/4 oz. This is not roasted as far as I can tell.

At home I’m drinking it out of the yixing teapot and got 4 steeps. It is vegetal and creamy in texture, with a slight butteriness in the 2nd and 3rd steep. By the 4th steep the buttery flavor had mostly gone. I could have gotten more steeps out of it but gave up after steep #4. It has a slight mineral quality that I notice in the Iron Goddess teas. The woman in the store told me this doesn’t have much caffeine in it, however I do notice it seems slightly energizing. A good everyday drinking tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kirkoneill1988

iirc, ive had IG before and it was ok, i should buy some and review it

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76
drank Lishan Oolong by Tea Ave
2784 tasting notes

Picked this one up from Tea Ave recently. I’m finally getting to steep some tea in my gaiwan, which is something I haven’t had the chance to do much of lately.

I had a few steeps of this and it is very vegetal. It smells buttery but doesn’t taste too buttery to me. I’m picking up a bit of floral but to me, this has a bit of marine/seaweed/mineraly flavor that reminds me more of an Iron Goddess of Mercy than the LiShans I’ve tried in the past. I did three steeps, at around 30 seconds for the first two and then 10 seconds for the third. I wish I was getting more out of this, maybe I’ll need to try it soon as a cold brew? It’s ok but my least favorite of the Tea Ave’s so far I think.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
Kirkoneill1988

ive never tasted butter in any oolong…. weird :/

TeaBrat

Have you had any green taiwanese oolongs?

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t think so :(

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

89
drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
2784 tasting notes

Good afternoon Steepster. It’s been unusually hot for San Francisco so I haven’t been drinking much tea or other warm beverages. Finally last night things started cooling off a bit.

I got this as a small sample with my last Tea Ave order. Brewing it Western style this afternoon in my new ‘For Life’ green infuser mug. When it comes to jasmine I am a fan of more subtlety so I’m enjoying this today. The base is an Alishan Jin Xuan and it has a sweet, buttercream sort of flavor. The jasmine is present but subtle, and the overall effect is quite relaxing. Of the 3 floral oolongs I’ve tried from Tea Ave, I think the Magnolia is my favorite but this is also quite good, and something I would consider ordering again. Tea Ave has a lot of nice options. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

A sipdown, finally…
I’ve had these for a couple of years now, they are very tasty little tous. Good for travel or to take to the office. These have a nice date flavor. I’ve written about them extensively before so check my previous tasting notes for the details. I would re-order these again if I was going to buy more tea from Seven Cups.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

My review is for the 2015 version of this tea. It definitely has a ruby color, almost orange in appearance. I don’t really wan to give this a numeric rating as I’m not a big fan of second flush darjeelings in general. I am much more partial to the first flush. This cuppa has a woody, slight citrusy flavor with a touch of muscatel in the finish. It’s a bit brisk. I’m happy for the opportunity to try this but still not a second flush convert ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Doug F

Wow! Look at you steppin up the reviews. I have to say, when I come across a great second flush, it’s a tough choice between that and a first.

TeaBrat

yeah. i’m picky like that. ;)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84

Good morning Steepster!
I am finishing off the last of this tea I got from the Yunnan Sourcing tea of the month club a while back. This is a nice dian hong for sure. Today I am getting bready and malty notes and a bit of pepper! This is good plain but also pretty good with soymilk as I am drinking it this morning Granpa style in a big mug. I wish I had more time to gong fu teas these days.

Anyway I have enjoyed this but I still have a lot of black teas to get through, so I doubt I will be needing to buy this anytime soon :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
looseTman

Good morning TeaBrat!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88
drank Magnolia Oolong by Tea Ave
2784 tasting notes

This is quite a lovely and interesting oolong from Tea Ave. I got this a few weeks ago and am just getting around to trying it now. Due to being at work, I had to steep it Western style but hope to try the gong fu method soon.

The tea has an Alishan Jin Xuan (milk) oolong base. I definitely get the strong milk oolong element. It reminds me of fresh butter and has a creamy taste; almost decadent. The magnolia flower is light and fresh here and compliments the base tea well. Overall the bouquet of this tea is sweet but I am picking up on a very slight bitterness in the finish. I like this one a lot. It seems like the perfect thing to serve at an afternoon tea party.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

This is my favorite Tea Ave offering so far.

Equusfell

I snapped some up in the free shipping sale last month… love it!

TeaBrat

It’s really good :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76

Hi Steepster. I am so far behind on tasting notes it’s kind of ridiculous. There is just no time to taste teas with me being at work all of the time and being gone a lot on the weekends. Sad but I hope you haven’t missed me too much ;)

Recently got this at a Peet’s for cheap. They are discontinuing their tea line and bringing in the Mighty Leaf brand. I find this to be kind of a bummer and wish I had tried more of the Peet’s teas when they were around.

So jasmine does not tend to be a super favorite of mine. But if it’s done well it’s ok. I used two teabags in my tall glass tumbler. For a bagged tea, this isn’t too bad. The jasmine seems fairly strong and the tea itself has a vegetal quality that ends on a sweet note. I find some jasmine teas to be a bit bitter but this is pretty good. I definitely prefer the high quality jasmine pearls as the flowery flavor is more subtle. Might try using one less teabag the next time to give it more of a watered down & subtle effect.

I will probably end up giving the rest of this to my boyfriend if he wants to drink it (he likes the convenience of teabags). If you live near a Peet’s and want to try any of their teas, you need to act fast!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Doug F

I have missed your reviews! You were one of the most reliable reviewers on my feed. But I understand—I drink a lot of tea at work and then forget to post or I won’t buy tea for a bit and therefore have nothing new to review.

TeaBrat

Hi Doug, thanks! It seems like the only time I am at home is on the weekday evenings when I am not inclined to drink any ea. I’ll try to step it up a bit in the next few weeks :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81
drank Green Mint Chai by Happy Earth Tea
2784 tasting notes

Looks like I am the first person to review this particular tea blend. I got this from Happy Earth the last time I placed an order with them. This seemed like it would be a good after lunch tea as the peppermint, cardamom and ginger will all aid with digestion. It’s a bit odd having a green chai instead of a black chai but I actually like this a lot. It’s spicy and pungent! I rarely drink green tea with soymilk but it’s pretty good that way… and also plain. I’m glad I bought this…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86
drank Tie Kwan Yin Oolong by Tea Ave
2784 tasting notes

This is a very pleasant oolong from Tea Ave. Roasted TGY’s don’t tend to be a big favorite of mine, but I am enjoying this. The nutty and roasted barley notes hit me first, and then it has a sweet/fruity aftertaste where I’m getting pineapple. I’m not finding the subtle bitterness mentioned on the package… maybe if I had steeped it longer I’d be getting that. I’m not sure of my exact steeping temp. as I’m drinking this at work but it’s definitely below the boil.

An interesting, complex tea but not one I feel compelled to add to my collection at this point.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

Location

San Frandisco

Website

http://sanfrantea.teatra.de

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer