2774 Tasting Notes

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drank Bungalow by Steven Smith Teamaker
2774 tasting notes

I’ve had this one for way too long (over 2 years, I think), but it came in the individually sealed packages so I’m hoping it will be good for a while longer yet.

This is a mix of first and second flush leaves and brews to be quite a lovely brownish-red. The flavor is fairly woody with some nice, sweet fruit notes. I know the teamaker describes this as having buttery and floral notes but I don’t get these and don’t think I ever did! It’s a fairly decent cuppa though. Nice for sipping on in the afternoon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
2774 tasting notes

I’m happy to find something in my Tea Forte sampler pack that is actually tasty. This is probably the best of the bunch.

The peach tastes fresh, delicious and not at all artificial. As others have noted there is also a bit of mango and coconut flavor in the tea. I drank mine with soymilk and that gave it a creamy element that boosted the dessert type flavor this one has. If you’re into fruit flavored teas, I would certainly consider giving this blend a whirl. I bet this would be really good as an iced tea also.

Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

Was rather curious about this one! Glad to see a good review of it for if I ever order!

TeaBrat

It’s peachy ;)

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90
drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
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I’m back from a weekend in Big Sur with my BF. I wish I could have stayed at Esalen forever, it is such a beautiful place. The fog is kind of oppressive today in SF.

I am feeling sick this morning with allergies gone haywire, so I thought something green would be nice, and hopefully healthy. This tea is one I don’t have very often, I need to be in the mood for it somehow. It’s so buttery and creamy, I almost feel like I’m drinking liquid buttered corn. Milk oolongs do not tend to be the ultimate favorite for me but I do enjoy this one and hoping the antioxidants can calm down my immune system.

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

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44
drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
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This came in the Lupicia grab bag I got over New Year’s. I’ve been avoiding trying this one because frankly I am not the biggest fan of muscat or grape flavored things in general.

Upon opening the bag I see what looks like a perfectly good Bao zhong oolong drenched in an overwhelmingly fake sweet grape aroma. The flavor is much the same. The muscat really overpowers the oolong and is sickeningly sweet, artificial and cloying.

Normally I’m a Lupicia fan but nope, this one is not for me. I will struggle to finish the cup I think. It is up for grabs/trade if any muscat fans are interested in it.

Flavors: Artificial, Muscatel

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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87

Pure Bud… something about this doesn’t exactly sound like tea!

I decided to gong fu this beauty this morning. Normally I like to let my black teas steep Western style, for about 2 minutes or more. When you gong fu this for about 30 seconds, some very nice elegant flavors emerge. There is the sweet potato, molasses and brown sugary type of goodness.

2nd steep I did for 1 minute, and in addition to the sweet potato/sugary notes some bittersweet chocolate and malt are coming to the surface.

3rd steep at 2 minutes is around the same. This tea is nice plain but I also like it with some soymilk added, the creaminess of the soymilk makes the sweet potato notes kind of dessert like. I am also getting more fruity apricot in this steep.

I found this tea quite dee-licious! I don’t understand the negative reviews but if you have some of this you aren’t wanting, I will gladly take it off your hands. :)

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87
drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
2774 tasting notes

Hmm, something from David’s Tea that I don’t totally hate – what a pleasant surprise :)

This is a rolled green Vietnamese oolong in the style of Tung Ting oolongs from Taiwan. I steeped this in my yixing teapot this afternoon. The tea liquor is very light but flavorful. It’s not as fruity as the high mountain oolong I had the other day. Light, buttery, a bit grassy with pine notes. The weather has been pretty warm and spring like here and I am enjoying green oolongs a bit more than I have for the past year or so.

This is a pretty solid, good choice for an oolong. Not as buttery as some, which may be good depending on your preference. I’ve been doing shorter steeps but will have to try it at one long steep Western style soon. I got 3 good steeps out if it, but it started to fade after steep #4.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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96

I broke this one out this morning to contrast with the one I had yesterday. They are both really good but different beasts all together.

The Wild Monk has flavors that are more reminiscent of your usual younger shengs. There is a lot of smoky flavor in this one. The flavor profile is more complex with notes of peach, lemon and smoke. It leaves you with an overall sweetness coating your tongue however. Definitely not as bitter as a lot of young shengs. Has a pleasant, uplifting energy that I am enjoying a lot today. I would definitely check this one out if you’re not adverse to some smoke in your tea.

Maybe I am just a fan of mao cha, I need to get some others to compare with the two I already have :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Marcus reed

Yummy. I like this one.
Puerhshop has a good MaoCha.
the one I can think of off the top of my head is the 2008 Nannuo arbor MaoCha. Very fragrant not bitter and has such a wonderful aroma when brewed.

TeaBrat

thanks :)

Sil

on to my wishlist! haha

Haveteawilltravel

I’ve been peeking at their Wild Monk, I’m glad that you liked it :)

Dexter

Sil you haven’t tried this? Should have added it to your box… if I have fun Vancouver stuff to share will include some with your next package…

Sil

dex – nope. I’ve just had the actual cake (own 3 of them)

Dexter

I prefer the cake (I’m down to 2 and somme crumbs…) but I think you should try it. Will try to remember to include it with your next package. :))

Sil

haha OK

TeaBrat

where’s mine? :-P

Dexter

TeaBrat – Are you looking for a sample of the wild monk cake? If so PM me next week and we’ll work something out (I’m out of town for the weekend)…… :)

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80
drank Cheericup Ceylon by Mark T. Wendell
2774 tasting notes

Finally I’m sipping down this tea after having a tin of it for a few years. It’s definitely a tea that you need to drink with milk and sugar. Has a fruity, almost citrusy note. I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me, mostly I’m just glad it’s gone after all this time. If I can’t drink a tin of tea within a year it just isn’t a favorite it seems…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

It’s got such a happy name—cheery cup! I like good Ceylons with that sort of bright personality.

TeaBrat

It is a nice tea. I just prefer my Chinese blacks overall I guess :)

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65

Got back from a special treat which was dinner at the Thai restaurant tonight. I had lemongrass tofu and mango sticky rice for dessert. The mango sticky rice was full of coconut milk and it was sooo good. I was very happy with the meal!

I thought I would have this shu puerh as my after dinner drink. On the whole, I am not terribly impressed with this one. Even when the color is quite dark it is lacking a bit in flavor and just seems to be a bit muddy with camphor. Nothing special in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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66
drank Blood Orange by Tea Forte
2774 tasting notes

Part of a recent tea flavored black tea sampler that I got from Tea Forte, which has gotten me to pretty much give up on Tea Forte as a company…

Anyway this is one of the better flavors in the bunch. It is very citrusy, with lots of tart orange, grapefruit and lemon myrtle flavor. It even stands up to soymilk okay (I was wondering if it would curdle). It has a slightly musty smell, in my opinion and also a slight bitterness. It does have oil of bergamot, which tends to not be my favorite flavor unfortunately. If you would like a really citrusy earl grey, check this one out. I’ll certainly finish the cup and the other samples, but I don’t think I will need to buy it anytime soon. I would have liked it better without the bergamot, I think.

Flavors: Bergamot, Blood orange, Grapefruit, Musty

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

I believe that was one of the teas in my Tea Forte advent calendar. On the whole I was disappointed by them.

Maddy Barone

I just went back and reviewed my tea log. Apparently this is one I liked better than the others. Wonder what I would think of it now?

TeaBrat

I would have liked this one better without the bergamot, but overall yes, disappointed is what I felt too.

gmathis

You know, nearly every orange or blood orange tea I’ve tried has a musty-bitter thing going on. Must just be the nature of the fruit when you have to dry it…

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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

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