2765 Tasting Notes

87

I have noticed a trend with my tea drinking lately — I’m not drinking too many flavored teas. I should definitely consume the ones I have left but I haven’t been craving many. Sometimes they are nice as dessert teas but overall I might be done experimenting with them for a while.

It’s hard to go wrong with a decent unflavored tea from a reputable, quality source. But flavored teas seem to be a disappointment to me so much of the time. I think a good plan for me moving forward is to sip those down and just not be buying a lot more. Also will be helpful for paring down my tea collection. :)

So this is a tea i got with my YS dark club order and I am trying it this morning. True to the name it has a lot of lighter-colored golden tips. I tend to like these types of yunnan teas and this is no exception. It’s very smooth with notes of cocoa and malt. Cameron mentioned cucumber which seems appropriate to me, not so much with the flavor but in the exceptional clean and smooth mouth feel of it. This is probably the lightest yunnan black tea I have in my collection right now. Good as a breakfast tea but would also be good as an afternoon tea. I like it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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93

I am drinking this tea today for maybe the first or second time only. I can’t believe i have never written a review about it…

So this is a rolled white tea that is similar to the jasmine white pearl I also like from Red Blossom. Instead it is scented with osmanthus. I have done several steeps in the gaiwan today .

https://instagram.com/p/zdQjXmoLWX

I get a light yellow tea liquor with this one. It really only needs to be steeped for about 30 seconds. It has a light, cornsilk, buttery type of flavor and while the osmanthus is present, I would say it is fairly subtle in this blend. That is good news for me, as I don’t like overly flowery teas. It has a bit of sweetness but I actually like this with a tiny bit of coconut sugar as well.

There must be something about osmanthus that relaxes you because I find this very soothing when my nerves are feeling stressed out and I’m a bit hyper. Also brings a happy feeling. I am definitely glad to have this in my tea collection!

Flavors: Butter, Corn Husk, Floral, Osmanthus

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Lion

Some companies call white tea pearls Panda Pearls rather than Dragon Pearls… I find this adorable. They are said to bring incredibly good fortune because apparently that is what panda tears are supposed to do in Chinese folklore and the pearls represent tears. Hrrrrrrrr… I might explode from cute. But I hope they’re happy panda tears!

TeaBrat

awww. :)

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94

I am getting into somewhat of a rut with the teas I’ve been drinking, which is probably good for me as it means I haven’t been buying a lot of new ones!

Anyway when I first tried this tea I did not like it much. But after making it at home a few times it has become a breakfast favorite, in fact I bought one tin in December that I already finished off and had to get another one a few weeks ago. The only caveat with this blend is it shouldn’t be oversteeped. It does have some tobacco notes that can get quite strong if you leave it for over 3 minutes. Otherwise it is a great, hefty cuppa that i’ve been enjoying a lot with milk & sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
lunebleu53

Try their Earl Grey French Blue with is of course Earl Grey tea but with lavender buds & flowers ( don’t oversteep…the earl grey is quite strong & overstepping will overwhelm the lavender notes) and, if you like green tea, their Lune Rouge which is green tea with rose, ginger and honey…..

Fjellrev

You just haven’t felt like drinking tea at all lately?

TeaBrat

lunebleu – i’m not an earl grey fan but thanks for the recommendations!

fjellrev – i’ve just been drinking more of my favorites and less experimenting.

Fjellrev

Ah, nothing wrong with that!

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78
drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
2765 tasting notes

I’ve had a bit of stomach malaise recently so I’m trying to drink only herbal type beverages this afternoon. Sometimes the caffeine in tea can be too much for me if I have too much (sensitive tummy).

I enjoy this rooibos blend myself. It has this interesting sweet potato/chestnut flavor that compliments the rooibos fairly well. I can see how it wouldn’t really be to everyone’s liking as it is a bit vegetal and sweet. I think it’s good with a bit of soymilk added, though I don’t really like drinking it plain.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88

This seems to be a popular tea on Steepster and I like it too. I just bought a sample so I don’t have a lot, but so far it’s really good.

As others have noted it doesn’t have much fermentation flavor, it is very smooth and rich. I am getting notes of chocolate and cinnamon in my cup. Overall, a very pleasant shu that has a tiny bit of bittersweetness that reminds me of toasted grain.

I am bummed that I broke my yixing for wuyi oolongs (just when I was starting to use it more). I guess I will on the lookout for another one soon! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
boychik

Oh nooooo :(. Which one ?

TeaBrat

the black one – check my IG

boychik

So sorry. I loved that pot.

TeaBrat

me too. oh well….

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84

I am revisiting this tea today. It is not the favorite wuyi oolong in my collection, but it is nice.

I enjoy the flowery aroma and the flavor, which has notes of caramel, plum and roasted grain. It’s especially nice in the xiying teapot. I think I will try cold brewing this at some point in the future as I think it would make a nice iced tea as well. I am wishing for a deeper flavor but it’s good that I have some red robes, which have that. ;)

I got three really good steeps out of this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Qian Li Xiang by jing tea shop
2765 tasting notes

This is such a delicious tea! I just raised the rating from 99 to 100, because why not?

I am now the proud owner of this little tea tray shown in the picture. I wanted something nice for gong fu brewing and it was nice that the shop owner gave me a discount for this. It’s just the right size for one person.

http://instagram.com/p/zQsQTSILe3

I haven’t had this tea in a long time and I forgot how flavorful it is. It has really great notes of cherry and plum and just the right amount of roastiness. It’s one of the best wuyi oolongs I’ve had. Everything from Jing tea shop is so good, I just wish I could afford more of their stuff but for now I am really enjoying the ones that I do have. If you’re a fan of wuyis, this is one you should probably check out… although I don’t see it on their website anymore.

Flavors: Cherry, Plums

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Pretty little tray!

TeaBrat

thanks. :)

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93

I decided to take this one out today and give it a whirl, I guess I still wanted sheng but something a little less aggressive than the Repave and this certainly fits the bill. This morning I am getting some flowery and clover type notes, with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. I haven’t had this in a while and it seems to be aging nicely in my closet. ;)

If anything it reminds me a bit more of a white puerh than it did in the beginning. Very nice and pleasant overall. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

Don’t know why but I didn’t like it much. Everybody loves it except me. Maybe I should revisit ;)

TeaBrat

I feel that way about the Repave ;)

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This morning I am enjoying this sample that I got from a Steepster friend, thank you friend!

At about 10 seconds of steeping time, the first two steeps are pretty strong. It is a potent tea with woodsy flavors, a nice fruitiness and quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. It has a bit of smoky aroma, but not too much smoke in the flavor.

I decided to lower the water temp for steeps #3 and #4 to about 200 f. I feel that the bitter and tobacco notes have taken over this one to the point where I don’t really feel like drinking it. Not sure if it’s just the mood I am in or the tea itself, but I think I will try this again on another day, it’s making my stomach hurt a bit even though I already ate breakfast. Such is the dilemma with sheng… but it seems that overall some of the other tasters enjoyed this more than I did.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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91

I am having another nice session with this tea this afternoon. It’s supposed to be a bit on the higher end scale for Dayi – the cake is $56 at Dragon Tea House. This is definitely a smooth and creamy tea. It has nice notes of chocolate, caramel and has a pretty mellow energy. A little tobacco present in the finish right now. Tasty stuff but I am not thinking I will buy an entire cake.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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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

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