2577 Tasting Notes

94

I cold brewed two teabags of this overnight and today I am drinking it over ice.

woooah – it’s really good this way! Very strong and invigorating. I’m getting the smokiness from the gunpowder and a ton of mint with a touch of sweetness. I wonder if there is some sugar in the teabag already? Anyway I highly recommend trying Moroccan mint this way!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
ScottTeaMan

its been so long since I’ve had Moroccan Mint. I really have to cold brew my teas instead of Icing them. When the cubes melt, the tea gets too watered down for me. Since I have mint, all I need is some gunpowder…….for a cold brew mint explosion. KA—POW!!

TeaBrat

I highly recommend trying the cold brewing thing. I find it works best with whites, greens and oolong teas.

Scott B

Scott-Generally, they recommend doubling the tea leaves when you add the hot tea to ice. But, if there is more ice than tea it might still get watered down anyway.

Amy-I’d like to cold brew some Moroccan Mint. However, the only container that I would be allowed to use for it is a pitcher with an open lid. Would you think a glass pitcher with saran wrap over the top would work? Doesn’t sound ideal.

ScottTeaMan

I think even for blacks it would be better. I guess I just have a problem with brewing hot tea, adding ice…….then for me the tea usually gets too watered down. Next time I want a cold tea, I’ll cold brew it. :))

TeaBrat

That would be fine as long as you don’t knock it over.. :)
I think Charles Thomas Draper uses a plain mason jar.

Missy

This is a pitcher I like to use. It fits in the door of my refrigerator and has a gasket so no spills or contamination from food smells.

http://www.amazon.com/Takeya-64-Ounce-Silicone-Handle-Avocado/dp/B003DTLNI8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336687511&sr=8-1

Scott B

That’s a very nice pitcher. Would probably be a lot more convenient than this glass pitcher I was thinking of using..

ScottTeaMan

Newer plastics don’t seem to be as durable as some from 5-10 years ago.

TeaBrat

@ MIssy – I have something similar from Lupicia – it works well:
http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/41000607.htm

Cheryl

A cold mint tea has been one of my goals from the beginning (of the “break the Coke habit” journey). Bought a 32 oz. IngenuiTEA for the purpose, but only started experimenting with cold brew ratios and stuff. I’ll get it before it gets too hot. Mint (spearmint) is one of my favorites.

Cheryl

And in my newbie’ness, I ordered 6 oz. of (plain) spearmint from Adagio (yea, I know…go ahead and laugh). So I can add it to plain teas that are just ok, even tho Stash’s Moroccan is my current fave (haven’t tried the loose leaf yet, even tho it arrived).

Missy

@ Amy I saw those in my quest for a pitcher but Amazon just has too fast of shipping for me to move very far from it. The other plus is I can buy 2 of the pitchers at cost cheaper than the one online and they will all fit my infuser.

Dylan Oxford

Costco has this on sale recently:

http://www.amazon.com/Takeya-Airtight-Drink-Maker-Pitcher/dp/B004TJ3ZUA/ref=pd_sim_k_3

I think it was… $17? They don’t come with the infuser like the one Missy posted, but if you’re just using them to pour your stronger-brewed tea over ice, they work FABULOUSLY.

And yes, we do have three 64 oz pitchers full of tea in our fridge (have I mentioned how awesome Missy is?). Don’t be jealous ;)

Uniquity

@Cheryl, if you like mint at all, plain spearmint can be really quite lovely! : )

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75

A sample tea I got from Upton with one of my recent orders.

I have to agree with Jacqueline that this is a bit lighter in body and more oolong-ish than the Chinese Keemuns. My cup is a lovely dark red. I’m not really getting the smokiness myself, but I’m picking up on a sweetish, woody type of flavor. There is a definite tannin bite in the finish of this tea which is bugging me… maybe it needs less steeping time than what Upton recommended (5 minutes).

I enjoyed this a bit more with some soymilk which cut out some of the tannins and brought out a sweeter note. This was ok but not going on my list of items to buy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Scott B

I have a sample of this that I need to try, although hearing it’s oolong-ish is a little disheartening.

So, what’s this tannin bite like? I’ve been tasting something in my finish lately. And now that I think of it, I don’t recall it in whites or greens-just blacks.
TeaBrat

The best way I can describe it is something bitter and sharp, slightly astringent. I only seem to find it in black tea personally.

Cheryl

My wishlist is safe from Keemun reviews…phew : )

TeaBrat

I’ve tried a few different ones and they just don’t seem to be favorites of mine. To each their own!

ScottTeaMan

WOW…….This one takes me back at least 8 yrs, and it was $2 cheaper, so not really a huge price increase. Anywho, without giving a full review (and I really do remember this one), I thought it was really good. I must have used more leaf, because I remember a fuller falavor. It is definitely different than a Chinese Keemun, I distinctly remember it being woody (oaky perhaps), but definitely woody. I don’t remember the Oolong note, and there is no smokiness like some Chinese Keemuns.

Hey wait…….this is turning into a full review…….me done. :))

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86

I am enjoying this tea today courtesy of Teavire – thank you

I used slightly more leaf today than I had before (more along the lines of 2 tsp/1 cup and the results were more to my liking. I also steeped it for three minutes. Now I am picking up more of the gentle, nutty notes. Raised the score a few points also. Sorry for the short note, must be leaving home soon!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Scott B

This is good tea.

TeaBrat

It is, but dragonwells in general are just not my favorite type of tea. I’m a bit biased. :)

ashmanra

They sent me a sample of this months ago and I had to order a big bag right away!

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58
drank Happiness by Lupicia
2577 tasting notes

I’m really getting sick of flavored green tea but this was sent to me as a sample by Lupicia in their newsletter so of course I had to try it…

This is one of the pyramid teabags, and before I read the description I could have sworn this was a melon flavored tea. This smells vaguely of alcohol, but not in a good way, a bit like a cheap wine cooler, me thinks.

As the cup cools down, the smell is dissipating. Now I am getting a bit more peach here but this combination of flavors is not really making me happy. Lupicia has a few flavored green teas I am fond of but this doesn’t seem to be one of them…

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

I think they need to rename this tea…:/

TeaBrat

Sure, but who would buy a tea called “Stinky Melon Wine” ? ;-)

Mercuryhime

sometimes I get sick of flavored teas. Then I drink straight teas for a while until I get an overwhelming desire for something fruity or desserty, and then I’m all over the flavors again. Nothing like variety. :)

And I’d totally be interested in a tea called Stinky Melon Wine!

Missy

haha amy you are cracking me up. :D

Dylan Oxford

Except you’d have to translate it to some obscure language. This is our ‘vin melon puant’ tea, isn’t it fabulous and intriguing with it’s foreign name?

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75

I’ve been trying to figure out how to divest myself of these Palais de Thes samples so yesterday I cold brewed this in my Teavana tea maker for 12+ hours (don’t judge – it was a gift, lol)

This has really brought out the flowery, perfumey notes of this tea. I am drinking it over ice and it is tasting pretty soapy. Kind of arguing with myself about whether I should dump it out, but will probably suffer through it and just finish it.

ScottTeaMan

Is you teamaker the 2 cup (16 0z), or 4 cup (32 oz) version?

ScottTeaMan

When you have more time tell me what you think of it-pros & cons. If there is one thing I could use it is a infuser for tea on the go…….

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94

Oh, I think I will miss this sample a lot when it’s gone but I must resist the urge to buy more since I already bought one larger size of the Risheeshat and one Puttabong this spring. Don’t make fun of me, ScottTeaMan!

It’s true a year ago I thought all darjeelings were dreadful but I have since learned the truth! Plus learning how to steep them properly has definitely helped…

Doug F

So, which FF is your favorite so far?

TeaBrat

@Triumph – I am very partial to the Risheeshat but when I ordered it from Upton I got some more FF samples as well (couldn’t help myself) so I may find one I like better even still. :)

TeaBrat

Plus the samples I ordered from DarjeelingXPress… gah!

Bonnie

I have some of this from my local shop and bought it as my first darjeeling when I tasted a sample it is so sweet and floral and genteel!

ScottTeaMan

This is the one Darjeeling sample I ordered from them. Gah is right! If I make fun of you, I’m making fun of me because I’m in the same boat. :)) I boat FULL OF TEA…….Please don’t sink!

TeaBrat

I did get a tax refund so I felt justified! Now it’s back to (mostly) good behavior!

Cheryl

lol @ Amy and Scott

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89
drank Keemun Queen's Hope by Lupicia
2577 tasting notes

I am not in a great mood this morning but hoping this tea will revive me somehow.

For some reason today I am picking up on the smoky notes. Perhaps I am weird but am drinking this tea with soymilk this morning, mostly because I am short on time. But I still like it this way!

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90
drank Mango Papaya Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
2577 tasting notes

I took this to work today and made iced tea with it, I like it this way. Very refreshing for my afternoon beverage. See previous notes for more info.

Scott B

I’d love to see a Mango-Chili tea.

Scott B

Yeah, but I think I’m through with artificial flavoring in my tea after Davids Cranberry Pear. Like the name, though.

ScottTeaMan

I think that’s why I tend not to drink too many flavored teas-artificial tasting. :-//

TeaBrat

Regarding flavored teas, I find that some are better than others but I find myself drinking more plain tea lately.

SimplyJenW

ScottB- Have you tried the chili spiced dried mangoes at Trader Joes?

Scott B

SimplyJen-Sadly not. No Trader Joe’s anywhere around here. They sound delicious, though.

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95

This tasting note is for the 2012 version of this tea.

And I’ve gone a bit FF darjeeling mad recently but it’s all been worth it, hee hee.

The dry leaf smells very fresh and floral in the tin. When you steep this up you can see how green the leaves still are! I’m not sure of my exact temp. since I don’t have my thermometer here but it was definitely below boiling.

When I steeped this up, it’s a medium yellow with a slight flowery aroma. I was hoping for a slightly more floral aroma but the flavor of this is outstanding. I might try steeping for a longer period next time. I’m picking up nuances of tropical fruit with a slight spice and a bit of rich nuttiness. I’m finding this to be sweet and mellow with only a slight astringency in the finish. A bit pricey but definitely a good purchase I am not going to regret … :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

WOW!! Look at all these high ratings for dreadful Darjeelings. BLEH!! :)) HaHaHaa……..

TeaBrat

LOL! Hey, I never knew how much I liked FF darjeelings because I never had any!

ScottTeaMan

I think I’ll pass on buying the Puttabong from Harney’s. I’m ordering from Thunderbolt & samples from that other company we talked about. I’ll seng you some samples of the Thunderbolt teas in our next swap if you want.

TeaBrat

probably a good idea, after all there’s only so many you can drink before they get stale. ;-)

ScottTeaMan

I’m not going to get a sample of every one though, esp with my future TBolt order.

TeaBrat

why not? :-P

ScottTeaMan

If you only knew how much tea I had! :-p

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93

This is one tea I like to take with soymilk and sugar, very brisk and strong but I kinda needed a kick in the pants this morning. :P

See previous notes for more info.

Scott B

I have a sample of this that am anxious to try. I guess they have a full leaf version too.

ScottTeaMan

I bought the BOP version years ago, a really good tea, The full leaf version is still strong, but smoother.

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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!

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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

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