2663 Tasting Notes

93

I believe this is the last of my samples from Shang Tea… I am sad to see them go! Everything I have had has been good so far.

I didn’t even dump my whole package in the cup as instructed so I was surprised to see this tea liquor a dark yellow color. I did smell the wet leaves and they remind me of sweet clover and hay.

I am not so great at picking out flavors but luckily Ang. has written a great tasting note before me. :) I don’t believe I have ever had a white oolong before this. I am surprised to find the tea has the sweet and fruitiness of the white tea but also has some of the butteriness/nuttiness of a green oolong. This is exceptionally smooth and rich but at the same time maintains a sense of relaxed lightness that I often find in white tea. Between this and the jasmine tea i had earlier I am feeling quite elegant and content.

It also resteeps well…

I just checked the price of this one – $13.50 for 2 oz. is not that pricey at all and is a luxury I could definitely afford… mmm. On the list it goes!

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

I agree, it is a reasonable price, and sounds delicious!

TeaBrat

It was very good! Shang has great teas…

ScottTeaMan

I’m working on my current stash of whites for now.

TeaBrat

Me too. :-p

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85

I got this as a free sample from Mandala Tea and was by and large cursing my luck because I don’t really like most jasmine teas, I find them to be overdone and soapy and perfumey.

As far as jasmine goes this is on the better end of the spectrum for sure. I used a small handful of pearls in my infuser mug and it was fun watching them open up. I love the aroma of this and wish I could take a bath in it. I was holding my nose up to the steeped leaves and found it very relaxing. When I am feeling wealthy there’s a jasmine shower gel I like from Lush called Flying Fox and I find it sooo soothing.

The tea liquor is a light yellow and it smells nice sitting alongside me this afternoon. Good for a relaxing moment. Oftentimes jasmine upsets my stomach even though I love the way it smells, so I’ve been trying to take small sips of it here and there. It’s very light and sweet and the jasmine is fairly sublte and not too overpowering. I am picking up some light vanilla and creamy notes which is making this nice. Those of you who are really into drinking your jasmine need to check this one out.

As always I am grateful for the sample but probably won’t buy any… I do have anxiety at work sometimes so I’ll have to see how I do with it. Might be good for medicinal purposes, hee! :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Cheryl

“It’s not you, it’s me” : )

TeaBrat

ha. I actually thought this and the Teavivre jasmine pearls were both ok.

Bonnie

I have a LS with popped Jasmine flowers and they mellow the flavor a bit. Can’t taste any floral either.

Garret

Hi Amy! Had I known you weren’t into yasmin I’d have never sent that to you. We sell a ton of them to other shops and all over. I included them last time because I saw a reply that you had made to another who had reviewed our jasmine pearls stating that you hoped to try them someday. No more jasmine for you, I promise!!

TeaBrat

Ha- Garret it is not your fault! This is one of the better jasmine teas i have had so consider that a compliment! :)

ScottTeaMan

May this tea calm your anxiety. :))

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79

I like gunpowder tea but I’m not sure what the difference is between the different grades and brands, this is a finer tea than the standard gunpowder according to Upton, so here goes nothing.

Steeping method: infuser mug, 1 heaping teaspoon of tea pellets…

Tea liquor is an olive green with a bit of brothy thickness. The steeped leaves smell mostly vegetal, like boiled greens. This is definitely on the full bodied and robust spectrum of greens. It has a smooth mouthfeel, very vegetal with notes of green olive, a slight bit of pungency in the finish. There isn’t a lot of smoke in this gunpowder which is too bad, I like mine to be a bit smoky. Mild astringency. This wasn’t bad but I don’t think I’ll need to buy anymore beyond this sample.

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

I think I’m drawn to the name! Not a clue about what it should taste like! You are brave…thinkin that with that name it should cure you!

Scott B

It does do well infused with their Egyptian Spearmint though.

Bonnie

Will she be able to dance like Steve Martin?

Scott B

I just had to see if you had rated any teas a 79 since 79’s got left off your rating system :)

TeaBrat

@ScottB – oh you’re right, I had to go in and fix that!

Scott B

I’m sure the 79’s are happy to be out of ratings limbo :)

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90

My allergies are going haywire this morning – yesterday it was raining and today it’s sunny. I just checked Weather.com and the pollen count is high today and will be for the rest of the week. MEH!

Anyway when my allergies are bothering me that’s a good time to focus on green tea. I decided to revisit this one this morning and I need to finish it off anyway because I’ve had it for a while. A delicate tea with the flavor of peas this morning. See previous notes for more info.

achoo! =)

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

Bless you!

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88

I believe this is the last of my samples from RTR this time around.

I was fairly excited to try this as I really liked their phoobsering oolong. Instructions said to use 2 tsp. for a cup so I ended up dumping the whole sample into my 18 oz. teapot and following their recommendations which said to steep for 5 minutes at 200 F.

My tea liquor is a light orange and I’m drinking it out of a glass mug. You can’t help but notice the intense flowery aroma coming out of the tea. I am definitely getting lots of roses!

The flavor of this is nice, it’s a super rose-y type with lots of juicy fruit. As the tea liquor builds up in your mouth you get a sensation of a sweet candy like coating on your palette. Fruit notes are definitely that of nectarine or peach. There is a slight spice note here too that can be prevalent in dareelings. There’s a tiny bit of astringency but nothing too worrisome. As the cup cools down I am getting a slick, slightly buttery sensation from the cup. If I had to do this over again I would probably use a little less steeping time because the tea got quite intense. If you’re a fan of darjeelings this is one really worth checking out, although I rather preferred the more delicate nature of their phoobsering.

I also came across these photos of the sungma estate and the people on it, which are quite wonderful:

http://www.gavingough.com/2011/03/sungma-tea-estate-darjeeling/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Nectarine or peach sweetness sounds good. I often find that astringency (if it is there) is more noticeable as the cup cools.

Good link= another bookmark!

ScottTeaMan

Duh!…….I just noticed this was an oolong. :))

TeaBrat

yep – I definitely made it way too strong & would have tried for a resteep but I had to go to work. :-/

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Yesterday was my One year Steepster anniversary and I am almost up to 1000 tasting notes, egads!

I haven’t been drinking a lot of pu-erh lately but today it’s raining so I thought this afternoon would be great time to try this sample cake I got from Mandala. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Pu-erh is a good cure for internal dampness.

I broke off a chunk and put it in the infuser mug after a quick 10 second rinse and then steeped it for about 60 seconds. I got a medium reddish-brown liquor. This seems like a very clean tasting pu-erh… a roasted coffee aroma with very earthy & mushroomy flavors and a creamy feeling in the finish.

My second steep was for about 90 seconds and this time I got a much darker infusion. This pu-erh now reminds me of coffee even more. I really think I used way too much leaf in my infuser basket so I decided to dump this infusion out and go for one with a little less time. I wasn’t really wanting such a dark tea so I resteeped it for 30 seconds and liked it a lot better this way. I really think that pu-erhs should be more of a reddish-brown color instead of black so if mine are very dark I know I probably used too much tea.

I’m not sure I am ready to give this a numerical rating yet due to the errors but I am enjoying it. I think I will retry this on another day with a smaller leaf to water ratio. It is warming me up and nice for this icky weather…

Still going strong after 4 steeps but I will probably end here. :)

Bonnie

Happy Anniversary! My sister-in-law told me it was raining in San Jose…odd for June! Hope you have many more successful tea journeys in the coming year! Steepster wouldn’t be the same without you!

TeaBrat

thanks Bonnie. :)

Missy

Yay for one year!!

ScottTeaMan

Happy Anniversary Amy. May your second year bring you many more tea adventures! :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj7LRuusFqo

…….In midnights & cups of coff [eh hem] TEA! :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0bNq4goMx4

CHAroma

One thousand teas in a year?! Holy cow!!

Cheryl

Cure for internal dampness? Hmm…
Happy anniversary … keep up the good reviews : )

TeaBrat

@CHAroma – some of them are repeat tasting notes, I am sure
@Cheryl – I’m skeptical too but whatev. :)

Invader Zim

Over 1000 in one year!! That’s a lot! Happy anniversary!

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89

Sipdown!

I have enjoyed this a lot but all good things must come to an end… especially where green oolongs are concerned. I am picking up on the saffron notes a LOT this morning and I am cold brewing the remainder of this for tomorrow, which should be lovely.

CHAroma

What happens to the flavor profile when you cold brew a Tieguanyin? I haven’t tried that before.

TeaBrat

They are GREAT that way! I have found the cold brewing tends to bring out sweet and buttery notes, depending on the tea.

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93

I’m just finishing off the last of this sample this morning. I’m definitely picking up on some smoky notes this morning, I was thinking the aroma was similar to a very mild lapsang. I have added it to my ever expanding Upton wishlist – see previous notes for more info.

I would love to buy 100g of this but at the price of $29.20, I’m not sure I can afford it right now. :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I have to at least buy a sample of this! I thought $29 per 100g was pricey, yet I recently purchasedd FF Darjeeling teas that were more…….go figure! :))

TeaBrat

I have too, but money is an issue for me now that my rent has gone up… :-/

Scott B

I didn’t realize it was so expensive. I have a few more brews in my sample pack before I need to make a decision.

TeaBrat

@ScottB – ooh, I think it’s so yummy =)

Scott B

Amy-I’ve only had it that one day, but it was terrific.

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88

I had this tea at a local cafe this morning on the top of Nob Hill. I wasn’t really expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The tea was served in a 16 oz. pint glass and I had one tea pouch.

This is a light bodied tea with an organish-brown color and a delicate aroma. The tea was extremely fruity with notes of peach and a big, juicy muscatel finish. It was devoid of astringency and was a bit on the sweeter side. I did steep the same bag again and the second step was nice but definitely not as flavorful as steep #1. I’m surprised to see the bad reviews of this since I thought it was quite nice and I’ve been drinking a lot of darjeelings these past few months.

There isn’t any information on their website about what flush it is. I was able to see some darker leaves in addition to a few olive ones. My guess is it’s a blend of second and first flush teas. The note here on Steepster says it’s from the Mim estate, which I’ve never even heard of.

I’m already swimming in darjeeling but I might be tempted to pick up some of the tea pouches, especially for travel.

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

The description says FF, but can’t really tell from the pic.

TeaBrat

Ah, you’re right. I missed that… anyway it was good!

ScottTeaMan

I remember getting A FF from Upton’s a couple years ago that was cheap, but still quite good, and I actually thought that it would be better cold. It was during the Winter though, and really cold-so no cold tea. :-//

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86
drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
2663 tasting notes

We are having a lazy afternoon, went to the gym and had Chinese food for lunch, then took a nap. I’ve had this tea for a while and while I was gravitating away from wuyi oolongs a bit, we both really like them.

This was steeped via regular teapot method and I don’t have my thermometer with me at the BF’s house but I think I did a pretty good job of making it. This tea has a delightful roasted grain, almost buckwheat quality with an essence of fruit. The aftertaste seems very sweet and it coats the mouth. Nice for a gentle afternoon wake-up… see previous notes for more info.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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

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