2475 Tasting Notes

91
drank Lapsang Souchang by Mandala Tea
2475 tasting notes

Well I know it is too late for caffeine but I couldn’t resist trying this. I am generally not a huge fan of lapsang because I find the smoky flavor to be totally overwhelming. When I saw this on Mandala’s site being described as subtle I figured I would like that. When I compare my tea to the one in the picture it is a bit lighter so I may need to use a bit more leaf next time… I will hold off on rating this for now but my overall impressions are very good. In aroma and flavor this is like a lapsang lite which has a pleasant and subtle smoky aroma & flavor which is delicious and does not cover up the flavor of the tea underneath. More to come…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Vanilla Cream by Butiki Teas
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The afternoon cuppa. Technically a honeybush although it’s listed under the rooibos section of their website and they call it a rooibos on the bag. weird. I like this though!

Butiki Teas

Oops, vanilla was a rooibos and now its a honeybush. I guess I forgot to change the bag label.

TeaBrat

that’s ok!

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96

Finishing off the rest of this sample today. I’m still shocked at some of the other reviews of this, maybe these people don’t know how to properly steep a pu-erh or appreciate it. :-P

I thought this had a smooth date, almost cinnamon-y flavor. It is a bit lighter in flavor than some other pu-erhs I’ve had which is actually kind of nice. Did not find it muddy or fishy at all – See my previous notes.

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76
drank Jasmine Snow Dragon by Shang Tea
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Jasmine is definitely not a favorite of mine so I set out to try this with some trepidation. It came in my Shang sampler pack but is definitely not something I would have bought as a stand alone item.

Yeah the jasmine in this blend is pretty strong, although it smells great the aftertaste is a tad bit bitter and soapy for me. However the aroma is very natural and I can tell this is a high quality tea, very clean and flavorful but I’m not totally feeling the love. Someone who is a true jasmine fan could probably make a better review than this one…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

Shang Teas’s have always intrigued me. Man, I’m really gonna have to start making a company “buy” list. I usually end up forgeting some companies I’d like to buy from. ://

Azzrian

Ah okay I see you have tried this one as well. I will try this one later tonight.

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94

Most of the time I tend to like darker and more robust green teas, but there is something about this valley peak that I am really loving. It is light but has a great nutty flavor. I’m glad to have this back in stock! (see previous notes)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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94

This is a sipdown, sadly. I mixed the remaining of this tea with some Organic Vietnam Nam Lanh from Arbor Teas this morning and it’s a nice mix. I will miss this Russian tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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72
drank Tiramisu Treviso by Teavana
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Thanks to TheDJBooth for giving me some of this in a recent swap.

hmm, I agree with the other reviewers here, this doesn’t taste much like tiramisu. I got an almond aroma in the bag and my tea tastes a bit like a rooibos mocha almond drink. I’m picking up on coffee, weird. The flavor was helped along with the addition of some soymilk which made it more dessert like for yours truly.

This wasn’t bad but I’m not too surprised it was discontinued… I was glad I got to try it though!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Have you had vegan tiramisu before?

TeaBrat

no, I can see that tofu would be a good sub for all that cheese though!

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90

Mandala is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to buy pu-erh from. I’m excited my Mengku gifting raw cake arrived today along with a few other goodies (ok, lots).

Those of you who read my tea log may know my fondness for the green rice scented pu-erhs. I’m kind of curious about what this rice scented herb is (Nuo Mi Xiang), but it smells so good. The aroma reminds me of hot buttered popcorn.

These are an interesting departure from regular shu, but not sweet or flowery which seems like a definite bonus (I’ve had the rose and chrysanthemum varieties before and they never thrilled me). I did one steep for about 45 seconds (regular infuser mug method) and got a medium-light smooth and earthy cup with a definite savory flavor. I liked it but thought it was a little light.

My second steep was for 1.5 or 2 minutes and then I got a dark, smooth and enticing elixir which is reminiscent of a cup of kona coffee. Ah, joy… The rice aroma is still sticking around through this second steep and now the leaves have unfurled a bit more to show some of their beauty. I am fascinated by this stuff, can you tell?

The third steep I left in for around 3 minutes, which resulted in a slightly lighter cup than #2. Here I think the rice aroma/flavor is fading a bit but the shu is emerging as a tasty, mellow champ.

yep, I liked this pretty well!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Garret

Hi Amy!! Just got back from China on a tea buying spree and read your recent reviews of some of our products. Thank you for taking the time to do so!! I had the fortune of visiting some tea gardens and buying mao cha directly from the farmers and am having some more raw tea pressings done this summer!! Found some good ripe materials as well that I am working on blending. Did I send you a sample of my latest ripe pressing, the gong ting (not on website yet)? If not, i’ll get some of that to you. I pressed 200 of those cakes and they should arrive in the next couple of weeks. Wishing you well!!

TeaBrat

Hi Garret -I did get it but haven’t had the chance to try it yet. For me pu-erh really needs my undivided attention and I’ve been so busy lately!

Kittenna

And this is the other one you sent me?

Kittenna

Ok :) Quick tutorial on brewing a little tuocha – do you rinse it? If so, how long/how hot? Do I need to break it up into pieces? I’ll follow your infusion times here (and go with just under boiling water, as it appears you did).

TeaBrat

Eh, good question! I usually rinse mine with boiling water briefly just to get rid of dust or anything that’s accumulated. I suggest you start with a light infusion of 30 seconds and see what you think, if the tea is too light keep increasing the steeping time until it gets the way you want it, you should be able to get a few steeps out of it. I don’t usually break mine up, I just keep the steeping times shorter if I’m using a small cup. I hope that helps! :)

Garret

What Amy said :)
You may check this out, too, a little video of mine from the tea room about mini-tuo cha:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdIW5jzwMCs

ENJOY!!!

Kittenna

Thanks Amy & Garret! I feel much more confident now :D And I think I’ll use my little glass teapot like was done in the video, as I think it would work well for the purpose. Ooooh, I’m excited! (Now the only question is… do I drink this before I go for a run, or after?!)

Garret

Hi Krystaleyn! I am a runner, too! I usually always start my mornings pre-run with pu’er tea! You can have a few steepings prior to a run and then use it for hydration following the run, too. Tea is great for the electrolyte balancing properties – in actuality, it is more hydrating than water alone! Happy running!!

Kittenna

Great to know! I ended up deciding before I read your comment that I would have it first, mainly because it’s hot and humid still here, so it may be an hour or more until it’s cool enough for me to go running. I imagine it may still be going strong for more infusions when I get back, too!

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98

This morning I am finishing off this sheng sample from Bana. I remember fondly my revelation that sheng did not have to be a sour, assertive beast after trying some of theirs. I am certainly wanting to purchase a cake or two of this, see previous notes.

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91
drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
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Special thanks to ashmanra for sending me this sample which is making my morning quite delightful!

Most often I drink single black teas instead of blends, because I find I don’t care for the blends. However, this is delicious! I am just getting used to drinking black teas straight, and if I can drink a black tea without dumping milk and sugar in it, I find that to be a good sign. ;-)

This is a very rich and round tea. Others have said it’s a blend of assam, ceylon, keemun and oolong. I am not picking up on smoky flavors but I am definitely getting the oolong here in the finish. This would be a nice breakfast blend for myself although I could also see serving it as an afternoon or evening tea. It’s exceedingly smooth and elegant and would go well with sweets or heartier fare. I can see wanting to have this in my cupboard at all times, so now I am kind of bummed I just placed an order with H&S a few days ago!

I couldn’t help myself and I googled the Palm Court, it looks rather posh:

http://www.fairmont.com/theplaza/GuestServices/Restaurants/ThePalmCourt.htm

I couldn’t tell if they were serving this Harney tea from looking at their menu, but it does seem like quite an experience! Dreaming….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Sounds like something worth checking out.

TeaBrat

It certainly appealed to me. ;-)

Camiah

Sounds wonderful. I’ll have to add it to my shopping list!

ashmanra

I love it, too. This one is also great mixed with rose scented for an afternoon foofy treat! You may also like Eight at the Fort by Harney. It reminds me a wee bit of this one.

ScottTeaMan

I agree Ash…….8 at the 4RT does have some similarities.

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