2354 Tasting Notes

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Naivetea
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Taking a break from my standard afternoon pu-erh routine to focus a bit on finishing up these oolong samples. I really loved this one when I gong-fu’d it, but drinking it in the office in my infuser mug it really isn’t the same, alas. Also I think I got a big load of the osmanthus flowers in this cup. It is still quite good. I was very happy with the Naivetea sample packs.

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75

definitely not as terrible as I thought it would be – ha!

And believe it or not I think red rooibos is growing on me a bit… but it does seem to vary a lot with a particular tea or blend.

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90
drank Guricha by Den's Tea
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I’ve never had a guricha before so here goes nothing. ooooh. It looks like I ended up liking this a bit more than the other testers. :)

Steeped mine at around 180 F for 90 seconds. I got a nice greenish-yellow cup. The wet leaves are very green and smell so vegetal. I did notice if you steep this for a while it can get kind of pungent so I think shorter steeps of 30 – 60 seconds work well here.

This reminds me of sencha’s grandpa, hee hee. It’s more robust and full, with lots of green spinach-y flavors. I think it’s even a bit buttery, brothy, and thick like drinking green tea soup. This would certainly not appeal to everyone’s palette but to me it seems very nourishing, fortifying.

Overall I’m loving my Den’s tea experience….

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

HHHmmm, I’ve never seen a guricha tea before, sounds interesting and delicious too. :p

Azzrian

I will try mine today – assuming there is one in my Den’s tea sample pack as well.

TeaBrat

I don’t believe it was in the sample pack, I placed an order with them…

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90
drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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A good, solid assam from Harney – nice on this cold and rainy morning, see my previous notes.

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95
drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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It’s 5:00 and in lieu of a drink I’m having some of this, decided to steep it and then pour it over ice in a tall glass. It’s just missing the bubbles. :)

Scatterbrain

They come up with such cool ideas.

TeaBrat

I really liked this one, I’m sad to see it’s already gone!

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81
drank Green Coconut by TeaGschwendner
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I’ve had this for way too long but it’s still good. I just checked my emails and I bought this last August so I hope to have it finished within the year, anyway. :) steeped at 175 for 2 minutes – see previous notes

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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Special thanks to Tamm for letting me try this one since I’ve been thinking about buying a tin of it…

I steeped mine for around 4 minutes and am drinking it straight up plain today… the Kusmi teas I’ve tried were all the Russian blends so the simplicity of this is a refreshing change of pace. A nice smooth, medium bodied black tea. The caramel flavor is subtle with just a hint of sweetness and doesn’t seem artificial to me. This was a great choice for after lunch with a cookie! :)

I tried adding soymilk to it but I think I preferred it plain actually…

This was enjoyable for a flavored black tea but it doesn’t need a permanent home in my ever growing stash.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Tamm

Do you have to order this to your house or do you live by the store?

TeaBrat

I’ve been able to find a few Kusmi teas locally but this isn’t one of them. The last time I checked they were charging $10 for shipping… meh

Tamm

Well damn. If you were only buying one tea that would be a pretty big tag for the shipping. : /

QueenOfTarts

I am also thinking about buying a tin of this, but I don’t want to pay a lot of money on shipping if it’s not that great. Sounds sweet and natural, though!

Tamm

I would highly recommend this one. I would say though that it is not really caramel-y to me as burnt sugar warm awesomeness. It is a fabulous tea, but not entirely what I was expecting.

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96

This tastes a bit muddy to me but perhaps I am having an off day, I rated it very high previously – see notes. :))

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94

This came as a free sample from the people at Mandala Tea who also seem very nice, thanks for the sample, guys!

The shape and smell of this one does remind me of a dragonwell, but I’ve been very underwhelmed by dragonwells in the past. I was not too stingy with the leaf here and steeped it at 180 F for 3 minutes, regular infuser mug method.

I did like this one! It brews up to be a very light yellow color in the cup. I was expecting it to be wimpy but it really isn’t. The flavor is quite delicate but there is a also a delicious macadamia nut like richness about it with a sweet finish. yummy!

This is a beautiful cup to be savored and now it goes on my shopping list… heh heh :)

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

Yay! Nice to see some other folks trying Mandala. Sincerely nice.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, how much tea do you use?

TeaBrat

@Scott – for…. what?

ScottTeaMan

For this tea. Approx 1 tsp? more? I was just curious because you said you weren’t to stingy with the leaf………

TeaBrat

It was a tablespoon I am guessing…

Garret

HI Friends!! I will be visiting the growers of this particular tea during my tea buying trip in April! The growers brew it 1-2 minutes for 5 or 6 brews. The other day during a tea session, I did one minute steepings over and over again and adored the flavors. As far as amount, customers are using anywhere from 2 tsp to over a tablespoon in 8 ounces. 3 grams of this is over a tablespoon. So… up to you as far as amount.

ScottTeaMan

helpful info Garret.

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Another sample from Palais de Thes… this is an oolong and it smells very fruity in the tube. I decided to steep it according to their instructions which was 5-7 minutes at 205 F. At that amount of time my cup is much darker than the one which appears on their website. I may try to cut the steeping time down with the rest of this sample.

Overall, the flavor is okay but it’s complicated. I am definitely getting fruity, I sense some stone fruit flavors here that I quite like. I almost wonder if this tea is scented in some way though because it is kinda perfumey, maybe that’s the flowers. I could really do without the floral element in this tea. I do like some floral teas but not others yeah, I’m picky like that. :) Sometimes I think one flavor element in a tea is really enough.

This is not a great morning tea for me, I would probably prefer something like this in the afternoon. It’s ok but not something I would purchase right now. They have a couple of other oolong blends, one is a tropical and one is a straight up fruit blend, those look better to me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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