2622 Tasting Notes

97

Enjoying some more of this sample today. I liked this one so much I broke down and ordered the 100g size. Such a lovely tea for this warm weather we are having. This is certainly something I could drink every day.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Yes, I could and would drink a great Darjeeling everyday, but I couldn’t afford it! Not with all the other tea I buy and drink…….and buy and drink…….and-well, ’nuff said. :))

TeaBrat

I think my life would be so much simpler if I could focus on one or two different teas to drink, but that never seems to happen!

ScottTeaMan

Yes & with my friends on Steepster, it is so much harder to make it happen. ;-))

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90
drank Nishi Sencha 1st Flush by Samovar
2622 tasting notes

I got this yesterday at Samovar with lunch, if you want to read about my experience, I did a blog post about it over here:

http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2012/05/06/samovar-and-hayes-valley/

This is a truly beautiful green tea, very vivid in color and well balanced in terms of umami. It had a definite seaweedy note, with a bit of grassiness, sweetness and some bitterness in the finish. I already had a lot of tea before I drank it, the bitterness made me a tad bit nauseated, unfortunately but I do have a sensitive stomach. Not sure if that was due to this tea in particular or a tea overdose of sorts…

I’m not sure exactly how this was prepared so I’m leaving the steeping parameters off. It was a delicious tea and a lovely experience.

Bonnie

Next time I visit my son he’s taking me to Samovar! Did you poor hot water into the Russian tea? I know they let the pot sit all day and the lower one with the water was used to dilute the strong tea and make it drinkable

ScottTeaMan

That is one fine lookin’ tea, I must say…….

TeaBrat

@Bonnie, they did not tell us we were supposed to do that! Samovar is fun and the people are nice there.

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74
drank Russian Blend by Samovar
2622 tasting notes

We had this today at the Samovar tea lounge in San Francisco, where my honey actually got to drink it out of a Samovar, which was how it was served. I am a bit of a smoky tea fan but this was too much for me. When asked, I got the deets on this tea which is a blend of Lapsang, Earl Grey and Lychee black teas. It was ok but I was not wild about it. Will be blogging about the whole experience soon. =)

Bonnie

Lucky, Lucky, Lucky you!!!!

ScottTeaMan

There’s Amy, all all the wonderful tea places in SF. :)) I’m tea envious right now! ;-))

Scott B

Would love to have my own samovar!

TeaBrat

We were just saying the same thing yesterday -lol

ScottTeaMan

Yeah, I’d like a Samovar too, and have thought about it over the yrs, but then again I want alot of things. It sure would be nice to have to use, say, on Sundays, with some Russian Cravan tea or this-which I had yrs ago and really enjoyed.:::

http://www.theteatable.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=SBT&Store_Code=ttt&search=samovar&offset=&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=

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95
drank White Peony by The Tao of Tea
2622 tasting notes

cold brewed in the fridge overnight – this makes a very refreshing iced tea!

kOmpir

Cold brewed beats iced IMO.

ScottTeaMan

IMO, sometimes iced tea gets too watered down, so I can see where this would be better for more gentle leaf.

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89

Finishing off the rest of this sample today – pretty nice and sweet for a 2nd flush darjeeling. See previous notes for more info.

I just noticed RtR has two 2012 FF darjeelings now on their site. They both look good but the Tumsong is incredibly expensive… ouch

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

I’ve paid that much a few times for 50 grams but wouldn’t do it again unless I try a sample first. However, $7 for a 6 gram sample is pretty steep too-we’ll see. I’ve been waiting on their FF Thurbo.

TeaBrat

I’ve probably spent enough money on darjeelings for a while but we’ll see. :)

Charles Thomas Draper

You are making me crave Darjeeling….

TeaBrat

I am a bit obsessed with the darjeeling lately…

Scott B

How come the Discussion Board doesn’t have a FF Darjeeling thread like they do for Spring Greens?

TeaBrat

because nobody has started one… :-P

kOmpir

How much does this Chamong cost? I think a teashop in my country has it and it’s about 4 EUR / 50 gr. Not sure about grade though.

ScottTeaMan

Oh Amy-yes, we will see. I had this tea from Harney’s years ago. It was processed like an Oolong.

TeaBrat

@kOmpir- I don’t remember, it might still be on RtRs website

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93

So evidently this is the tea that was thrown into the Boston Harbor, it makes me wince a little just thinking about it!

As far as I know, this is my first Bohea but I decided I wanted to make a pot of it this morning to enjoy. I steeped it for 5 minutes and it is a medium bodied tea in color, a dark reddish brown (and this is why I love glass teaware).

The aroma of this is very intriguing. I’m getting a lot of pine which is actually nice and not overwhelming. This has a gentle, rich mouthfeel with no astringency whatsoever. I am definitely picking up lots of cocoa in the aroma. Since this tea is also from Wu Yi province I am picking up some of the flavors that are present in a Wu Yi oolong, only less pronounced. I also wonder if this is ever (or was) used as the base for a Lapsang Souchong. It has a slightly malty, slighty sweet aftertaste. I would definitely not add milk or sugar to this, for it would ruin the delicate flavor. After checking the price again I just wish Upton sold 50g bags instead of just the samples or the 100g size. I have enjoyed this!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Autumn Hearth

This is on my very long Upton wish list that I have been neglecting in favor of getting new Verdant Teas, though we just ordered some more British blends for the husband from Upton. I shall up the priority.

TeaBrat

I do recommend trying this. I went through my Verdant phase about a year ago and they have some good selections as well.

JacquelineM

This sounds lovely! Bookmarked!

SimplyJenW

Did you see Upton has another Bohea…A Pre-Chingming? I think it is over $80 for 50 grams. I may break down for this one, but the other one is a little too rich for my wallet.

Autumn Hearth

Yow! Sample size? I feel like even that would require sharing the experience to make it worth it. Local tea meet up where we all bring an expensive sample we wouldn’t ordinarily try on our own?

ScottTeaMan

It’s not cheap, but I think their previous lot was more $$$. I’ll at least sample this one next time I order-been eyeing it for a long time.

Doug F

That new pre-chingming bohea is $10 per sample but I might have to try it.

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93

This is the last of my first flush darjeeling samples from Upton. sniff

I should have purchased them all!

I’m not sure where my tea thermometer is (again) but this was steeped at well below boiling. Out of the 3 FF darjeelings I’ve had so far from Upton, this has the most classic muscatel or grape notes. The liquor of this tea is light yellow and the aroma is fresh and light. I don’t get the pungency Upton describes in their note, but maybe that has to do with the water temp I used. I am getting a lovely sweetness in the finish which is quite delicious. This is very tempting, especially for the price, which is less than some of their other offerings. I think perhaps I do like the others I reviewed a bit more, flowery and tropical fruit practically transformed me to a different place!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while now. I’m pretty sure it was their numero unoo FF Darj of 2012-an early harvest. I have had three or 4 FF, and more 2nds from the Tinharia Estate, and have never been disappointed. Good quality tea at a reasonable price. I didn’t get any though (I wish I had), but I was focusing on a somewhat smaller order and other teas. Besides, if I purchased every tea (or even every sample) I wanted from Upton’s, I’d have to possibly not order from other companies. I really want to expand more into Puerhs this year, among other offerings from other companies.

Tindharia is a great estate! I also like Jungpana, Risheehat, Puttabong, Makaibari, Phuguri…….just toname a few. :))

Scott B

Did you purchase these FF as individual samples or did they have a FF sampler package?

TeaBrat

I got them as individual samples

Scott B

ok, thanks.

ScottTeaMan

Scott, they do have a couple different sample Packs-4 or 5 teas in tins. Adarjeeling Basic & Premium sampler set, but I’m not sure if this tea is included in these sampler sets.

Scott B

Thanks, Scott. I saw a Darjeeling Sampler set on their site, but it included some 2nd Flush teas-which I don’t want. Plus, it made me wonder how old the FF were in that set. I have no problem ordering individually, just thought Amy had seen something on their site that I hadn’t.

I see Upton has some Thurbo-now, what’s up with RtR?

ScottTeaMan

I’m not sure about RtR…….haven’t ordered from them yet, but Amy had mentioned about their lack of 2012 Darjeelings (or something like that).

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85
drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
2622 tasting notes

Thanks to Ian for sending me some of this, the last of my mate samples to review.

I did steep this in my regular infuser mug method, it was at least 7 minutes but I lost track of time. After looking at the picture here on Steepster (which looks like a milkshake), I decided to add soymilk to mine which I think ended up being a good decision. It is lightly minty with a touch of vanilla which makes a good balance with the mate. I am not tempted to run out and order more of this but it’s definitely good. Thanks again, Ian!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Missy

This is one of his blends I just loved.

TeaBrat

It was good, but minty things are not always my favorite. I liked the chocolate mate. :)

Missy

That is one I plan on trying some time. It seems like people really like it.

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80

I do believe this is my first green tea from Nilgiri, I’ve had a few of the blacks which I’ve enjoyed.

Upon opening the package, this tea smells very fresh and vegetal. I steeped this in my regular infuser mug method and got a very light olive colored liquor. There are some interesting things going on with this tea. I am definitely getting the straw/hay type of taste along with some light vegetal notes. The finish is where this tea has all of the fruitiness. It has a bit of a mild astringency but nothing overwhelming.

I’m not sure if I could justify buying this again due to the price – $19.60 for 125 grams is a lot when I’m not terribly impressed with the tea and you can get a nicer Chinese green tea for less money. I haven’t had any green teas so far from India that have totally blown me away, but the Jun Chiyabari Estate green teas from Nepal are definitely worth checking out in my opinion.

I’m glad that I tried this though. It is definitely different from other green teas I’ve had in the past.

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

It’s funny you’re drinking this today, because I’m trying a Ceylon green from Upton that I really like. Check out my note!

TeaBrat

nice… yours sounds better than mine. :)

Doug F

It’s delicious. I’m sure I’ll be ordering more before it runs out.

ScottTeaMan

Another green tea review coming soon. :))

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88

When I was at Peet’s yesterday I finally broke down and just got a tin of this for home. Very strong with a touch of lapsang. Nice for those mornings when you need a little bit of ooompf. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I can imagine heading out on a cold windy Summer morning in San Francisco and being comforted with this cuppa!

TeaBrat

Definitely, yes! This will take the chill off…

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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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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

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