2784 Tasting Notes

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I am having a second cup of this tea, and I just went to go look at it on the DarjeelingTeaXpress website. I noticed they took my review from Steepster and posted it to their website without asking my permission and they gave themselves 5 stars! I consider this to be very rude and unethical behavior and am absolutely going to write them a note about it.

Roughage

Not impressed with them stealing your review. Hope they at least apologise.

TeaBrat

I’m not impressed either, they have absolutely lost me a customer

Peter Azak

It’s very unfortunate considering I enjoy pretty much all of their teas. But, this is the second time I had to complain to them, I’d rather find a company that doesn’t treat me like this.

TeaBrat

what else did they do? :(

Peter Azak

I had a shipping issue in a previous order, they apologized, acknowledged the courier as the problem, and informed me they will be using a different courier service to ship next time.

When I made that next order, they used the same courier service, and the same shipping issue came up.

So I emailed them to complain, and forwarded them the very email they sent me telling me they would use a different courier service next time, I even advised on who best to use that doesn’t give any problems.

They apologized again, assured me they would remedy this, but didn’t.

I haven’t ordered any teas from them since, I guess this is the final nail in the coffin.

Invader Zim

I hope they apologize and either remove your review from their site or give credit to you.

Jillian

I hope you told them to take down the review.

TeaBrat

Thanks all. I emailed them to complain and they did apologize and offered me some extra reward points and said they would credit my name with a link to the original review. I told them I just wanted them to take the reviews down and it looks like they have done so.

CHAroma

Wow, I’m shocked. I can’t imagine someone doing that, but I’m glad they at least listened to you and took the review down.

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drank Guava Goddess by G.T. Kombucha
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Thanks to Tamm I have been craving this! I broke down and bought one today. The guava puree is delicious and is the perfect foil for the fizzy, fermented kombucha. It’s true the flavor is quite vinegary and sour, but I kinda like that! It reminds me a bit of beer.

If they weren’t so expensive, I’m sure I’d be drinking them all the time. Yay for probiotics!

Will Work For Tea

I miss the version that they made before they were recalled a couple years ago. They use to be more potent and fizzier. I liked them better that way! :)

Tamm

I know about the cost thing! These are super tasty. If the cost was less I’d probably order this one by the case. I think it’s become my favorite one! lolol Share the craving!

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90
drank High Mountain Green by Shang Tea
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Finishing off the rest of the sample this morning. I thought this was a very mild and gentle green tea. Like all of Shang’s teas there seems to be something elegant and relaxing about it, I don’t know how do they do that!

Seriously contemplating an order, it’s good to have some gentle green teas on hand for those days I’m feeling oooooky.

see previous note

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

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85

Thank you to Fong Mong Tea for this sample!

I did a quick rinse of my leaves in warm water, I am so accustomed to doing this now after hanging out in Chinese tea shops where they rinse everything and today I’m infuser mugging it since I’m not at home, but decided to use the entire 6g sample so I could have more of a gong fu experience.

Steep #1: around 45 seconds?? This is already very nice. I’m getting an aroma of buttered popcorn and the tea is quite creamy with some light floral notes. I know some milk oolongs are artifically flavored but I think this is natural.

Steep #2: also around 45 seconds. There are some more floral notes coming up now, I want to say gardenia? Still very buttery, a bit nutty, definitely seems creamy and a bit vegetal. Does remind me a bit of buttered peas or corn.

Steep #3: Slightly more vegetal and less flowery but still a very pleasant cuppa.

I have to admit that Jin Xuans are not my favorite type of oolong, I must have requested this without realizing what it was. Still, it was very enjoyable and a tasty tea. I think I will really appreciate the High Mountain oolong and the Dong Ding.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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91
drank Yi Xing Hong Cha by jing tea shop
2784 tasting notes

I gave some of this to my sweetie and he made it this morning. Even he was impressed and says it tasted like chocolate. We are getting very spoiled by all this yumminess!

Bonnie

I like the part about “he made it”…..now that’s a flavor enhancement!

TeaBrat

yes, he’s a good egg. :)

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90

Thank you to Fong Mong Tea for their generosity in providing me with this free sample!

This is one of those teas that gets its flavor from being bitten by leaf hopping insects, I almost forgot!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dongfang_Meiren_tea

I’ve had a few Oriental Beauty type teas in the past and have always enjoyed them. I wish I had a gaiwan to steep this in, but this afternoon I don’t. I did steep in the infuser mug for around 90 seconds.

I got a light yellowish infusion that is slightly toasty with a slight floral aroma. The tea reminds me a bit of sandalwood and has a nice sweet, finish. At first I doesn’t seem too impressive but a few seconds after you take a sip, there’s a honey like sensation on your tongue and the back of your throat. This tea stay with you in a good way. Very nice!

My second steep was similar to the first, but the infusion is a bit darker, I think I steeped it for around 2 minutes. There’s a bit of rose in the aroma & flavor of this tea. Roses and sandalwood is quite a nice combination! I have another Eastern Beauty but would certainly consider purchasing this once I’ve finished the other one off. A very enjoyable afternoon tea, relaxing and brings you back to sanity.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

I don’t think this was one of the samples I got from them – I have only reviewed one so far – I need to get back on it! Been too busy playing with my breville but won’t steep this in the breville – as you said – more gaiwan worthy!

I do feel intrigued by the mention of sandalwood however! Going on my shopping list!

Bonnie

I notices that there has been a nice mix in the samples sent out. Not everyone received the same samples! Smart! This is a nice exotic!

TeaBrat

They asked me to pick 4 of my choosing…

ScottTeaMan

I don’t think I got this one. ://

Bonnie

I was asked too but just mentioned the black since the rest was mostly oolongs that I saw.

Scott B

Glad you liked it. I’ve never had an Oriental Beauty before so I picked this as one of my samples too. I need to try it soon.

Angrboda

Insects? O.O Gosh, I didn’t know that. How interesting.

Missy

That is rather awesome! I never knew about the tea bugs.

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drank Yi Xing Hong Cha by jing tea shop
2784 tasting notes

This is another tea I got in the red tea sample pack from Jing Teas. I also wanted to mention that their customer service people were very nice; all of my e-mails with questions abut shipping and status were answered in less than 12 hours.

I am delighted when smelling the dry leaf that it has a definite aroma of chocolate covered cherries!

I steeped this in the infuser mug for around 2 minutes and got a medium reddish-brown liquor. This tea is mild with somewhat of a nutty and date flavor, a little bit of malt. It has a lovely lingering aftertaste of caramel on the palette, and no bitterness, but there is something slightly spicy in the finish. I think I liked yesterday’s selection a bit more (Ying De Hong Cha) but this is still very good! Someday I will need to try gong fu’ing these samples.

I am spoiling myself with these lovely black teas I’ve been drinking lately, but don’t I deserve the very finest flown in from Hong Kong? Mwa ha ha!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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94

I picked up this sample tea to try with my latest Upton order. The description of it sounded nice and relatively mild for an Assam. It was steeped for 4 minutes this morning in a glass teapot.

The tea liquor is a very dark orangish-brown. I was worried a bit that I had steeped this for too long, but it is very good. A strong cup to be sure; dark, sweet, traces of honey, a smattering of cocoa, and a tiny bit of pungency at the end. I’m not sure I am getting red apple but there is a natural fruitiness of some kind here. Not much bitterness or briskness to be found in the cup at all. You can drink this plain, but it also accommodates a splash of soymilk very well. Does not need sugar at all, in my opinion.

A very smooth and gentle Assam, and a great selection by Upton. Sometimes Assams can be too assertive and rough, especially for people with sensitive tummies. In my experience, finding a milder one is the key to success and since Upton has so many Assams, there is certainly one for everyone. I will certainly consider buying a full size of this and the price is certainly right: 125g for $7.80 at the time I am writing this.

On the [ever expanding] shopping list it goes!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
IllBeMother221B

I might have to add this to the growing Upton order.

TeaBrat

The sample is only $1.50. :)

Charles Thomas Draper

I think I should add this to my latest order. The I’m coffee-free order….

TeaBrat

Charles – you should at least get the sample. :)

Scott B

I was wondering if anyone makes a fuss over the arrival of 2nd Flush Assams, since it seems to be the preferred flush.

TeaBrat

@ScottB not that I know of…

Doug F

Sounds nice. I just finished my stash of Goomtee estate Assam from Upton which was also mild and very tasty.

ScottTeaMan

I can only speak for myself, and I do not make a huge fuss over Assam flushes Scott B, at least not like Darjeeling teas. :))

ScottTeaMan

Amy, thanks for listing the price. Upton’s has so many Assams I tend to overlook some of them. Now with a good review and a decent price, I may give this one a chance.

TeaBrat

@ScottTea – I picked this based on their description, they do a great job describing their teas without all the pretentious bullshit.

ScottTeaMan

I agree completely.

Charles Thomas Draper

Or pseudo poetry….

Doug F

It’s funny; I have all these great Chinese black teas but I find myself opening my cupboard and going for the Assams and Ceylons lately. I guess sometimes it’s comforting to have a nice “traditional” cup of black tea.

TeaBrat

Doug – I agree. I like Chinese black teas but also like a good Ceylon or an Assam, especially in the morning as a breakfast tea. :)

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This is not my favorite tulsi blend due to the stevia, but with roses and chamomile added to the mix it does seem quite relaxing somehow… and I was just reading tulsi is supposedly an anti-inflammatory so maybe it will be good for my plantar fasciitis – if only I could get myself to drink it every day!

Scott B

Still struggling with Pf? That’s no fun.

I am curious-Is Tulsi (Holy Basil) similar in any way to Sweet Basil that is used in Italian cooking?

TeaBrat

@Scott – yeah the P.F. is the bane of my existence. It seems to come and go but isn’t ever gone for nearly long enough in my opinion.

I’m not sure how much Tulsi has in common with Sweet basil To me they taste very different, but I assume they must be in the same family of plants?

Scott B

Amy- Sorry about the PF-I had it once for a week or so, but fortunately never had a recurrence.

You would think they’d be in the same family of plants, but not necessarily. I should look it up.

TeaBrat

@ScottB- Everything feels creaky when you hit middle age. :-P

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drank Ying De Hong Cha by jing tea shop
2784 tasting notes

This is the second time I have written this note due to technical difficulties. :(

I got the Ying De Hong Cha as part of the red tea sampler from Jing Tea Shop.

The dry leaves are very earthy and chocolatey smelling. This was steeped in my infuser mug for around 90 seconds, which yielded a lovely dark red clear infusion.

There’s a lot of nice things going on with this tea. I was sipping on it plain, and it has malty and chocolatey notes but with a surprising amount of depth. The finish is very smooth and sweet with a touch of fruity element, perhaps cherry or plum. I could see having this as an after dinner tea, perhaps with some cookies. It also is making a terrific afternoon tea for me though!

I tried adding some soymilk and this really brought out the creaminess, so that it almost feels like I’m drinking a caramel & chocolate latte. In contrast to the Ceylon I had this morning, this is really rich and soothing.

I got a second steep out of it, which was lighter. This steep had more caramel and fruit notes with less chocolate and malt but it was still delicious!

Definitely a keeper in my opinion and I’d buy the full size with no problem!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Ummmm!

Missy

Going right straight to my shopping list. Miss you drink some amazing sounding teas!

TeaBrat

This really WAS delicious!

gmathis

You had me at chocolatey and plum.

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