2765 Tasting Notes

90
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
2765 tasting notes

Thanks to my tea pal Indigobloom for this sample!

Is this tea perfect for San Francisco? Hippy-dippy and kinda fruity? I’m about to find out. Speaking of fruity, I have a fruit fly infestation right now which is such a drag — I’ll have to take these leaves out to the compost immediately after I’m done! After doing a quick read of the package, I used my small Finium teacup and filter and went with 180F for 5 minutes.

My cup ended up being a medium orange and smells very fruity! The flavor is incredibly peachy and pineapple-y. It’s kind of hard to taste the oolong underneath here but it makes a good foil for the fruit. I actually like those fizzy kombucha drinks even though they are expensive. This has the slight aftertaste of one of those, it’s a fermented almost beer like quality. I didn’t know you could even get powdered kombucha, so that was interesting to discover.

When you buy a fresh kombucha drink it’s $4 a pop, so I was thinking you could mix this tea with some fizzy water and have a reasonable substitute for a lot less money. I wonder if it still has the same health benefits as the fresh tea? This would be good iced, too.

I’ve never been the biggest David’s Tea fan, but this had me scanning their website for the price. I might need some of this in the future, but then again I have a ton of flavored tea I still need to get through. Are they ever going to open up a David’s Tea in California?

It’s a nice fun, fruity flavored kinda deal. I think I’m going to try cold brewing the rest of it overnight. Me likey. Thanks IB!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

hehe SO glad you liked this one. It was a choice between this and Long Life Oolong. They’re very similar but oh soooo good :)

TeaBrat

I liked it! Sadly there’s no hippies in Haight-Ashbury anymore, just chain stores and houses that cost 1 mil!

Bonnie

Yep! Good stuff! You can still find hippies in Berkeley and Santa Cruz and then there’s the mountain towns …shhhhh scary places!

Kittenna

I hate fruit flies!!! The only good thing is that their lives are so short, if you are really diligent about removing any possible food sources, they go away reasonably quickly. Last year we had problems with both fruit flies (downstairs, kitchen area) and fungus gnats (upstairs, apparently breeding in the sink drain). It was gross. Still see the odd one, but I think they’re from outside now.

Also, I bet they will open up a DT in California :P Looks like they’re expanding reasonably quickly!

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82

I always thought that a tea labeled Tieguanyin meant it’s an Anxi oolong from China, but this tea is from Lishan mountain in Taiwain, which would make it more of a formosa oolong. Anyway it doesn’t really matter, I was just a little surprised by that.

I decided to do short steepings of this in the gaiwan this morning.

Steep #1: around 30 seconds and yielded a light yellow liquor which is very vegetal and reminds me a bit of celery. There’s a bit of a nutty quality and a slight sweetness in the finish.

Steep #2: the leaves are just starting to open up here. A bit more of a nutty quality is emerging with a nice sweetness in the background. I went to Teavivre’s website to find this tea is baked and 100% fermented.

Steeps 3 & 4: seem about the same to me. Lightly roasted, vegetal, nutty, a hint of sweetness.

This is a nice, average oolong but I can’t say there is anything about it that causes me to feel it stands head and shoulders above the rest. Might need to try giving it a cold steep to see what happens. Not my favorite tea from them so far, but still enjoyable.

Thank you for the sample Teavivre and Angel!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec
K S

When I tasted the Fong Mong high mt. oolong, I kept thinking tie quan yin but yesterday’s tasting proved that wrong. Maybe I was close and should thought monkey picked. Point is I had tasted something very similar before. This may be it.

TeaBrat

I still have the rest of my samples from them I need to try. I always feel like an oolong needs to be gong fu’d at least the first time I drink it, so it may take me a while to get through my sample stash, lol. :)

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93

Tea of the morning, today I am revisiting this tea from Asha and my initial impressions still stand. Very malty with quite a bit of smoothness and no bitterness. Now that I know this tea is an assam cultivar all is becoming clear… ha!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I’ve been reading more about this myself since having a ruby red oolong blend a few days ago. Now I’m finding it everywhere! Interesting.

TeaBrat

very interesting…

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90

Tea for the afternoon… Bana does pick some very lovely shengs. I steeped this in the xiying and am having a great session drinking out of my glass mug. I wrote an extensive note on it a while back. It still seems lemony and a bit earthy, flowery. I still think the Bana sampler sets are a great deal for anyone wanting to explore a lot of good quality pu-erhs.

Missy

Thanks for the heads up. I am going to look into pu-erhs some time soon. :D

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100

I don’t believe I’ve had a Huang Guan Yin before, but I like wuyi oolongs and was looking forward to trying this. Because I was at home today, I decided to do more of a gong fu preparation.

I used my little yixing teapot devoted to wuyi oolongs and did a quick rinse of the leaves.

Steep #1: 30 seconds. I got a very sweet, honey-like tea liquor that’s a medium yellow. I feel like there are some peachy notes in here as well as a slight roastedness. Definitely has a nice lingering aftertaste. Norbu compares it to a graham crackers but it reminds me more of toast with a bit of marmalade. Definitely liking it so far!

Steep #2: 20 seconds. Now the graham cracker flavor is definitely coming to the forefront. Definitely much less mineral-y and plummy than other wuyi teas I’ve had in the past. Still getting lots of honey and orange marmalade notes. Not a trace of bitterness in sight, which is great! I have to say I am finding this quite delicious.

Steep #3: 10 seconds. The lighter steep has brought out some lighter, fruitier notes, more peaches and apples seem to be present as well as a bit of butter. This is one non finicky tea.

Steep #4: Still insanely good although getting a bit lighter in flavor. Like a honey drizzled peach over a graham cracker crust. Heavenly! Flavor is still great.

I happen to like light to medium roasted oolongs and this was definitely a surprise. I was expecting something quite different but the result was great. Gets high marks from me for flavor, resteepability and non-astringent/bitterness.

I did like this quite a bit better than the Fenghuang oolong I had a few days ago. This isn’t as aromatic and flowery, but you can’t have everything in life. I have been fairly impressed with Norbu tea so far.

Final verdict: YUMMM! I’m not sure how this could get any better for me personally, so I’m just going to ahead and give it 100 points.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Hesper June

Wow! This sounds so Delicious!

TeaBrat

Yep – I definitely loved it though I know some people don’t really like roasted oolongs as much as I do.

Bonnie

AMY! YOU NEVER GIVE 100! (Well, not easily!) This must have caused another earthquake!

Azzrian

OMG I have to get this NAOW! Graham Cracker!!! WOW!

TeaBrat

@Bonnie – I just checked my ratings and I’ve given 10 100’s but I also have 1,003 tasting notes!
@Azzrian, if you decide to go for it, I also thought the
Feng Qing Gold Tips were good!

Cheryl

Amy, you single handedly make my wishlist grow daily (others contribute). Keep on keeping on :)

Missy

ohh this is going straight to my shopping list after such a review!

Azzrian

Thank you I will go look up the Gold Tips too!
I have never ordered from this company!
So one more to the list of not just teas but companies to try! LOL Oh boy.

Azzrian

ROFL its already on my shopping list! Haha

Bonnie

Hey…where’s Scott?

TeaBrat

@Bonnie, I don’t know but I’m sure he’ll be back. :)

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90

It’s been a hectic day so I decided to sit down and finish the rest of this sample I got from Arbor teas. This is a lovely oolong that reminds me of roasted plums with a sweet finish. Quite mineral-y too. I’m a happy camper with my wuyi oolongs, this cuppa is dreamy and I’ve gotten at least 3 good steeps out of this tea even when steeping it Western style. See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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98

Oh YUM!
This is delicious. Really one of the best black teas I have had in a loooong time. I steeped my cup for around 3 minutes in my infuser mug. I’m not one that normally finds strange and interesting flavors in teas, but this definitely seems unique. I’m getting a delicious load of malt with chocolate-y notes and cinnamon. The finish is mildly pungent but oh, so terrific! I was surprised at how bold and assertive this tea was, but it’s still easy to drink it plain. I am in black tea heaven! Definitely getting more of this ASAP!

Sorry I can’t write more but I’m kind of busy this morning! A+!

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

Sounds GREAT! Enjoy!

Scott B

Do you think this is the same type of tea they use to make Teavivre’s Fengqing Dragon Pearls?

TeaBrat

@Scott B- I have no idea, sorry

Doug F

I’ve been buying a Feng Qing from Yunnan Sourcing for the past couple of years and it is the best black tea I have ever had. I’m waiting for my shipment of the spring harvest. The shipping is expensive but the tea is ridiculously cheap.

TeaBrat

@DO\oug – good to know! How much is shipping?

Doug F

About $15 air mail from China. They have a few different dian hongs that are out of this world. One is only $9 for 100 grams! The others are not much more expensive. When I found these teas I felt like I had hit the mother lode of Yunnan golden needles/tips. Look also at the Imperial Mojiang gold bud, maybe the best of the lot and only $14 for a generous 100 gram pouch.

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90
drank Thai Rooibos by Harney & Sons
2765 tasting notes

Had a cup of it this afternoon. I enjoy this as an alternative to a Rooibos Chai, good with soymilk but not for the spice adverse (see previous notes). I already have a back-up tin so I must like this. :D

Also, this will be my 1,000 tasting note right along with Ashmanra! Steepster addicts unite!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Hooray! Congratulations, Amy Oh!

Bonnie

Oh my goodness Amy Ohhhhhh is 1000 today! Happy Happy Happy 1000!
Chicken Dance! Twist! Ballroom! Merenge! Tango! Tap,tap,tap!
% (that’s twirling a baton!)

Missy

woot! Congratulations! :D

Invader Zim

So many people reaching goals this week! Congrats on 1000 Amy oh!

TeaBrat

Ha – thanks everyone. I am not sure if it’s an accomplishment or just a sign that I need to find a new hobby. :-P

SimplyJenW

Yay! Congrats to you, too! Looking forward to the next thousand!

Missy

There are hobbies other than tea?!

Ninavampi

Congrats!!! 1000 has three 0’s!!! That’s a big number!!! :)

CHAroma

Holy cow!! Congratulations!!! :D

ScottTeaMan

Sorry I missed your Happy 1,000th! :-D

Kittenna

Wow, 1000!! At the rate I’m going, I hope to hit 1000 by Christmas!

Bonnie

I hope I live long enough to hit 1000!

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94

I’m back to my current obsession: the FF darjeeling. Could not resist one more cup of tea for the afternoon. Today this strikes me as being kind of nutty and rich with light muscatel notes, I cannot believe the natural sweetness in the finish of this tea, it’s incredible and I am sooo happy. I bumped the rating up a couple of points.

see my previous note for more info. if you’re interested. :)

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

Goomtee had an excellent second flush last year and I hope they can match it this time. Still, I’ve stockpiled a lot of FFs so they should last me a while.

TeaBrat

I don’t know if I will sample any second flush teas, I am swimming in FF’S!!!!

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88
drank Midsummer Peach (Decaf) by Tsaa
2765 tasting notes

Thanks so much to Indigobloom for this sample!

I don’t have too many decaf teas but I’m thinking I need to reassess that strategy because there are days when I drink waaay too much! Even as I say that, I cannot stop yawning for some reason…

This was steeped in my infuser mug for about 4 minutes. The aroma of the tea is definitely peachy! :) The black tea base of this is nice, I’m thinking perhaps it’s a Ceylon? I found the peach flavor to be a tiny bit thin and I really prefer my peaches to be sweet and juicy! I added a touch of turbinado sugar and that helped the flavor along. I bet this would be really good iced. An enjoyable tea – thanks again for the sample IB!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I tend to sway towards the lighter side of tea… except for maybe in a straight black. So glad you like it Amy!! :)

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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