2623 Tasting Notes

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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90

I am almost out of this. :(
So I wonder why Rare Tea Republic does not have any first flush teas yet like the rest of the world. You’d think if they were owned by Republic of Tea they’d be on it. According to their blog they will have some Goomtee teas in by the end of the month.

Maybe I will get some more of this excellent white tea if and when the 2012 selection comes around.

ashmanra

I just got an email from RoT saying their first flush darjeelings have just arrived in limited quantities.

TeaBrat

Oooh. They’re not on the website yet! :)

Cheryl

“limited quantities” in RoT speak = these are gonna cost you, big time, hehe

Scott B

I have some other things I wanted to order from RtR, but I have been waiting and waiting on their FF Darjeeling so I could just place one order. Hurry up, RtR!

Shinobi_cha

As far as I know, they aren’t owned by Republic of Tea, actually…you can see in their blog they have been on a buying trip, so I’m sure it’s just a matter of time…

Shinobi_cha

Wow, cool… you learn something new everyday! I did think RTR’s name was awfully similar…. that explains it!

ScottTeaMan

Thank s for the link Amy. This is one tea I am going to buy from RTR.

TeaBrat

It is very good. I also like the Shangri La white.

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94

I really think I have been feeling UNDER caffeinated today, not enough tea obviously so I set out to remedy that this afternoon.

Here’s another first flush sampler from Upton. When spring arrives my thoughts turn to first flush darjeeling and shincha, evidently. :)

I steeped this up in a new glass teapot (wonder how long it will take to break this, ha!). Upton claims you can steep this at 212F but I was skeptical so I went for around 205.

The tea liquor is a beautiful dark yellow and right away I am flooded with a ton of flowery aromas in the nose. I’m not so good at picking out the scents of flowers. Is it magnolia, is it gardenia? Who knows. Whatever it is, it’s freaking awesome.

I’m also reminded a bit of pineapples here. Pineapples and honey. A sweet nectar-like infusion with a mild astringency. Definitely intoxicating! I might try to steep the rest of this sample at a slightly lower temp next time to see if I can kick out a bit of the astringency. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful and delicious tea.

I read recently that darjeelings have more in common with oolongs because unlike regular black tea, they are not fully oxidized. I concur. This tea is nothing like a black tea but there’s nowhere else to put it. Perhaps Steepster should add a new category for darjeelings.

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

Pineapple and honey?!

TeaBrat

Truly divine….

Cheryl

Eep… (runs to add to Upton wishlist)

TeaBrat

Cheryl, I think the TD67: Risheehae Estate 1st Fl. is even better

Bonnie

I just did a review of Glenburn Estate First Flush and it was more like burgamot…maybe it was just me yesterday…will have to look at what I think next time. Interesting. I had trouble with the astringency until I added sweetening then it turned into honey!

TeaBrat

I wonder what temp your water was? Sometimes they are better around steeped around 180 – 200F

Cheryl

I think that’s the one you reviewed a few days ago? If so, it’s already added also (my wishlist over there shrinks and grows, shrinks and grows, lol).

Bonnie

I’ll try that!

ScottTeaMan

I should have ordered the Risheehat, but I do have a Glenburn sample. :)) Amy good review. Darjeelings are blacks, but sometomes there is so much green leaf in the tea that I have to agree. I think, ‘How can this be a black, with all these greenish hued leaves?’ I usually steeps my Darj’s between 190-205.

ScottTeaMan

Years ago, I put sugar in every tea, but I put no sugar or milk in FF D’s.

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66

I got this today on my way to the dentist this morning. I did like it at first, seemed smooth and rich with a slightly floral and piney flavor. As the cup cooled off, all the bitter and tobacco type notes came out… then it was definitely less enjoyable. At one point I accidentally choked on it and spit it out all over my raincoat. I’ll need to try this again someday.

Azzrian

ROFL!! I love how it was nasty and you sit it out on your rain coat but are still willing to give it another go! :)

TeaBrat

ha! Well, I haven’t been feeling too good today so I’m not entirely sure it’s the fault of tea. :)

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93
drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
2623 tasting notes

The afternoon cuppa. Post presentation and time to relax!

I like rose scented and flavored things so I was excited to check out this sample. It is very strongly scented when you open the bag and you can see some rose petals mixed in with the tea.

It’s a blend of ceylon and keemun and brews up to be a very dark orange. woooow, this is so relaxing and nice! I love the way it smells and the tea itself is very smooth and rich. I don’t sense a lot of bitterness or astringency in here. I usually drink a lot of black teas with soymilk but it seemed such a shame to add anything to this. It is very nice to just sip on plain.

Rose is supposed to be an anti-depressant. Regardless, I think this tea is wonderful if you’re into rose. I think I liked it better than the Upton rose congou.

Sad that I did not get a whole tin of this but perhaps I will when I am ordering some other things from them. I feel like I just got back from a trip to the spa!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

In that case, I should take this one to work with me again tomorrow! :)

TeaBrat

Really, I know! I was so glad I got to try this one right after your tasting note. Tis a wonderful tea to have with the office stress!

ScottTeaMan

Amy, what did you like better about this one?

TeaBrat

I think I just liked the black tea base better, felt the rose stood up to the ceylon/keemun base. It IS strong though.

Ninavampi

I reaaaally want to get this tea!!!

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97

I have a presentation to give and I’m nervous. Channeling the gods of tea to wish me luck…

By the way this stuff is awesome (see previous notes) & thanks to ScottTeaMan for sharing!

Charles Thomas Draper

This sounds like a winner.

TeaBrat

It is splendid!

Indigobloom

Good luck!!

ScottTeaMan

I really hope your presentation was a success and not full of stress.:))

You’re welcome & BTW, I checked yesterday and this tea is sold out. :-//

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87

It’s been a while since I had this but darjeelings have been on my brain lately. So, this tea is from Nepal and not India but they are so close to each other. I’m amazed at how sweet and delicious this is. See previous notes for more info…

I’ll be checking Rare Tea Republic’s website for their new first flush arrivals & would definitely get another one from Nepal if it was offered.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

It seems like I go through lots of phases in my tea drinking journey. For whatever reason I have not been drinking too many oolongs lately but I’m having this one this morning.

It definitely seems typical of a wuyi type of tea, nice mineral quality with sweet roasted plum type of aftertaste. I really do like this a lot and wonder how it would be as a cold brewed tea. The wet leaves smell of burnt toast and jam.

see my previous notes for more info…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

This sounds good!

TeaBrat

I liked it! Bumped the rating up a few points since I’m thinking about buying more eventually. :))

SimplyJenW

I am on a non-oolong stretch, myself. I have some really yummy ones to try, too!

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77

I don’t recall that I’ve had too many Mao Fengs before so I thought I’d give this one a whirl.

Steeped with a regular infuser mug method, very slender and long attractive leaves which are nice. Wet leaves are quite vegetal smelling.

My cup yielded a very light olive colored tea with a slightly vegetal aroma. This tea is most likely a bit too mild for my tastes. I find myself wondering (like I do with dragonwell tea) where is the flavor?

This is light bodied, with a bit of sweetness and some fruitiness. A bit of apple, a bit of nuttiness. Slightly vegetal in taste. Eh, I don’t know what more to say about it. It is certainly drinkable and a quality tea, but does not thrill me. Someone who likes lighter Chinese teas should check into it. :)

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

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drank Vanilla Black by Rishi Tea
2623 tasting notes

This is a fairly nice, but standard vanilla tea. I hardly ever add sugar to anything but I found that a pinch of turbinado sugar helped to bring out the flavor in this. Also a longer (5 minute) steep seemed to be good today. See previous tasting notes…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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