2730 Tasting Notes

95
drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
2730 tasting notes

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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76

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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71

I got some of this with my recent order at Den’s and I am not sure what to make of it quite yet. It is an iced beverage and low in caffeine, still I think I am most familiar with roasted barley being in an herbal coffee substitute so it tastes a little odd to have it as a cold drink. I can’t help but think I would just prefer this heated up and with some cream. This is my first mugicha so I don’t really know what I am talking about…. ;-)

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62

I found a way to make this better, I added some of my own rose petals and some cinnamon, that helps to offset the stevia a bit, but still it smells a lot better than it tastes…

ScottTeaMan

What Tulsi tea would you suggest?

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85
drank Pu-erh Blood Orange by Rishi Tea
2730 tasting notes

this would be better without the hibiscus…

I need to try Samovar’s version one of these days. :)

Jillian

In my opinion, everything would be better without hibiscus. ;)

TeaBrat

Really! I hate it too…

ScottTeaMan

Mees toos. :))

Jillian

We should form the Hibiscus Haters Club or something. XD

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97

Thanks to ScottTeaMan for this lovely sample. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get around to trying some… this tea seems like it has a personality complex and does not know if it’s a white tea or an oolong.

After steeping the wet leaves smell quite floral and relaxing so I know I am in for a treat of some kind. :))

I steeped this for around 90 seconds in 180 F or so water and I was not skimpy with the leaf. My cup is light yellow and quite delicate. The flavor is lightly sweet like sweet peas or corn, but also floral with a honeysuckle like quality. Very relaxing and aromatic and some slightly creamy elements in the finish. This is quite nice, almost intoxicating!

Second steep is also wonderful… a little buttery but with some crazy, wonderful Himalayan floral thing going on. It reminds me a bit of the White Shangri-La from Rare Tea Republic.

I will be looking out for more teas like this from Thunderbolt. Thanks for sharing Scott. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Your welcome! I knew you’d like it. It is so delicious! I want to review a white tea today, but I think I’ll revisit this one. I hope I gave you enuff for afew more cups. :))

ScottTeaMan

Did you experience any maltiness, nuts, or light chocolate notes? My sinuses aren’t clogged today, so maybe I’ll get some of the sweet peas, & more florality!

TeaBrat

I thought I sensed the white chocolate but of course I read your tasting notes which probably put the idea in my head. ;-)

ScottTeaMan

I find that sometimes descriptions by others DO zero in on an aspect or flavor characteristic. I do try not to read other descriptions too much though- for the reason you said. Does any of this make sense? :p

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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!

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

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