2468 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Spiral by The Tao of Tea
2468 tasting notes

Sipdown! The last of this is gone for now but I will get more eventually. I highly recommend it!

ScottTeaMan

Another tea to get from Tao this year. I actually have a sample of a Black Spiral tea from Upton Tea. I feel like I’m saving it. Why?!? Probably because it is sold out. {sigh!} I think I’m nuts.

TeaBrat

drink it!!!!

ScottTeaMan

I will. I’ll have some tonight! For real-just have to locate it, but that’s alot easier since I semi-organized my tea stash. Thanks for the push. :)) You know I wanted to.

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90

This is definitely a nice and interesting white tea, it’a bit more vegetal than floral and I’m picking up some spice and a lingering bit of smoke here but it’s still very light. I like it fine but it’s probably the least favorite of my three white teas I’ve tried from the RtR line. I know this is a boring tasting note but I’m not feeling that inspired, perhaps some more extended tastings in the gaiwan will yield a better result.

I did one steep in the infuser mug for 190 F for 3 minutes and then a resteep at around 160F for three minutes.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

These days I mostly gravitate towards japanese green tea but this quite an excellent Chinese green tea.

When I first tried steeping this I think I left some soap in my cup because I got a mouthful of dish soap and green tea – bleah!

When I finally got rid of my soap I steeped this at around 190F for 2 minutes per the instructions on the package. I just noticed another thing I like about Upton tea is they put the date on the bag of when the order was processed so at least you will know roughly how long you’ve had it.

When these leaves are steeped they are curly and turn shades of green and brown. It yields an amber liquor with a nice floral nose. The taste is nutty with a bit of spicy note. I can see why this is described as a green tea that has some of the flavors of black. It’s pretty unique, at least to me. I’m sure I will have no problems finishing this off. Mellow and earthy. If you’re not a fan of “grassy” green tea you would like this one… it also resteeps quite nicely.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I don’t know how I missed this review, but it turns out I have this tea. I think it is in my tea box in the basement, so I haven’t gotten to it yet—-but I will!!

TeaBrat

Ah! You must have some and let us know what you think! :)

ScottTeaMan

You probably got the sale price. :)) I did not. :// I hopefully will order more Pre-Chingming teas in the Spring.

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93

ooh! I had to break down and buy this after so many posts from JoonSusanna and others about it, I really wanted to try it.

I used water at about 205 and steeped this for around 4 minutes. The tin recommends 3 minutes but I lost track of time. I really like this a lot! It’s very robust and malty and yes, it does have a slight bit of “briskness”. I’m drinking this with soymilk and this has transformed the flavor into something caramely… I’m not sure if I could ever drink this plain, it’s pretty intense and BOLD. Of course I could also try lowering the steeping time which would probably help.

It’s one of those teas that reminds me of coffee. This is going to be great for foggy mornings or whenever I need a boost. Tasty! Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I bought this tea many years ago (ten?) and loved it. A great tea. :))

TeaBrat

it’s too bad I placed my order before the mug broke as I really do NOT need any more tea for a while! :))

ScottTeaMan

The Jenaer glass cup & saucer I have is 10.5 oz. Perfect for me because I don’t have to fill it up full, but I can if I want to. I may buy the Finum glass mug at some point.

JoonSusanna

YAY!! I’m SO glad you liked it!

I really like this with milk and sugar, but my boyfriend somehow drinks it plain and prefers it that way (I think it’s too bold when plain, as you said). I usually steep it for 4 minutes because of the additives, but it might be drinkable plain with that minute less on the steeping time. You’ll have to update me! :)

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91
drank Yuzu Oolong by Naivetea
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I’m finishing this sample up today… it’s a nice fruity flowery oolong mix. :))

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94

I’ve never had a green tea from Nepal before – evidently this is my week to try all things from Nepal and so far I am loving it!

This was steeped for 4 minutes at around 180 F according to the package instructions. I’m totally with LIberTeas on this one, it’s a very unique green! Definitely lemon-y and vegetal with a bit of astringency but thankfully not bitter… I would describe it as clean and zippy. I then decided to resteep the leaves at around 160F for 3 minutes. It got a lot lighter and more delicate so I was for sure more a fan of the first steep. Very cool!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

The couple Yunnan greens I’ve tried were….that’s perfect…clean and zippy. Zippy really fits for some reason.

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86

hmm. So I guess I have some mixed feelings about this one. My first steep was at 4 minutes with boiling water and I should have known that was too hot because the package says 190 F. It got too bitter and astringent for me. I am used to treating darjeelings more or less like a black tea but I think I need to start treating them more like oolongs. My mistake for sure.

So in my second steep, it got steeped more like a green tea for 3 minutes with around 160 F. Now I’m getting some more pleasant apricot jam like notes in addition to floral & vanilla. But yeah the astringency is still lurking there. I might need to start all over again with this one or perhaps this is a gateway into a learning experience that I might want to avoid first flush darjeelings in the future? I suspect it needs a more delicate tasting perhaps in the gaiwan. Stay tuned…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Honey

I did the same thing yesterday with a FTGFOP1 and my tea was so bitter I literally spit it out. What’s odd is that I followed the brewing instructions, but I will definitely brew it like a green next time.

Uniquity

I find that once a tea gets bitter (over-steeping, too hot water, etc) that bitterness remains in future steeps of the same leaves, even if they are handled more delicately the second time (or third, or fourth, etc). Maybe a new set of leaves will yield better results?

TeaBrat

Live and learn, so they say. Uniquity, yes I have a little bit of the sample left so I’m going to try again armed with my new knowledge. :)

ScottTeaMan

Darjeelings (esp FF’s) do not resteep well. Lower the temp and Amy, try steeping no longer than 3, or even 2.5 minutes.

TeaBrat

will do!

Indigobloom

I’ve had a few that have steeped really well the second and third time. Not so much with the lower quality ones. I’m looking forward to your review of this at a lower temp!!

ScottTeaMan

Indigo…….what do you consider lower quality ones?

ScottTeaMan

Sometimes I will brew a second time, but I usually add more leaf to the 2nd cup.

Indigobloom

Hmmm probably the ones that don’t resteep well!! lol
my spice exchange darjeeling brewed even better the third time. Sweeter and fruitier than the first!

ScottTeaMan

I guess I could, but I’ve never steeped a Darjeeling more than twice.

Indigobloom

how long do you brew for? I tend to do shorter steeps

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84
drank Imperial White by The Tao of Tea
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This came in a small tin as part of a white tea gift set I got from Amazon.com with a gift certificate someone gave me. It comes in a nice little wooden box covered with plexiglass which is a nice touch.

I drank this at work so it was steeped in an infuser mug. I tried to follow the instructions pretty well, they said 190 F for 3 minutes. I also did a second steep at about the same temp for 2 minutes. I’d like to try steeping this at a lower temp too.

I was pretty happy about this tea – as far as white teas I’ve tried it is more on the vegetal side and very nutty. The flavor profile said chestnut but I actually felt it was more like macadamia nut, nutty with a bit if butter. I didn’t pick up on the smoke but I did think it was a little “salty” – smoked salt? I dunno. There also just seemed to be a marine type of quality going on with this… a bit seaweedy perhaps? In any case it was very flavorful and delicious. I never knew there were so many different types of white teas – they are fast becoming an obsession!

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

It’s funny to me how you say it is nutty and the profile refers to chestnuts. It just seems that most descriptions refer to “chestnut” nutty, and not usually another kind of nut. Personally, I guess I’ve never distinguished between types of nuts when noting the nutty quality of tea. All this talk of nuts is making me nu…….crazy! :)) Speaking of crazy, white teas do bring out an obsessiveness in me too, but I tend to drink whites more in the spring and summer for some reason.

Sounds like a great tea and another tea I’ll have to add to my Tao of Tea order later this year.

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97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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Oh, yay! I have this back in stock. I got 3 tins of this with an Amazon.com gift certificate so you know I must really love it. The best rooibos chai I’ve ever had and a perfect dessert drink. I upped the rating because it makes me so happy.

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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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